No. 12 UCLA Baseball Defeats Wright State, 6-3

March 1, 2013

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Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 12 UCLA Baseball team scored five runs in the second inning and got another strong start from junior Adam Plutko to propel them to a 6-3 victory over Wright State on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Plutko picked up his second win of the season after allowing earned three runs in six innings of work. Casey Henn took the loss for Wright State, dropping to 1-2 after giving up six earned runs in five innings. Sophomore David Berg recorded his first save of the season after striking out two in the ninth inning.

UCLA's five run second inning started when junior Brian Carroll grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to score Shane Zeile. Kevin Kramer then singled through the left side in the next at-bat to score Ty Moore to make the lead 2-0 Bruins. The next hitter was Pat Valaika, who crushed a three-run homer to left to give the Bruins a five-run advantage.

The Raiders got two runs back in the top of third, when Mark Fowler hit a two-run home run off Plutko to cut the lead to 5-2. Plutko would retire the next three batters in the inning though to avoid further damage. Wright State would strike again in the next inning when Beau Phillips singled up the middle with two outs to score Justin Kopale, dropping the UCLA's lead to 5-3.

The Bruins wouldn't stay down for long, getting another run in the bottom of the fourth on another Kramer single to up the lead back to three. Plutko settled down in the next two innings, retiring six of the next seven batters to preserve the 6-3 lead. From there, UCLA's trio of Max Schuh, Zack Weiss and Berg shut down the Raiders, allowing just one walk in the final three innings of work to seal the 6-3 victory.

Overall, Kramer led the Bruins by going 3-4 with two RBI, a run and a career-high two stolen bases. Despite going 0-3 at the plate, Carroll managed to get on base twice and make the most of it, stealing three bases and scoring two runs.

The Bruins and Raiders will continue their three-game set tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. out at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Junior right-hander Nick Vander Tuig (1-1, 1.50 ERA) will take the mound for UCLA.

Game Notes: With the win, Adam Plutko improved to 9-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his last 10 starts...Kevin Kramer and Pat Valaika have now both reached base in all eight games this season...it was just the eighth career start at second base in Cody Regis's four-year career (181 games played)...Berg earned just his second career save in 56 appearances....Berg's other save came against TCU last year in the second game of the NCAA Super Regionals...the Bruins had two more batters hit in the game, upping their season total to 24...UCLA's pitchers retired 14 of the final 15 batters in the game...UCLA's base runners were a perfect 5-5 on steal attempts.


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Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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