No. 10 UC Irvine Defeats UC Riverside, 10-4

May 6, 2008

Box Score

Pitcher Crosby Slaught earned his first collegiate win and UC Irvine got two RBI apiece from Dillon Bell and Aaron Lowenstein as the Anteaters defeated UC Riverside 10-4 Tuesday in a non-conference game at Riverside Sports Complex. The win lifted UCI to 31-12 overall while the Highlanders dropped to 16-26 on the season.

Slaught pitched three innings for his longest outing this season and struck out a personal-high four batters while walking one and yielding an unearned run.

Bell was 2 for 4 with two runs scored while Lowenstein drove in a pair of runs with a single to right. Ollie Linton drove in a run on 2 for 5 hitting and Ben Orloff was 2 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored.

UC Irvine took the lead in the first, scoring two runs on run-scoring hits from Orloff and Bell. The Anteaters added a run in the second as Linton beat out a slow roller to short for an infield single, plating Eric Deragisch for the 3-0 lead.

The Highlanders responded in the bottom of the second as Tony Nix doubled in a pair of runs. Joey Gonzalez tied the game with a solo shot off starter Tom Calahan in the bottom of the third.

UCI claimed the lead as the Anteaters batted around in the sixth. Bell drove in his second run of the game with a single to center to score Orloff. Lowenstein's two-out hit scored Bell and Deragisch and a UCR error on a fielder's choice allowed Josh Tavelli to cross the plate, giving UCI a 7-3 edge.

The Highlanders got a run in the seventh on a failed pickoff attempt that allowed Trevor Hairgrove to score from third. UCR then threatened in the eighth, putting runners on second and third with one out. However, closer Eric Pettis struck out pinch hitter Ryan Goetz and after giving up a walk to Justin Shultz, struck out Ben Price to leave the runners stranded.

The Anteaters added three runs in the ninth, scoring on a bases-loaded wild pitch, a run-scoring single by Tony Asaro and a bases-loaded walk by Tavelli.

Pettis earned his Big West-leading 12th save after striking out four in 1.2 innings and holding the Highlanders to a hit. Relievers Matt Dufour and Chris Lopez combined for two scoreless innings.

UC Riverside's Ryan Platt dropped to 2-3 after giving up for runs (three earned) on three hits in 2/3 innings.