Recapping the action from the Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark on Saturday.
Virginia- 5, UC Irvine- 0
IRVINE, CA- Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) pitched a masterful 7.1 shutout innings and the Virginia offense broke through for five runs in the fifth and sixth innings as the Cavaliers shut out top-ranked UC Irvine, 5-0, Saturday night at the 2009 NCAA Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif. UCI is the top seed in the regional and the No. 6 national seed, while UVa is the No. 2 seed in the regional.
Virginia (45-12-1) advances to the regional championship game at 11 p.m. ET Sunday. The Cavaliers will face the winner of the UC Irvine-San Diego State game which precedes the championship game at 7 p.m. ESPNU and Comcast SportsNet each will have live coverage of both games. The winner of the UCI-SDSU game will have to beat the Cavaliers twice in order to move on the Super Regionals.
Hultzen (9-1) went a career-high 7.1 innings and pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his career. He allowed six hits and just one walk while striking out three. Tyler Wilson (So., Midlothian, Va.) pitched an inning before Matt Packer (Jr., Germantown, Tenn.) tossed the final two-thirds of an inning as the Cavaliers became the first team to shut out the Anteaters this season.
San Diego St.- 4, Fresno St.- 1
IRVINE, CA- Junior right-hander Tyler Lavigne produced a stellar outing on the mound and freshman Brandon Meredith hit a pair of home runs as San Diego State defeated Fresno State, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Regional in Irvine, Calif. With the victory SDSU (41-22) stays alive in the postseason while defending national camp FSU (32-30) is eliminated.
Lavigne was excellent over the first 7.2 innings as he scattered five hits and allowed just an unearned run while striking out eight and walking one. He allowed more than one base runner in only one inning, that being the fourth when the Bulldogs scored their run. The junior right-hander picked up the win to improve to 8-2 on the year while lowering his ERA year 3.05.
Meredith, meanwhile, put the Aztecs on the board in the first inning as his home run deep over the left field fence drove home Pat Colwell, who had singled to open the game. It gave SDSU a 2-0 advantage and they would hold the lead the remainder of the night.