The UCLA Bruins won't be celebrating in Omaha after a 4-1 loss to the Florida St. Seminoles on Tuesday night. The defeat was their second in the College World Series, eliminating them from the postseason.
Florida St. opened up a 2-0 lead after the first inning as a result of UCLA starter Zack Weiss having issues with the strike zone. He loaded the bases on two walks and a single. He then walked catcher Stephen McGee to score the first run of the game. He left the game with one out recorded and three potential runs that could still be charged to him.
Grant Watson replaced Weiss on the mound and immediately walked in the second run of the game. Right fielder Josh Delph ended the inning, grounding into a double play. The Seminoles went on to add two more runs in the fourth inning after Jayce Boyd put down a bunt that led to a run scoring on the initial play and another on the ensuing throwing error that concluded the event.
UCLA threatened in the top of the sixth inning when Florida St. starter Scott Sitz loaded the bases and allowed a Cody Keefer RBI single up the middle. With the bases still loaded and no outs recorded, Sitz came on strong with three consecutive strikeouts, starting with the Bruins' top hitter, right fielder Jeff Gelalich. Sitz threw 6.2 innings, allowed one run and struck out eight.
Florida St. will play the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, a team they lost to in their College World Series opener, 4-3. A loss for the Seminoles ends their trip to Omaha, while a victory sends them to a true elimination game on Friday against Arizona, a team that is undefeated in this double-elimination tournament.