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College Baseball: Results ideal for 'Eaters

UCI eliminates Kent State and saves some pitching behind 21 hits.

June 06, 2010|By Barry Faulkner

Senior second baseman Casey Stevenson went five for seven, while senior first baseman Jeff Cusick was three for five with five runs batted in.

Senior catcher Francis Larson was two for four with four RBIs and his third homer of the regional.

Junior outfielder Sean Madigan had three hits and one RBI, while freshman Jordan Leyland went two for five with two RBIs and a booming homer, and junior third baseman Brian Hernandez was two for four with an RBI.

Juniors Drew Hillman and Ryan Fisher had one hit and one RBI apiece.

UCI scored at least one run in every inning for the first time this season. Dating back to the 11th inning Friday against LSU, the 'Eaters, the No, 3 seed in the regional, have scored in 10 straight innings.

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"It makes my job easier," Bergman said of the five-run first. "I knew I could just throw strikes and not worry too much about the results, because we know we have the offense to back it up."

UCI has had at least 10 hits in seven of its last eight games and the 19 runs Saturday matched a season high.

"Everybody had a good day today," said Stevenson, who is seven for 12 in the regional, and 21 for 35 in regional play (a .600 batting average) during his three-year UCI career. "We got a few breaks here and there [the Golden Flashes walked nine and made four errors], but for the most part, we hit the ball pretty well today."

In the regional, Cusick is five for 11 with six RBIs, Larson is four for nine with eight RBIs, Madigan is five for 11, Fisher is four for nine with three RBIs, and Leyland is three for four with three RBIs.

"We've always felt that our offense is capable and that one through nine, we can typically send up a tough out," Gillespie said. "I just think we've sort of gotten on a roll."

Sophomore Matt Summers and freshman Matt Whitehouse combined for 3 1/3 inning of one-run relief, after freshman Kyle Hooper surrendered seven runs in two-thirds of an inning after taking over for Bergman.

Los Angeles Regional

UC Irvine 19, Kent State 9

SCORE BY INNINGS

UCI 5 1 1 3 3 2 2 1 1 — 19 21 2 Kent St.

0 0 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 — 9 11 4 Bergman, Hooper (6), Summers (6), Whitehouse (9) and Larson, Shaeffer (9); Starn, Mace (4), Weibley (6), Gill (7), McMillen (9) and Lyon, Bagoly (7). W – Bergman, 9-3. L – Starn, 7-3. 2B – Fisher (UCI), Hernandez (UCI), Cusick (UCI) 2, Leyland (UCI). HR – Larson (UCI), Leyland (UCI), Klafczynski (KS), McMillen (KS).

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