No. 27 UC Irvine Sweeps Nevada
Feb. 20, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine completed the sweep against Nevada with a 7-1 win over the Wolf Pack Sunday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
Brian Hernandez paced the (3-0) offense with three RBI on 2 for 4 hitting and added 2/3 innings on the mound in his first pitching appearance for the Anteaters. Drew Hillman drove in two runs on two hits and Sean Madigan posted a team-high three hits. Jordan Fox and Jordan Leyland each added an RBI on a pair of hits while Tommy Reyes went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Crosby Slaught pitched 6.2 solid innings and limited Nevada to one run on five hits while striking out one to earn the win. Matt Whitehouse held the Wolf Pack hitless in 1.2 innings while striking out three and Hernandez closed out the game by securing the final two outs. The first batter to face Hernandez was younger brother, Hugo, a first baseman for Nevada and Brian induced a pop-up to catcher Ronnie Shaeffer before striking out Garrett Yrigoyen to end the game.
UCI took a 3-0 lead in the first after Hernandez doubled in D.J. Crumlich, who was walked to lead off the inning, and Fox who doubled down the left-field line. Jordan Leyland continued the inning with a single up the middle and Hillman's sacrifice to right would plate Hernandez.
The Anteaters scored again in the third as Hillman belted a double to capitalize on Hernandez's lead-off double for the 4-0 lead.
Three consecutive singles in the fifth set the scene for UCI's Christian Ramirez, who laid down a one-out sacrifice bunt to drive in Leyland from third.
Nevada avoided the shutout with a run in the seventh and UCI tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Nevada's Mark Joukoff (0-1) pitched four innings and gave up five runs on nine hits.
UCI travels to San Diego State Tuesday (Feb. 22) with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m.