Nick Vander Tuig scattered four hits during seven-plus innings and UCLA produced just enough offense to defeat NC State 2-1 in the College World Series on Tuesday night. Vander Tuig (13-4) retired 13 of 14 batters heading into the eighth inning. David Berg came on after Vander Tuig gave up a leadoff single to Bryan Adametz. Berg worked out of trouble in the eighth and earned his NCAA record-tying 23rd save.
UCLA opened the CWS with a 2-1 victory against LSU and now is 17-2 in one-run games. UCLA manufactured runs on two walks, two singles and a wild pitch to scratch out a couple runs and go up 2-1 in the fifth. NC State starter Logan Jernigan (1-1) took the loss.
UCLA (46-17) moved within one victory of next week’s best-of-three finals. The Wolfpack (50-15) will play an elimination game against North Carolina on Thursday.