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By Barry Faulkner | June 5, 2009
It is, of course, ironic that arguably the most revered player in UC Irvine baseball history woke up Monday a suddenly devoted, if somewhat conflicted, Cal State Fullerton fan. Ben Orloff, the face of what has become a nationally renowned program since he arrived from Simi Valley High in the fall of 2004, did not shed a tear before the assembled media after the Anteaters, the consensus No. 1 team in the nation the previous three weeks, saw their...
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By Barry Faulkner | April 20, 2009
IRVINE — Even when a situation arises that is bad enough for the trainer to intervene these days, things end up with a feel-good ending for the UC Irvine baseball team. Such was the case Monday for the newly-crowned top-ranked team in the nation, as the host Anteaters turned a pregame injury into an integral last-minute lineup change in a 9-6 nonconference win over Oregon, before 818 at Anteater Ballpark. Senior right fielder Tony Asaro was forced to vacate the lineup after first injuring his groin while hitting in batting practice, then worsening the injury while throwing in the outfield.
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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.
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By Barry Faulkner | June 3, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. — The parting words from some of the Nebraska employees and fans to the UC Irvine traveling party that was exiting Haymaker Park Sunday after the Anteaters swept three games to win the NCAA Lincoln Regional, were telling. “See you in a couple weeks,” was the familiar sendoff, referring to a potential UCI return to Omaha, about an hour drive from Lincoln, where the final eight teams in the country, all Super Regional winners, will convene for the College World Series, June 14-25, at Rosenblatt Stadium.
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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.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 22, 2008
UC Irvine attained unprecedented heights as a Division I baseball program last season. But one of the top returners from a 2007 campaign that featured a 47-17-1 record, and the school?s first trip to the College World Series, believes the Anteaters? third-place finish in Omaha ultimately meant coming up short. ?We haven?t done anything yet,? said junior center fielder and preseason All-American Ollie Linton. ?We made it to Omaha, but we still need to accomplish the entire thing [winning a national championship]
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