No. 4 UC Irvine Gets Past James Madison

Feb. 28, 2010

Box Score

MYRTLE BEACH, SC --- UC Irvine scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 9-9 tie as the Anteaters went on to record a 15-9 win over James Madison Sunday at BB&T Coastal Field. The Anteaters climbed to 4-3 with the win while JMU fell to 0-3 overall.

Senior Dillon Bell delivered the eventual game-winning RBI, singling to right and driving in pinch-runner Jordan Fox from second base. Also highlighting the inning was a two-run double by Jeff Cusick, who finished the day 2 for 3 with four RBI. Brian Hernandez registered four RBI on three hits while senior Francis Larson had three RBI on 2 for 3 hitting.

Freshman Evan Brock pitched 4.1 strong innings, holding the Bulldogs to a run on two hits while striking out five to earn his first collegiate win (1-0). Matt Whitehouse made the start, pitching 2.1 innings and struck out four while giving up three earned runs on four hits in the no-decision.

James Madison, the designated visiting team, opened the scoring with three runs in the first with Jake Lowery driving in a pair of runs on a single. However, UCI responded in the bottom half of the frame with two runs on an RBI double from Francis Larson and a run-scoring hit from Jeff Cusick.

The Anteaters took the lead in the second. Cory Olson reached first on a one-out error by the shortstop and was doubled home by Casey Stevenson and the second baseman would score on JMU's second error of the inning.

The lead changed in the third as JMU tacked on three runs but the see-saw battle continued as UCI answered again with a three-run double from Brian Hernandez to give the Anteaters a 7-6 edge.

A bases-loaded balk staked the Anteaters to a two-run lead at 8-6 but JMU tied the game in the top of fifth with two runs, capitalizing on a UCI error and a run-scoring hit from Matt Townsend.

Cusick doubled in Larson to give the team its third lead of the game at 9-8 lead but JMU again knotted the score with a run in the eighth.

UCI freshman Kyle Hooper struck out five in 2.1 innings while yielding four runs (two earned) on four hits.

JMU reliever Trevor Knight fell to 0-1 with the loss after giving up six earned runs on five hits in an inning of work. JMU was led offensively by Lowery, who drove in two runs on two hits.