OMAHA, Neb. -- Stony Brook University baseball fell 9-1 Friday afternoon to No. 2 overall seed UCLA in game one of the College World Series at Omaha's TD Ameritrade Stadium. The Seawolves (52-14) will play the loser of Arizona/Florida State Sunday at 5 p.m. ET in an elimination game.
Bruins' starter Adam Plutko pitched 7.0 strong innings, giving up just five hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out seven Seawolves.
The times the Seawolves were able to get on base, Stony Brook wasn't able to capitalize, going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, including leaving the bases loaded in the second inning, while UCLA went 6-for-15 with runners on second or third. The Seawolves also went 0-for-9 with two outs
UCLA (48-14) posted five runs in the first inning to jump on top early. Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson, who went 2.1 innings and was tagged for a season-high seven earned runs with four walks, threw 40 first-inning pitches. The Bruins loaded the bases with back-to-back singles and then a walk to the number three hitter. Clean-up hitter Jeff Galalich lined a 3-2 pitch to right field to score two runs. Trevor Brown singled up the middle and Pat Valaika put down a perfect sacifice bunt to score two more runs. The Bruins rounded out the first-inning scoring two batters later with a run-scoring infield single which hit the third base bag.
Pat Cantwell accounted for the only Stony Brook run when he lifted a solo shot into the left field bull pen on a 3-1 pitch in the top of the third inning.
The Seawolves had runners in scoring position on second and third with no outs in the top of the fifth frame after Kevin Courtney walked and Sal Intagliata lined a double into left field. Travis Jankowski grounded out to first base and UCLA threw out Courtney at home plate to turn the double play. Cantwell fouled out to the catcher in front of the Stony Brook dugout to end the Seawolf threat.
Jasvir Rakkar pitched 4.1 innings of relief allowing just three hits and one run, while Joshua Mason went the final 1.1 innings allowing a run and a hit.
Stony Brook second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum led the Seawolves with two hits. Kevin Krause and Sal Intagliata each went 1-for-3.