No. 22 UCLA Baseball Falls to No. 25 Baylor in Series Opener

Feb. 24, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 22 UCLA baseball team lost to No. 25 Baylor, 15-3, in the opening game of a three-game non-conference series Friday evening at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Baylor (6-0) scored three runs in the third inning and added two more in the fourth to secure a 5-0 lead. Leading 6-2 after six innings, the visiting Bears broke the game open with an eight-run seventh inning.

UCLA right-hander Adam Plutko (0-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs and five hits in 3.1 innings. Plutko struck out three batters and issued four walks.

Baylor right-hander Trent Blank (3-0) earned the win in relief of Josh Turley, limiting the Bruins (2-3) to one hit in three scoreless frames.

Logan Vick led Baylor at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, three runs and two RBI. Nathan Orf went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. Adam Toth went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI.

Baylor scored three two-out runs in the top of the third inning to lead, 3-0. The Bears drew consecutive hit-by-pitches, before Max Muncy and Josh Ludy were walked, scoring one run. Vick followed with a two-run double to right field before Plutko struck out Dan Evatt to end the frame.

The Bruins received 2-for-4 efforts from Cody Keefer and Trevor Brown.

UCLA got on the board with one run in the bottom of the fourth and cut Baylor's cushion to 6-2 with another run in the fifth inning.

The Bruins resume their three-game series against Baylor on Saturday at 2 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.

Game Notes: UCLA catcher Tyler Heineman threw out Baylor's only attempted base stealer on a double play (strikeout, caught stealing) to end a scoring threat in the first inning...Heineman has thrown out all four attempted base stealers in four games behind the plate this season...Cody Keefer's 2-for-4 effort elevated the left fielder's batting average to a team-leading .429 mark...UCLA dropped to 0-2 in the all-time series against Baylor...Chase Brewer threw a career-high 2.1 innings in relief, allowing one run and four hits.



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