OMAHA—Behind another standout performance from freshman sensation Matt Purke, Texas Christian beat UCLA 6-2 on Friday afternoon, forcing a Saturday rematch to determine the bracket champion.
Purke (16-0) retired the first 10 batters of the game and held UCLA scoreless into the fifth. He allowed just two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings before handing off to Tyler Lockwood, who worked 2 2/3 shutout innings to nail down the victory.
The Horned Frogs made UCLA starter Rob Rasmussen work hard over the first two innings, though they wound up with just two runs to show for it. But shortstop Taylor Featherston broke open a 3-2 game with a two-run homer to left in the seventh, and UCLA did not threaten again.
We'll have more on this game after the postgame press conferences. Clemson-South Carolina starts in less than an hour.
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