Plutko Leads No. 14 UCLA Baseball Past No. 13 Purdue, 5-1

May 5, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Adam Plutko allowed one run and two hits through 8.1 innings, leading the No. 14 UCLA baseball team past No. 13 Purdue, 5-1, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Plutko (6-3) retired the first 16 consecutive Purdue hitters before David Miller grounded a single up the middle with one out in the top of the sixth inning. The right-hander from Upland, Calif., struck out seven batters with no walks and made 93 pitches.

Purdue (34-8) did not score until the top of the ninth inning, taking advantage of a leadoff hit-by-pitch drawn by Miller and a run-scoring fielder's choice groundout by Eric Charles.

UCLA (30-12) earned its 16th consecutive non-conference victory, scoring five runs on 10 hits. Pat Valaika (2-for-3) and Beau Amaral (2-for-4) each had two hits for the Bruins, while Trevor Brown (1-for-4) belted his third home run of the spring.

Purdue right-hander Joe Haase (7-1) absorbed his first loss in his 12th start of the season, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings. Haase recorded two strikeouts and issued three walks.

Brown's solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth put UCLA ahead, 1-0.

Keefer drilled a two-run double to the left field gap in the fifth, extending the Bruins' margin to 3-0. Keefer's one-out double scored Kevin Williams from third base and Beau Amaral from second.

UCLA loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but consecutive fly outs by Jeff Gelalich and Trevor Brown ended the Bruins' threat.

The Bruins added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to claim a 5-0 cushion. UCLA received consecutive singles from Kevin Kramer, Kevin Williams and Amaral to score two runs that inning.

David Berg recorded the final two outs in relief for the Bruins, making his conference-leading 29th relief appearance.

UCLA and Purdue are scheduled to play the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at 5 p.m. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast online, free of charge, at uclabruins.com.

Game Notes: UCLA has reached the 30-win plateau for the sixth time in the last seven seasons ... Adam Plutko pushed his team-leading strikeout total to 69 and lowered his earned-run average to 3.38 ... Saturday's opening game marked the first meeting between UCLA and Purdue since March 14, 2001, the only other contest featuring the Pac-12 and Big Ten baseball programs.



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at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
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at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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