May 31, 2009
IRVINE, Calif. - Jeff Cusick went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and the UC Irvine offense belted out 19 hits in a 14-3 victory versus San Diego State in an elimination game of the Irvine Regional Sunday at Anteater Ballpark.
The Anteaters scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings to race out to a 4-0 lead. San Diego State narrowed the gap to 4-2 with a two-run fourth inning, but Cusick responded with a two-run double as part of a three-run fifth that widened the lead to 7-2.
UCI put the game out of reach with a five-run seventh. Bell's RBI single started the rally. After Jordan Fox was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Orloff smacked a bases-clearing three-run double to left field to create a 12-3 cushion. Shaeffer then lifted a run-scoring sacrifice fly to right to make the score 13-3.
A Tony Asaro RBI groundout completed the scoring for UCI in the eighth.
Sophomore pitcher Crosby Slaught worked five-plus innings for UCI to earn the win and improve to 8-0 on the year. Slaught allowed seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts. All three of his runs allowed were earned.
The loss went to Aztec starting pitcher Craig Rasmussen, who allowed five hits and four runs (two earned) in just 1.2 innings. Jon Berger was touched for seven runs in 4.1 innings of relief.
UCI improved to 45-14 on the season. The Anteaters play their second elimination game of the day when they battle Virginia at 8:20 p.m. A UCI win would force a regional championship game on Monday at 8:00 p.m. The Cavaliers, 2-0 in the Irvine Regional, need only one win to clinch the regional championship.