March 9, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. --- Infielder Brian Hernandez drove in the eventual game-winning run with a double in the seventh as UC Irvine defeated San Diego 8-4 Tuesday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The win lifted the Anteaters to 7-5 overall while San Diego fell to 6-7.
The Anteaters jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Hernandez put the team on the board in the bottom of the first with a single to score Sean Madigan, who led off the inning with an infield single.
A three-base error by San Diego put Casey Stevenson on base to lead off the third and Francis Larson capitalized with a single to right to score Stevenson. Jordan Leyland followed with a two-out triple to give UCI the four-run lead.
San Diego rallied in the sixth as Zach Walter and Scott Schauer hit back-to-back doubles and combined for three RBI. Chris Engell capped the rally with a run-scoring single, knotting the score at 4-4.
With two outs in the seventh, Hernandez drove in Larson for the eventual game-winning run and then crossed the plate on a hard single up the middle by Ronnie Shaeffer to stake the Anteaters to a 6-4 advantage.
Stevenson executed on the squeeze play, scoring Tommy Reyes and Madigan.
San Diego threatened in the seventh, putting runners on second and third with one out but after the Toreros drew a walk to load the bases, reliever Andy Lines entered the game and induced a double-player grounder to short to get the Anteaters out of the jam.
Lines struck out one in 1.2 hitless inning and did not walk a batter to earn the win and improve to 1-0. Christian Bergman closed out the ninth for UCI, yielding two hits in the frame. Starter Kyle Necke pitched 5.2 innings, matching a season-high six strikeouts and scattering seven hits while allowing four unearned runs in the no-decision.
Hernandez went 2 for 5 with two RBI and a run scored while Leyland was 2 for 2 with two RBI. Stevenson also drove in two runs while Larson and Shaeffer each had two hits and an RBI.
A.J. Griffin hurled 6.2 innings, striking out five while giving up three earned runs on nine hits and fall to 1-3 on the season. Designated hitter Mike Ferraro led the team with 3 hits while Walters drove in two runs on 1 for 3 hitting.