By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
OMAHA, Neb. – UCLA’s offense isn’t overly prolific, but it’s pretty good when Brian Carroll is getting on base.
The Bruins’ leadoff hitter reached base eight times in 10 plate appearances in the two-game College World Series finals, and did so in a variety of ways. Carroll reached via three walks, three hit-by-pitches, an error and a single.
The hit came in his final at-bat of the CWS.
Carroll scored four runs, including three in Tuesday’s 8-0 win. He scored the first run after getting hit by a pitch in the first inning.
MSU’s leadoff hitter, Adam Frazier, wasn’t so productive. After tearing it up all postseason – including a 6-for-6 game in the super regional – the junior shortstop was 1 of 8 against UCLA. The lone hit was an eighth-inning single Tuesday, and he finished the postseason 17 of 48 (.354).
That was Frazier’s 107th hit this year, adding to the MSU single-season record.
Renfroe, Rea struggle
It wasn’t just Frazier who struggled for MSU. Sluggers Hunter Renfroe and Wes Rea were a combined 0 for 13 in the two games with zero RBIs.
Renfroe, a first-round draft pick by San Diego, was 0 for 7 and flew out to deep left field in his final college at-bat. Rea, who’d come up big throughout the postseason, was 0 for 6. He finished the CWS 6 for 19 (.316) with three RBIs.
Luis Pollorena made his first start since June 1, and it didn’t last long.
The senior left-hander worked just one inning, giving up an unearned run. He mishandled a bunt by Kevin Kramer, and then Rea couldn’t handle the rushed throw, allowing Carroll to go from first to third.
Carroll scored on a sacrifice fly.
UCLA had 12 sacrifice bunts in its five games here, tying a CWS record. Santa Clara also had a dozen in 1962.
The Bruins had four sac bunts Tuesday, which set a single-game record for the finals.