"This is a pitchers' park and it's not a power-hitting park. But we've adopted the philosophy that it can still be an offensive park. Because the gaps are so big here, any ball hit into the gap is almost a sure triple. We'll trade doubles and triples for home runs and we'll try to have outfielders who can run down balls hit in the gaps to try and limit triples."
The Anteaters (31-25 last season) were outscored, 1,909-1,906, in 56 games. They lost more than half of their home-run production from last year's squad and have only three players back who drove a ball over the fence last season.
Jaime Martinez, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound first baseman and designated hitter, hit five homers last year to lead the team. Martinez, whose .339 average in 2005 ranked third on the team, has 13 home runs and 77 RBI in his first three seasons at UCI. He hit 26 varsity home runs at Hueneme High, a school record.