No. 8 UC Irvine Scores Season-High Runs in Win Over LMU
March 31, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- No. 8 UC Irvine scored a season-high 19 runs and snapped Loyola Marymount's eight-game win streak with a 19-8 victory Tuesday at Page Stadium. The win was UCI's fourth straight as the team improved to 17-7 overall. LMU falls to 16-13 with the loss.
Cory Olson and Eric Deragisch each recorded a career-high four RBI while Jeff Cusick and Ben Orloff both registered a season-best four hits apiece. Ronnie Shaeffer added three hits and Jordan Fox drove in three runs with a triple.
UC Irvine brought 10 batters to the plate in the first inning with Cusick, Shaeffer and Jordan Leyland all coming up with run-scoring hits. A hard grounder by DJ Crumlich was mishandled by shortstop Shon Roe, scoring an Anteater run and Olson cleared the bases, driving a 3-1 pitch to left-center to give UCI an 8-0 lead.
The Lions got on the scoreboard in the second as Roe capitalized on Brad Bauer's leadoff triple and then added two runs in the fourth as Roe delivered again with a two-run single to cut the lead to 8-3.
UCI loaded the bases in the seventh and pushed a run across on a fielder's choice and a groundout by Olson. Orloff hit a hard single to center to score Ryan Fisher and Deragisch belted a double to left center to plate Orloff and extend the Anteater lead to 12-4.
LMU battled in the seventh, scoring a run on a single by Ryan Wheeler and loading the bases with one out for Bauer, who hit his second double of the game to drive in two runs. Roe followed with a sacrifice fly for his fourth run of the day to close the gap to 12-8.
Starter Noel Avison pitched four innings, striking out one and walking one while holding LMU to three runs on eight hits. Avison earned the win to improve to 2-0. Kyle Necke pitched a 1.2 innings of one-hit relief and Matt Summers blanked the Lions in the ninth to end the game.
Bauer led LMU with three hits while Roe drove in four runs. Starter John Lally fell to 0-2 after giving up eight runs (four earned) on eight hits in 2.2 innings.