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UCLA broke a 1-1 tie when Eric Filia's two-out ground ball in the top of the eighth inning was misplayed, allowing the go-ahead run to score and the Bruins went on to defeat top-ranked LSU, 2-1, in the opening round of the College World Series on Sunday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Tigers (57-10) saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end and lost for the first time in this NCAA postseason. LSU now faces North Carolina (57-11) in an elimination game at 2 p.m. CT Tuesday on ESPN. The Tar Heels fell by a score of 8-1 to North Carolina State in the first game on Sunday. LSU will be the home team against UNC after winning a coin flip.
UCLA (45-17) held an LSU team batting .308 on the season to just five hits. The Bruins advanced to the winner's bracket and will play North Carolina State at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday on ESPN.
"It was a tough, tough loss that's for sure," said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. "There's nothing but great teams in this tournament and very little margin for error. We've got to play a little bit better. I think all of our players would probably tell you that we didn't play as well as we could tonight. All the credit in the world goes to UCLA. They put pressure on us."
Right fielder Mark Laird continued his hot hitting in NCAA Tournament play with two hits and his seventh double of the year. First baseman Mason Katz provided the first homer of this year's CWS with a solo shot in the fourth.