The UCLA Bruins got a tremendous pitching performance out of ace starting pitcher Adam Plutko, but the Maryland Terrapins spoiled the party at Jackie Robinson Stadium, scoring two runs in the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory over the Bruins in the opening game of the 2012 college baseball season.
Plutko struck out 10 batters in his seven scoreless innings, allowing only five hits and a walk. Plutko, who suffered a no-decision, did not allow a Maryland runner to reach second base until the sixth inning.
Bruins closer Scott Griggs entered the ninth inning with a 1-0 lead, but hit leadoff batter Kyle Convissar to open the inning. Ryan Holland, trying to sacrifice, reached base on an error by third baseman Cody Regis, and Griggs faltered from there. After a walk to load the bases, Griggs struck out Andrew Amaro, but then hit Jack Cleary for one run, then walked Alfredo Rodriguez for the second run.
UCLA designated hitter Brandon Allen had a double and two walks on the night, and Jeff Gelalich and Cody Keefer each had two hits for the Bruins. Nick Vander Tuig starts for the Bruins on Saturday at 2 p.m. PST, facing David Carroll for Maryland.
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