April 21, 2009

Courtesy UC Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. - Casey Stevenson hit a two-run double to left-centerfield to break a 5-5 tie as No. 1 UC Irvine went on to defeat Oregon, 9-6, in a non-conference game Monday at Anteater Ballpark. The win was the Anteaters' fourth straight as the team improved to 27-10 overall while the Ducks dropped to 13-24.

Stevenson went 3 for 3 with two RBI and plated three runs, extending his hit streak to 11 games. Ronnie Shaeffer was also perfect at the plate, hitting 4 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Francis Larson drove in two runs on 2 for 4 hitting while Eric Deragisch added two hits and an RBI.

Senior Matt Dufour improved to 2-0, pitching 2.1 innings and yielding a run on one hit while striking out two. Matt Summers, pitching in relief of starter Cory Hamilton, was solid in 3.1 innings, holding Oregon to a run on three hits while striking out one.

UCI loaded the bases in the bottom of the first for Larson, who worked a 3-1 walk to push across the first run. Deragisch put the Anteaters up 2-0, scoring on a double-play groundball to short.

Josh Hogan cut into UCI's lead with a run-scoring single to right and Oregon knotted the game with a run in the second on Paul Eshleman's sacrifice fly.

The Anteaters reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third as Shaeffer doubled and later scored on a fielding error by Oregon but Jett Hart laced a two-run double in the top of the fourth to give the Ducks a 4-3 edge.

Shaeffer struck again in the fourth, hitting a hard chopper to first for a single and scoring Stevenson for the 4-4 tie.

A wild pitch in the top of the sixth gave the Ducks the lead but UCI caught Oregon again in the sixth on as Deragisch singled in the tying run.

UCI loaded the bases for Stevenson in the seventh, who gave the Anteaters the 7-5 lead, jumping on a 2-0 pitch from Ryan Fleckenstein. Stevenson then scored on a double-steal and Larson capped the Anteater scoring with an RBI hit.

Oregon tacked on a run with one out in the ninth but Dufour set down the final two batters to end the game.

Thornton was hit with the loss (0-1) after allowing two run on five hits in three innings. Curtis Raulinaitis paced the team with three hits while Hart drove in two runs.

The series continues Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.