OMAHA, Neb. - UCLA didn't take long to suck the life out of a College World Series crowd that wanted to see that lovable team from Long Island win yet another game during its amazing postseason run.
Adam Plutko turned in his third straight strong start and the No. 2 national seed Bruins jumped on CWS newcomer Stony Brook for five runs in the first inning on their way to a 9-1 victory in Friday's opener.
"We knew everybody was going to be rooting for these guys," UCLA leadoff man Beau Amaral said, "and being able to take the crowd out of it early is a pretty big deal."
The locals in Omaha always adopt an underdog as their favorite. Stony Brook, little known outside the Northeast, was an obvious choice after its magical run through the regional and super regional.
If the Bruins (48-14) were overlooked coming in because of the fanfare surrounding the Seawolves, they aren't any longer.
They sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning against Tyler Johnson (12-2), who allowed a season-high seven runs in a 2 1/3-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.
Plutko has given up three runs and 14 hits in 23 postseason 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.
The Seawolves are the first team from the Northeast to play at the CWS since Maine in 1986.