LONG BEACH, Calif.--- Andrew Thurman became the fifth Anteater in program history to hurl a no-hitter as the sophomore went the distance to lead UCI to a 4-0 win over Long Beach State Friday at Blair Field. It is the second consecutive year that the Anteaters have no-hit the Dirtbags in the opening game of the series as 2011 Big West Pitcher of the Year, Matt Summers, accomplished the feat May 27, 2011.
After hitting the leadoff batter, Thurman retired 23 straight batters before yielding a four-pitch walk to pinch-hitter Jeff Yamaguchi in the bottom of the eighth. Richard Prigatano ended the inning with a line-drive fly-ball to center and Thurman would retire the side in the ninth to climb to 4-2 after striking out five and walking one.
The Anteaters took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as Chris Rabago sacrificed to center to drive in Connor Spencer, who walked, took second on the sacrifice bunt from Paulino and advanced to third on a passed ball.
Jordan Fox extended the lead to three with a triple just inside the first-base line to cash in Christian Ramirez's leadoff double in the ninth. Scott Gottschling executed on the suicide squeeze to plate Fox for the game's final run.
Ramirez led UCI at the plate, reaching in all five plate appearances and going 3 for 5 with a run scored.
LBSU's Matt Anderson fell in the pitchers' duel, dropping to 3-2 on the year despite giving up just two runs (one earned) on five hits in 6.2 innings.
The series continues Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m.