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April 10, 2013
UC Irvine junior Andrew Morales was named was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week after blanking Hawaii on one hit through seven innings on Sunday. Morales, who lost a perfect game on a single to open the seventh inning, struck out six and threw 75 pitches to improve to 7-0 and lower his earned-run average to 1.81. Morales helped UCI close out a three-game sweep of Hawaii. - From staff reports
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By Barry Faulkner | May 24, 2013
IRVINE - The offense is producing in bunches and the pitching is more than holding its own. But with one game left in the regular season, the UC Irvine baseball program may be on the verge of an eight-month break. Despite an 8-4 win that clinched the three-game Big West Conference series victory against visiting Long Beach State on Friday, the Anteaters (33-21, 15-11 in conference) can finish no better than tied for third in the conference. And even in that scenario, they would lose the tiebreaker to UC Santa Barbara.
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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | March 5, 2013
IRVINE - It was '80s night at Anteater Ballpark on Tuesday. Very few dressed the part for UC Irvine's baseball game. But in the bottom of the third inning, Cal State Bakersfield starter Taylor Aikenhead showed up throwing in the low 80s. The Anteaters finally undressed him. They collected four hits, half of them for extra bases, and four runs, two on a home run by junior Dominique Taylor. That was all the No. 21-ranked Anteaters needed. They took the lead and never looked back, winning the nonconference game, 6-1. It took the Anteaters (11-2)
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By Barry Faulkner | March 18, 2014
There is, in UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie's esteemed opinion, no room for error with the Anteaters this season, let alone two. Two UCI errors contributed to three unearned runs in the sixth inning, though there were other concerns as well in a 6-0 nonconference setback to visiting Pepperdine on Tuesday. The Anteaters (13-7) matched the Waves (14-6) with nine hits, but stranded 13 runners to Pepperdine's three. The result was the 'Eaters third blanking of the season, their third straight defeat, and four losses in the last five games, coming off what had been a school-record 10-game winning streak.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 2, 2014
As the son of former UC Santa Barbara baseball coach Bob Brontsema, UC Irvine freshman John Brontsema lugged bats back to the Gauchos' dugout for most of his childhood. Friday night, however, it was his ability to swing one that helped the Anteaters defeat the Gauchos. The younger Brontsema, who chipped in a stellar defensive play at second base, went two for four with an run-producing triple in UCI's 6-2 win to open a three-game Big West Conference series at Anteater Ballpark. The win was the fifth straight for the 'Eaters (30-14, 12-1 in conference)
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By Barry Faulkner | April 9, 2014
The Vanguard University baseball team that had won 13 of its previous 17 games, climbed to the No. 14 national ranking, and landed in second place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, was largely missing in action on Wednesday. Coach Rob Pegg's Lions, who are two games behind San Diego Christian heading into a three-game road series with the No. 6-ranked Hawks beginning Friday, were hardly themselves in a 7-3 nonconference loss to the Cougars. Vanguard (26-14) ranks No. 2 in the GSAC in fielding (.974)
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By Barry Faulkner | March 18, 2014
There is, in UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie's esteemed opinion, no room for error with the Anteaters this season, let alone two. Two UCI errors contributed to three unearned runs in the sixth inning, though there were other concerns as well in a 6-0 nonconference setback to visiting Pepperdine on Tuesday. The Anteaters (13-7) matched the Waves (14-6) with nine hits, but stranded 13 runners to Pepperdine's three. The result was the 'Eaters third blanking of the season, their third straight defeat, and four losses in the last five games, coming off what had been a school-record 10-game winning streak.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 12, 2014
Apparently, one way to slow down the state's most productive hitting team is to, well, throw slower pitches. Fullerton College sophomore left-hander Nick Morton used that approach to help the visiting Hornets edge Orange Coast, 3-1, in an Orange Empire Conference baseball battle on Tuesday. OCC, ranked No. 1 in Southern California, entered the game leading the state in hits (219), doubles (40) home runs (nine), batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.443). But Morton, with his repertoire of slow, slower and slowest, kept the Pirates off balance to earn his fourth win in five decisions and his third complete game.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 4, 2014
The so-called quality start has become downright quantifiable this season for the UC Irvine baseball team, which rode a completely serviceable pitching performance and some opportunistic hitting to its seventh straight victory Tuesday. The 6-4 win over visiting USC (8-3), which has suddenly lost three of its last four, was the 12th time in as many games this season that UCI (9-3) has allowed three or fewer earned runs in the first six innings (the statistical definition of an individual quality start)
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By Barry Faulkner | February 15, 2014
Spend more than four decades coaching college baseball and you are bound to pick up a little psychology. But even the breadth of experience accrued by 72-year-old UC Irvine Coach Mike Gillespie wasn't enough to salve the mental wounds that lingered after an 8-7 nonconference loss in 13 innings to visiting Fresno State on Saturday. The Bulldogs, who scored in the 10th to snap a scoreless tie and come away with a 2-0 season-opening win on Friday, took the lead four times on Saturday, including once in the 12th and once in the fateful 13th.
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