Hey folks - Ryan has been having some major computer issues that's why he hasn't been around here last few days. No one can replace him when it comes to blogging on UCLA baseball but given how he has gotten so many of you hooked thought I'd share the results from the weekend. Bruins lost to LMU today which is too bad because as LA noted the immortal Jackie Robinson was honored today. But the good news is that no. 17 Bruins won the weekend series. Plutko got it done on Friday night:
Junior right-hander Adam Plutko struck out a season-high eight batters in seven shutout innings to propel the 17th-ranked UCLA Baseball team to a 2-0 win over Loyola Marymount on Friday night. Junior Brian Carroll's two-run single in the second inning provided UCLA with the only runs of the ballgame.
Plutko was terrific on the mound once again, not allowing a base runner until the fourth inning. He gave up just three hits and two walks on the night, earning the victory to improve to 4-2 on the year. Colin Welmon took the loss for the Lions after tossing 5.1 innings and giving up two runs on three hits while walking eight. Sophomore David Berg picked up his seventh save of the year after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The No. 17 UCLA Baseball team got 6.2 strong innings on the mound from junior Nick Vander Tuig and another shutout effort from its bullpen to earn a 3-1 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon.
Vander Tuig won his fifth game of the season after surrendering just four hits in 6.2 innings pitched, allowing one run and striking out five. He also walked just one batter in his 6.2 innings of work. Aaron Griffin took the loss for the Lions after giving up three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. For the second straight game, sophomore David Berg pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.
Bruins (22-10) have a tough stretch coming up this week. They go down to Irvine during midweek to take on a pretty good UCI (23-9) team and then head up to Eugene for a very tough weekend matchup against the Ducks. While the pitching is holding up nicely to date (at least based on what I have read here and on the official site) how worried should we be about our offense? Would love to hear thoughts from those who follow the team closely.