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By Barry Faulkner | May 21, 2013
IRVINE - Another UC Irvine baseball loss sent the historians reeling through the years Tuesday night. The Anteaters, on then other hand, are just plain reeling. Visiting USC's 6-4 nonconference triumph was the fifth straight setback for UCI, equaling the program's longest losing streak since 2004. It's the first time UCI has lost five consecutive regular-season games since 2003 and the first time Coach Mike Gillespie has lost at least five straight since the 2007 season at USC, after which he was fired to end a 20-year run at the helm of his alma mater.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 14, 2013
At the heart of the optimism surrounding UC Irvine baseball in 2013 is the center of the diamond. At the center of skepticism circulating around the Anteaters this spring is the middle of the defense. How both play out figure to be central factors in whether Coach Mike Gillespie's program finds itself in the middle of the postseason it missed out on last season for the first time in seven years. Clearly, there is no middle ground when it comes to the crossroads faced by the 'Eaters this season.
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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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By Barry Faulkner | March 28, 2013
RIVERSIDE - UC Irvine ventured to UC Riverside for the Big West Conference baseball opener on Friday and a telethon broke out. How else to describe the spirit of giving that pervaded in the Highlanders' 4-3 victory at the Riverside Sports Complex? Both teams donated costly mistakes to the cause, with UC Riverside getting a jump on things, only to benefit in kind. Ultimately, it was two miscues by the Anteaters - one of which manifested itself in an error that marred the box score for the team that entered the game leading the nation in fielding percentage - that spelled doom for UCI. It was the 'Eaters' first loss in a conference opener since 2006.
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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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December 18, 2013
UC Irvine infielders Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer, as well as pitcher Andrew Morales, have been selected first-team preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Sparks was named Big West Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2013, when the sophomore third baseman batted .360 with 10 home runs and 50 runs batted in. He was named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was an ABCA Gold Glove winner. Sparks, named second-team West Region by the American Baseball Coaches Assn.
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March 31, 2000
COSTA MESA - The Master's College scored twice in the first inning for all it would need in a 6-0 nonconference baseball victory at Vanguard University Thursday. Ryan Damback went 2 for 2 to pace the Lions' five-hit attack against starter Josh Higgins, who struck out four and walked two in eight innings to get the win. Vanguard fell to 4-26. NONCONFERENCE The Master's 6, Vanguard 0 The Master's 230 000 100 - 6 6 0 Vanguard 000 000 000 - 0 5 0 Higgins, Wood (9)
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April 1, 2002
Steve Virgen ANTEATER BALLPARK - With 19 wins, a Jon Horwitz 11-game hitting streak and pitchers producing excitement, there appears to be little question about the following observation. UC Irvine baseball is back. After a 10-year hiatus, the Anteaters baseball squad (19-14, 2-1 in the Big West Conference) has made quite an impression in nonconference and in early Big West action. Coach John Savage's Anteaters have relied on strong pitching and a disciplined defense in their quest to make this season a memorable one for UCI and its followers.
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