May 6, 2011

Matt Summers Strikes Out Career-High 10 Batters in Series Opener

May 6, 2011

Box Score

IRVINE, Calif. --- Matt Summers recorded a personal-high 10 strikeouts and held Cal Poly to one run as No. 17 UC Irvine came away with a 6-2 win Friday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The win lift the Anteaters to 30-12 on the year and 9-4 in the Big West while Cal Poly falls to 20-20 overall and 9-7 in league play.

Summers, who threw 126 pitches in the eight-inning effort, did not walk a batter and scattered six hits to improve to 7-2 on the year.

It was a pitching duel from the start as both Summers and Cal Poly's Mason Radeke yielded just a hit apiece in three shutout innings.

Cal Poly jumped on the board in the fourth on a two-out double just inside the third-base line by D.J. Gentile to score Mike Miller who had singled to lead off the inning and stolen second.

UCI answered back in the bottom of the frame. Jordan Fox singled to left and took second on the sacrifice bunt by Christian Ramirez. Ronnie Shaeffer tied the score with a two-out single to left-center to drive in Fox.

The teams traded a scoreless fifth and in the bottom of the sixth, UCI capitalized on a hit batsman to take a 2-1 edge. Ramirez was called to sacrifice again and delivered, putting Fox on second for Jordan Leyland, who hit a line single to left-centerfield to plate Fox.

The Anteater offense pulled away with four runs in the seventh. With two outs, Brian Hernandez hit a triple to the left-centerfield wall and scored on a flare to right by Drew Hillman. Fox was hit by the pitch for the second time and Ramirez belted a triple to the right-field wall with Hillman and Fox scoring on the play. Ramirez followed his triple with a steal of home to plate for the final run of the game.

Ramirez drove in two runs on one hit while Fox scored three times to lead the Anteaters. Shaeffer had an RBI on two hits while Hillman and Leyland also drove in a run apiece.

Jimmy Litchfield pitched the ninth for UCI, giving up a solo home run to J.J. Thompson to lead off the inning before retiring the side in order.

Radeke fell to 7-2 after giving up six runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings. Bobby Crocker led the team with two hits.