June 15, 2012
Game 1 Notes
Bruins ride five-run first to
win over Seawolves
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – The Bruins busted the glass
slipper before the ball got started.
No. 2 UCLA scored five in the first on its way to
a 9-1 win over Stony Brook in the opening game of the 2012
College World Series in front of an estimated crowd of 23,000 at
TC Ameritrade Park.
The Bruins (47-14) extended their win streak to
10 and will face the winner of the Florida State-Arizona game on
Sunday at 8 p.m. CT. The Seawolves (52-13) will face the loser
of that contest in an elimination game on Sunday at 4 p.m. CT.
UCLA grabbed control early. Beau Amaral had a
leadoff single up the middle in the bottom of the first. Tyler
Heineman had a hit-and-run single in the hole at short and a
walk to Cody Keefer loaded the bases. After fouling off several
pitches, Jeff Gelalich laced a two-run single to right. Trevor
Brown had a run-scoring single, Pat Valaika added a nice safety
squeeze and Kevin Kramer had a RBI single off the third base bag
to give the Bruins a 5-0 advantage.
“The game could not have started any better for
us,” said UCLA head coach John Savage. “We had some plate
discipline, had some quality at-bats and we were fortunate we
got some runs.”
Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson (12-2, 5 H, 7
R, 4 BB, 1 K) got knocked out after 2.1 innings, his shortest
outing of the season.
“I just wasn’t on today,” Johnson said. “No
excuse over the workload. It was just me being off today and a
good UCLA team took advantage.’
Stony Brook got on the board in the top of the
third on a homer down the left field line by Pat Cantwell, his
second of the season, to make it 5-1.
Kevin Williams had a two-run double to center in
the third to push the lead to 7-1. Kramer doubled and scored on
a base hit by Amaral as the Bruins extended the advantage to
8-1. Valiaka added a RBI single in the eighth to complete the
UCLA starter Adam Plutko (12-3) was the
beneficiary of the early production. The sophomore right-hander
(pictured above) worked seven innings with five hits, one run, two walks and
“Adam battled,” Savage said. “He was up to 112
pitches. Adam has not thrown a lot of pitches in his starts this
season, so he’s got a lot of gas in the tank. His pitch count
has been really low all season long.”
The Seawolves has a couple chances to get some
runs, but Plutko was able to work out of it. SBU loaded the
bases in the second with one out, but a strikeout and a foul out
ended the threat. The Seawolves had runners on second and third
with no outs in the fifth. Travis Jankowski grounded out to
Brown at first. Kevin Courtney delayed and then broke for home
from third. Brown threw to the plate and Courtney was called
out, though replay showed that he was safe.
“We had some chances with people in scoring
position with less than two outs and we didn’t take advantage of
that,” said SBU head coach Matt Senk. “We have been taking
advantage of that throughout the tournament and throughout the
Freshman David Berg pitched the final two
innings, with no hits, one walk and one strikeout. It was his
48th appearance, the second-highest total in NCAA history. Berg
has pitched in 23 of UCLA’s past 24 contests.
(photo courtesy of UCLA Media Relations Office)