April 21, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. - Daniel Cepin hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning, tying the game at 2-2, but 18th-ranked UC Irvine scored in the eighth, holding off the UC Davis baseball team to claim a 3-2 victory on Thursday at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine.
UC Davis drops to 8-23 overall and 2-5 in the Big West Conference while UC Irvine is now 25-9 on the year and 7-3 in league play.
The Aggie defense held UC Irvine scoreless until the fifth inning, despite allowing five hits through the first five innings. Jonathan Hurst walked to lead off the inning, eventually coming around to score after Sean Madigan singled. With two outs, Madigan would score the second run of the inning, giving UC Irvine a 2-0 lead.
The Aggies remained hitless until the fourth inning when David Popkins singled to right center field, then, with two outs in the top of the sixth, Brett Morgan singled then stole second base before coming around to score on an RBI base hit from Scott Heylman.
UC Irvine squeezed out a run in the eighth as Jordan Leyland started with a double to center before moving to third on a failed pickoff throw from Aggie relief pitcher Ryan Lucas. With the bases loaded and one out, Tommy Reyes bunted up the first base line and Tom Briner, called in to replace Lucas, could not make the play at home plate in time.
The Anteaters retired the Aggies in order to end the game and seal the 3-2 win.
UC Davis saw its six hits split between six different batters. For UC Irvine, Brian Hernandez went 4-for-4 while Jordan Leyland and Ronnie Shaeffer each hit 2-for-4.
Dayne Quist gave up two runs on nine hits and struck out three in 6.1 innings of work. Lucas was given the loss to fall to 0-3 on the year.
Anteater pitcher Matt Summers struck out four and walked one in eight innings to earn the win and move to 6-2 overall.
UC Davis and UC Irvine resume the Big West Conference series Friday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. with Scott Lyman taking the mound for UC Davis and Crosby Slaught starting for the Anteaters.