IRVINE — Four weekends into the Big West Conference baseball season, UC Irvine has affirmed itself as one of three clear-cut title contenders. Perhaps more importantly, the Anteaters have established a weekend rotation that appears worthy of contending for a title.
Sophomore Matt Whitehouse has emerged as what may be the final piece to UCI's pitching puzzle. The left-hander, who missed 13 days earlier this month with a strained hamstring and made the first 10 of his 15 appearances this season in relief, threw 7 1/3 strong innings Saturday to key a 6-1 win over conference visitor UC Davis.
The victory avenged an error-plagued 3-2 loss in 10 innings Friday and gave the Anteaters (26-10, 8-4 in conference), the series win over the Aggies (9-24, 3-6).