Hoover Pitches Career-High to Lead UC Irvine to Series Win Against Cal State Northrhidge
April 2, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Nick Hoover pitched a personal-best 5.1 innings and limited Cal State Northridge to one run as the Anteaters won the series with a 10-4 decision over Cal State Northridge Saturday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
Hoover, whose previous-best was a 4.2 inning effort against UCLA in 2010, struck out four while scattering three hits. The right-hander, who entered in relief in the fourth inning, improves to 2-1 on the season.
Offensively, Ronnie Shaeffer led the team with a season-high four RBI while going 2 for 4, including a game-tying home run. Jon Hurst added two RBI on two hits and D.J. Crumlich drove in two runs. Also posting two-hit games were Brian Hernandez, Sean Madigan and Christian Ramirez.
CSUN got on the board first for the second time in the series, pushing across two runs in the top of the second on a groundball and a sacrifice fly.
However, UCI took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Shaeffer tied the score with his first home run of the season and Crumlich gave the Anteaters the 3-2 lead, driving in Ramirez on a fielder’s choice.
Shaeffer struck again in the third, capitalizing on a bases-loaded situation with a two-run single to right. A run-scoring balk by reliever Carlos Gonzalez would extend UCI’s lead to 6-2.
The Matadors cut the lead in half on a sacrifice fly to in the top of the fourth but UCI broke the game open in the fifth, scoring four runs in the bottom of the frame. The Anteaters loaded the bases for Hurst, who hit a two-RBI double to right-center. Tommy Reyes continued the rally with a run-scoring hit to right and Crumlich would cap the scoring for UCI with a sacrifice fly to center.
Anteater starter Andrew Thurman pitched 3.2 innings, striking out three while allowing three runs on three hits but did not figure in the decision.
CSUN starting pitcher Paul Tremlin fell to 1-1 after giving up four runs on six hits in two innings of work. Marty Bowen led the Matadors with three hits while Justin DeMarco drove in two of the team’s four runs.