IRVINE, Calif. — The UC Irvine Baseball team will renew old acquaintances and also faces a pair of first-time opponents in 2015.
Coming off an NCAA postseason run that culminated in a College World Series appearance, the Anteaters open the season as they did in 2014. UCI takes on Fresno State (Feb. 13-15) in the season opener for the second consecutive year but will travel to the Bulldogs’ home field. The weekend against Fresno State will be followed by a trip to California, where UCI will face the Golden Bears (Feb. 20-22) in four games which includes a double-header slated for Feb. 21. Continue reading
UC-Irvine third base coach Ben Orloff holds up Chris Rabago against USD in 2014.
OMAHA, Neb. — Texas sophomore shortstop C.J. Hinojosa turned on a 2-0 fastball in the seventh inning Wednesday night and produced the first home run of the 2014 College World Series.
It also proved to be the only run of the night as Texas defeated UC Irvine, 1-0, in a Bracket One elimination game won thanks to stellar pitching, outstanding defense and one Hinojosa swing.
With their season on the line for a second straight game, Texas (45-20) turned the ball over to Chad Hollingsworth (4-0) for his second start of the season. After delivering a two-hit shutout in the Regionals against rival Texas A&M in the first, Hollingsworth was nearly as unhittable in the second.
OMAHA, Neb. — Behind Walker Buehler’s dominance out of the bullpen, Vanderbilt defeated UC Irvine, 6-4, Monday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Commodores (48-19) scored three runs in the fifth inning to overcome Tyler Beede‘s shaky start that put them in a 4-2 hole, but then never looked back.
Buehler was unhittable on the mound. The right-hander pitched 5.1 innings and only allowed three baserunners — none via hits. UC Irvine (41-24) had no answer for Buehler’s mid-90s fastball and power breaking ball.
OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt scored the most runs yet at the 2014 Men’s College World Series and beat UC Irvine 6-4 in the winner’s bracket at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — The UC Irvine Anteaters rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to defeat Texas, 3-1, in the 2014 College World Series opener at TD Ameritrade Park.
Taylor Sparks capped a 3-for-4 day with a one-out RBI triple to tie the game. His second extra-base hit of the game scored Adam Alcantara and chased Texas starter Nathan Thornhill. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. – Stymied for seven innings, UC Irvine finally struck in the eighth inning, rallying past Texas, 3-1, in the opening game of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
Taylor Sparks was 3-for-4 for UC Irvine (41-23), including the game-tying triple with one out in the eighth. With Adam Alcantara on second following a sacrifice bunt, Sparks sent the first pitch he saw from Texas ace Nathan Thornhill (8-3) to the wall in left center, plating the Anteaters left fielder.
OMAHA – One of college baseballs most accomplished skippers, UC Irvine’s Mike Gillespie, was tabbed as the 2014 National College Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year by the association at a national media conference on Saturday, June 14, at TD Ameritrade Park. Gillespie is the seventh recipient of the annual award that is voted upon by the NCBWA Board of Directors. Continue reading
STILLWATER, Okla. — A first-inning run stood up and Andrew Morales pitched a complete-game gem to lift UC Irvine over Oklahoma State, 1-0, Saturday night as the Anteaters won the Stillwater Super Regional and earned a berth in the College World Series. Continue reading
STILLWATER, Okla. — UC Irvine generated seven runs in the middle innings and held off Oklahoma State, 8-4, in the first game of the Stillwater Super Regional at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Friday night. Continue reading