The College World Series kicked off yesterday with two games from Bracket One. The four teams in Bracket One are: Arizona, Florida State, Stony Brook and UCLA. UCLA and Florida State are the only two teams in Bracket One that are a national seed. The Pac-12 is represented by two teams in this bracket.
Here’s a recap on both games from Friday night:
Game One: Stony Brook (52-13) vs #2 UCLA (47-14)
W: A. Plutko
L: T. Johnson
UCLA continued their undefeated streak in the 2012 NCAA tournament with a victory over Stony Brook. The Bruins’ offense got going right away with five runs in the first inning including RBI singles by right fielder Jeff Gelalich (2 RBI) and first baseman Trevor Brown (1 RBI). UCLA starter, Adam Plutko, took control of the game from then on. Plutko went seven strong innings allowing only one run on five hits. Stony Brook starter, Tyler Johnson lasted two and third innings surrendering seven Bruins hits. UCLA wasn’t done yet. They scored two more in the third by two RBI double from second baseman Kevin Williams. The Bruins added a run in the fifth and eighth innings to close out the Seawolves
Game Two: Arizona (43-17) vs #3 Florida State (48-15)
W: M. Troupe
L: R. Benincasa
A matchup of two traditionally storied programs as the two programs have combined for 37 appearances in Omaha. The Florida State offense which scored 35 runs in two Super Regionals games was slowed down by Arizona pitching. Arizona got on the scoreboard first in the third inning with an RBI single by centerfielder Joey Rickard. Rickard later scored on another RBI single from cleanup hitter Robert Refsynder. Florida State third baseman Sherman Johnson answered with a solo home run in the bottom half of the third. Arizona would score their third run of the game in the fifth inning. Florida State tied the game in the sixth inning thanks to a two-RBI double by DH John Holland. The game would stay tied all the way until the 12th inning. In the top of the 12th, Rickard again started the Wildcats offense with a double and eventually scored on a Johnny Field double to break the tie and win the game.
UCLA advances to the Winner’s bracket to face Arizona on Sunday 6/17 at 9pm EST on ESPN2. This will be a meeting of the co-Pac 12 conference champions. The two teams meet in a three game series in early April at Arizona. The Bruins won the series 2-1 (which would help them win the conference tiebreaker) and outscored the Wildcats 24-9 through the three games, including a 15-3 victory in game two of the series.
Arizona – RHP Konner Wader (9-3, 4.49 ERA)
UCLA – RHP Nick Vander Tuig (10-3, 4.35 ERA)
Stony Brook will face Florida State in an elimination game on Sunday 6/17 at 5pm EST on ESPN2. The loser of this game will be sent home from Omaha after just three days. Stony Brook is no stranger to coming out of the loser’s bracket. They have been in the loser’s bracket in both the Coral Gables Regional and Baton Rouge Super Regional which they won both. Florida State is still searching for their first ever Baseball National Championship after appearing in Omaha 21 times.
FSU – RHP Mike Compton (11-2, 2.86 ERA)
Stony Brook – RHP Brandon McNitt (8-3, 2.50 ERA)