OMAHA, Neb. - The Stony Brook University baseball team lost 9-1 to the UCLA Bruins in the opening game of the NCAA Mens' College World Series.
Adam Plutko turned in a third-straight strong start and UCLA jumped on College World Series newcomer Stony Brook for five runs in the first inning on its way to a 9-1 victory in Friday's opener.
The No. 2 national seed Bruins (48-14) sent 10 batters to the plate in the first against Tyler Johnson (12-2), who allowed a season-high seven runs in 2 1-3 innings. Jeff Gelalich's bases-loaded single opened the scoring, and Kevin Williams' two-run double off Jasvir Rakkar in the third made it 7-1.
Pat Cantwell's homer accounted for Stony Brook's only run off Plutko (12-3), who allowed five hits and struck out seven in seven innings.
Plutko has given up three runs and 14 hits in 23 postseason innings.
The Seawolves will next face the loser of the Arizona-Florida State University game.
AP wires were used in this report.Stony Brook Seawolves headed to College World Series