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No. 1 UCLA remained undefeated by beating the Illinois baseball team, 14-1, in Sunday's Frisco Classic championship game. 

 

The Illini entered the Frisco Classic as the only unranked team and left with a 2-1 record, including ranked wins over No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 23 Oklahoma State.

 

Illinois (5-4) held a 1-0 lead after one inning before UCLA (11-0) took control with two runs in the second inning, then 12 runs in the final four frames. Kellen Sarver drove in Illinois' only run with a two-out double over the left fielders head in the first inning to score Taylor Jackson, who led off the game with a walk and stolen base. 

 

UCLA had 17 hits and went 9-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Former first-round pick Matt McClain led the Bruins with four hits and four RBIs, while projected first-round pick Garrett Mitchell had two hits, three runs, and four RBIs. Mikey Perez scored five runs out of the No. 8-hole. 

 

Aidan Maldonado (0-2) kept Illinois in the game by allowing two runs through the first four innings before UCLA started to rally. He took the loss after allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. 

Infielder Braden Comia and catcher Jacob Campbell were named to the All-Tournament team for the weekend.

 

Illinois will regroup for its home opener on Tuesday against Chicago State at Illinois Field. The Illini travel to Elon for a three-game series next weekend.

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