Published Monday, June 18, 2012 AT 10:05 PM / Updated at 10:05 PM
On tap: UCLA vs. Florida State, game nine
Steven Pivovar Omaha World-Herald

A capsule look at the ninth game of the College World Series, set for a 7 p.m. start on Tuesday.

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UCLA (48-15)
Pitcher: RH Zack Weiss (3-2, 4.04 ERA)
Top hitters: RF Jeff Gelalich (.357, 11 HRs, 48 RBIs), C Tyler Heineman (.335, 1 HR, 27 RBIs), LF Cody Keefer (.335, 0 HRs, 36 RBIs)
How the Bruins got here: UCLA showed off plenty of offense in an opening-round win over Stony Brook, then had none in collecting five hits against Arizona’s Konner Wade in a 4-0 second-round loss.
Trends: The Bruins haven’t had much practice lately in reacting to losses. They’ve had only two in their past 21 games since April 29. Each time, UCLA bounced back with 6-2 victories, the first at Pepperdine and the second at UC Irvine.
UCLA will win if: The Bruins can get Gelalich, their leading hitter, going in Omaha. The junior right fielder, who was hitting .365 before the CWS’ first pitch, is 1 for 8 in Omaha and is 7 for 26 (.269) in seven NCAA tournament games.

Pitcher: RH Scott Sitz (3-3, 3.99 ERA)
Top hitters: CF James Ramsey (.382, 13 HRs, 58 RBIs), 1B Jayce Boyd (.375, 4 HRs, 59 RBIs), 2B Devon Travis (.318, 8 HRs, 43 RBIs)
How the Seminoles got here: Florida State bounced back from a gut-wrenching, 4-3, 12-inning loss to Arizona with a 12-2 mauling of Stony Brook.
Trends: Some college baseball observers wondered before the tournament how Florida State’s young pitchers would hold up to the grind. Quite well, to this point. Freshman starters Brandon Leibrandt (1.47 ERA) and Mike Compton (2.81 ERA) are 2-0. Junior Scott Sitz has made the Seminoles’ other tournament start and has a 2.08 ERA with a no-decision.
Florida State will win if: The Seminoles keep coming through in the clutch. Eleven of the 15 runs that Florida State has scored in Omaha have come with two outs. The Seminoles’ first nine runs against Stony Brook came after the Seawolves had two outs on the board.

About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at