March 27, 2010

No. 13 UC Irvine Toppled by Nevada

March 27, 2010

Box Score

RENO, Nev. --- UC Irvine lost two in a row for the first time since falling to North Carolina State and Coastal Carolina on consecutive days in late February as Nevada came away with a 6-4 win Saturday at Peccole Park. It is also the first time UCI (13-8) has dropped a three-game series since losing two of three against LSU in super regional action in 2008.

The Wolf Pack capitalized on a leadoff triple in the first to get on the scoreboard but UCI tied the game in the second. The Anteaters loaded the bases on back-to-back one-out singles by Ronnie Shaeffer and Francis Larson and a base on balls by Jordan Fox. Jonathan Hurst delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Shaeffer and knot the score but starter Jeremy Cole induced a grounder to short to snuff out the Anteater threat.

Nevada then scored five runs in the second off starter Christian Bergman. Brock Stassi and Ronnie Mitchell belted consecutive triples off the right-hander to take a 2-1 edge and Nick Leid extended the lead with an RBI double. Joe Kohan singled up the middle to drive in Leid before catcher Michael Turay would record the first out on a sacrifice bunt. Westley Moss executed a two-out bunt single and Shaun Kort capped the rally with an RBI hit to give Nevada a four-run lead.

Moss delivered in the bottom of the fourth with a run-scoring triple to increase the margin to 6-1.

The Anteaters battled in the fifth. Hurst led off the inning with a double and Sean Madigan came up with a one-out RBI single. Casey Stevenson reached first on a four-pitch walk and Jeff Cusick knocked in both runs with a double to right to trim the lead to 6-4.

UCI's best opportunity to even the score came in the sixth. Larson and Fox sparked the Anteaters with consecutive singles. However, Cole jumped on Reyes' sacrifice attempt to get Larson at third and then retired the next two batters to preserve the two-run lead.

Freshman Kyle Hooper was stellar in relief, picking up for Bergman in the fourth. The right-hander kept UCI in the game, hurling four shutout innings, striking out five, walking none and limiting Nevada to four hits. The Wolf Pack put runners on first and second with two outs against Hooper in the eighth on a single and a hit batsman but freshman Evan Brock struck out Moss looking to end the inning.

Cusick led UCI with a pair of RBI on 1 for 4 hitting while Larson posted two hits. Hurst was 1 for 1 with an RBI and a run scored and Madigan also drove in a run while hitting 1 for 5. Bergman suffered his first loss (2-1) after giving up six runs on nine hits.

Cole improved to 2-0 after pitching eight innings and giving up four runs on eight hits while Tyler Graham picked up his third save after pitching a shutout ninth.

Stassi was 4 for 4 while Kohan went 3 for 4 with an RBI.