The UCLA Bruins jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first inning and never looked back in a 10-3 win over the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday afternoon at the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Bruins will play for their first national title beginning Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT against the winner of tonight’s game between Clemson and South Carolina.
UCLA starter Trevor Bauer had a 13-strikeout performance, making him the nation’s leader with 165 strikeouts this year. Bauer (12-3) retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced, striking out the last four hitters he faced before exiting after eight innings. He held TCU to three runs on four hits, their lowest hit total of the year.
TCU got off to a great start when Bryan Holaday hit his 16th home run of the season. Holaday added his second homer of the game in the fifth, his fourth homer in Omaha.
In the bottom half of the first, Blair Dunlap hit a three run homer off TCU starter Kyle Winkler. The chased Winkler (12-3) out of the game as he threw just nine pitches and suffered the loss.