Drew Hillman Posts Historic Day to Lead No. 17 UCI to Series Win Over Pacific
April 17, 2011
STOCKTON, Calif. --- Drew Hillman became just the second Anteater to record six hits in a game to lead UC Irvine to a 13-7 win over Pacific Sunday at Klein Family Field. UCI improves to 23-9 overall and 6-3 in the Big West.
Hillman joins Anteater alum Tom Baine, who recorded six hits against Cal State Fullerton in 1985 as the only two players to record six hits in a single game. The senior outfielder went a career-high 6 for 6 with two RBI while Jordan Leyland batted 4 for 5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Christian Ramirez drove in two runs on three hits while Sean Madigan and Ronnie Shaeffer added two hits apiece to the team's season-high 20-hit total.
Starter Crosby Slaught struck out three while giving up five runs on seven hits but did not figure in the decision. Sophomore Andy Lines picked up for Slaught and pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits en route to improving to 3-1 and earning his second win of the week. Jimmy Litchfield put in 1.1 shutout innings and Brian Hernandez closed out the game with 1.1 innings of two-hit relief.
Pacific took the early lead with four runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a three-run home run from Daniel Johnston.
Ronnie Shaeffer drove in UCI's first run in the top of the second with a clutch single to score Hillman, who kicked off his day with a hard single up the middle to lead off the inning.
Crumlich sparked the Anteater third with a one-out double. Madigan was issued a free pass and Hillman blistered a two-out double to left field, driving in Crumlich. Ramirez followed with a two-out, two-run single to tie the score at 4-4.
The Tigers reclaimed the 5-4 lead in the third. A failed pickoff attempt allowed Matt Carvutto to take second and the designated hitter advanced to third on a wild pitch before Allen Riley would double to right to score Carvutto.
Leyland blasted his third home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score for UCI again at five runs apiece.
UCI took its first lead of the day, bringing 11 batters to the plate in the seventh. Hillman and Ramirez hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. Hurst's sacrifice attempt was handled by starter Jake Hummel, but his throw to third pulled Dustin Torchio off the bag to load the bases. Reyes laid down a bunt single to score Hillman and a throwing error allowed Ramirez to score. Leyland continued the inning with a two-run single and Madigan drew a 3-1 walk. Pacific's second error of the inning allowed Madigan to reach second on the fielder's choice by Hernandez, setting the scene for Hillman who laced his second double of the day to left to drive in Madigan.
Pacific cut the Anteater lead to 11-7 with two runs in the seventh but UCI struck back as Leyland drove in a run in the eighth and Hernandez would score on a Tiger miscue in the ninth.
Riley and Johnston combined for six RBI for the Tigers. Hummel took the loss (4-3) after giving up nine runs on 14 hits while striking out seven.