After a valiant effort, baseball's quest for the NCAA championship came to an end May 31 when Virginia eliminated UCI 4-1 in the Irvine regional at Cicerone Field. Earlier the same day, No. 6-seed UCI enjoyed a 14-3 victory against San Diego State. Virginia had beaten the Anteaters 5-0 May 30, after UCI defeated Fresno State 4-2 May 29. All regional games were televised on ESPNU, giving the campus national exposure. Baseball ended the season with a 45-15 record.
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The campus community turned out in force May 20 to cheer men's volleyball for winning the 2009 NCAA championship — the team's second national title in three years. The Anteaters defeated USC in a five-game match May 9 in Provo, Utah. Head Coach John Speraw and team members Nick Spittle and Taylor Wilson thanked those gathered for their backing, especially during the postseason. "Your support here and at our matches makes a difference," Speraw said. "You have an impact on our success." The team presented autographed volleyballs and commemorative T-shirts to Chancellor Michael Drake and Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Michael Gottfredson.
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UCI track & field athletes Lauren Collins and Alisha Misiaita qualified for the NCAA championships with their performances May 30 at the West Regional at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Collins finished third in the high jump with a mark of 6-0.5 to advance to the championships at Fayetteville, Ark., June 10-13; she also will compete in the heptathlon. Misiaita placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 50-10.25. On May 15, Collins broke a school record she'd set earlier in the season to win the high jump in the Big West Conference Track & Field Championships at Anteater Stadium. The junior hit a mark of 6-1.25. She also won for her long jump of 19-0, tying for fourth in school history.
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UCI baseball collected three major Big West awards and had a school-record 10 Anteaters honored on the all-conference teams. Ben Orloff was voted UCI's first-ever Player of the Year; Daniel Bibona picked up the program's second consecutive Pitcher of the Year award; and Mike Gillespie was named the Anteaters' first conference Coach of the Year since 1987, when Mike Gerakos collected the honor.
Senior Jane Chin was named Duramed National Golf Coaches Association First Team All-American after placing 16th in the NCAA championships May 22 — the highest finish ever by a UCI golfer. Chin becomes the second Anteater to win NGCA All-American honors and the first to earn First Team distinction. She also was awarded NGCA All-West Region distinction. The women's golf team finished 22nd at the NCAA championships, held at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.