UC Irvine uses its bag of tricks to top Tigers
Back to ugg boots sale Main MenuReal Estate TransfersBack to Main MenuLocal Grocery AdsSpecial SectionsLocal AdsLagniappeUC Irvine played small ball, long ball and a little bit of trick ball to cool off the hottest team in the nation Saturday.The Anteaters ended No.5 LSU’s 23 game winning streak with an all around effort in an 11 5 victory in the opener of the NCAA super regional at Alex Box Stadium.Irvine (42 16) used its signature play the sacrifice bunt to set up two first inning runs. The Anteaters also stole LSU’s cue with a key three run homer by Sean Madigan to open a big lead.They then shut off a Tigers rally with a seldom seen hidden ball trick, which raised the hackles of the partisan crowd of 8,023.All told, the visitors simply outplayed LSU (46 17 1), especially in pitching where ace righthander Scott Gorgen (12 3) cooled off the Tigers hot bats with 62/3 strong innings.”I don’t think we played very well at all in any aspect,” LSU Coach Paul Maini ugg boots sale eri said. “Of their first six runs, five were walks. That’s not like our staff.”(Gorgen) had our number today. today. An Irvine victory would send the Anteaters to the College World Series for the second consecutive year. LSU needs a victory to stay alive, which would force a deciding ugg boots sale game Monday.LSU will start senior right hander Jared Bradford (10 4, 4.05 ERA), and UC Irvine will throw lefty Daniel Bibona (9 3, 3.03).The Anteaters entered the game with 35 homers and 88 sacrifice hits. Jeff Cusick had No.89 in the first inning to set up a two run single by Tony Asaro, and Irvine took the lead for good.LSU stayed close with starter Ryan Verdugo (9 3), trailing 3 1 after five innings. But Paul Bertuccini relieved Verdugo to start the inning and quickly got into trouble. He walked the first two batters and surrendered a home run to Madigan, his second of the season, over the right field fence to make the score 6 1.Brock Bardeen added a two run homer for UC Irvine in the eighth.The play that robbed LSU of possible momentum came in the bottom half of the sixth. Gorgen struck out hot hitting Blake Dean for the third time and second out of the inning, before he walked the next three LSU hitters.Leon Landry’s infield single cut the lead to 6 2, but when play resumed, second baseman Casey Stevenson never returned the ball to Gorgen after fielding Landry’s hit. LeMahieu as he took his lead off second, apparently hiding the ball in his glove, and tagged him out.Second base umpire David Rogers hesitated and then called LeMahieu out. That ended th ugg boots sale e inning and sparked a wild argument. LSU first base coach Javi Sanchez immediately confronted Rogers and was ejected from the game, and Mainieri argued for five minutes to no avail.LeMahieu, too, said he thought he got back to the bag but Stevenson said LeMahieu may have missed it with his foot.”I wanted to wait for him to get a little further off, but then I decided to go for it,” Stevenson said. “When he tried to reach back, he missed the bag. We were all yelling ‘We got him.'”The play robbed LSU of momentum, but the Tigers lost the game in other areas. They didn’t hit the ball as they had during the winning streak, and Gorgen had much to do with that. He struck out eight and threw 116 pitches in heat and high humidity.