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Anteaters win, secure fourth in Big West Conference

College Roundup

March 09, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL

UC Irvine 88, UC Davis 85

DAVIS — Sophomore Will Davis and senior Mike Wilder both scored 18 points to lead the visiting Anteaters in the Big West Conference game Saturday.

The win secures fourth place for UCI (18-14, 11-7 in conference). The Anteaters will face fifth-place Hawaii in the opening round of the Big West Conference Tournament on Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Honda Center.

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UCI split with Hawaii, a first-year Big West member, this season. UCI won at home, 68-64, on Jan. 9, then fell in Honolulu, 78-72, one month later.

Davis had 12 rebounds and two blocked shots for UCI, while Wilder netted four of nine three-point tries and added nine rebounds.

Chris McNealy (15 points), Daman Starring (12 points, including two free throws with six seconds left) and Alex Young (11 points and four assists) also helped UCI pull through.

Davis (14-16, 9-9) fell to sixth place.

UCI posted a 47-35 rebounding advantage against the Aggies, who made eight of 15 three-point tries (53.3%).

UCI senior Adam Folker did not play for a second straight game.

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BASEBALL

UC Irvine 8, BYU 3

PROVO, Utah — Junior pitcher Andrew Morales improved to 5-0 as the visiting Anteaters salvaged the finale of a three-game nonconference series Sunday.

Morales, who was 21-1 in two seasons at Rio Hondo Community College, is now 26-1 as a collegian. He allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked four.

Sophomore first baseman Connor Spencer was three for five with two runs batted in, while senior catcher Ronnie Shaeffer was two for four with a home run and three RBIs for the No. 21-ranked Anteaters (12-4).

Senior right fielder Scott Gottschling added two hits to the 'Eaters' 11-hit attack.

BYU is 9-7.

UCI returns home to face San Diego State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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Doubleheader

COSTA MESA — Scott Simmons improved to 6-1 as host Vanguard earned a 4-3 win in Game 2 to split two Golden State Athletic Conference games with Concordia on Saturday.

After Concordia won the first game, 10-4, the Lions (13-9, 7-9 in conference) built a 4-0 lead, then held on in the second game. Simmons allowed seven hits and two runs in five strong innings to earn the victory.

Thomas Mobley, Ellis Whitman and John Schwer all drove in runs for Vanguard and Kevin Ponzo earned his ninth save of the season for the Lions.

Concordia is 18-9, 11-6.

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Riverside 12, Orange Coast 0

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