RENO, Nev. --- Sophomore Andrew Thurman struck out seven in a career-high 7.2 innings to lead UC Irvine to a 6-1 win against Nevada Friday at Peccole Park.
Thurman no-hit the Wolf Pack through 4.2 innings before yielding back-to-back singles to Brett Jones and Austin Byler. However, the right-hander induced a groundball to second to stifle the threat. Thurman did not walk a batter and gave up just one run on four hits to collect his first win (1-1) of the season. Thurman's previous high was a seven-inning, nine-strikeout effort against UCLA last season. Race Parmenter struck out two and allowed two hits in 1.1 innings of relief.
Infielder Dillon Moyer's sharp single up the middle led off the top of the third for the 'Eaters and D.J. Crumlich sliced a double to right-field, scoring Moyer to put the UCI on the board. Jordan Fox upped the lead to two with a one-out RBI groundball to second. That would prove to be the difference as Carlos Escobar hit a solo home run in the fifth for Nevada's only run.
The Anteaters mounted a two-out rally in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Jeff Stephens, who continues to produce for the Anteaters, hit his second single of the game to leadoff the rally. Starter Tyler Wells then hit Connor Spencer and Christian Ramirez to load the bases. Taylor Sparks came off the bench to pinch-hit for catcher Chris Rabago and worked a full-count walk to push across Stephens from third. Scott Gottschling then laced a three-run, pinch-hit single, his second three-run hit of the season to complete the four-run inning.
Gottschling was 1 for 2 with three RBI while D.J. Crumlich drove in a run on two hits. Stephens was 2 for 4 with a run scored and has posted multiple-hits in six of the last eight games.
Wells dropped to 2-2 after giving up six runs on five his in 5.2 innings. Byler led the Wolf Pack with two hits.
The series finale is scheduled for a noon start Saturday.