EUGENE, Ore. – Adam Plutko’s shutout completed the series sweep for UCLA as the Ducks fell 4-0 on Sunday at PK Park.
With the loss, Oregon (23-23, 5-13) was swept for just the second time this season and falls back to .500 for the first time since April 9.
The Bruins (27-16, 14-7) swept their third series of the year and had pitchers toss back-to-back complete games.
Plutko (4-3), a freshman, held Oregon to a season low two hits in his nine innings on the mound, as the right-hander tossed the first complete game shutout of his career. He issued just one walk while striking out seven.
His counterpart, Alex Keudell, shut out UCLA on five hits and four walks over six and 2/3 innings, while fanning four. It was the right-hander’s sixth quality start of the season as UCLA stranded eight base runners while Keudell was on the hill.
But soon after Keudell’s exit, the Bruins were able to take advantage.
UCLA took a one-run lead in the top of the eighth with Kellen Moen (1-4) on the hill as the right-hander surrendered the game’s first run on three consecutive singles. Back-to-back base knocks put runners on the corners before Cody Keefer’s RBI single drove in the game-winning run in Dean Espy.
Scott McGough took over and recorded three consecutive outs, including making an athletic play to save a run in a play at the plate, but he was not so lucky in the top of the ninth.
McGough was responsible for all three UCLA runs as the flood gates opened for the Bruins. UCLA scored three runs on five hits as three different Oregon pitchers – McGough, Porter Clayon and Brando Tessar - saw time on the mound.
Keefer finished his day with a 2-for-3, two RBI performance, while Cody Regis was a perfect 4-for-4 with one run driven in. Kevin Williams was 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Beau Amaral drove in a run and scored a run.
Plutko retired the first eight batters he faced, and after surrendering a single to Brett Thomas in the bottom of the fourth, the right-hander mowed down the next nine batters before issuing a leadoff walk to Stefan Sabol in the bottom of the seventh.
With Garlick pinch running for Sabol, a sacrifice followed by a groundout moved Garlick to third as he represented the go-ahead run. Plutko then took a full count to Aaron Jones before the rookie right-fielder went down swinging.
The Ducks have five games this week, beginning with two games against Seattle on the road. The Redhawks and Ducks will play the first game Tuesday at Cheney Stadium – home of the Tacoma Rainiers – with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday’s contest will be a 12:30 p.m. first pitch at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
Oregon will return to PK Park to host a three-game Pac-10 series with Stanford on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Notes: Danny Pulfer’s streak of reaching base safely ended at 31 consecutive games as the Ducks’ second baseman went 0-for-4…Oregon is now at .500 for the first time since April 9 (14-14)…the Ducks were shut out for just the third time this season and were held to a season low two hits...the Ducks were swept for the second time this season and were swept at home for the first time since losing three to Arizona (May 22-24, 2009) .