No. 17 UC Irvine Blanks Pacific in Series Opener
April 15, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. --- UC Irvine recorded its second consecutive shut out with a 10-0 win over Pacific in the series opener Friday at Klein Family Field. With the win, UCI climbs to 22-8 overall and 5-2 in the Big West while the Tigers drop to 10-20 (2-5) overall.
The Anteaters provided starter Matt Summers with plenty of offense, scoring in every inning except the sixth and the ninth. Drew Hillman recorded his fourth four-RBI game of the season while Jon Hurst was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, batting 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Christian Ramirez, batting cleanup, went 2 for 5 with two RBI while Brian Hernandez went 2 for 5. Tommy Reyes also was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI.
Summers pitched seven innings, striking out seven and walking two while scattering six hits to improve to 5-2. Kyle Hooper and Phil Ferragamo preserved the shutout with a combined two innings.
With one out in the first, Madigan reached first on a wild pitch on strike three and advanced to second on the throwing error by catcher Aaron Hassel. A single from Hernandez put Madigan on third and Ramirez put the Anteaters on the board with a fielder's choice grounder to short.
In the top of the second with Hillman on first, Reyes delivered a hit-and-run double to plate Hillman. The scoring continued in the third for UCI as Ronnie Shaeffer's sacrifice fly would score Hernandez.
Hurst gave UCI a 4-0 lead with a solo home run to left and Hillman factored in the team's scoring in the fifth with a grounder to short that would score Jordan Leyland from third.
A Tiger error led to a in the seventh for the Anteaters. Hillman drew a one-out walk, stole second, took third on a throwing error by Hassel before scoring on the sacrifice fly from Reyes to give the Anteaters a 6-0 advantage.
Madigan led off the Anteater eighth with a walk and advanced to third on the bloop single to center by Hernandez. Ramirez drove in Madigan with a line drive single to right-centerfield. Hernandez was cut down trying to advance to third on the hit by Ramirez but Leyland was issued a base on balls, putting two runners on base for Hillman, who belted his third home run of the season, capping the scoring.
Pacific had opportunities in the sixth, with runners on first and second with no outs but Summers retired three straight, including striking out the final two batters of the frame to escape the threat. The Tigers also put runners on first and third with one out against Hooper in the eighth but the right-hander also struck out the final two batters of the inning.
Starter Brent McMinn dropped to 1-1 after giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits.