July 3, 2007
UC Irvine, with the benefit of an NCAA championship in men's volleyball and a third-place showing by the baseball team at the College World Series, earned its best finish ever in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings at 56th. The Directors' Cup is compiled annually by the Collegiate Directors of Athletics, United States Sports Academy and USA Today to rank the best overall collegiate athletics programs among the country's 285 Division I schools. That means the Anteaters were among the top 20% nationally, in terms of success program wide.
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)
June 25, 2008
Mike Mayne, the Orange Coast College baseball coach from 1977-92, proved to be a bit prophetic with a statement he made before the College World Series began. “... We’re playing pretty doggone good right now and I think we can do some damage here [in Omaha],” Mayne, Fresno State’s pitching coach, told the Daily Pilot in a story published June 15, the day the Bulldogs began their improbable CWS run. “If we win that first game, watch out.” Mayne and Fresno State won that first game and did plenty of damage, becoming the lowest seed to win an NCAA championship on Wednesday night.
June 12, 2013
Former UC Irvine baseball standout Christian Bergman, a pitcher for the Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, is a Texas League All-Star. Bergman will represent the Drillers in the June 25 exhibition game at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. Through 10 starts this season, Bergman is 3-5 with a 3.60 earned-run average. He has allowed 83 hits, walked 10 and struck out 41 in 80 innings. Opponents are hitting .266 against him. Bergman, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, won the Chuck Stevens Award in 2012 as the Southern California resident who had the most outstanding minor league season.
June 8, 2013
Scott Gorgen, a two-time All-American pitcher at UC Irvine who helped the Anteaters reach the 2007 College World Series, was released Friday by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Gorgen, who missed the entire 2011 season to have arm surgery, was 0-1 with a 12.27 earned-run average for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League in 2013. His only appearance was a relief outing on May 27 in which he allowed four hits, including two home runs, and five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.
May 22, 2013
UC Irvine senior Ronnie Shaeffer is one of 15 semifinalists for college baseball's 2013 Johnny Bench Award. Shaeffer entered the final week of the regular season hitting .298 with three home runs and 34 runs batted in. Through May 15, he ranked No 28 in the nation in the "Toughest to Strikeout" category and defensively, had allowed just 14 stolen bases, holding opposing teams to a .467 steal average, second best among the semifinalists....
August 5, 2008
Massachusetts native Bob Macaluso was just 3 years old when the Red Sox came from the lower division of the American League to win the pennant and reach the 1967 World Series, a season known forever to Boston fans as the Impossible Dream. Decades later, Macaluso spends his summers in the Northeast living his dream, as a perennial participant in the prestigious Cape Cod summer baseball league. Macaluso, 44, a first-year volunteer assistant last season at UC Irvine, is in his sixth season as manager of the Brewster Whitecaps, who are battling for one of two playoff berths in the five-team Eastern Division with the regular season ending Thursday.
January 4, 2010
UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame Friday at the ABCA Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year banquet in Dallas, Texas. Gillespie, who took over the reins at UCI in the fall of 2007, has had a storied career. He ranks No. 24 in victories among active coaches at the Division I level with a an 850-504-2 record. He has a .627 winning percentage. In 2009 Gillespie was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year after the program claimed its first conference title with a 22-2 mark, the second-best winning percentage in conference history at .917.
October 24, 2007
Ted Silva, a former Cal State Fullerton All-American, has been chosen by UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie to become the Anteaters’ pitching coach. Silva was the pitching coach at Fresno State last season, after spending two seasons as volunteer assistant and pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton in 2005-06. Silva becomes the second full-time assistant for Gillespie, the former USC coach who was hired to fill the void created when Dave Serrano left to become coach at Cal State Fullerton.
June 9, 2007
WICHITA, Kan. — UC Irvine sophomore ace Scott Gorgen will try to move the Anteaters one win from the College World Series when he takes the mound in Game 1 of the best-of-three baseball Super Regional today at 9 a.m. at Wichita State. Gorgen has allowed one run and 12 hits in his last 27 innings, spanning three straight complete-game wins. UCI (43-15-1), ranked No. 4 in the nation and having won 13 of 15 three-game series in the regular season before sweeping three games in an NCAA Regional last week in Texas, is trying to earn its first trip to the eight-team College World Series, June 15-25, in Omaha, Neb. Coach Dave Serrano's Anteaters have won four straight and 12 of their last 13. The Anteaters, who had eight players drafted Thursday and Friday in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, are hitting .323 as a team and boast a 3.81 earned-run average.