Big West Championships
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Junior Ronnie Valerio and senior Michelle Park had top-10 performances to lead UC Irvine to a third-place finish at the San Luis Obispo Golf and Country Club.
The Anteaters had a 54-hole total of 922 (311-307-304) and finished third behind UC Davis (881) and Long Beach State (910). The Aggies had the top four players led by individual champion Demi Runas (218).
Valerio carded a three-round total of 226 (76-74-76) and ended in a tie for fifth place, tying her season-best finish. Park posted a team-best 75 Tuesday and finished in a tie for seventh with a score of 227 (75-77-75).
Freshman Luciane Lee was tied for 17th at 234 (80-78-76), while Sara Banke was tied for 22nd with a score of 235 (80-78-77) and sophomore Brenna Carlson was tied for 28th with a three-day total of 242 (83-80-79).
UC Irvine 1, Pacific 0
STOCKTON — Junior Andrew Morales pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings to improve to 9-0 and extend his scoreless-innings streak to 22 2/3 to help the visiting Anteaters win the rubber game of the Big West Conference series Sunday.
Morales struck out eight, walked one and allowed seven hits, before giving way to Race Parmenter, who posted his seventh save.
Junior center fielder Dominique Taylor singled the game's only run with two outs in the third inning for UCI (25-11, 7-5 in conference). The 'Eaters are tied for third place with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Long Beach State in the conference standings. UCI is three games behind first-place Cal State Fullerton and one game behind second-place Cal State Northridge.
Taylor was two for four to account for half of the Anteaters' hits.
UOP fell to 10-24, 3-9.
Irvine Valley 13, Orange Coast 4
IRVINE — Austin Saenz went four for four with a run batted in for the Pirates, who lost their fifth straight game, in Orange Empire Conference action Tuesday.
Danny Jimenez went one for three with two RBIs and one run scored for OCC (21-14, 9-11 in conference).
Irvine Valley is 11-23, 6-14.
UC Irvine 4, UC Davis 2
IRVINE — Junior captain Ryan Cheung won in singles and doubles to help the host Anteaters earn a share of the Big West Conference regular-season title on Sunday.
The win was the fifth straight in conference play for UCI (9-16, 5-1 in conference), which shares the crown with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Based on its head-to-head win against Cal Poly, UCI earns the No. 1 seed in the Big West tournament, in which the 'Eaters open Friday against the Hawaii-UCSB winner at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
UC Davis fell to 8-12, 1-5.
UC Irvine 7, Hawaii 0
IRVINE — UC Irvine freshman Sara Gong won 12 of 13 games at No. 3 singles to lead the host Anteaters in the Big West Conference regular-season finale on Sunday.
UCI (20-3, 9-0 in conference) won its 17th straight and finished the season 14-0 at home. Coach Mike Edles' Anteaters are the No. 1 seed in the Big West Conference Tournament, in which they begin Friday against the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-Pacific winner at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Hawaii fell to 5-14, 4-4.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun