Southpaw Elliot Surrey of UC Irvine tossed a gem this past Saturday night to beat the #1 national seed Oregon State Beavers at their park – Goss Stadium – Surrey’s home last summer. The left-hander pitched for WCL champion Corvallis and posted a league-low 1.27 ERA for the Knights.
UC Irvine routed OSU 14-2 as Surrey tossed seven shutout innings to earn the win before being lifted in the 8th with two runners on. Over 7 innings pitched, Elliot allowed two runs while striking out 8.
The Anteaters offense was led by former Wenatchee AppleSox sluggers Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer. Sparks collected two hits and homered and Spencer went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Walla Walla Sweets alums accounted for 6 RBIs in total as outfielder Kris Paulino went for 2-for-4 and put an exclamation on the UCI victory with a grand slam home run while Renae Martinez recorded two sacrifice flies in two plate appearances. Also, former Bellingham Bell and Kelowna Falcon catcher Jerry McClanahan went 1-for-1 with 2 RBIs.
Surrey followed his breakout summer with a stellar spring as the sophomore improved his record to 7-4 on Saturday and has posted a 2.15 ERA over 16 starts and 100.1 innings pitched.
The Beavers forced a Corvallis Regional winner take all game on Monday, June 2 at 8 pm pdt with a 4-0 victory vs. UC Irvine. Corvallis Knights alum Scott Schultz, a Miami Marlins 2013 draft pick, threw a complete game two-hit shutout in Sunday night’s elimination game, forcing a rematch between Pat Casey’s Beavers and Mike Gillespie’s Anteaters. You can watch the Corvallis Regional finale on ESPNU.
OSU, the #1-ranked team in the nation, was led offensively by Gabe Clark who doubled in two runs. Clark played last summer for Corvallis and is scheduled to join the Victoria HarbourCats this summer following the postseason.
The winner of Monday night’s Corvallis Regional finale will advance to the Super Regionals and face Oklahoma State.