UCLA has never lost a postseason game with Adam Plutko on the mound. The Bruins are 6-0 when the junior right-hander starts.
The Plutko factor will get tested by Louisiana State when the Bruins and Tigers meet in a College World Series opener at 5 p.m. Sunday (today). The Tigers (57-9), the top-ranked team in the latest polls, have a .308 team batting average with a lineup that includes Alex Bergman (.380, six home runs, 52 runs batted in) and Mason Katz (.366, 15 HR, 68 RBIs).
Plutko is 5-0 with an 0.82 earned-run average in six postseason starts. He is hardly overpowering but has given up only 27 hits in 44 innings.
“Well, you know, you can’t help but admire that young man,” LSU Coach Paul Mainieri said. “If you looked up the word 'bulldog' in the dictionary, there would be a picture of their pitcher.”