No. 11 UCLA Baseball Falls to California, 5-1

March 22, 2013

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Los Angeles, Calif. - The 11th-ranked UCLA Baseball team (15-4, 3-1) dropped its first conference game of the year, falling to California, 5-1, on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Junior right-hander Adam Plutko took the loss to drop to 2-1 on the year after allowing five earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched. Freshman Ryan Mason earned the win for the Golden Bears after giving up one earned run in eight innings.

California took the early lead in the top of the first, when Devin Pearson led off with a double and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Devon Rodriguez then hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Pearson and giving the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead. UCLA would equalize in the bottom half of the inning though, starting when junior Brian Carroll got hit by a pitch to start the frame. After Carroll stole second and advanced to third on a fly out by sophomore Eric Filia, junior Pat Valaika brought him home with a groundout to short, tying the game at 1-1.

The pitchers took over from there, with both Mason and Plutko holding the opposition scoreless for the next five innings. From the second to the sixth inning, Plutko faced 17 batters, retiring 15 of them.

The Golden Bears would take the lead for good in the top of the seventh, going for four runs in the inning. The scoring started when Chris Paul hit a one-out RBI double off of Plutko with a runner on second to give California the 2-1 lead. After a strikeout and a walk, Brian Celsi then hit another double down the left-field line to score two and make the lead 4-1 in California's favor. Freshman Cody Poteet came in to relieve Plutko, and relinquished an RBI single to Pearson before getting the final out of the inning. UCLA's offense was unable to generate anything in the final three innings and the Golden Bears went on to take the 5-1 victory.

Carroll went 1-3 with a run and a stolen base to lead the Bruins, while Valaika, Shane Zeile, Cody Regis and Brenton Allen each tallied a hit apiece. Plutko finished the night with five strikeouts in his 6.2 innings of work.

UCLA and California (14-8, 4-0) will continue their three-game series tomorrow at 2 p.m. out at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Junior Nick Vander Tuig (3-2, 1.80) is scheduled to take the mound for the Bruins while senior left-hander Justin Jones (1-1, 4.62) will toe the slab for California.

Game Notes: Kevin Kramer and Brian Carroll each extended their streak of reaching base safely to 19 and 17 games respectively...Carroll was hit by a pitch twice tonight, bringing UCLA's season total to a Pac-12 leading 41 hit batters...UCLA's pitching staff extended their scoreless streak to 32.2 consecutive innings before giving up a run in the top of the first...Adam Plutko suffered his first loss since April 27, 2012...with his walk tonight, Cody Regis moved into ninth place on UCLA's all-time career walks list with 109.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 1
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 3
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
L, 0 - 6
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