No. 18 UC Irvine Wins Series Opener at UC Santa Barbara
May 13, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. --- Brian Hernandez and Ronnie Shaeffer led UCI with three his apiece as UC Irvine defeated UC Santa Barbara 9-2 Friday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The win lifts UCI to 32-13 overall and 11-5 in the Big West while the Gauchos drop to 21-22 (6-10 Big West) overall.
Hernandez scored twice and drove in two on a single in the second while Shaeffer was 3 for 4 with a run scored. Drew Hillman and Christian Ramirez had two RBI apiece while Sean Madigan and Jordan Fox each went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Matt Summers earned his eighth win of the year (8-2) after pitching seven strong innings and striking out six while scattering eight hits. Jimmy Litchfield and Phillip Ferragamo each logged a scoreless inning in relief for the `Eaters.
Madigan led the UCI first with a one-out walk and took second on a single by Hernandez. Hillman hit the first pitch from starter Greg Davis up the middle to drive in Madigan and Fox hit a high chopper into right field to score Hernandez. The relay home got away from catcher Joe Winterburn, allowing Hillman to score from third on the error and give UCI a 3-0 lead.
The Anteaters added two runs in the second to extend the lead to 5-0. Shaeffer beat out an infield single to short and took second on the sacrifice bunt by Tommy Reyes. Madigan's single pushed Shaeffer to third and after a steal of second by Madigan, both runners came around to score on the two-out, two-run single by Hernandez.
UC Santa Barbara got on the board in the second as Steven Moon delivered a two-out hit to right to score Joe Wallace, who had reached on a fielder's choice and stolen second base.
Ramirez came up clutch for UCI in the fifth smacking a two-out double to drive in Hernandez and Fox to give the `Eaters a 7-1 advantage.
The teams traded single runs in the sixth inning and Madigan capped the Anteater scoring in the eighth with a solo home run, his first of the season to give UCI a 9-2 lead.
Davis fell to 4-5 after pitching five innings and giving up eight runs on 11 hits. The Gauchos were led by Mark Haddow, who was 3 for 4 on the day.
The series continues Saturday at 1:00 p.m.