March 12, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Jordan Fox went 2 for 3 with four RBI as No. 22 UC Irvine (11-1) defeated Sacramento State, 5-3, Saturday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The win gives head coach Mike Gillespie his 900th career victory as the fourth-year skipper of the Anteaters improves to 900-526-2 in his 24th year of Division I coaching.
Fox, who had a bases-clearing double added single and a sacrifice fly while Jordan Leyland hit his second home run of the season to go 1 for 4 with an RBI. Jimmy Litchfield earned the win after two scoreless innings in relief and Brian Hernandez locked down his second save after striking out one and inducing a double-play groundball to third to end the game.
Sacramento State led for the first time in the series in the first. Jake Chilton hit a leadoff single and took second on a hit to left by Eli Davis. Following a fielder's choice, starter Kyle Hooper issued a walk to load the bases and Kirby Young hit a deep fly-ball to right for the sacrifice. Derrick Chung doubled in a run and looked to take a 3-0 lead on the play but an Anteater relay from left-field would cut down Andrew Ayers at home plate.
UCI answered in the third as Shaeffer kicked off the frame with a single to left. Tommy Reyes and D.J. Crumlich drew a pair of base on balls to load the bases for Fox, who hit an 0-1 offering from starter Dallas Chadwick to give the Anteaters a 3-2 lead.
However, the Hornets struck again in the fourth. Ayers doubled to left and Chung came up with the run-scoring hit to left to tie the score at 3-3 but Leyland led off the fourth with a solo home run to give UCI a 4-3 edge.
UCI would tack on another run on Fox's sacrifice fly to right in the seventh.
Litchfield took over on the mound in the fifth and gave up a pair of singles with one out but induced an inning-ending double-play grounder to short to end the threat. After retiring the side in order in the sixth, Litchfield gave up a double to lead off the seventh. Andrew Thurman entered and proceeded to strike out the side. Thurman logged 1.1 innings and Matt Whitehouse retired two batters before yielding a bunt-single to lead off the ninth.
Chadwick fell to 1-2 with the loss while Chung paced the Hornet offense with two RBI on three hits.