While most of the fans in Omaha may have been pulling for the underdog early, UCLA Bruins pitcher Adam Plutko put any thoughts of an upset to bed early. Plutko turned in another solid start for the #2 nationally seeded Bruins as they jumped on the CWS newcomers, Stony Brook, for five runs in the first inning on their way to a 9-1 victory in Friday’s opener.
The Bruins sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning against Tyler Johnson (12-2), who allowed a season-high seven runs in 2.1 innings, his shortest of the year. It was the third time this season Stony Brook has allowed five or more runs in an inning.
However, don’t count out the Seawolves just yet. They fell behind 5-0 in the first inning against Missouri State in a regional elimination game but rallied to win 10-7. Stony Brook has staved off elimination five times in the tournament and will have to do it again Sunday in order to extend its stay in Omaha.