Andrew Thurman Deals Complete Game, Ties Career-High Strikeouts
IRVINE, Calif. --- Andrew Thurman logged his seventh career complete game after going the distance in a 10-4 win over Long Beach State Thursday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
The right-hander, who had no-hit the Dirtbags in the series opener in 2012, tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts, a personal mark he set earlier this season in a complete game effort against Nebraska. He has now recorded 224 strikeouts to move into No. 8 in the UCI career records.
Long Beach State opened the game with three straight hits off Thurman, scoring two runs on a RBI single from Juan Avila and a double-play grounder to short. Following the hit from Avila, Thurman retired 12 consecutive batters and struck out six before giving up a hit in the fifth.
However, the Anteaters provided plenty of early run support, bringing 12 batters to the plate in the first against starter Shane Carle and scored seven runs in the inning, all with two outs.
Chris Rabago kicked off the frame with a one-out hit up the middle and scored on Taylor Sparks' two-out hit to left. After Sparks stole second and took third on a wild pitch, Ronnie Shaeffer drew a walk and Jerry McClanahan poked a 2-0 pitch through the left side to tie the game at 2-2. Jeff Stephens followed with a hit to load the bases and Kris Paulino delivered a two-run single up the middle for the 4-2 advantage. Grant Palmer, Dominique Taylor and Rabago all followed with run-scoring hits to chase Carle from the game.
UCI struck again with two outs in the third against reliever Nick Sabo. Taylor reached on a fielder's choice and swiped second before Rabago drove in the centerfielder with a double to left-centerfield. Rabago would come around to score on Spencer's first hit of the day.
UCI strung together three one-out singles in the fifth with Shaeffer capping the scoring with an RBI hit through the right side to drive in Spencer.
LBSU threatened in the seventh with back-to-back leadoff singles from Ino Patron and Zack Rivera. Eric Hutting took advantage and slapped a 3-2 pitch to left to drive in both runs. Thurman struck out Alex DeGoti and eventually ended the rally by inducing a groundball to second. He would go on to retire the final six batters to end the game.
Thurman climbed to 6-4, striking out 11 and scattering seven hits while giving up four runs.
Rabago led the offense, batting 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored while Stephens also posted three hits. Paulino chipped in a pair of RBI on one hit.
Carle fell to 4-9 after giving up seven runs on eight hits in 2/3 innings. Hutting led the Dirtbags at the plate, batting 2 for 3 with two runs batted in.
The series continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a Fireworks show immediately following the game. Access to the Mesa Structure will be limited immediately prior and during the Fireworks show. Fans who do not wish to stay are asked to park in Lot 7 (cross streets: West Peltason/Mesa Road).