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Timely Hitting Helps UCI to 7-2

Feb. 10, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - UC Irvine scored six unanswered runs in its final four at bats to top LMU baseball 7-2 Saturday night in Irvine, Calif. The three-game series between the Lions (3-3) and the Anteaters (3-2) will wrap-up Sunday at LMU's Page Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

After LMU struck first offensively for the first time all season, it was the Anteaters who got the last word, breaking a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good.

LMU took the 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sean Dovel's single scored Eric Farris, who had reached base on an error by Anteater second baseman Tyler Vaughn.

It didn't take UC Irvine long to tie things up, as Matt Morris singled to score Taylor Holiday for the 1-1 game.

LMU took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on back-to-back extra base hits by Farris and Dovel.

But the Anteaters fought back once again, after hits by Holiday and Morris in the fifth.

Then, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Tony Asaro singled and later scored on a single by Aaron Lowenstein to put the Anteaters up 3-2.

Again with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, a Josh Tavelli single scored Ben Orloff to put the Anteaters up by a pair 4-2.

Things got away from the Lions in the bottom of the eighth, as the Anteaters went on to add three runs thanks to a pair of hits and an error.

LMU starter Daniel Macias was solid over six innings, allowing the three runs on nine hits while fanning six. But he suffered the loss and fell to 0-1, allowing the go-ahead run in the sixth.

UC Irvine reliever Wes Etheridge improved to 2-0, after tossing four innings of scoreless ball. The Anteaters' starter, Daniel Bibona, also worked four innings before giving way to Etheridge and Eric Pettis.

Dovel and DeAndre Miller each went 2-for-4 for the Lions, with Dovel adding the two RBI.

Morris and Lowenstein each had three hits for the Anteaters.

The Lions and Anteaters conclude the three-game series Sunday at LMU's Page Stadium. The game is slated for a 1:00 p.m. first pitch. As always, fans who can't make it to the park can catch all of the action free of charge as it happens on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

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