UCLA’s mantra for CWS finals: pitching and defense


June 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – UCLA’s Adam Plutko says he has confidence his teammates will give him enough run support to win in the College World Series finals against Mississippi State.  The Bruins (47-17) go into the best-of-three finals Monday night in Omaha, Neb., after having produced just eight runs in their last three games.
Plutko (9-3) said Sunday he’ll go to the mound for Game 1 worried only about his performance. He said he doesn’t feel pressure to hold down the opponent because of the Bruin’s difficulty scoring runs. Mississippi State coach John Cohen said he would start Trevor Fitts (0-0), who’ll be making only his sixth start of the season in 18 appearances.
The Bulldogs (51-18) have been the best-hitting team at the CWS, with a .297 average. Wes Rea is batting .462.