Feb. 22, 2013
Waco, Tex. - The No. 2 ranked UCLA Baseball team picked up their third win in a row, edging the Baylor Bears, 4-3, in the series opener at Baylor Ballpark. Junior Adam Plutko earned his first win of the year after giving up just one run in six innings.
Right-hander Max Garner took the loss for Baylor after going five innings and giving up an earned run.
Junior Brian Carroll led the Bruins at the plate, going 3-4 with a RBI and two stolen bases to bring his total to four on the year. Sophomore catcher Shane Zeile followed that up with a 2-4 effort of his own, knocking in a RBI as well.
The Bruins again got off to a hot start, recording three hits and a run in the first inning to go ahead early, 1-0. After junior Pat Valaika doubled with two outs, senior Cody Regis, making his first start of the year, singled to center to score Valaika and put the Bruins ahead, 1-0. Baylor would tie it up in the bottom half of the inning though, as Cal Towey hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to even the game at 1-1.
UCLA would take back the lead in the top of the third inning, when Zeile picked up his first hit of the year with an RBI single to left, scoring Kramer and giving the Bruins the 2-1 lead.
In the fifth inning, Baylor threatened by getting Adam Toth into scoring position with one out. But the Bruins executed a strike `em out, throw `em out double play to get out of the inning still ahead by one.
In the top of the sixth, Carroll added an insurance run for UCLA, scoring Shane Zeile with a two-out single down the left field line to make it 3-1 Bruins. UCLA tacked on another run in the top of the seventh when sophomore Eric Filia scored on a wild pitch by Baylor pitcher Crayton Bare, increasing the lead to 4-1.
Baylor fought back though, and in the bottom half of the inning cut the deficit to two when pinch-hitter Brett Doe hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Jake Miller. The Bears eventually got two runners on with two outs, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate in Lawton Langford. But David Berg got Langford to ground out back to the pitcher to end the inning.
Once again Baylor threatened in the bottom of the eighth, getting two runners on with one out. But for the second straight inning, Berg worked out of trouble, inducing a groundout and a strikeout to end the threat. Freshman James Kaprielian came on in the ninth and after giving up a run on a bases loaded walk, was able to get Wes Mercurio to ground out to Zeile to seal the 4-3 victory for UCLA and earn his first career save.
UCLA and Baylor will continue their three-game series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. PT. Nick Vander Tuig (1-0, 0.00) will take the mound for the Bruins.
Game Notes: With the win, Adam Plutko improved to 8-0 in his last nine starts, going at least six innings in each of them...Plutko has also logged a 1.14 ERA in his last nine starts...today was the third consecutive game that the Bruins have scored at least one run in the first inning...Kevin Kramer and Pat Gallagher were both hit by a pitches in the game, which brings UCLA's total to 10 hit batters through four games...Brian Carroll posted his third multi-hit game in four games this year, raising his average to a team-leading .533...all four of UCLA's runs tonight were scored with two outs.