June 5, 2010
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Anteaters Feast on
By Ryan Eshoff
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Ryan Eshoff is a rising junior at UCLA, a native
of San Jose, and has seen more of California than is
recommended. He has been on the sports staff of the Daily Bruin
newspaper his entire UCLA career, spending the last year as an
assistant sports editor and preparing to become a senior writer.
He has covered the entire breadth of Bruin sports and considers
himself, for better or worse, the world's foremost expert on
UCLA water polo. In his less than copious amounts of free time,
Ryan fights the East Coast bias and roots rabidly for the San
Jose Sharks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers
while wishing there was an NBA franchise in the Bay Area.
LOS ANGELES – The UC
Irvine Anteaters feasted on Kent State pitching, scoring in
every inning en route to a 19-9 victory Saturday afternoon that
eliminated the Golden Flashes from the postseason.
Irvine catcher Francis Larson hit his third home
run of the Regional and drove in four, while second baseman
Casey Stevenson picked up five hits and scored four runs to lead
a balanced attack.
"Up and down the lineup, we took a lot of good
at-bats," Larson said. "I thought everybody did a good job
driving the ball. When somebody hits, everybody hits. It's a
very contagious lineup."
Kent State did its part to fill up the scoreboard
as well, albeit not in a way it would have preferred. The Golden
Flashes committed four errors on the day, including two in the
first inning that led to five Anteater runs.
Staked to that big lead, UC Irvine starter
Christian Bergman was able to cruise through his five innings of
"When you score five in the first, it makes my
job easier," Bergman said. "Just go out there and throw strikes
and not worry too much about the results because you know we’ve
got the offense to back it up. That's really what it came down
The senior right-hander gave up one run on five
hits before being lifted in a moment of "strategery" – as head
coach Mike Gillespie put it – in case Bergman needs to pitch
later in the weekend.
Kent State was certainly glad to see the
Anteaters starter get the rest of the night off; the Golden
Flashes struck for eight runs in the sixth inning against the
UCI bullpen. Fortunately for the Anteaters, they had already
scored 15 runs of their own by that time, and Kent State never
got closer than 15-9.
"We are concerned about our bullpen," Gillespie
acknowledged, before adding, with an air of mystery: "We've got
a couple of secret weapons though that we haven’t used yet."
The victory keeps the third-seeded Anteaters
alive in the Los Angeles regional. They will play the loser of
Saturday night's duel between UCLA and LSU on Sunday morning.
Gillespie noted that Evan Brock – who pitched in relief on
Friday – would get the nod Sunday morning, but that the
Anteaters would have to play it by ear beyond that.
One thing for sure, though, is that the UC Irvine
bats are clicking. A day after scoring 10 runs on 18 hits in a
loss to LSU, UC Irvine pounded out 21 hits Saturday in scoring
19 runs and putting up a number on the scoreboard in every
Larson, for one, was blunt in describing his own
offensive approach this weekend.
"Yeah," he said of the three home runs. "Trying
to hit it out."