March 27, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. --- UC Irvine suffered a sweep at the hands of Gonzaga, falling 3-0 Sunday at Patterson Baseball Complex. The shutout marks the first time the Anteaters have been blanked in back-to-back games by the same opponent since 2003 when UCI fell to Arizona in consecutive games.
UCI (14-6) was limited to four hits and has now been held to three runs or less in five of the last six games.
Starter Andrew Thurman gave UCI a solid effort, pitching six innings and striking out four while giving up two runs on five hits but fell to 1-2.
Gonzaga (13-7-1) starter Marco Gonzales hurled a complete-game shutout, striking out six and scattering four hits while walking two.
UCI was poised to break its scoreless streak in the first inning as D.J. Crumlich and Drew Hillman singled on put runners on first and second with two outs. Sean Madigan worked a base on balls to load the bases but Gonzales induced a fly-ball to left to end the threat.
Gonzaga broke the scoreless tie in the fourth. Eric Lane singled to lead off the frame and Billy Moon executed on the hit-and-run single to put runners on first and third for Clayton Eslick who delivered a one-out sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs added a run in the fifth. Cameron Edman was hit by the pitch and Thurman was called for the balk to put Edman on second. Keegan Acker followed with a two-out single to right to score Edman.
Edman extended the ‘Zag lead to 3-0, hitting a solo home run off reliever Jimmy Litchfield in the seventh.
UCI’s last hit would come in the sixth as Jon Hurst hit a leadoff single but Gonzales retired the final 11 Anteater batters to secure the win.