Plutko Leads No. 16 UCLA Baseball to 2-0 Win at No. 9 Georgia
March 9, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Adam Plutko threw his second career complete game shutout, striking out 11 batters with no walks, as the No. 16 UCLA baseball earned a 2-0 win against No. 9 Georgia before 1,947 fans at Foley Field on Friday night.
Plutko (2-1) earned the victory, scattering just five hits to lift the Bruins (10-3) to their seventh straight win in the opening game of a three-game non-conference series.
"Tonight's win was a great start for our team," said Plutko, a sophomore right-hander from Upland, Calif. "Georgia is a very talented team and they have great hitters. I felt good on the mound. It was a good matchup the whole night. It's one game for us, and we need to move on to tomorrow."
Plutko did not allow any hits from the second through fifth innings and retired Georgia (11-3) in order in a 15-pitch ninth inning. UCLA recorded its second shutout in as many games, after having blanked UC Riverside, 4-0, on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles.
Georgia's Alex Wood (3-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering two runs and six hits in 6.2 innings. The 6-foot-4 left-hander logged five strikeouts and one walk in his fourth start of the year.
Brown's two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning came after Gelalich reached base with a single through the left side of the infield. Brown went 1-for-3 with two RBI, launching his second career home run.
Gelalich hit safely in each of his four at-bats and had one double, lifting his batting average to a .478 mark.
Kevin Williams elevated his batting average to a team-high .483 clip, going 2-for-3 with one double and one walk.
Georgia's Nelson Ward went 2-for-4 at the plate as the Bulldogs' leadoff hitter.
UCLA and Georgia return to action Saturday afternoon at 11 a.m. (PT)/2 p.m. (ET). That contest will be televised by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast. Sunday's series finale is slated to begin at 10 a.m. (PT)/1 p.m. (ET).
Game Notes: UCLA's pitching staff has logged 23.1 consecutive scoreless innings, dating to the top of the fourth inning of an 11-2 win over Sacramento State (March 4) ... the Bruins have used eight pitchers through their scoreless innings streak ... Tyler Heineman, Jeff Gelalich and Cody Keefer have reached base safely in each of UCLA's 13 games ... Adam Plutko's previous complete game shutout came in UCLA's 4-0 win at Oregon on May 8, 2011 ... Plutko lowered his earned-run average to 2.13 ... Heineman's 12-game hitting streak came to an end ... a leadoff single by Nelson Ward in the bottom of the sixth marked Georgia's first hit since its second batter of the game ... UCLA stranded 10 runners on base while Georgia left six runners on base.
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