Ronnie Schaeffer’s ninth inning single past first baseman Dean Espy, vaulted UC Irvine into the Super Regional for the third time in the past five seasons. Mike Gillespie’s Anteaters won their third straight at the Los Angeles Regional, besting the Bruins, helmed by his former Assistant John Savage, 4-3. They will now travel to Charlottesville to take on the Cavaliers of Virginia.
The ‘Eaters, buoyed by their vocal and spirited cheering section, were rendered uncomfortably silent over the first eight by UCLA Freshman Zach Weiss. Weiss limited Irvine to six hits and two runs, before he was replaced by Nick Vander Tyg after walking pinch-hitter Jonathan Hurst to start the ninth. With Irvine trailing 3-2, Hurst battled for nine pitches before drawing the free pass on a 3-2 pitch, and Bruin Head Coach John Savage signalled to the bullpen. Continue reading