March 22, 2014

Surrey Follows Morales' Lead With First Career Complete-Game Shutout

IRVINE, Calif. --- After Andrew Morales logged his first career complete-game effort Friday, Elliot Surrey went the distance for the first time in his career, shutting out Grand Canyon, 4-0, Saturday to seal the series at Anteater Ballpark.

In a southpaw showdown, Surrey out-dueled starter Andrew Naderer, using 97 pitches and striking out six while limiting the Antelopes to four hits.

David Walker led off the game with a single to center but Surrey left him stranded at third and went on to retire 13 consecutive batters before hitting Brandon Smith with the pitch. The shutout effort was threatened when Josh Meyer followed with a double to the centerfield wall, but outfielder Justin Castro and Chris Rabago set up an 8-6-2 relay with catcher Jerry McClanahan making a seasoned tag on a sliding Smith at home to keep the Antelopes off the board.

Grand Canyon threatened again in the sixth with runners on first and third with two outs but Surrey struck out pinch-hitter Brian Kraft to end the inning and retired the final nine batters to improve to 2-2 on the year.  

Surrey worked with an early lead as the Anteaters built a 2-0 advantage in the first. A grounder by Grant Palmer was handled by shortstop Paul Panaccione, but his throw to first went high, allowing Palmer to take second on the error. Taylor Sparks drove in Palmer with a booming triple to right-centerfield and Sparks would plate the second run on a single to right by McClanahan.

UCI threatened again in the fifth with consecutive hits from Kris Paulino and Mikey Duarte to put runners on first and third for Adam Alcantara, who hit a shot up the middle to drive in Paulino and give  the team a three-run lead.  
McClanahan, who was 2 for 4 with two runs batted in, capped the scoring for UCI in the eighth with a double past the third-base bag to drive in Connor Spencer who had been hit by the pitch.
The series concludes Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Evan Brock on the mound for the Anteaters.

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