Cusick Paces Anteaters to Sweep Over Gonzaga

March 21, 2010

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IRVINE, Calif. --- Jeff Cusick paced the Anteater (13-6) offense with three RBI as No. 15 UC Irvine swept the series against Gonzaga with an 8-5 victory Sunday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. With the decision, head coach Mike Gillespie collects his 100th career win at UC Irvine to improve to 100-39 in three seasons.

The Bulldogs (8-11) broke the scoreless tie in the third, scoring a run on Chris Sturdivant's triple. Mark Castellitto followed with a two-out double to stake Gonzaga to its first lead of the series at 2-0.,

However, the Anteaters responded in the third, scoring seven runs in the inning. Jonathan Hurst led off the frame with a single and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Casey Stevenson, who lined up the middle to put UCI on the board. After a walk was issued to Brian Hernandez, Cusick belted a bases-clearing, three-run double to left center. A hit batsman and a bunt single by Ronnie Shaeffer loaded the bases for Jordan Fox, who was hit by the pitch to plate Cusick, giving UCI the 7-2 lead.

Gonzaga tacked on a run in the fourth on Ernesto Ortiz's sacrifice fly and struck again in the seventh. A single by Sturdivant and two UCI errors put the Bulldogs on second and third with no outs and the Anteaters turned to reliever Kyle Necke, who struck out Andy Hunter for the first out. A pop-fly that dropped in for a single continued the rally and scored a run and the `Zags would then cut the lead to 7-5 on Royce Bolinger's run-scoring hit. However Necke would strike out the final two batters of the inning to preserve the lead.

Designated hitter Francis Larson hit his 19th career home run in the seventh for the team's eighth run.

Necke recorded his third save of the season after striking out six and walking one in three scoreless innings. Starter Eric Pettis improved to 3-0 after pitching six innings while yielding four earned runs on 10 hits.

Cusick was 1 for 4 with three RBI while Stevenson and Hernandez each posted two hits and an RBI in the win. Sean Madigan and Jordan Fox also drove in a run for the Anteaters.

Bolinger hit 4 for 5 to lead the Bulldogs while Berg fell to 1-2 on the season.