Sports in Brief

Baseball Defeats UNLV for 19th Win
Las Vegas, NV. – March 30 – The UC Irvine Baseball team defeated the University of Las Vegas 11-4 at the Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Two solo home runs were hit by outfielder Jordan Szabo and designated hitter R. J. Brown early on in the game.
UNLV second baseman Ryan Ruiz and right fielder Eric Nielsen scored two runs in the first inning against starting pitcher Chris Nicoll.
Four Anteaters scored after second baseman Matt Fisher and Szabo drove in two runs.
UCI (19-6-1) continued to increase their lead and finished the game 11-4.

Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Past USC
Los Angeles, Calif. – April 3 – The 10th-ranked UC Irvine Men’s Volleyball team beat 15th-ranked USC in three straight sets, 30-28, 30-22, 30-27 at the Lyon’s Center.
UCI (11-16, 5-13 MPSF) was tied with USC (6-19, 4-14 MPSF) 10-10 in the first set, but USC soon took the lead 19-13.
UCI made two consecutive blocks to close the gap to 21-20. Irvine won the set 30-28.
In the second set, USC was never able to get close to UCI’s lead as they won 30-22. The third set started with UCI trailing USC 22-17. Irvine came from behind and took the lead at 28-26. B.J. Fell slammed down a kill and Jablonsky made a triple block to help Brett Reid and Kyle Weichert close the set at 30-27.
Senior librero Greg Ford set a new school record for digs in one season with a total of 245. Weichert also set a new school record in block assists with a total of 139.

Poncino Named Golfer of the Month
Irvine, Calif. – April 2 – Senior golfer Vinnie Poncino was named All-Big West Male Golfer of the month for March.
Poncino finished third at The Highlander ‘Braveheart’ Classic and ninth in the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate. He was UC Irvine’s top finisher in both invitationals.
This is the second time this season that Poncino has been honored with the title.

Track and Field Records 13 Top Marks in Invite
Stanford, Calif. – March 30 – The UC Irvine Track & Field team recorded six new best marks in the men’s side and seven in the women’s at the Stanford Invitational and placed in several events as well.
On the track, sprinter Michael McEachron recorded a 49.92 time in the 400 and Curtis Lehmann finished second in his section with a 1:54.26 mark in the 800. In the 1,500, Ricky Barnes and Andrew Garratt finished with times of 3:50.03 and 3:53.06. In the same event, Tom Whelan placed second in his section with a time of 3:49.30. In the 5,000, Ryan Ketcham finished with a mark of 15:19.26. A season-best mark of 41:98 was made by the men’s 4×100-relay team.
In the field events, Patrick Grogan finished in the triple jump’s top section with a mark of 47-0 3/4. Derek Kingrey took fourth place in the discus throw with a mark of 166-1 and Mike Beerer placed sixth in the hammer throw with a 177-11 mark. Finally, Brian Moon recorded a seventh-place finish in the shot put, 53-7 3/4.
In the women’s side, Janelle Del Soldato recorded a time of 4:33.07 in the 800, while Jenna Keith and Tessa Cendejas got season best times of 4:33.07 and 4:34.58. Kim Ramirez placed second in her section of the 1,500 with a time of 4:34.99.
Amber Nefas finished first in her section of the 400 with a time of 58.01. Lina Pimentel placed third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 64:32.
Annmaire Turpin placed seventh in the high jump with a mark of 5-8 and Kat Dawkins finished in fifth place in the long jump with a mark of 18-4 1/4. Erin Curtis placed eighth in the top section of the pole vault, 12-0 1/2.