Baseball On Verge of Super Regional: Friday
UC Irvine recorded the program’s first Division I regional win in dominant fashion on Friday, as they obliterated Wake Forest 13-0.
Junior Wes Etheridge pitched the best game of his career, and the offense reciprocated with more than enough support.
The Anteaters’ offense exploded immediately in the top of the first inning. Junior Taylor Holiday singled to begin the game and later moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Ben Orloff. Senior Cody Cipriano followed with a base hit back up the middle, scoring Holiday. The one run was sufficient for Etheridge, but the damage was just beginning.
The domination persisted for eight more innings. Etheridge gave Wake Forest no prayer of staying in the running. In the first two innings, the Demon Deacons managed to get five runners on base, but Etheridge induced inning-ending double plays with his famous sinking fastballs. That was as close a chance as Wake Forest would have to score all afternoon.
From the third inning on, Etheridge was on his game, allowing just two hits. He finished the game pitching eight shutout innings and striking out a career-high ten batters.