IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine was held to one run on three hits in a 6-1 loss to BYU Friday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
Andrew Thurman (0-1) pitched six innings, striking out four with no walks. The right-hander held the Cougars to single runs in the fourth and the sixth innings while scatting six hits.
Jeff Stephens led UCI with two hits and was the lone Anteater to score in the fifth. The outfielder led off with a double in the frame and was sacrificed to third by catcher Jerry McClanahan. Taylor Sparks executed on the squeeze and Stephens beat the flip from starter Mark Anderson to tie the score at 1-1.
UCI had its opportunities, putting runners on first and second with one out in the fourth but were called for interference on the base-paths resulting in a double-play to end the inning. In the sixth, three consecutive hitters were hit by the pitch by Anderson to load the bases with two outs but reliever Matt Milke induced a bouncer to third to end the threat.
Brock Whitney provided all the scoring for the Cougars, driving in five runs on 3 for 4 hitting. After delivering a clutch single in the fourth to put BYU on the board, Whitney gave the team the lead in the sixth with a second run-scoring hit. He then struck again in the seventh, dropping a double just inside the right-field line good for three runs and highlighting a four-run inning.
Anderson climbed to 3-0 after pitching 5.2 innings and striking out five while giving up one run on two hits.
The series concludes Saturday at 1:00 p.m.