Garza vs. Plutko as Cal State Fullerton, UCLA square off for spot in 2013 College World Series

garzaWho’s the most dominant pitcher in the area during the past five years?
The answer could come Friday at 4 p.m. when former Area Players of the Year Adam Plutko, of Glendora, and Justin Garza, of Bonita, square off to lead Southern California collegiate baseball powers UCLA and Cal State Fullerton, who meet for game one of a NCAA Super Regional at Fullerton’s Goodwin Field.
The best of three series, which will decide a spot in the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., continues with 7 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday. The matchup also features some of the Valley’s best players in recent years.
Besides Plutko, who led Glendora to its first CIF-Southern Section title in 2010, UCLA also features former Glendora standout Cody Regis at second base, and Bishop Amat’s David Berg, who is the top closer in the country. Fullerton looks to Garza, who last season led Bonita to its first CIF-SS crown since 1951, and Northview’s Richy Pedroza, who starts at shortstop. Other locals on the the rosters are UCLA reliever Jake Ehret (San Dimas), and Fullerton reserves David Olmedo-Barrera (St. Francis), Henry Omana (Diamond Bar) and Dave Birosak (Chino Hills).

Here’s a brief look at the local’s fab five, who should make an impact this weekend:
plutkoJUSTIN GARZA: The freshman, who was 25-1 during his last two years at Bonita, has picked up where he left off, brining a 12-0 record and a
1.92 ERA into Friday’s opener. He also has a team-high 89 strikeouts. He was Big West Pitcher of the Year and received a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honor. Fullerton is also 16-0 when he starts.
ADAM PLUTKO: Since leading Glendora to its first division title in 2010, has been money for UCLA, going 27-10 in three seasons, including 8-3 this season, with a 2.51 ERA.
DAVID BERG: The sophomore is the top closer in the country, brining a 6-0 record with a 0.81 ERA, along with a school-record 20 saves. He was Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and is a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year.
bergRICHY PEDROZA: The senior is the little engine that makes the Titans go. He is hitting .270 with a .394 on-base percentage while scoring 47 runs. The shortstop is also the glue of the Titans’ infield, catching nearly everything hit his way. He was named Big West Defensive Player of the Year.
CODY REGIS: He’s a three-year starter and a key part of UCLA, which is seeking its third trip to the CWS in four seasons. Regis is hitting .240, with 18 RBIs. He has scored 16 runs.
SERIES NOTES: This is the team’s third meeting in the Super Regionals since 2007. Fullerton swept the Bruins in 2007, with UCLA winning two of three in 2010. The host Titans won both meetings this season, although those were weekday games.

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  • GP AKA Green Machine

    This is a great story…So many say that OC baseball is better than SGV baseball…. I beg to differ. Two SGV stars on center Stage in OC… I got UCLA to win this game.

  • FredJ

    I’ve got to go with UCLA on this …

    • Harvey Wendelstadt

      4pm start is a killer. I wonder why they did that? You would think that tv ratings would be better at 7pm because college baseball is such a regional sport. Strange choice. They will sell that game out at whatever time they choose to play it, but that time is far from optimal.

  • Valley Athletics

    The 3 players that where part of last 3 sgv championship teams.

  • The truth and nothing but…

    It’s nice to see local talents staying home and contribute to their team success in a major way. Go luck to both teams the rest of the CWS!

  • Steve Ramirez

    Fullerton has the edge going in. The Titans won both games during the regular season, and now will use two All-Americans (Garza and Thomas Eshelman) — who are a combined 24-0 — to start the first two games, Both teams play great defense. UCLA, with Berg, has the edge in the bullpen, but the question is, can they get to the All-American with the lead. Fullerton doesn’t score a lot of runs, but when you have two starters with a combined ERA under 2.00, you don’t need to score a lot. I have Fullerton in 2.
    I will say that it’s too bad they are matched up in the super regionals, because both would be favorites to reach Omaha and do some damage at the CWS

  • AZTEC PRIDE

    Let’s go Cal State Fullerton! My daughter just recently graduated from CSFU and since I’m a UCLA hater, well I hope they win.LOL… Haven’t been able to login until now so hope all is well! What’s up Fred!

  • Valley Athletics

    Just saw that Adrian dehorta went on the 8th round in today’s draft . Dominic smith of Serra, Jp Crawford of Lakewood , Ryan McMahon of mater dei and Phil bickford of oaks hristian all went in first round .familiar valley opponents .

  • reality

    Enjoyed the game on ESPN. I think Sciossia and Mattingly could a learn a thing or two about coaching if they watched this game. Both coaches moved up runners and executed bunts no matter what part of the lineup was at bat. Fielders went flat out all the time and the hustle exibited was shocking to watch when you compare them to the lazy MLB millionaires. Slowly but surely amateur athletics are going to overtake the pros in watchability. I think college football and basketball might already have.