No. 18 UC Irvine Handled by No. 13 UCLA
April 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- UC Irvine suffered its first Tuesday defeat since March 23 after losing to No. 13 UCLA, 6-1 Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Anteaters' last mid-week loss came on the road at UNLV, a 4-3 decision.
The UCI offense was held to four hits and was led by Sean Madigan who was 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Anteaters capitalized on an error in the first as Pat Valaika mishandled a grounder by D.J. Crumlich. Crumlich took third on the single to center by Madigan and scored the team's first run on a grounder to short by Brian Hernandez.
The Bruins responded with two runs in the first on a run-scoring single by Dean Espy and an RBI double by Cody Regis off starter Andy Lines.
UCLA then tacked on three runs in the bottom of the second off reliever Andrew Thurman with Espy hitting his second run-scoring single of the game. Regis followed with a two-run hit to center to give UCLA a 5-1 lead.
The Bruins tacked on a run in the third with a two-out hit by Trevor Brown to plate Cody Keefer, who led off the inning with a bunt single.
Lines lasted one inning, giving up two runs on two hits to fall to 3-2 on the season. Freshman Andrew Thurman allowed four runs on five hits in two innings of work. Sophomore Kyle Hooper entered and pitched two scoreless innings before giving way to freshman Phil Ferragamo, who struck out three Bruins in two innings of one-hit relief. Junior Nick Hoover retired the side in order in the eighth.
Following UCI's run in the first, the team was held hitless until a two-out single in the sixth by Hernandez. Madigan led off the ninth with a single up the middle but was erased at second on a fielder's choice.
UCLA starter Zack Weiss pitched seven innings, striking out four and walking one while scattering three hits to improve to 4-1. Cody Regis led the Bruins with three RBI on two hits.
UCI continues non-conference action this weekend at Cal State Bakersfield.