UC Irvine Baseball beats North Dakota State to stay alive in the NCAA regional-Orange County Register
UC Irvine wasted little time on Sunday afternoon against North Dakota State, scoring five runs in the first inning and four more in the second en route to an 18-3 win over the Bisons in an elimination game at the Stanford Regional of the NCAA tournament.
The victory sends the anteaters into the championship class of the regional. They’ll face hosts Stanford (35-14) at 6pm (ESPN3) later on Sunday, and a UCI win would force a winner-take-all title game on Monday. Stanford has beaten the UCI in four of their five games this season, including a 12-4 Saturday night decision that included two Kody Huff Grand Slams.
The Big West Conference Champion Anteaters (42-17) had 22 hits against NDSU. Six consecutive anteaters reached the base in the first inning, the big hit was a triple home run on left field by designated hitter Dillon Tatum to make it 5-0.
Nathan Church started the second inning homered and Mike Peabody followed with a double. Connor McGuire had a two run single with the bases loaded to make it 8-0 and Jake Spillane single for another run.
Each starter had a hit and six had multi-hit games. Church added a triple home run in the ninth inning when the Anteaters crossed five runs, finishing 3 for 7 with the two homers and four RBIs.
McCaffrey was 3 for 3, Spillane 4 for 5, Tatum 2 for 3 with two runs scored and four RBIs, McGuire went 2 for 4, and Peabody was 2 for 3.
Senior Trenton Denholm hit tight and went deep, allowing only six hits and one run in 7-1 / 3 innings and knocking out 14 of 15 hitters in an early section.
NDSU (42-19), who scored two undeserved runs in game nine, left Stanford after recording the first NCAA post-season win in program history, beating Nevada in a Saturday afternoon playoff.
UCI was supposed to start Peter Van Loon in Sunday night’s game against Stanford.