UC Irvine Tops Kent State, 19-9, at Los Angeles Regional
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- UC Irvine scored in every inning as the Anteaters defeated Kent State, 19-9, in an elimination game Saturday at the Los Angeles Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Jeff Cusick had five RBI and Francis Larson added four as the Anteaters climbed to 38-20 on the season.
Cusick had a pair of doubles and Larson belted his eighth home run of the season, and the third in the last two days, for his 25th career homer which is No. 1 in the UCI record book.
Casey Stevenson tied a career high with five hits while batting 5 for 7, scored four runs and had two RBI for the `Eaters. Jordan Leyland had two hits, scored three runs and also had a pair of RBI while Brian Hernandez contributed two hits, scored three times and had one RBI.
The `Eaters collected 21 hits and tied a season-high with 19 runs against the Golden Flashes, who ended the season with a 39-25 record.
UCI batted around to open the game, capitalizing on a pair of Kent State errors and scoring five runs in the inning, including a three-run miscue on a fly ball to right.
UCI, the designated visiting team, tacked on single runs in the second and the third and then scored three in the fourth on an RBI hit by Drew Hillman and a two-run home run by Leyland.
The Golden Flashes ended Bergman's shutout streak at 27.2 innings after scoring a run on a fielder's choice by Jimmy Rider with one out in the fourth. Bergman went on to blank Kent State in the fifth before handing the ball off to the Anteater bullpen.
Kent State rallied in the sixth, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the sixth with Ben Klafczynski and Kyle McMillan each smacking a three-run home run in the inning, cutting the lead to 15-9.
Kyle Hooper, who allowed seven runs on five hits in 2/3 innings, gave way to Matt Summers. The sophomore right-hander gave up the second round-tripper in the inning but went on to pitch 2.1 innings, walking one and giving up one run on one hit. Matt Whitehouse held Kent State scoreless in the final inning while walking one and striking out one.
Kent State starter David Starn fell to 7-3 after giving up seven runs (two earned) on six hits in three innings while the offense was led by Klafczynski and McMillen's, who had three RBI apiece.
UCI plays the loser of Saturday night's UCLA-LSU game in an elimination game Sunday at 2:00 p.m. If the `Eaters win that contest, they will play again at 6:00 p.m. Sunday.