UC Irvine Edges Hawai'i 3-2 to Win Series
HONOLULU, Hawaii--- Elliot Surrey pitched seven strong innings and Jerry McClanahan drove in the eventual game-winning run as UC Irvine claimed a 3-2 series win over Hawaii Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium.
Surrey struck out five and limited the Rainbow Warriors to just four hits to improve to 4-2 on the year and Sam Moore closed the door with two hitless innings to pick up his 12th save.
Chris Rabago opened the game with a one-out double past the third-base bag and took third on a single to left by Connor Spencer. Outfielder Jordan Richartz misplayed the bounce and the ball rolled to the wall, allowing Rabago to plate the first run of the night for 1-0 lead.
A double figured again in the scoring for UCI in the second, this time from Kris Paulino, who laced his fifth double to right. John Brontsema's sacrifice bunt moved Paulino to third and Justin Castro squeezed Paulino home to add to UCI's lead, 2-0.
Surrey, who had retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, gave up his first triple of the year to Kaeo Aliviado to lead off the Hawaii fourth. Richartz came up clutch with a double to put the 'Bows on the board. With the infield drawn in, Marcus Doi flared a single to shallow right-field to tie the score at 2-2.
UCI had an opportunity to take the lead in the fifth, loading the bases on a hit, a hit batsman and a walk. However, starter Scott Squier gave way to Scott Kuzminsky, who ended the inning by inducing a groundball to second.
The 'Eaters threatened again in the sixth. Jonathan Munoz was called off the bench and promptly hit a leadoff single to right. Paulino followed with a clean hit to center and both runners would advance on the sacrifice by Brontsema, his second of the night. However, Evan Cassolato bounced out to first baseman Marc Flores and Kuzminsky held off the Anteaters with a fly-ball out to end the inning.
UCI finally broke the tie in the seventh. It was Rabago again, who sparked the inning by drawing a 3-1 walk to lead off the frame. Rabago stole second before taking third on a grounder to second by Spencer. McClanahan delivered the clutch, two-out hit with a single to right to drive in Rabago and give the 'Eaters a 3-2 edge.
Sparks, Paulino and Munoz led UCI with two hits apiece while McClanahan and Castro each drove in a run.
Kuzminsky fell to 3-3 after giving up a run on six hits in 4.1 innings of work.
The two teams square off in the series finale Sunday at 4:05 p.m. (PT).