The UCLA Bruins made quick work of their first opponent of the 2012 College World Series, defeating Stony Brook by a score of 9-1. Baseball fans everywhere had become enamored with Stony Brook and their Cinderella run through the Super Regionals against LSU, but it's safe to say the Bruins made a statement on Friday afternoon with their win.
Adam Plutko made the start for UCLA and worked seven impressive innings of one-run ball. He surrendered just five hits and two walks, striking out seven in the process. Plutko improved to 12-3 this season and lowered his ERA to 2.48.
UCLA scored five runs in the first inning, which was more than enough for Plutko on this day. Stony Brook pushed one run across in the top of the third inning, but the Bruins responded with two runs of their own. They also added an insurance run in the sixth and eighth innings.
The Bruins will now have all of Friday night and Saturday to rest before taking the field once again on Sunday. They will face the winner of Arizona vs. Florida State. Stony Brook will face the loser of that game.