"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).