April 3, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Kyle Hooper dealt 5.2 innings and tied a career-high five strikeouts as UC Irvine swept Cal State Northridge with an 8-5 win Sunday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. With the win, the Anteaters climb to 18-6 (3-0 Big West) overall and remain undefeated at home at 13-0.
Hooper walked just one while holding the Matadors to two runs on four hits to improve to 3-0 on the year. Matt Whitehouse gave UCI a strong start, retiring the first seven batters he faced before issuing a walk in the third. Whitehouse gave way to Andy Lines in the third and the lefty allowed a run on one hit before finishing up the frame.
Sean Madigan and Tommy Reyes combined for four RBI to pace the Anteaters. Brian Hernandez, who retired the final batter in the ninth for his sixth save, was 3 for 5 with a run batted in. D.J. Crumlich hit his first home run of the season, going 1 for 3 with two runs scored while Ronnie Shaeffer and Christian Ramirez also posted an RBI apiece
The Anteaters jumped on the board in the first inning, scoring two runs off starter Alex Muren on RBI hits from Hernandez and Madigan.
CSUN claimed a 3-2 lead in the third. Kyle Attl would cross the plate on a wild pitch by Lines and Steven Keller followed with a two-run double to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs.
UCI answered by batting around and scoring five runs in the bottom of the third. Jordan Fox, who was 2 for 5 on the day, sparked the inning with a leadoff double and the Anteaters loaded the bases against Muren. Madigan worked a 3-1 walk to push across Fox for the game-tying run and Shaeffer gave UCI the lead with a single through the left side to score Hernandez. After a sacrifice fly by Ramirez, UCI plated two more runs on the sacrifice by Reyes for a 7-3 lead.
The Matadors threatened in the ninth. Drew Muren tripled in the inning and scored easily on a two-out, pinch-hit double from Adam Barry, cutting the lead to 8-5, but Hernandez made the short walk from third base to the mound and induced a grounder to Crumlich to end the rally.
UCI travels to San Diego Tuesday (Apr. 5) for a 3:00 p.m. game.