April 2, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Francis Larson and Brian Hernandez both went yard to key UC Irvine's 5-3 win over Cal State Northridge Friday at Matador Field. The win gave the `Eaters a 2-0 record in Big West action (16-8 overall) while the Matadors drop to 16-9 (0-2) overall.
The Anteaters were trailing 1-0 following Drew Muren's first-inning solo home run but Larson delivered a three-run blow in the third, capitalizing on a pair of walks issued to Jonathan Hurst and Brian Hernandez to lead off the inning. The home run was Larson's 20th career round-tripper.
The Matadors rallied in the fifth, tying the game at 3-3. Dominic Piazza singled to lead off the inning. Bergman appeared to have struck out Ridge Carpenter but Larson was unable to hang on to the ball, putting runners on first and third with one out. Muren came up clutch again, hitting a come-backer to Bergman that glanced off his foot for a run-scoring, infield single. After Bergman fanned Ryan Pineda for the second out, Dominic D'Anna beat out an infield single to short, driving in the game-tying run.
UCI recaptured the lead in the top of the sixth as Hernandez crushed a solo shot to left centerfield to lead off the inning. Cusick followed with a double and rounded the bases on a pair of fly-ball outs to right with Ronnie Shaeffer picking up the RBI on the sacrifice.
CSUN threatened in the sixth as Nate Ring doubled and then advanced to third on a grounder to second but Bergman induced a groundball to short to end the inning. That would be all for the Matadors. Freshman Andy Lines struck out two batters to lead off the seventh and then handed the ball to senior Kyle Necke, who set down seven straight to earn his fourth save.
Bergman improved to 3-1 after pitching six innings and holding the Matadors to three runs (two earned) on eight hits and striking out seven.
Larson led the team with three RBI while Cusick went 3 for 5 with a run scored. Hernandez posted a run batted in and two runs scored on two hits while D.J. Crumlich went 2 for 4.
Matador starter Paul Tremlin fell to 5-2 after giving up five runs in 5.1 innings and scattering six hits. Muren led the team with three hits and a pair of RBI.
The series concludes Saturday at 1:00 p.m.