Feb. 25, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Matt Summers struck out a career-high nine batters to lead No. 26 UC Irvine to a 7-1 win over Southern University Friday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The win lifts the Anteaters to 5-0 while Southern drops to 3-2.
Summers struck out six of the first nine batters he faced before Southern would get its first base runner in the top of the fourth on a base on balls. Left-fielder Taylor Roy followed with a single up the middle but Summers worked out the inning by inducing a double-play grounder to short followed by a second grounder to shortstop D.J. Crumlich to end the inning. The right-hander would retire 11 straight en route to his first win of the season. In eight innings of work Summers walked just one and held Southern to a run on two hits.
The Anteaters broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the second on a double by Christian Ramirez to drive in Sean Madigan, who drew a walk and stole second. A wild pitch by Southern starter Cody Hall allowed Crumlich to score in the second and Brian Hernandez gave UCI a 3-0 lead with a run-scoring single to right-center in the fifth.
UCI widened the margin in the sixth with four runs. Drew Hillman doubled to lead off the inning and the Anteaters loaded the bases with consecutive walks for Ramirez, who drove in his second run with a sacrifice to right. Madigan scored on a fielder's choice and Crumlich and Jordan Fox slapped back-to-back RBI singles for the 7-0 lead.
Ramirez led UCI with two RBI while Crumlich went 3 for 5 with a run batted in. Fox and Shaeffer each added a pair of hits in the win.
Philip Ferragamo made his collegiate debut for UCI, striking out two in the ninth inning.
Hall fell to 0-2 after giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings.
UCI continues action at the MLB Urban Invitational Saturday against Bethune-Cookman at 1:00 p.m. The game will be held at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton.