May 20, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- The Anteater offense scored 12 runs but Matt Summers was the story as the junior was near perfect, pitching a two-hit complete game Friday to lead UC Irvine to a 12-0 win against UC Riverside.
Summers used just 92 pitches and retired the first 16 batters he faced before his no-hit bid was interrupted by a single from Bart Steponovich in the sixth inning. Summers surrendered a second single in the seventh and went on to tie a career-high with 10 strikeouts in his first career complete-game and collected his ninth win of the season to improve to 9-2.
UC Irvine banged out 18 hits with seven Anteaters delivering multiple-hit games. Jordan Fox was also near-perfect, reaching safely in five of six plate appearances. Fox was 3 for 4 with three runs scored with a walk and was hit by the pitch before being retired in the ninth. Jordan Leyland topped the team with his second four-RBI game of the season and Drew Hillman drove in three runs while batting 3 for 6 with two runs scored. Brian Hernandez added three hits and scored four times. Christian Ramirez had an RBI on two hits and D.J. Crumlich was 2 for 5 and scored a run.
Crumlich lined a single to right to start the game and stole second before taking third on a wild pitch on ball four to Hernandez to put runners on first and third with one out. Hillman grounded to shortstop Trevor Hairgrove but the ball took a kangaroo hop over Hairgrove into left-center to score Crumlich. Fox followed with a hit to the right-center gap, allowing Hernandez to score as the Anteaters took a 2-0 lead.
The Anteaters hit three straight singles to lead off the third with Fox driving in Hernandez for the second time in the game. Ramirez followed with a hit through the left side to plate Hillman and widen UCI's lead to 4-0.
Sean Madigan extended his on-base streak to 34 consecutive games with a lead-off walk in the fourth and took third on a double by Hernandez. Hillman chased starter Matt Andriese from the game with a two-run single to left, driving in Madigan and Hernandez. Fox was hit by the pitch and he and Hillman would cross the plate on a one-out single by Leyland to give the `Eaters an 8-0 advantage.
Fox scored the team's ninth run in the top of the sixth. After drawing a leadoff walk, Fox took second on a passed ball and then advanced to third on a single by Ramirez before scoring on the fielder's choice by Leyland.
Leyland delivered again for the Anteaters in the seventh with a two-out, RBI single and was followed by Reyes, who smacked a two-run hit to the left-center gap as the Highlanders gave double-digit runs for the first time this season.
Andriese fell to 4-5 after giving up seven runs on 10 hits in three innings.
The series continues Saturday at 6:00 p.m.