UCI records first hit with two outs in the eighth in 6-2 nonconference setback to visiting Bears.IRVINE -- UC Irvine baseball coach Dave Serrano said after Friday's season-opening 6-2 loss to Cal that his team was still searching for its identity, as well as a productive lineup.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday, the Anteaters were still searching for their first hit.
Cal junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American, pitched a perfect six innings against UCI's lineup.
Morrow finally exited in the seventh, after a hit batter and a walk. The no-hitter remained intact until the eighth, when Jeff Werhun lined a two-out single into right field off Jeremy Burchett.
Werhun's hit was followed by singles from Tyler Vaughn and Bryan Peterson. Peterson's liner to right field drove in two runs, but he was thrown out at second.