IRVINE — The UC Irvine baseball team has yet to open any of its Big West Conference series on a Friday night this season. But for the first time in that stretch, they had a performance befitting a Friday-night starter on Saturday against visiting Cal State Fullerton.
Sophomore right-hander Andrew Thurman took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of a 4-1 triumph as the No. 12-ranked Titans managed just one hit against the Anteaters, who came in on a three-game conference losing streak.
Thurman, who came in 2-2 with a 4.39 earned-run average, struck out six and did not walk a batter. He faced one over the minimum (a third-inning infield error) before Austin Kingsolver tapped a soft chopper over the mound to open the ninth that second baseman Tommy Reyes changed to field, but threw late to first.
Jared Deacon followed with a walk and Richy Pedroza walked against reliever Jimmy Litchfield, prompting the call to closer Race Parmenter. Anthony Trajano hit into a 6-4 double play that plated a run and Michael Lorenzen grounded out to third to give UCI perhaps its most important win of the season.