UC Irvine Handles UC Santa Barbara in Series Opener, 12-2

April 21, 2006

Box Score

IRVINE, Calif. - UC Irvine starter Justin Cassel registered a career-high 15 strikeouts to lead the Anteaters (23-16, 4-16) to a 12-2 win over UC Santa Barbara (15-19, 2-5) Friday at Anteater Ballpark. Freshman Chris Lopez added a strikeout to end the game, giving the club the most strikeouts (16) in a single game since the program was reinstated in 2002. The previous high was a 15-strikeout effort against Cal State Northridge by the 2002 pitching staff.

Cassel improved to 4-7 on the season and yielded two runs (one earned) on seven hits in 8.2 innings of work. The right-hander received plenty of run support as the Anteaters tied a season-high with 12 runs scored as five Anteater batters drove in two runs apiece.

Second baseman Ben Orloff was 3 for 4 with two RBI while infielder Cody Cipriano batted 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI. Senior Gary Dudrey batted 3 for 3 and had three stolen bases, giving him a team-high 16 on the season. UC Irvine brought eight batters to plate in the bottom of the first and came away with three runs on a two-run double by senior Jaime Martinez and a sacrifice fly by Bryan Petersen.

The Anteaters scored again in the second on an Orloff single to plate Dudrey, who was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning.

UC Santa Barbara's Shane Carlson crossed the plate on Alden Carrithers' grounder to Martinez to put the Gauchos on the board in the top of the third.

UCI put up three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Cipriano's two-run single and would push across five runs in the eighth.

Outfielder Taylor Holiday, Martinez and pinch hitter Zach Robinson each drove in two runs for the Anteaters. UCSB's Andy Graham fell to 3-5 after giving up seven runs on 10 hits in six innings of work.

The two teams continue the series Saturday at 6:00 p.m.