May 27, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Matt Summers went the distance, hurling the fourth no-hitter in UC Irvine history to defeat Long Beach State 2-0 Friday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
Summers used 105 pitches and faced one over the minimum in the complete-game effort to improve to 10-2 on the year and go undefeated in Big West games at 8-0. The right-hander walked Jeff Yamaguchi in the second but induced an inning-ending double-play grounder. Summers then hit Ino Patron with the pitch with two outs in the eighth but struck out Juan Avila to end the frame. He then retired the side in order in the ninth to hand Long Beach State (27-27, 10-12 Big West) the first nine-inning, no-hit loss in Dirtbag history and register his second consecutive complete-game shutout victory.
UCI broke the scoreless tie in the fourth on a two-out double by Christian Ramirez to drive in first baseman Jordan Fox, who reached first on a sharp single up the middle. The Anteaters tacked on its second run in the fifth with a two-out hit from outfielder Sean Madigan to plate second baseman Tommy Reyes, who had singled to lead off the inning and took second on the sacrifice from catcher Ronnie Shaeffer.
The Dirtbags nearly broke up the no-hitter in the seventh. With both Fox and Reyes playing back, Jeff McNeil flared a pitch over the mound. With Summers back-pedaling and Fox and Reyes converging, the three nearly collided but Summers came up with the catch before hitting the ground.
Reyes led UCI going 3 for 3 with a walk and a run scored while Fox, Ramirez and Brian Hernandez each went 2 for 4 at the plate.
LBSU starter Andrew Gagnon pitched six innings, striking gout two and giving up two runs on eight hits to fall to 4-10.
Summers joins the elite group of Dave Wollos (1970), Tad Davis (1974) and Glenn Swanson (2006) as the only Anteaters to hurl a no-hitter in UCI history.
The series continues Saturday at 2:00 p.m.