No. 7 UC Irvine Defeats Loyola Marymount on Opening Night
Feb. 19, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. --- All-American Daniel Bibona struck out 10 batters to lead the seventh-ranked Anteaters to a 5-1 win over Loyola Marymount Friday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
Bibona (1-0), who shut out the Lions through seven innings, did not walk a batter and scattered seven hits to win his 12th straight decision.
LMU (0-1) starter Martin Viramontes also had an impressive start, holding UCI (1-0) scoreless until the Anteaters chased the right-hander from the game with five runs in the sixth.
Second baseman Casey Stevenson started the rally with a one-out single to center and advanced on a sharp single by Drew Hillman, who drove the first pitch from Viramontes past diving third baseman Trevor Gee. Ronnie Shaeffer drew a four-pitch walk and catcher Francis Larson also came away with a full-count walk to push UCI's first run across the plate. Jeff Cusick and Jordan Fox delivered back-to-back doubles to combine for three runs and Tommy Reyes' RBI groundout capped the inning for UCI.
LMU threatened in the seventh, leading off the inning with a double from Matt Koch and a single from Alex Guthrie but Bibona struck out two of the next three batters to escape the inning unscathed.
Redshirt sophomore Nick Hoover picked up for Bibona, pitching a scoreless eighth and freshman Kyle Hooper made his collegiate debut in the ninth. Hooper retired the first two LMU batters but yielded a pair of singles before a UCI error gave the Lions their first run. Redshirt freshman Andy Lines, also making his collegiate debut for UCI, entered with the bases loaded and struck out Jonathan Johnson to earn the save.
Fox led UCI hitting 3 for 4 with an RBI while Cusick added two runs batted in on 1 for 4 hitting.
Viramontes fell to 0-1 after giving up five earned runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Shon Roe, Koch and Gee led LMU with two hits apiece.
The series continues Saturday at LMU. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.