May 1, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. --- Matt Whitehouse pitched a career-high eight innings to lead UC Irvine to a 7-0 series win over Cal State Bakersfield Sunday at Hardt Field. Whitehouse, who pitched 7.1 innings of one-run baseball to help clinch the series win against UC Davis, bested his previous high of six strikeouts with seven and improves to 3-0.
Whitehouse held the Roadrunners to just three hits in eight innings and did not walk a batter in the outing. He lowered his ERA to 1.54 while improving to 3-0.
The lefty received run support as the Anteaters cranked out seven runs on 15 hits, led by Drew Hillman and Christian Ramirez, who were both 3 for 5. Sean Madigan topped the team with two RBI while chipping in two hits and Hillman, Brian Hernandez and Ronnie Shaeffer each drove in a run.
UCI started the scoring after putting runners on first and second with two outs in the third. Hernandez's high chopper was mishandled by shortstop Tyler Shryock, allowing D.J. Crumlich to score what would be the game-winning run.
The Anteaters tacked on two runs in the fourth. Hillman and Ramirez singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Jordan Leyland hit a single to center to load the bases but centerfielder Andrew Letourneau, after playing the ball on the bounce, dropped the ball and Hillman was waved home to score on the play. Shaeffer would then execute on the sacrifice bunt to drive in Ramirez on the squeeze and give UCI a 3-0 lead.
UCI then broke the game open in the ninth. Leyland's one-out single was followed by a catcher's interference call to put runners on first and second. A pair of fielder's choice groundballs would put two outs on the board but Madigan belted a triple to right to drive in two runs and Hernandez followed with an RBI hit up the middle. Starter Tommy Hoenshell was lifted for reliever Nick Shannon and was greeted by Hillman's third double of the series to drive in Hernandez and cap the scoring.
Hernandez gave up a single before retiring the side in order in the ninth to preserve the shutout for the Anteaters.
Hoenshell pitched 8.2 innings, struck out two and did not walk a batter and fell to 5-6 with the loss.