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Bears drop back-and-forth elimination game vs. No. 1 UCLA

Baylor finishes the season 35-19.
Credit: KCEN

LOS ANGELES — A back-and-forth game, but at the end, the nation saw why UCLA was the nation's top-ranked team.

Top overall seed UCLA beat regional No. 2-seed Baylor 11-6 in an elimination game of the NCAA Baseball Tournament Los Angeles Regional on Sunday.

With the win, the Bruins are two wins from hosting a Super Regional next week. The loss ends the Bears' season at 35-19.

UCLA opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run from Jake Pries to left field.

Baylor answered, quickly. In the second, an Andy Thomas double was immediately followed by a Davis Wendzel double. Then, Cole Haring hit a home run to straightaway center field which still hasn't landed to give BU a 3-2 lead.

After UCLA tied the game in the third, Haring hit another home run, this one a solo shot in the fourth, to re-take the lead for Baylor.

A Jeremy Ydens 2-RBI double in the bottom half gave the Bruins the lead for the final time.

Baylor finished the 2019 regular season in second place in the Big 12 Conference, which they led most of the season and could still have won on the final weekend.

Now, several Bears turn their attention toward Monday's Major League Baseball Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. CT.

Meanwhile, the LA Regional Final is All-LA, as the top-ranked Bruins match up with No. 3-seed Loyola-Marymount. A UCLA win Sunday night would force a decisive Game 7 Monday.