IRVINE, Calif. --- Andrew Thurman one-hit Cal State Fullerton and threw a career-high eight innings to lead UC Irvine to a 4-1 win over the 12th-ranked Titans Saturday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
The right-hander held CSF hitless through eight innings before giving up an infield single to lead off the ninth en route to his third win (3-2) of the year. Thurman faced 24 batters in the first eight frames, as J.D. Davis reached on an error by third baseman Dillon Moyer in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Anteaters struck again to tack on two runs. Third baseman Matt Chapman was unable to come up with the groundball by Jeff Stephens and Christian Ramirez slapped a single through the right side to put runners on first and second with one out. Paulino followed with a hit-and-run single to right to drive in Stephens and Ramirez would score on a passed ball to give UCI a three-run lead. Stephens delivered again in the seventh with a sacrifice to center to drive in Jordan Fox.
Austin Kingsolver broke up the no-hitter to lead off the ninth and Thurman issued a full-count walk to Deacon. Jimmy Litchfield entered and walked Richy Pedroza to load the bases with no outs. However, Race Parmenter entered in relief and induced a double-play grounder to short that allowed Kingsolver to score before Michael Lorenzen would ground out to third as Parmenter picked up his fourth save of the year.
Paulino was 2 for 4 with an RBI while Ramirez and Fox each had two hits.
CSF starter Dylan Floro pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits to fall to 5-3.
First pitch for game two is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.