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UCLA Beats Mississippi State 8-0 to Win First CWS Baseball Title

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The UCLA baseball program won its first-ever national championship on Tuesday by defeating Mississippi State 8-0 in Omaha, Neb at the College World Series.

It is the 109th national title for UCLA's entire athletic program.

Eric Filia drove in a career-high five runs, Nick Vander Tuig limited Mississippi State to five hits in eight innings, and UCLA won its first national championship in baseball, 8-0 Tuesday night.

The Bruins (49-17) completed a 2-game sweep in the College World Series finals and ended the season with 11 straight wins.

Vander Tuig held off the Bulldogs (51-20) when they threatened in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings and recorded his fourth win in the NCAA tournament. Vander Tuig (14-4) struck out six and walked one. David Berg pitched the ninth.

Filia produced runs with a sacrifice fly, squeeze bunt and two base hits as the Bruins scored their most runs in 18 games.

Bulldogs starter Luis Pollorena (6-4) lasted one inning.

UCLA allowed four runs in five games to set a CWS record for fewest in the metal-bat era that started in 1974.

UCLA had won a record 108 national championships in team sports. but baseball, however, was not among those.

The Pac-12 has won the most, with 28, and USC has 12 of those.

"It's not like they hand them out. Let's be clear on that," Savage said. "You have to earn it."

The Bruins were in the CWS for the fifth time and were 7-9 in Omaha. The closest they have come to a national title was in 2010, when they were swept by South Carolina in the finals.

Here's a little-known fact about one of UCLA's most famous alumni: Baseball was easily the worst of the four sports Jackie Robinson played at the university. He could barely hit in his only varsity season as a Bruin baseballer, limping in with an anemic .097 batting average.

Still, Robinson was good enough to play in the Negro Leagues. And in 1945, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed the young player to a minor league contract. The rest of the Robinson legend is, well, legendary.

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