UCLA Holds Off UW For 2-0 Win At Safeco Field
May 11, 2012
SEATTLE - UCLA's Adam Plutko out-dueled Washington ace Aaron West as the 11th-ranked Bruins shut out the Washington baseball team, 2-0, Friday night at Safeco Field.
The Bruins improved to 33-13 overall and 13-9 in the Pac-12 with the win. Washington fell to 26-19 and 11-11 in conference play.
Plutko (7-3) went seven innings for the win, holding the Huskies scoreless on five hits and three walks while striking out four. David Berg pitched the eighth and Scott Griggs worked the ninth, picking up his 12th save.
West (6-5) gave up two runs on five hits over his eight innings of work to take the loss. He struck out two and walked only one.
UCLA opened the scoring in the top of the third, breaking up a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings for West. Cody Regis walked and Kevin Williams was hit by a pitch to put two on for Tyler Heineman, who's two-out, line-drive single up the middle drove in two to stake the Bruins to a 2-0 lead.
The Huskies had a few good scoring chances, but couldn't break through in the early going. In the first, they got two aboard with one out and loaded the bases with two, but didn't get on the board. In the fifth, singles from Ty Afenir and Jayce Ray put runners at the corners with no outs, but a pop to first, a fly to shallow left and a strikeout ended the threat with the Bruins still in front, 2-0.
UCLA's Cody Keefer and Jeff Gelalich were the only players on either side with two hits in the game, each finishing 2-for-4. Neither team had an extra-base hit.
The Huskies and Bruins resume the series Saturday at Husky Ballpark in a 2:00 p.m. game.