April 5, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- UC Irvine (19-6) recorded its third shutout of the season, defeating San Diego (7-19), 5-0 Tuesday at Cunningham Stadium.
The Anteaters received stellar outings on the mound as four pitchers combined for the four-hit shutout. Crosby Slaught pitched three innings of one-hit baseball, striking out two and walking one to improve to 4-0. Phil Ferragamo added four shutout innings, tying a season-high for the freshman. Ferragamo yielded two hits and walked one in the outing before handing the ball to Jimmy Litchfield, who tossed one inning. Drew Sandler made his pitching debut in the ninth and retired the side in order.
Ronnie Shaeffer led the Anteaters, going 3 for 4 with two RBI. Shaeffer put the team on the board with a two-out single in the top of the fourth to drive in Drew Hillman from second. Christian Ramirez followed with a two-run triple, driving an 0-1 pitch from reliever Max McNabb to deep right-center for a 3-0 Anteater lead.
UCI added a pair of runs in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Brian Hernandez and a bunt single by Shaeffer to score Tommy Reyes and extend the team's lead to 5-0. Reyes, coming off the bench, batted 2 for 3 with a run scored and Hillman added a pair of hits to the Anteater total.
Max McNabb got the loss after giving up three runs on six hits in 2.2 innings.