Ferragamo Pitches Career-High As 'Eaters Sweep Pacific
IRVINE, Calif. --- Phillip Ferragamo pitched a personal-high seven innings and held Pacific scoreless as UC Irvine (17-9, 3-0) completed the series sweep with a 6-0 win over the Tigers Sunday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
The sophomore scattered five hits and struck out three while walking one to improve to 3-2 on the year. Previously, Ferragamo longest outing was four innings which he recorded five times in his first two years. Jimmy Litchfield took over in the eighth and fanned four in two shutout innings of one-hit baseball.
Ferragamo was staked to a three-run lead as the Anteaters strung together five consecutive hits to kick off the bottom of the first. Jordan Fox, Connor Spencer and Christian Ramirez each drove in a run before starter Michael Hager would retire three straight to get out of the inning.
UCI struck again in the sixth as Tommy Reyes and Spencer sandwiched an out with an RBI double and a run-scoring triple. Ramirez capped the inning with a single to left to drive in Spencer and give UCI its second three-run frame.
The Tigers threatened in the first putting runners on first and second with two outs but Allen Riley grounded out to Reyes to end the inning. Pacific's next opportunity would come in the seventh as pinch-hitter Jacob Goulder and Jason Taasaas hit back-to-back singles with two outs but Ferragamo struck out Brett Christopher to conclude his outing.
Spencer hit his team-high fifth triple while going 3 for 4 with two RBI. Ramirez also batted 3 for 4 with two RBI and a stolen base while Reyes hit 3 for 5 with two doubles to go along with a run batted in.
Hager fell to 1-2 after giving up six runs on 14 hits in six innings.