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SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | June 12, 2013
Ben Orloff, the most decorated player in UC Irvine baseball history, retired as a professional player on Friday, in the middle of his fifth minor-league season with the Houston Astros organization. Orloff, who won the Brooks Wallace Award that goes to the nation's top shortstop, was Big West Conference Player of the Year, won Rawlings and American Baseball Coaches' Assn. Gold Glove awards and was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2009, went four for five in his final game on June 4. In 41 games and 131 at-bats this season for the Corpus Christ Hooks of the Double-A Texas League, Orloff hit .298 with 11 runs batted in, 20 runs and five stolen bases.
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NEWS
June 12, 2009
When UC Irvine shortstop Ben Orloff was drafted last June in the 19th round by the Colorado Rockies, there were risk-reward factors involved with his decision to return for his senior baseball season with the Anteaters. That reward list will become significantly more substantial today, when the College Baseball Foundation will announce that Orloff has won the Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate shortstop. Orloff, the Big West Conference Player of the Year, hit .358 with 62 runs, 91 hits, 28 runs batted in and 18 stolen bases to help lead the Anteaters (45-15)
NEWS
By BARRY FAULKNER | March 30, 2009
The fervor that accompanied last season’s Big West Conference baseball series between UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton had more to do with drama than the diamond last season. That figures to change this season, as the No. 8-ranked Anteaters (16-7, 3-0 in conference) have settled in under second-year coach Mike Gillespie. In the No. 1-ranked Titans’ dugout, former UCI Coach Dave Serrano, as well as former Anteater assistants Greg Bergeron and Sergio Brown, are also likely to experience less discomfort competing against their former program, though 13 UCI players remain from the last of Serrano’s three UCI teams.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | April 1, 2007
IRVINE — UC Irvine junior pitcher Wes Etheridge didn't have his best stuff Saturday night against visiting Long Beach State. "I thought I was average," Etheridge said. "The defense bailed me out a few times, and they were swinging at balls that weren't strikes." The Anteaters, however, will take an average performance any day, as long as Etheridge can keep lighting up zeroes on the scoreboard in Big West Conference play. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, helping the Anteaters shut out the Dirtbags, 4-0, before 1,320 at Anteater Ballpark.
NEWS
By Barry Faulkner | February 28, 2008
IRVINE — The UC Irvine baseball team treated a crowd of 2,035 to a 7-3 nonconference win over visiting USC Wednesday at Anteater Ballpark. And while first-year UCI coach Mike Gillespie was satisfied with the win, which upped the No. 22-ranked ’Eaters’ record to 4-0 this season, he said he found some discomfort in topping the school he played for and spent 20 seasons guiding as head coach. Making him even less enthused, the verdict pinned a loss on a USC unit guided by Chad Kreuter, Gillespie’s son-in-law, who was ejected in the middle of the seventh inning for arguing after an interference call on a base runner at second, creating a double play for the Anteaters.
NEWS
By Barry Faulkner | June 19, 2008
The UC Irvine baseball team?s prospects for 2009 appear to be enhanced considerably by the expected return of Major League draft picks Ben Orloff, Bryce Stowell and Tony Asaro. Anteaters Coach Mike Gillespie said Thursday that none of the aforementioned players have signed with their respective organizations and all are making plans to return to UCI for their senior seasons next year. The return of Asaro, selected in the 47th round by the St. Louis Cardinals, appears certain, though Orloff and Stowell could still opt for the pro ranks, should contract negotiations escalate, Gillespie said.
SPORTS
By BARRY FAULKNER | June 6, 2006
It's not likely that anything could soften the sting of a pair of one-run losses that eliminated the UC Irvine baseball team from the NCAA Regionals. But the fact that Missouri, which sent the Anteaters packing with a 5-4 triumph in 14 innings on Saturday, went on to win the four-team mini-tournament, should help convince those concerned with such things that Coach Dave Serrano's program is not far from where he believes it can and should be. The Anteaters, who concluded their season 36-24, battled the Tigers ?
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