Recapping the action from the Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark on Sunday.
UC Irvine- 14, San Diego St.- 3
Jeff Cusick went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and the UC Irvine offense belted out 19 hits in a 14-3 victory versus San Diego State in an elimination game of the Irvine Regional Sunday at Anteater Ballpark.
Ben Orloff, Ronnie Shaeffer, Casey Stevenson and Dillon Bill provided three hits apiece as the Anteaters rebounded from a 5-0 shutout loss to Virginia just one night earlier.
The Anteaters scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings to race out to a 4-0 lead. San Diego State narrowed the gap to 4-2 with a two-run fourth inning, but Cusick responded with a two-run double as part of a three-run fifth that widened the lead to 7-2.
Virginia-4, UC Irvine- 1
The Virginia baseball team earned its first-ever NCAA Regional championship as the seventh-ranked Cavaliers defeated No. 1 UC Irvine, 4-1, Sunday night in the championship game of the 2009 NCAA Irvine Regional at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif. With their second win over the Anteaters, the No. 6 national seed, in as many nights, the second-seeded Cavaliers earn a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals next weekend.
Virginia (46-12-1) will play the champion of the Oxford Regional next weekend in a best-of-three series. Ole Miss and Western Kentucky will play the second championship game of that regional at 7 p.m. Monday. The site of the Super Regional will be announced at 11 p.m. ET Monday following the conclusion of regional play.
UC Irvine, the No. 1 seed in the regional, finishes its season with a 45-15 record.
In the regional, Virginia was strong in all phases of the game. The pitching staff dominated, allowing just two earned runs and 20 hits in 27 innings. The defense was flawless and did not commit an error – punctuated by two sensational defensive plays in the ninth inning Sunday. The Cavaliers did not trail at any point in their three regional games as they pushed their overall winning streak to eight.