San Diego State's luck may have run out as they fell to a very good UCLA team in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, losing 5-3. UCLA was led by Adam Plutko who pitched seven strong innings, allowed just two runs and struck out four to improve to 5-0 in his career in the post season.
The UCLA offense which struggled all year had a good performance with Pat Gallagher going 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI, while Eric Filia and Shane Zeile each added multi-hit games of their own. Overall, their offense had 12 hits in the win.
San Diego State actually struck first when they got to Plutko in the second inning. The Aztecs drew a lead-off walk and then mishandled a bunt that allowed to put two men on with no outs A sacrifice bunt pushed the runners to second and third with the first run scored when catcher Jake Romanski hit into a fielders choice to score Tyler France. Romanski was the Aztecs bright spot as he ended up going 2 for 4, two runs and two RBI.
The bottom of the fourth is when the got away from San Diego State when UCLA scored three runs in the inning off of starter Ryan Doran, and the Bruins took a 4-1 lead. UCLA held on to that for the rest of the way.
San Diego State did have a chance in the top of the ninth. They entered the inning down 5-2 when Romanski came up big with a one-out double. He did end up scoring when Greg Allen hit a double, but not before Evan Potter struck out. With two outs and the tying run on the San Diego State offense was left up to Danny Sheenan, but he struck out looking to end the game by going 0 for 5 and being struck out twice.
San Diego State is now facing elimination on Saturday when they face No. 3 seed San Diego at 5 p.m. ET, and that game can be seen on ESPN3.