UC Irvine All-American candidate Matt Summers will be the starting pitcher when the Anteaters open NCAA Regional play Friday against Fresno State at 2 p.m., UCI Coach Mike Gillespie said Tuesday.
Gillespie said determining who would start subsequent games in the four-team, double-elimination Los Angeles Regional that also includes UCLA and San Francisco, would be decided later, based upon the opponent.
Summers, a junior right-hander who threw a no-hitter in his final regular-season start, was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year on Monday. He was 8-0 in his eight conference starts to complete the regular season 10-2. His earned-run average of 1.74 ranks No. 17 in the country.
Summers could face Fresno State senior right-hander Greg Gonzalez, who is 11-0 in 15 starts this season with a 1.43 ERA that ranks No. 7 nationally. The 5-foot- 11 Gonzalez, who was 8-2 as a junior after transferring from Skyline Community College, has allowed just 64 hits in 100 2/3 innings as a senior. He has 121 strikeouts and has walked 26 in 2011. Gonzales threw a no-hitter during his junior season.