March 15, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. --- UCI sophomore Francis Larson tied a career-high with five RBI and Bryce Stowell hurled six scoreless innings to lead No. 8 UC Irvine to a series win with a 14-3 victory over Hawaii Saturday at the Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters scored a season-high 14 runs in the first game of the doubleheader and improved to 13-1 overall while Hawaii fell to 7-11. Game two will begin at approximately 4:40 p.m.
Larson was 5 for 5 with three doubles and a pair of singles to lead the team. Outfielder Dillon Bell was 3 for 5 and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as the sophomore recorded his first career triple in his first at bat of the day. Ollie Linton was 3 for 6, including his second home run of the season in the eighth. Linton's home run broke an Anteater Ballpark streak of 18 games without a round-tripper by a UCI player. Sean Madigan also added to the offensive effort with three RBI on 2 for 4 hitting.
The Anteaters got on the board first for the second day of the series with the first of Larson's three doubles to give UCI a 2-0 lead.
Bell tripled to center to start the second and scored on Aaron Lowenstein's first triple of the season. Linton followed with an RBI double to give the team a five-run edge.
Larson doubled again in the fifth to score Ryan Fisher and Hawaii pitcher Matt Daly was called for the balk, allowing Jeff Cusick to score from third. Madigan capped the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly to center.
UCI put up five runs in the sixth as 11 batters came to the plate in the frame and scored single runs in the seventh and eighth.
Hawaii's scored in the top of the seventh. With one out and runners on second and third, Nick Young drove a ball back up the middle that caromed off the leg of reliever Chris Lopez and allowed Jeffrey Van Doornum to score.
Kevin MacDonald capitalized on a triple by Derek DuPree for a run in the eighth and Jonathan Hee capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right in the ninth.
Bryce Stowell improved to 3-0 after striking out seven and holding Hawaii to just four hits in six scoreless innings. Chris Lopez and Cory Hamilton each struck out one and gave up a run in an inning of work while Noel Avison made his first appearance as an Anteater with an inning of relief in the ninth.
Daly fell to 2-2 after pitching four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits to fall to 3-2.