Asaro, Orloff Lead UC Irvine to 14-7 Win Over UC Santa Barbara

May 24, 2008

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IRVINE, Calif. --- Tony Asaro matched a career-high four RBI with a personal-high four hits as UC Irvine evened the series with a 14-7 win over UC Santa Barbara Saturday at Anteater Ballpark. The win gave head coach Mike Gillespie his 800th Division I victory as UCI improved to 37-16 overall and 13-10 in the Big West.

Ben Orloff went 4 for 4 for the second time this season while Francis Larson drove in three runs on two hits and a sacrifice fly. Dillon Bell drove in two runs while going 1 for 3 with a run scored.

UC Santa Barbara (35-20, 14-9 Big West) took advantage of a pair of UCI errors to push a run across in the top of the first but the Anteaters responded with three in the bottom of the inning on Asaro's double to score Orloff and a two-run single up the middle by Larson.

Asaro delivered again in the third with a sharp single up the middle to drive in two runs to give UCI a 5-1 lead and chase starter Mario Hollands from the game.

UCSB's Chris McMurray's sacrifice fly scored Patrick Rose in the fourth but Orloff drove in Casey Stevenson in the bottom of the frame.

UCI built an 8-2 lead after scoring twice in the fifth but the Gauchos battled in the sixth, scoring four runs in the inning to cut the lead to two at 8-6.

The Anteaters broke open the game in the sixth. With two outs and Orloff on second base following a single and a stolen base, UCI reeled off six straight hits and benefited from a Gaucho error to build a 14-6 advantage.

Steve Cook's sacrifice fly to right capped the scoring for UCSB.

Anteater pitcher Bryce Stowell improved to 7-2 after striking out six in 5.2 innings while allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits. Christian Bergman, Chris Lopez and Tom Calahan combined for 2.1 shutout innings and Noel Avison closed out the game in the ninth, surrendering a run on two hits.

Hollands fell to 7-3, giving up five runs on six hits in two innings of work. Four Gaucho players recorded two hits apiece in the losing effort.