IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine posted 17 runs to tie for a season high as the Anteaters cruised past Dartmouth 17-5 Saturday to sweep the series at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
The Anteaters took a 1-0 lead on Jerry McClanahan's (2 for 5) solo home run in the second off starter Adam Frank and then broke the game open with six runs in the third and eight in the fourth. Connor Spencer and Christian Ramirez paced the offense with three RBI apiece while Dillon Moyer, McClanahan and Taylor Sparks each drove in two runs.
Frank struggled in the third, hitting D.J. Crumlich with the pitch to lead off the inning and walking Tommy Reyes. Jordan Fox bounced a ball in front of catcher Chris O'Dowd, who threw to second but was unable to get Reyes. Spencer cleared the bases with a triple to right and scored on a wild pitch. Stephens completed the team cycle with a double to left-centerfield and would score on Ramirez's triple down the right-field line as UCI took a 7-0 lead.
Dartmouth turned to Louis Concato, who faced the minimum to end the inning. However, UCI brought 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, including Sparks who belted his second home run of the season. A third error on Dartmouth in the sixth yielded two more runs to cap the scoring for the Anteaters.
Crosby Slaught improved to 3-2 after a six inning stint in which he struck out three while allowing two runs on seven hits. Even Brock pitched a perfect seventh and Sebastian Santos logged two shutout innings in relief.
Frank fell to 0-1 after giving up seven runs on six hits in two innings and Concato gave up eight runs (five earned) on six hits and had to contend with three errors. Matt MacDowell and Ryan Toimil both had an RBI on two hits for Dartmouth.