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The Seawolves couldn't push across a run either time. Plutko got a strikeout and pop foul to end the second. In the fifth, UCLA first baseman Trevor Brown threw out Kevin Courtney at home after Travis Jankowski grounded out, though it appeared on television replays that Courtney touched the plate ahead of Tyler Heineman's tag.
"Any pitcher knows that you get a lot of confidence when your team starts scoring runs. It makes it easier to pitch," Plutko said. "They did a good job coming back in the top of the second inning. They really put the pressure on. I got out of it, but it gives the team a lot of confidence, and gives the pitcher, for sure, a lot of confidence."
The Bruins, winners of 10 straight and 20 of their last 22, have outscored the competition 42-10 in six NCAA tournament games.
They wasted no time getting to Johnson, who came in 3-0 in the NCAA tournament and off wins in 12 straight decisions since a March 2 loss to East Carolina.
Johnson said his heavy workload the past two weeks wasn't a factor.
"At this point of the year no one's really 100 percent," he said. "We've got guys going out there with little bumps and bruises here and there. But fact of the matter is, I just wasn't on today. I had a good five days to rest, so as much as people may say it was overworking, it was just me being off today and a good UCLA team took advantage."
Beau Amaral and Heineman singled and Cody Keefer walked before Gelalich, the Cincinnati Reds' first-round draft pick, singled down the right-field line for two runs. Brown followed with an RBI single and Pat Valaika's safety squeeze bunt made it 4-0.
The Seawolves' hard luck continued when Kevin Kramer's grounder bounced off the third base bag before William Carmona could make a play, allowing another run to score.
It was the third time this season Stony Brook has allowed five or more runs in an inning. The Seawolves fell behind 5-0 in the first inning against Missouri State in a regional elimination game but rallied to win 10-7.
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