June 9, 2007
WICHITA, KS --- Pitcher Scott Gorgen gave the fourth-ranked Anteaters a stellar performance on the mound, pitching his fourth straight complete game to lead UC Irvine to a 1-0 win over No. 8 Wichita State in NCAA super regional action Saturday at Eck Stadium. The win was UCI's fifth straight as the team climbed to 44-15-1 overall while the Shockers fell to 53-21.
Gorgen won the pitchers' duel and went the distance for the sixth time this season as the sophomore improved to 12-2 after striking out seven and scattering eight hits. The win put Gorgen in a tie for fourth in the program's season annals.
The difference in the game came off the bat of UCI designated hitter Sean Madigan, whose two-out, bases-loaded grounder in the UCI eighth bounced off the glove of Wichita State pitcher Noah Krohl to score second baseman Cody Cipriano. Cipriano drew a two-out walk and was reached third on Matt Morris' hit-and-run single. Outfielder Bryan Petersen drew a full-count walk before Shocker reliever Andy Womack would hand the ball off the Krohl to face Madigan.
Anteater outfielder Taylor Holiday extended his hitting streak to 21 games going 2 for 5. Holiday recorded his 23rd double of the season to move into a tie for first in the record books. Morris and Madigan both went 2 for 4 for the Anteaters.
WSU starting pitcher Aaron Shafer was also effective. Following Holiday's double in the top of the third, Shafer did not allow a runner to reach second until the top of the seventh. Petersen drew a one-out walk in the inning and took third on Madigan's first hit of the game, a single to right-center. Centerfielder Ollie Linton's sacrifice bunt was fielded by Shafer, who faked a throw to first. Petersen strayed off third and was caught in a run-down for the second out. Catcher Aaron Lowenstein worked a full-count walk to extend the frame but Shafer induced a fly ball to center to escape the inning.
The Shockers threatened again, putting runners on first and third in the seventh with one out but catcher Tyler Weber lined out to shortstop Ben Orloff, who doubled up Josh Workman at third.
Wichita State looked to even the score in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second to lead off the inning. However, Derek Schermerhorn's bunt was fielded cleanly by Gorgen, who whirled to get Dusty Coleman out at third and Damon Sublett followed with an inning-ending, double-play ground ball to second.
Shafer struck out five and gave up just five hits in seven innings but did not figure in the decision. Womack fell to 3-2 after giving up the eventual game-winning run in 2.3 innings.
The two teams continue the series Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 10:00 a.m. (PT). The Anteaters will take the field as the designated home team.