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By Matt Szabo | April 5, 2008
Yutaro Yamashita was never one of those kids who tried every sport growing up, seeing which one would stick. Ever since he started swimming at 3 years old in Japan, Yamashita has been strictly a swimmer. And it never gets old for the Corona del Mar High senior, the thrill of competing against someone just a lane over before reaching out for the wall. The competitiveness Yamashita shows also lends itself to CdM relay teams, where he’ll often swim the anchor leg. “I like being the anchor,” he said.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | March 26, 2008
IRVINE — UC Irvine center fielder Ollie Linton had no idea he could have broken a record until after he missed it by a few inches. Linton stole his 51st career base Tuesday night as the No. 3-ranked Anteaters defeated Harvard, 5-2, before a crowd of 1,020 at Anteater Ballpark. Linton tied Alan Belasco’s 32-year-old record for career stolen bases when he took second in the first inning. He tried to steal third in the same as well, but he was tagged out when he just missed the bag as he slid in. Linton, who is obsessively superstitious when it comes to talking about his own statistics — he won’t even look at them — didn’t know he’d tied the record until it was announced over the public address system later in the game.
March 25, 2008
The UC Irvine baseball team, ranked No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, will try to start another winning streak when it plays host to Harvard today at 6 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters (16-2) had their eight-game winning streak halted by top-ranked Arizona State, 11-3, to close out the Bob Schaefer Memoria Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Sunday. UCI opened the season with eight straight victories. Christian Bergman, the Anteaters’ right-handed sophomore will get the start tonight.
March 24, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. — This time there wasn’t a dramatic comeback or an extra inning. Top-ranked Arizona State took care of the No. 5-ranked UC Irvine baseball team and ended the Anteaters’ eight-game winning streak with a 15-hit attack on its way to an 11-3 victory to close out the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament Sunday. The last time the teams played, UCI rallied from a four-run deficit to knock the Sun Devils out of the College World Series, 8-7, in 10 innings last June.
January 27, 2008
UC Irvine is ranked No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 preseason baseball poll released Friday. The Anteaters finished 47-17-1 last season, when they finished third at the College World Series in the program’s first trip to Omaha. UCI finished second in the Big West with a 15-6 mark, won the Round Rock (Texas) Regional and the Wichita Super Regional to advance to the CWS. The ’Eaters became the first team to post consecutive extra-inning wins at the CWS, ousting Cal State Fullerton, 5-4, in a CWS-record 5 hours, 40 minutes (13 innings)
By Barry Faulkner | December 30, 2007
The announcement, made by the Cal State Fullerton media relations department Sept. 7, hit the UC Irvine baseball program and its supporters like a fastball to the eye socket. For, like the unprecedented postseason run that had just thrust UCI onto the national sports landscape, nobody saw this one coming. Just seven days prior to being named baseball coach at Cal State Fullerton, where he had both played and coached, former UCI head man Dave Serrano had issued a statement disavowing any interest in replacing his mentor and friend, George Horton, who had left Fullerton for a big paycheck and a blank canvas at the University of Oregon.
December 18, 2007
UC Irvine juniors Scott Gorgen and Ollie Linton have been named preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Gorgen, a pitcher, is the lone Big West Conference representative on the first team while Linton, an outfielder, is a second-team choice. Gorgen was 13-3 as a sophomore and earned third-team All-American honors after finishing the season tied for third in the nation in wins. The right-hander posted a 2.83 ERA, had three complete-game shutouts and pitched seven innings in another combined shutout.
December 10, 2007
UC Irvine junior pitcher Scott Gorgen and redshirt junior outfielder Ollie Linton have been named to the preseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award, presented to the top college player by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Gorgen, a six-time All-American, posted a 13-3 overall record for the Anteaters last season and finished tied for third in the nation in wins. He had 117 strikeouts and a 2.83 ERA.   Linton finished with a .342 average, totaling 52 hits and 21 RBIs.
October 5, 2007
UC Irvine sophomore John Chin (golf) and junior Laura Olvera (cross country) have earned Big West Conference honors for their recent performances. Chin has been named the Big West Conference Athlete of the Month for men’s golf in September. Chin finished fourth of 50 golfers with a 54-hole total of 8-under par 208 (71-68-69) at the Oregon State Giustina Memorial Classic Sept. 17-18 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. Chin was Big West Freshman of the Year and an all-conference first team selection last season when he placed third at the Big West Championships.
September 8, 2007
Ryan Bousquet, who won a state championship in men’s cross country as a sophomore for Orange Coast College in 2001, died in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 27. Bousquet, 25, was dead on the scene in Anaheim and speed was believed to have been a factor, according to various reports. Bousquet transferred to OCC from Arizona State and competed for the Pirates for one year. He then transferred back to Arizona State. Recently, he had been an assistant coach for Esperanza High’s cross country program.
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