UC Irvine used a bases loaded hit batter and a sacrifice fly to pick up two runs in the first inning to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 2-1. Continue reading
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine came into the game riding high after a sweep of nationally ranked Baylor last weekend and looking to extend its winning streak behind ace Andrew Thurman. Cal came in fresh off a mid-week loss to arch-rival Stanford after sweeping Michigan at home last week.
Thurman didn’t disappoint this night finishing the night with nine strikeouts in six innings. Despite getting a no decision – he had four last season – Thurman kept Cal (3-2) off balance by mixing pitches with precision and being overpowering when he had to be. The offense for UC Irvine (4-0) pounded out 13 hits forcing Cal to go deep into their pen and use four pitchers, which could prove costly in this four-game weekend series. The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow. Continue reading
After the first two batters of the game struck out looking, Baylor got on the board with a two-out RBI double by senior third baseman Cal Towey. The Bears defense responded by shutting down the Anteaters in order in their half of the first. After both teams went down in order in the second, Irvine exploded in the third inning giving them all the runs they would need.
Irvine threatened in the sixth but left the bases loaded after plating one more run. Baylor’s Nathan Orf belted a three-run home run in the seventh to tighten the score 6-4. In the bottom half of the frame, an Irvine threat was wiped out by a 6-4-3 double play. Baylor tried to rally in the ninth, getting the tying run on first after UC Irvine closer Race Parmenter allowed a single and a walk. But Parmenter got Nathan Orf to ground out to end the game. Continue reading