Pitching, Offense Come Together As UC Irvine Cruises Past UC Davis

Evan Brock strikes out six in seven scoreless innings for UCI
Evan Brock strikes out six in seven scoreless innings for UCI

DAVIS, Calif. --- Evan Brock pitched a season-high six innings and the Anteater offense broke open for 10 runs as UC Irvine handed UC Davis a 10-1 loss Sunday at Dobbins Stadium. The win gave head coach Mike Gillespie his 200th win at UCI and he improves to 200-97 in five seasons.

Brock improved to 2-1 after allowing just one run on three hits while striking out one. The right-hander set down six straight to start the game before giving up a solo home run in the fourth and went on to walk one in his second start of the year.

Brock received plenty of run support from the offense. After being held to one run in the first two games, UCI scored in double figures for the fifth time this year to go along with 14 hits in the win.

D.J. Crumlich was 3 for 5 and scored three times, ending the season with 72 hits and 39 runs scored. Jordan Fox belted three doubles and drove in two runs while Tommy Reyes also had two RBI on two hits and a sacrifice fly. Jeff Stephens and Christian Ramirez each chipped in a run batted in on two hits.

The Anteaters scored the initial run for the first time in the series in the top of the first. Crumlich singled to lead off the game and took second on a sacrifice bunt from Fox. Reyes hit a single through the left side to put runners on first and third and Stephens' bunt single on a squeeze play plated Crumlich. Jerry McClanahan hit a chopper to short, scoring Reyes and Ramirez followed by smacking a triple to the right-centerfield gap to score Stephens and give UCI a 3-0 lead.

The scoring continued for UCI in the second as the Anteaters scored a pair of two-out runs. Crumlich led off the rally again with a single and stole second before coming around to score on a Fox double. Reyes added a run to the scoreboard with an RBI hit up the middle to drive in Fox.

Following the Aggies' solo home run in the fourth, the Anteaters answered with run-scoring sacrifice fly from Reyes.

UCI put up another three spot on the board in the fifth. An Aggie error put McClanahan at first and Ramirez followed with a single. Chris Rabago belted a triple to right-field wall to drive in two runs and would later score on a wild pitch by reliever Spencer Koopmans. Fox's third double of the day drove in a run in the seventh to cap the scoring.

Jimmy Litchfield and Nick Hoover each walked one in a shutout inning and Race Parmenter closed out the game by striking out one and giving up a hit in one inning of work.

Starter Dayne Quist fell to 6-3 after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in four innings.

UC Irvine ends the season 31-25 overall and fourth in the Big West at 13-11.


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