March 20, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. --- Francis Larson and Drew Hillman combined for seven of UCI's 13 runs as the No. 15 Anteaters won the series against Gonzaga with a 13-1 decision Saturday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The win lifted UCI to 12-6 on the season while the Bulldogs dropped to 8-10 overall.
Larson went 3 for 5 with three RBI and a run scored while Hillman drove in a career-high four runs on 2 for 4 hitting. Ronnie Shaeffer went 2 for 3 with two RBI and Brian Hernandez also drove in a pair of runs on a double and a sacrifice fly.
Starter Christian Bergman pitched six solid innings for the Anteaters, holding Gonzaga to a run on three hits while striking out seven to improve to 2-0. Kyle Hooper and Evan Brock combined for three shutout innings to close out the game.
For the second consecutive day, the Anteaters jumped on the board in the first inning. Sean Madigan worked a full-count walk off Gonzaga starter Ryan Carpenter. Casey Stevenson's sacrifice bunt was thrown high at first for an error and put runners on first and second. Brian Hernandez executed the sacrifice and Jeff Cusick put the `Eaters on the board with a run-scoring single to right. Shaeffer and Larson followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give UCI a 3-0 lead.
Gonzaga tacked on a run in the third with a bases-loaded walk, trimming the lead to 3-1 but UCI broke open the game with a five-run fifth.
Madigan singled to lead off the inning and Stevenson came up with a bunt single that was thrown away by second baseman Clayton Eslick. With runners on second and third, Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to right and was followed by Shaeffer who doubled in Stevenson. Hillman drove a 1-1 pitch through the right side for two RBI and Ryan Fisher singled in Hillman for the 8-1 lead.
The Anteaters struck again in the sixth inning, loading the bases for Larson, who belted his fifth double of the season to left-centerfield to drive in a pair of runs. Hillman continued the rally with a double to left and capped the scoring for UCI.
Carpenter fell to 1-2 after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in five innings. Drew Heid led Gonzaga with a pair of hits.
The series concludes Sunday at 1:00 p.m.