UC Irvine Blanks USC to Snap Four-Game Losing Streak

March 29, 2011

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- UC Irvine snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 shutout over USC Tuesday at Dedeaux Field. The win lifts the Anteaters to 15-6 on the season while the Trojans drop to 9-16.

Matt Whitehouse was stellar in the start for UCI, striking out four and limiting the Trojans to three hits. The southpaw, who earned the win to improve to 1-0, retired the first eight batters before yielding his first single to Garret Houts. Whitehouse would cruise through the fourth and secured the first two outs of the fifth before giving up back-to-back singles and handing the ball off to junior Nick Hoover, who induced a line-drive out to second to end the inning. Andy Lines would pitch 1.1 innings of one-hit relief and Jimmy Litchfield would close out the game, yielding two hits in two innings.

Brian Hernandez was 1 for 2 with two RBI and a two runs scored while Drew Hillman and Jordan Leyland each drove in a run. Christian Ramirez scored twice for the Anteaters while adding a hit.

UC Irvine snapped a 28-inning scoreless streak in the top of the third. Christian Ramirez drew a leadoff walk and took second on the balk by starting pitcher Kyle Richter. Ramirez then was pushed to third on the grounder to second by D.J. Crumlich and Hernandez hit a fly-ball to right for the sacrifice fly, giving the ‘Eaters a 1-0 edge.

The Anteaters tacked on a run in the sixth. Hernandez was hit by the pitch and sacrificed to second by Hillman. After stealing third, Leyland lined a single to left to plate Hernandez for a 2-0 advantage.

The duo of Hernandez and Ramirez figured again in the UCI seventh. Ramirez singled up the middle to lead off the frame and took second on the sacrifice by Crumlich. After taking third on a grounder that ricocheted off pitcher Ben Mount, Hernandez came up with a two-out single through the right side to score Ramirez. Hernandez then scored on Hillman’s double down the right-field line as UCI took a 4-0 lead.

USC’s Kyle Richter fell to 1-1 with the loss after giving up a run on two hits in two innings of work. Houts paced the Trojans with two hits.

UCI opens Big West Conference action this Friday against CS Northridge at 6:30 p.m.