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By Barry Faulkner | June 14, 2008
Mike Mayne said he failed to fully understand the compulsion he felt to return to the dugout, mere moments after Fresno State Coach Mike Batesole gave him days to ponder an offer to become the Bulldogs’ pitching coach nine months ago. Mayne, 62, who invested 15 of the 35 years he spent coaching the game he loved guiding Orange Coast College to 400 wins and the 1980 state title (1977-92), said he was similarly stumped by the confluence of circumstances that enabled Fresno State (42-19)
By Barry Faulkner | June 12, 2008
The 2008 UC Irvine baseball team might be remembered for having been three outs away from the program’s second consecutive trip to Omaha. But when the Anteaters and their supporters think to 2009, a case could be made that they are in prime position to make a run toward the 2009 College World Series. UCI’s season came to an end Monday with a 21-7 thumping from LSU in the deciding game of the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional at the Tigers’ Alex Box Stadium. The loss finalized the Anteaters’ record at 42-18, as LSU (48-17-1)
By Barry Faulkner | June 9, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. — The shelf life of a baseball team, especially college baseball, can be cruelly concise. Such is the case for the UC Irvine Anteaters, who took the better part of four months to come together, then get hot, only to run into a team even hotter with enough home-town magic to finally send the UCI road warriors home. UCI had, in the words of first-year coach Mike Gillespie, been to and conquered the Taj Mahals of college baseball the last two seasons. The Anteaters stunned many by earning the program’s first NCAA Division I regional title last season, topping host Texas at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
June 9, 2008
UCI’s baseball team fell way short of returning to the College World Series, losing, 21-7, to LSU in the third and deciding game of the Baton Rouge Super Regional on Monday. LSU (48-17-1), the national No. 7 seed, scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning, chasing UCI starter Bryce Stowell. The Tigers also put seven runs across in the fifth. The Tigers hit seven home runs in the game, and Blake Dean went five for five with three runs batted in. A day earlier, LSU used a five-run ninth inning to defeat UCI in a heartbreaker, 9-7. The Anteaters entered the inning with a three-run cushion, but could not eliminate the Tigers.
By Barry Faulkner | June 7, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. — The UC Irvine baseball team showed a little small ball, a little long ball and, if not showed, at least executed a little hidden ball to stun streaking LSU and earn an 11-5 victory Saturday in the first of a best-of three NCAA Super Regional. All nine spots in the Anteaters lineup had at least one hit to back junior All-American starter Scott Gorgen’s strong 6 2/3 innings, to help No. 8-ranked UCI (42-16) come within one win of a return trip to the College World Series.
By Barry Faulkner | June 6, 2008
Mike Gillespie knows what it’s like to have Ted Silva competing against him. The most memorable of those instances came in the College World Series championship game in 1995, when Silva pitched Cal State Fullerton to an 11-5 victory over Gillespie’s USC squad. So, when Gillespie was named to take over the UC Irvine baseball program in September, he lured Silva away from Fresno State to guide his pitching staff. The results have been impressive, as the Anteaters have posted a team earned-run average of 2.88, second best in the nation, heading into the best-of-three Super Regional series that begins today at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium.
By Barry Faulkner | May 3, 2008
NORTHRIDGE — They call him Grandpa Lowey. And while fifth-year senior catcher Aaron Lowenstein has caught a no-hitter, as well as all the victories of a watershed postseason that ended in the 2007 College World Series, the good-natured banter surrounding one statistical omission in his 151-game UC Irvine baseball career was getting, well, a little old. “Everybody has always given me [grief], asking me ‘When are you going to get one?’ ” Lowenstein said of his 382 career at-bats without a home run, heading into the ninth inning of UCI’s 4-1 Big West Conference win at Cal State Northridge on Friday.
By BARRY FAULKNER | April 8, 2008
As the attendance totals for the three-game baseball series with Cal State Fullerton over the weekend attest, ’Eater Nation is not merely a marketing term. A program record 3,176 came out Friday night, while 2,608 were there for the beginning at least of the dramatic 12-inning victory Saturday that stirred memories of Omaha and the 2007 College World Series. Finally, 2,965 turned out Sunday for the Titans’ series-clinching 6-4 win. But though they were strong in numbers, for the most part, the UCI rooters could have often been mistaken for a golf gallery.
By Barry Faulkner | April 7, 2008
IRVINE ? Cal State Fullerton Coach Dave Serrano was reluctant to say his Titans had regained what Big West Conference baseball rival UC Irvine had taken from them last season, after erasing a 4-0 deficit to win the rubber game of the three-game series, 6-4, before 2,965 at Anteater Ballpark Sunday. UCI Coach Mike Gillespie, however, didn?t hesitate in saying his team gave away a game in which, for the first five innings, his team had established firm command. ?My first thought is that we let one get away that was gettable,?
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