WICHITA, Kan.- In front of a new Eck Stadium-Home of Tyler Field record crowd of 8,153 UC Irvine took game one of the three-game series from Wichita State, 1-0.
Scott Gorgen picked up his fourth consecutive complete game win and improved to 12-2 on the year. The sophomore right-hander scattered eight hits and three walks while striking out seven, ending with a total of 141 pitches.
In the first, UCI leadoff hitter Taylor Holiday reached on a single before moving to second on Ben Orloff’s sac bunt, but was stranded by WSU starter Aaron Shafer when he struck out Cody Cipriano and got Matt Morris to fly out to right.
UCI starter Gorgen put the Shockers down in order in Wichita State‘s half of the first inning on a fly out, ground out and strikeout.
Shafer then responded by putting the Anteaters down in order in the second on a flyout, groundout and a strikeout by Ollie Linton.
In the bottom of the second, WSU’s Matt Brown struck out before Conor Gillaspie singled to centerfield. Josh Workman then hit into the double play to the first baseman.
UCI ground into two outs to lead off the third, the second of which was a diving stop by Shocker third baseman Gillaspie. Holiday then doubled to left center for the Anteater’s second runner before Orloff struck out.
WSU went down in order again in the third with Tyler Hill’s flyout to right, Tyler Weber’s popup and Dusty Coleman’s flyout to right.
In the fourth, Cipriano ground out and Morris singled through the left side of the infield, before Bryan Peterson struck out and Sean Madigan ground out to second.
WSU then went in order in the bottom of the fourth on Andy Dirks’ strikeout, Schermerhorn’s ground out to second and Sublett’s foul out to third.
WSU’s Shafer retired the side in the fifth with a groundout and flyout to centerfield before striking out UCI’s Tyler Vaughn.
Matt Brown led off WSU’s fifth with a flyout and Gillaspie struck out before Workman walked after working Gorgen to a full count. He then stole second before Tyler Hill ground out to first.
UCI batters Holiday and Orloff ground out to shortstop in the sixth before Shafter struck out Cipriano to end the top half of the inning.
Weber struck out to lead off WSU’s sixth, while Coleman singled up the middle but was caught stealing on a pitch out for WSU’s second out of the inning. Andy Dirks then singled to left and moved to third on a Schermerhorn poke to shallow left. Gorgen then loaded the bases, walking Sublett before Brown struck out to strand the runners.
In the top of the seventh, Matt Morris popped up to the infield. WSU’s Shafer walked Peterson, and then Madigan’s hit-and-run worked to move Peterson to third. Linton’s bunt then got Peterson out in a run-down at third, but Lowenstein walked after a full count to load the bases once again. WSU pitching coach Brent Kemnitz was ejected by the third base umpire and Shafter then ended the inning when he got Vaughn to fly out to center.
WSU opened the bottom of the seventh with a Gillaspie flyout before Josh Workman singled to centerfield. Tyler Hill’s hit-and-run worked to move Workman to third. Weber then hit a line-drive that UCI shortstop Ben Orloff, used to double off Workman.
Andy Womack came in relief of Shafer in the eighth, striking out lead-off hitter Holiday and getting Orloff to fly out to right, before walking Cipriano. A Morris bloop single to right moved Capriano to third. With runners at first and third, Womack walked Peterson on a full count to load the bases. WSU then went to its bullpen again, going in favor of right-hander Noah Krol to face left-handed hitter Madigan. Madigan hit the first pitch hard to Krol, who couldn’t field the ball, for the game’s first run. WSU got out of the inning on a groundout to second.
Wichita State got its first lead-off guy on in the eighth when Dusty Coleman reached on a single through the left side before Dirks walked. Schermerhorn reached on a sac bunt, and UCI forced Coleman at third. Sublett then hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Krol came back in the ninth and retired the Anteaters in order with two strikeouts and a groundout to shortstop.
Workman kept the Shockers hopes alive in its last chance with a two-out single snuck by the first baseman, but Hill popped up in foul territory and third baseman Vaughn snagged it to close the door on Wichita State.
UC Irvine’s earned run was charged to Womack, causing the junior to fall to 3-2 in 0.2 innings with two walks and one hit. Shafer went seven complete shut out innings, giving up five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Krol threw 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out two of the five batters faced.
Game two is set for noon, Sunday, on ESPN. Gates open one hour and 30 minutes prior to start times.
The previous stadium record, set in 1992, and prior to the stadium’s current configuration, was 8,103 on May 25, 1992.
Courtesy: Wichita State