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Thurman delivers no-no this time

College Baseball

UCI sophomore pitcher finishes off Long Beach State six days after a no-hit bid was broken up in the ninth inning.

April 20, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

LONG BEACH — UC Irvine sophomore pitcher Andrew Thurman needed only six days to work out the kink.

The Anteaters' right-hander polished off a no-hitter in a 4-0 Big West Conference baseball victory over Long Beach State on Friday in front of 1,266 at Blair Field. Just six days before, his no-hit bid against Cal State Fullerton ended with a bounding infield single behind the mound.

Friday, Thurman hit the leadoff batter, then retired 23 straight, before issuing his only walk with two outs in the eighth. But he set down the next four to complete the fifth no-hitter in UCI history.

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It was the second no-hitter in UCI's last four games against the Dirtbags. Matt Summers no-hit Long Beach in the opener of the final regular-season series last season on May 27 at UCI.

Thurman has now allowed one hit in his last 17 innings, spanning his last two starts. He struck out five, walked one, hit one and used 110 pitches to improve to 4-2.

"Last week, was a good week on Saturday," Thurman said, his voice quivering with excitement. "Going onto this week, I just wanted to try and do the same things, and, you know, try not to change anything. We know Long Beach is a good club. I just wanted to go out and throw my game.

"We played great defense behind me," said Thurman, who was mobbed by teammates at the center of the diamond after Matt Duffy popped out to shortstop D.J. Crumlich for the final out. [Center fielder] Christian Ramirez made some great plays out there. And [third baseman] Taylor Sparks made some phenomenal plays. All around, we played well."

Thurman said his fastball, just like last week, was his go-to pitch.

UCI opened the scoring in the second inning, when sophomore second baseman Dillon Moyer bounced an RBI single through the shortstop hole to score freshman Kris Paulino.

Freshman Chris Rabago lifted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Connor Spencer in the sixth, doubling the lead for the visitors (20-14, 5-5 in conference).

UCI tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth when Ramirez doubled to start the frame and senior first baseman Jordan Fox followed with a triple. Fox later scored on a 3-2 squeeze bunt by junior Scott Gottschling.

Ramirez was three for five to pace the visitors' eight-hit attack.

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