March 28, 2010

Pettis, Anteaters Salvage Series With Win Over Nevada

March 28, 2010

Box Score

RENO, NV ---Eric Pettis limited Nevada to three runs and the Anteater offense scored 10 runs as No. 13 UC Irvine avoided the series sweep with a 10-3 win Sunday at Peccole Park. UCI snapped a two-game losing streak and climbed to 14-8 on the season while the Wolf Pack dropped to 12-11 overall.

Pettis hurled eight innings, striking out two and scattering seven hits to improve to 4-0. The right-hander matched his second-longest outing of the season and has pitched no less than six innings in any of his five starts. Senior Kyle Necke continued to be impressive on the mound, striking out the side in the ninth.

UCI's offense was led by Francis Larson, who was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Ronnie Shaeffer drove in two runs on two hits and Jonathan Hurst also drove in a pair of runs on 1 for 4 hitting. Sean Madigan went 2 for 5 with two runs scored batting leadoff for the Anteaters.

Shaeffer drove in the first run for the Anteaters with a double to left center in the second, scoring Jeff Cusick, who doubled to lead off the inning. Larson gave UCI a 2-0 lead in the third, delivering a two-out single to right to plate Madigan.

The Wolf Pack tied the score in the third as Kevin Rodland doubled in Carlos Escobar, who was hit by the pitch and sacrificed to second. Rodland, who took third on a single by Westley Moss on the ensuing play, tied the game on the balk by Pettis.

UCI reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth. Madigan led off the frame with a single up the middle. Casey Stevenson's sacrifice bunt was handled cleanly by third baseman Nick Leid but his throw to first was wide, allowing Stevenson to reach first. Pitcher Brock Stassi jumped on Brian Hernandez's sacrifice bunt attempt and threw to third in time to get Madigan on the fielder's choice but Stassi then hit Cusick with the pitch to load the bases for Larson, who drove the first pitch from Stassi up the middle to score two runs. Shaeffer hit the ball to center for a routine fly ball that was dropped by Moss and Hurst took advantage of the error with a two-run single to give UCI 6-2 lead.

The Wolf Pack mounted a threat in the fifth. Escobar was hit by the pitch to begin the fifth and Kort hit a two-out double. Stassi was intentionally walked and Pettis then hit Nick Melino with the pitch to load the bases but the All-American battled, striking out Ronnie Mitchell to hold Nevada to one run in the frame.

Madigan led off for the Anteaters again in the sixth and worked a full-count walk for Stevenson, who followed with a double to left center for the RBI. Cusick pushed Stevenson across with a sacrifice fly, extending the lead to 8-3.

Shaeffer belted a solo home run in the UCI ninth, his second of the season, and D.J. Crumlich would drive in a run on a ground ball to second to widen the margin to 10-3.

Stassi fell to 3-3 after giving up eight runs (five earned) in five innings. Joe Kohan paced the Wolf Pack with two hits.