April 12, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - Junior right-hander Adam Plutko struck out a season-high eight batters in seven shutout innings to propel the 17th-ranked UCLA Baseball team to a 2-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Friday night. Junior Brian Carroll's two-run single in the second inning provided UCLA with the only runs of the ballgame.
Plutko was terrific on the mound once again, not allowing a base runner until the fourth inning. He gave up just three hits and two walks on the night, earning the victory to improve to 4-2 on the year. Colin Welmon took the loss for the Lions after tossing 5.1 innings and giving up two runs on three hits while walking eight. Sophomore David Berg picked up his seventh save of the year after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
As mentioned above, the Bruins scored the only runs of the night in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Shane Zeile led off with a walk and moved to second on a single by senior Cody Regis. After Zeile was thrown out at third on a bunt attempt by Kevin Williams, junior Brenton Allen drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Carroll then stepped to the plate and laced a single to right, bringing in Regis and Williams and giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. UCLA did have chances to increase their lead in the third inning and seventh innings, but both times double plays ended the Bruins' scoring chances.
Plutko would make Carroll's two-run single hold up though, as he cruised through the first four frames. In the fifth, he ran into some trouble, giving up his first hit of the ballgame to lead off the inning. Eventually LMU put runners on first and third with one out, but Plutko struck out Chris Barnett and got Kevin Garcia to ground back to the pitcher to end the threat.
That would be as close as LMU would come to scoring all night, as Plutko allowed just one base runner in each of the next two innings before giving way to junior Zack Weiss in the eighth. Weiss shut down the Lions in the eighth and Berg slammed the door shut in the ninth to seal the win for the Bruins.
Carroll went 1-3 with two RBI and two walks in the game to lead the Bruins at the plate. Zeile followed that up with a 1-2 night with two walks while Regis and sophomore Chris Keck added hits as well.
The Bruins (21-9) will continue their series with Loyola Marymount (17-16) tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Junior right-hander Nick Vander Tuig (4-3, 2.18 ERA) will take the mound for UCLA.
Game Notes: As a team, UCLA drew nine walks in the game, one shy of their season-high of 10...this was the fourth shutout of the season for the Bruins...in his last three starts, Adam Plutko has struck out 22 batters in 22 innings pitched, giving up just five runs (three earned)... Plutko has also not surrendered an earned run in his last two starts (14 total innings)...tonight's win was career win number 23 for Plutko, moving him into a tie for sixth on UCLA's all-time career wins list...Shane Zeile has now hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games...Brian Carroll has also now hit safely in 23 of UCLA's 30 games...the Bruins improved to 18-0 on the season when they hold their opponent to three runs or fewer.