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UCLA has held its opponents to two runs or fewer in 31 of 64 games and is 30-1 in those games.
Watson followed strong starts by Adam Plutko and Nick Vander Tuig with one of his own to help send the Bruins to the finals for the second time, and first since they were swept by South Carolina in 2010.
"I was trying to go pitch-to-pitch," Watson said, "and concentrate on hitting location since I know North Carolina has a bunch of great hitters. I knew I wasn't going to throw it by them at all. So I worried about locating."
Savage decided to go with Watson, who hadn't pitched in 19 days, instead of bringing back No. 1 starter Adam Plutko on four days of rest.
"I thought about it for less than five seconds," Savage said. "We know how good Grant is. He's been a big reason why we're here, and he was ready to pitch. I think he showed the whole country that he could pitch on a big stage."
Emanuel, the ACC player of the year and third-round pick of the Houston Astros, came into the game scuffling in the NCAA tournament. He had a 11.40 ERA over his last five appearances and didn't make it out of the third inning in the Tar Heels' CWS opener against North Carolina State.
The junior left-hander was solid in his 112-pitch outing. One of the two runs against him was unearned.
"Hopefully people feel like we played hard every game and represented college athletics and college baseball the right way," Fox said. "The winning is part of it certainly, but so many other special things went on throughout our season."
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Lester||6|
|Houston||7||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Philadelphia||39||2nd Qtr 8:57|
|Washington||36||2nd Qtr 6:51|
|Toronto||38||2nd Qtr 7:02|
|Orlando||9||1st Qtr 5:56|
|Pittsburgh||2||2nd Prd 11:03|
|Nashville||0||1st Prd :48|
|Los Angeles||8:00 PM|
|NY Islanders||9:00 PM|
|MD-Eastern Shore||67||2nd Half 3:50|
|William & Mary||39||2nd Half 15:36|
|Manhattan||35||2nd Half 16:02|
|Kent State||35||2nd Half 14:21|
|Ball State||32||2nd Half 16:15|
|Denver||19||2nd Half 15:10|
|North Dakota St||49|
|Central Mich||14||1st Half 5:06|
|Bowling Green||2||1st Half 15:07|
|St Marys-CA||8:00 PM|
|SC State||8:00 PM|
|Western Carolina||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||8:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|South Dakota St||58|
|(3) Louisville||27||2nd Half 15:50|
|Marquette||38||2nd Half 16:25|
|Kent State||15||2nd Half 15:43|
|Ohio U||30||2nd Half 8:43|
|American Univ||24||2nd Half 20:00|
|Holy Cross||58||2nd Half 7:28|
|San Jose St||36||1st Half 3:04|
|(5) West Virginia||8:00 PM|
|Air Force||9:00 PM|
|San Diego State|