April 23, 2006
IRVINE, Calif. -
The UC Irvine offense exploded for a season-high 14 runs and defeated UC Santa Barbara 14-4 Sunday at Anteater Ballpark to claim the series. UCI also pounded six doubles for a season high. The win lifted the Anteaters to 24-17 overall and 5-7 in the Big West while the Gauchos fell to 16-20 and 3-6 in league play.
UC Irvine started the scoring in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Cody Cipriano to plate Chad Lundahl, who doubled to left center to leadoff the frame. After adding two runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Brock Bardeen and an RBI single by Lundahl, the Anteaters brought nine batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring five runs. Outfielder Danny McCarthy drove in two with a single to right and Lundahl added his second double of the game, good for two more runs.
UCI All-American Blair Erickson (4-0) made his second start of the season and held the Gauchos scoreless until the sixth. Shortstop Chris Valaika singled to left to lead off the inning and outfielder Matt Emerick followed with a one-out single to right that put runners on first and third. A failed pickoff throw from Erickson put UCSB on the board as Valaika scored and Emerick took third on the play. Shane Carlson drew a two-out walk and catcher Chris McMurray singled through the left side to bring in Emerick.
The Gauchos scored again in the top of the seventh on Alden Carrithers' two-run shot over the right-field fence off reliever Gary Nakashima.
The Anteaters answered with a five-run eighth, highlighted by first baseman Jaime Martinez's three-run home run, his second of the series and team-high fifth.
Lundahl led the team, batting 3 for 4 with three RBI while Martinez was 3 for 5 with three RBI and three runs scored. Cipriano added two RBI on 2 for 4 hitting while Taylor Holiday hit 2 for 3 with an RBI. Outfielder Gary Dudrey also went 2 for 4 at the plate and shortstop Ben Orloff drove in a pair of runs.
Erickson improved to 4-0 on the season, striking out three and giving up two runs on seven hits in six innings of work for the longest outing of his career. Nakashima recorded his third save of the season, after pitching three innings of two-run ball.
Carrithers paced the Gauchos, going 3 for 5 with two RBI at the plate and Mario Lewis finished the day 2 for 2. Starter Bryan Fleming fell to 2-5, giving up six runs on six hits in 4.1 innings.
UCSB will continue action this Tuesday when it visits UCLA for a game starting at 6 p.m.