No. 7 UCLA Baseball Drops Series Opener to Arizona State, 4-1

March 28, 2013

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Tempe, Ariz. - The seventh-ranked UCLA Baseball team fell in their first Pac-12 road game of the season, dropping a 4-1 decision to Arizona State on Thursday night at Packard Stadium.

Trevor Williams earned the win for the Sun Devils, allowing one run in 7.2 innings pitched. Junior Adam Plutko took the loss, despite pitching eight strong innings for the Bruins. Plutko gave up just four hits, striking out seven and allowing four runs (three earned).

Arizona State scored in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead on the Bruins. After two hit batters and a walk loaded the bases, Plutko gave up an RBI groundout to Jake Peevyhouse, giving the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead.

Plutko would settle in after that though, not allowing a run in the next three innings while setting down nine of the 10 batters he faced. The Bruins also threatened in the second, third and fourth innings, putting men in scoring position each time with two outs. However, Williams was able to get out of the inning each time to hold UCLA scoreless.

Arizona State would add to its lead in the bottom of the fifth. Plutko walked Drew Stankiewicz to start the inning, and then Stankiewicz stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Shane Zeile. Two batters later, Casey Coffman grounded out to second, scoring Stankiewicz to make it 2-0 Sun Devils. Arizona State would get another run in the top of the seventh, as Stankiewicz hit an RBI double off Plutko with a runner on third to increase Arizona State's lead to 3-0.

UCLA's offense scratched across a run in the top of the eighth to cut the deficit, as Pat Valaika hit a two-out RBI single to score Eric Filia to make it 3-1. Kevin Williams walked in the next at-bat to bring the go-ahead run to the plate in Shane Zeile, but Zeile grounded out to second and the threat was ended.

Arizona State tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth on a solo home run by Michael Benjamin. In the top of the ninth, Christoph Bono and Brian Carroll drew back-to-back walks with two outs to bring up Filia. Filia popped out to shortstop though, ending the game and giving Arizona State the 4-1 win.

Filia led the Bruins at the plate, going 3-5 with a run and a stolen base. Senior Cody Regis followed that up with a 2-4 effort while Valaika, Zeile and Bono each tallied hits as well.

UCLA (17-5, 5-2 Pac-12) and Arizona State (14-7-1, 3-4 Pac-12) will continue their three-game series tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium. Junior Nick Vander Tuig will take the mound for the Bruins.

Game Notes: Brian Carroll extended his streak of reaching base safely to 20 consecutive games...Kevin Kramer's streak of reaching base safely in 21 straight games was snapped tonight...Plutko's eight innings pitched were a season-high...his eight innings also go down as a complete game, marking the fourth time in his career that he has pitched a complete game...Eric Filia matched a career-high with his three hits in the ballgame...Cody Regis improved his average in conference play to a team-leading .444 with his 2-4 performance.


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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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