March 8, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Sean Madigan drove in the eventual game-winning run as No. 22 UC Irvine edged No. 19 Connecticut, 5-4, Tuesday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. With the win, the Anteaters improve to 9-1 overall while the Huskies fall to 5-5.
UConn answered in the third. John Andreoli reached first on a bunt single and then stole second. A groundout put Andreoli on third for Nick Ahmed, who hit a 1-1 pitch to left for the RBI single. Ahmed took third on a hit by Mike Nemeth and then scored on the sacrifice fly by George Springer, cutting UCI's lead to 3-2.
Doug Elliot tied the score at 3-3 for UConn with a run-scoring single off reliever Andrew Thurman.
UCI answered quickly in the bottom of the inning. Shaeffer belted a double to left-centerfield to lead off the frame and then took third on a hit by Gottschling. Dillon Moyer drew his second walk of the night to load the bases and Shaeffer would score on a groundout to short.
The Huskies responded again. With runners on first and second with one out in the top of the eighth, Ryan Fuller hit a double to left off Phillip Ferragamo, scoring Nemeth from second. The Huskies waved L.J. Mazzilli from first but Hillman and Crumlich connected with Shaeffer on the relay in time to get Mazzilli at the plate. Ferragamo then retired Doug Elliot on a grounder to short to end the inning with the scored tied at 4-4.
The Anteaters opened the eighth with a long double to left by Hillman. Reliever David Fisher's pickoff attempt at second sailed into centerfield, allowing Hillman to take third and the outfielder would score easily on Madigan's double to left.
Brian Hernandez entered in the top of the ninth. After issuing a leadoff walk to Billy Ferriter, Hernandez rebounded by retiring the side in order for the save. Ferragamo registered his first win of the season after pitching 2/3 shutout innings.Brian Hernandez entered in the top of the ninth. After issuing a leadoff walk to Billy Ferriter, Hernandez rebounded by retiring the side in order for the save. Ferragamo registered his first win of the season after pitching 2/3 shutout innings. Starter Crosby Slaught pitched three innings and allowed two runs on four hits in the no-decision.
The Anteaters continue action this weekend against Sacramento State.