April 19, 2013
Eugene, Ore. - Behind a gem of a performance on the mound from junior Adam Plutko, the 13th-ranked UCLA Baseball team defeated the Oregon Ducks, 1-0, on Friday night at PK Park. Plutko gave up just three hits in seven scoreless innings, matching a season-high with eight strikeouts.
Plutko also improved to 5-2 with the win, earning his third consecutive victory. Tommy Thorpe took the loss for the Ducks to fall to 5-4 while sophomore David Berg threw two scoreless innings in relief to get his ninth save of the year.
UCLA got some nice defense in the bottom of the second, as Oregon's Tyler Baumgartner came to the plate with a runner on first and one out. Baumgartner ripped a line drive toward the first base side, but junior Pat Gallagher made a great diving snag before stepping on first for the double play.
The Bruins got something going in the top of the third, starting when junior Brian Carroll led off the inning with a single. Sophomore Kevin Kramer then laid a bunt down the third base line, drawing a wild throw from Oregon third baseman Mitchell Tolman that allowed Kramer to move to second and Carroll to advance to third. Two batters later, sophomore Shane Zeile walked to load the bases with one out. However, sophomore Eric Filia struck out looking and Gallagher flew out to center to end the threat.
After neither side scored for the first four frames, UCLA finally broke through in the top of the fifth. Carroll led off with a walk, stole second and then advanced to third on a single by Kramer. Junior Pat Valaika then hit into a 5-4-3 double play in the next at-bat, but Carroll scored on the play to make it 1-0 Bruins.
Plutko continued to set the Ducks down, not relinquishing a hit until the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Oregon put runners on first and third with one out, bringing Tolman to the plate. With a 3-2 count, Tolman fouled one off towards the UCLA dugout, but Kramer made a fantastic catch while falling into the dugout to get the Bruins out of the inning.
That one run proved to be all that the Bruins needed, as Plutko shut down the Ducks in the seventh and Berg retired six of the seven batters he faced in the eighth and ninth to secure the victory.
Kramer led the offense with a 2-4 night while Carroll went 1-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Senior Cody Regis recorded UCLA's only other hit in the game.
UCLA (24-10, 8-5 Pac-12) will continue its series with Oregon (28-9, 12-4 Pac-12) tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Tomorrow's game will again be broadcast live by the Pac-12 Networks.
Game Notes: In his last four starts, Adam Plutko is 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 30 strikeouts...Plutko also moved into a tie for fifth place on UCLA's all-time wins list with his 24th career victory tonight...Plutko has not allowed a run in his last 21 innings of work...David Berg has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances (14.2 total innings)...Berg also lowered his ERA to a team-best 0.88 with his two scoreless innings...no Bruin recorded a RBI tonight, with the only run of the game being scored on a double play...Cody Regis extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games...Brian Carroll's 21 stolen bases rank as the second most by a UCLA player in a single season since 1999.