No. 16 UC Irvine Rolls Past USC
May 17, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Christian Ramirez led UC Irvine with a career-high four RBI as the Anteaters defeated USC 9-2 Tuesday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The win, UCI's fifth straight, puts the team at 35-13 on the season while the Trojans drop to 20-28 overall.
Ramirez tripled and then doubled to finish the day 2 for 4 with a run scored. Drew Hillman drove in two runs on two hits while Jordan Leyland also had a pair of RBI on two hits. Sean Madigan tacked on a RBI, doubling in UCI's first run in the first and then hit a single up the middle to go 2 for 5 on the day with a pair of runs scored.
Starter Matt Whitehouse hurled 1.1 innings, giving up just one hit but did not figure in the decision after USC knotted the score at 2-2 in the second against reliever Andrew Thurman. Andy Lines improved to 4-2 after 2.2 innings and holding the Trojans to two hits while walking two and striking out one. Adding three scoreless innings in relief was Phillip Ferragamo, who struck out two Trojan batters from the sixth through the eighth before handing the ball off to Kyle Hooper, who retired the ninth in order.
In the first inning, following Madigan's run-scoring double, Hillman gave UCI a 2-0 lead with a sacrifice to left.
However, USC put runners on first and third on consecutive hits. A passed ball allowed Matt Foat to score and a double by Kevin Swick tied the score at two runs apiece.
UCI took the lead for good in the third as D.J. Crumlich (2-for-3), Madigan and Brian Hernandez led off the inning with three consecutive singles to set the scene for Hillman, who belted his second sacrifice fly of the game. Ramirez then cleared the bases with a triple to the right-field wall to give the Anteaters a 5-2 lead.
UCI batted around in the fifth and scored four runs to widen the margin to 9-2. Hernandez and Hillman singled to put runners on first and second and Jordan Fox registered his second hit after laying down a bunt single past reliever Ben Mount to load the bases again for Ramirez, who hit a double to the left-centerfield gap to drive in a pair of runs. Leyland followed with a one-out, two-run double to left, chasing Mount from the game.
USC starter Brandon Garcia fell to 2-5 after giving up five runs on five hits in 2.1 innings.