No. 22 UCLA Baseball Falls to No. 25 Baylor in Series Opener
Feb. 24, 2012
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.
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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