May 31, 2009
IRVINE, Calif. - For the first time this season top ranked UC Irvine failed to score a run as No. 7 Virginia defeated the Anteaters 5-0 on Saturday evening at Anteater Ballpark to advance to the UC Irvine Regional Championship game. The Cavaliers will face the winner of the UC Irvine/San Diego State game at 8 p.m. tomorrow evening.
Danny Hultzen started on the mound for Virginia and scattered six hits over 7.1 innings. He added four strikeouts and walked just one batter to improve his season record to 10-2.
Uncharacteristically, the Anteaters (44-14) committed a season-high four errors that the Cavaliers (45-12-1) turned into two runs. Keith Werman drove in the first run of the game on a fielder's choice in the fifth inning and advanced to second on an errant throw.
Jarrett Parker singled home Werman to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 advantage and advanced to third as the ball got by right fielder Tony Asaro. John Hicks started the UVA inning with a one-out double down the left field line and Franco Valdes put runners on the corner with a single to center.
Virginia struck again in the sixth inning with a three-run effort. Steven Proscia drove in Phil Gosselin with a single to left field and three batters later Valdes plated two runs to give UVA 5-0 lead.
Gosselin reached on a throwing error by shortstop Ben Orloff.
UC Irvine stranded nine runners and totaled 10 hits for the evening. The Anteaters left runners on first and second in the fourth inning and second and third in each the eighth and ninth frame.
UCI used three consecutive singles by Orloff, Eric Deragisch and Ronnie Shaeffer to load the bases with one out in its half of the eighth but a sharply hit ball to shortstop Tyler Cannon provided for an easy 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.
Christian Bergman got the start on the mound for the Anteaters and fell to 8-2 on the year. He went 5.2 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Bergman was perfect through the first 3.2 innings.
Deragisch and Casey Stevenson each finished 2-for-4 for UCI while Dan Grovatt and Valdes put together multi-hit games for the Cavaliers.
Tonight's loss marks only the fifth loss at the friendly confines of Anteater Ballpark for UC Irvine and first since a 9-2 setback to San Diego on May 12.
The Anteaters will face San Diego State University tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. in an elimination game.