Adam Plutko turned in a third consecutive strong start and UCLA jumped on College World Series newcomer Stony Brook for five runs in the first inning on its way to a 9-1 victory in Friday's opener.
The No. 2 national seed Bruins (48-14) sent 10 batters to the plate in the first against Tyler Johnson (12-2), who allowed a season-high seven runs in a 21/3-inning outing that was his shortest of the year. Jeff Gelalich's bases-loaded single opened the scoring, and Kevin Williams' two-run double off Jasvir Rakkar in the third made it 7-1.
Pat Cantwell's homer accounted for Stony Brook's only run off Plutko (12-3), who allowed five hits and struck out seven in seven innings.
Stony Brook (52-14), a Division I baseball program for only 12 years, emerged on the national scene this week with its "Shock The World" mantra after upsetting powerful LSU in a three-game super regional in Baton Rouge, La.
On college baseball's biggest stage they were no match for a UCLA team that has won 134 games the past three seasons — the best stretch in program history.