June 15, 2013 - June 25, 2013 • TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska • Attendance: 341,483
RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD
UCLA earned its spot the school's table of champions.
The Bruins completed a rugged run through the NCAA tournament with Tuesday's 8-0 victory against Mississippi State at the final game of the 2013 College World Series. The victory, in front of a TD Ameritrade Park record 27,127, was UCLA's 10th straight in the tournament.
The national title was the 130th won by a UCLA athletic team but the first for the baseball program.
“Before the season started, we had a weight lifting session and we went to the national championship board,” pitcher Nick Vander Tuig said. “We saw all the national champions and then we went to baseball and there were none.
“I remember Coach saying, 'We have to get our name on the board.' So we've worked hard from day one.”
Vander Tuig is one of the key reasons the Bruins are champions. He dominated Mississippi State in Tuesday's second game of the best-of-three championship series, holding the Bulldogs to five hits in eight innings.
He also benefitted from the most support UCLA has given one of their pitchers in five CWS games. Never has a champion done so much with so little offense in Omaha.
In five games, the Bruins:
» Scored 19 runs. That's the fewest by a national champion, exceeding the previous low of 21 runs by the 1972 Southern California and 1992 Pepperdine teams. Pepperdine's total was the lowest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974.
» Hit .227. That's the lowest by a team in the metal-bat era as Cal State Fullerton hit .244 in winning in 2004. UCLA came into the final game batting .183 but exploded for 12 hits to bring its average up to .227.
» Did not homer. The Bruins became the first to win it all and go homerless in Omaha since Ohio State in 1966.
Of course, such anemic numbers can be overcome when a team pitches and play defense as UCLA did in its five CWS games. The Bruins allowed four runs in five games, the second-fewest behind the three the 1957 California club gave up in winning the title in five games.
The Bruins' stinginess betters the previous metal-bat era low of six by Pepperdine's 1992 championship squad. UCLA's 0.80 ERA this season was a metal-bat low.
Brian Holberton, C, North Carolina
Wes Rea, 1B, Mississippi State
Brett Pirtle, 2B, Mississippi State
Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
Pat Valaika, SS, UCLA
Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
Eric Filia, OF, UCLA
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State
Trey Porter, DH, Mississippi State
Adam Plutko, P, UCLA
Nick Vander Tuig, P, UCLA.