Feb. 23, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. --- No. 22 UC Irvine erased a six-run deficit with five runs in the eighth and three runs in the ninth to capture the opening series against Nevada with an 8-7 win Saturday at Peccole Park. With the win, UCI improved to 2-0 while Nevada dropped to 0-2.
UC Irvine was trailing 6-0 as Nevada starter Chris Garcia stymied the Anteater offense, holding UCI to a lone walk and a hit in a strong seven-inning outing.
Garcia handed the ball to Derek Achelpohl in the UCI eighth. Achelpohl was greeted by Brock Bardeen (Fallbrook/HS), who came up with a pinch-hit single to lead off the inning. With Bardeen on second with one out, Achelpohl hit sophomore Dillon Bell (Bakersfield/HS) and freshman infielder Tyler Hoechlin (Corona/Arizona State) with the pitch to load the bases for centerfielder Ollie Linton (Winnetka/Crespi HS), who singled to put UCI on the board at 6-2. Shortstop Ben Orloff (Simi Valley/HS) followed with a two-run double down the left-field line and then scored on Ryan Fisher's (Manteca/East Union HS) RBI hit to close the gap to 6-5.
The ninth-inning heroics started with Bell who laced a double off reliever Stephen Bautista down the right-field line to score Sean Madigan (Yorba Linda/Servite HS) and Bardeen, knotting the score at 7-7. Hoechlin, who homered yesterday, doubled in Bell for the eventual game-winning run.
After scoring a run in the eighth, Nevada threatened in the bottom of the ninth as Kevin Rodland tripled off Eric Pettis (West Hills/El Camino Real HS) with one out. However, Pettis struck out Tyson Jaquez and David Ciarlo grounded out to end the inning.
Bell, Linton and Orloff paced the UCI offense with two RBI apiece while Hoechlin and Fisher each went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
UCI starter Bryce Stowell (La Habra/Pepperdine) pitched 4.2 innings and struck out four. Stowell yielded three earned runs on seven hits in the no-decision. Pettis picked up the win (1-0) after striking out one in two innings while giving up an unearned run. Tom Calahan (Mission Viejo/Santa Ana College) and Crosby Slaught (Santa Barbara/HS) combined for 1.1 shutout innings in relief.
Nevada was led by Jason Sadoian and Rodland, who went 3 for 5 with an RBI while Jason Rodriguez added a pair of hits and two runs scored. Stephen Bautista fell to 0-1 after giving up a run on two hits in two innings.
The series continues Sunday at 12:00 p.m.