Volume III, Issue 9: June 2011


UCI falls to Virginia in Super Regional heartbreaker

Sean Madigan swings bat
Sean Madigan singled to open the top of the ninth and later scored for a 2-1 UCI lead.

UCI baseball missed a second trip to the College World Series by one out when the Anteaters fell to Virginia in the ninth inning of the Charlottesville Super Regional final June 13 at Davenport Field.

The top-seeded Cavaliers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat UCI 3-2. The Anteaters ended the season 43-18.

UCI, which won the Los Angeles Regional as the No. 3 seed, was making its sixth consecutive postseason appearance and third Super Regional in the past five seasons, advancing in 2007 and 2008. The Anteaters went 2-2 at the 2007 College World Series.

Head coach Mike Gillespie has guided a team into the postseason 19 times since he began coaching at the NCAA Division I level at USC. His Anteater teams have averaged 42 wins over the past four seasons.

Anteaters fall in Super Regionals »

Jock finishes second in 800 at NCAA championships

Charles Jock in lead during race
Charles Jock (photo by Larry Lawson)

UCI junior Charles Jock placed second in the 800-meter final at the NCAA track & field championships June 10 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jock, who broke fast and led for almost the entire race, was edged out by .04 of a second at the finish line by Virginia's Robby Andrews. Andrews ran 1:44.71 and Jock broke his own school record — and the 30-year Big West Conference record — with a time of 1:44.75. He earned eight team points with his runner-up finish and All-America first-team honors.

Jock also will compete in the national championships June 23-26 in Eugene, Ore. He was named Big West Athlete of the Year in men's track for the second consecutive year.

Jock places second »

Soccer coach Kuntz named to AYSO post

George Kuntz
George Kuntz

Men's soccer head coach George Kuntz has joined the American Youth Soccer Organization staff in the newly created position of player development technical adviser.

He will continue to coach at UCI while providing technical advice, direction and support to the AYSO National Coaching Advisory Commission.

"I'm excited to help develop players and coaches in AYSO at the national level," Kuntz said in the AYSO release announcing his post. "AYSO is an organization that holds an important place in American soccer and has been instrumental in developing the grassroots player."

Kuntz, who begins his 17th season as head coach this fall, led the Anteaters to their first NCAA tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. His teams won Big West Conference regular-season titles in 2008 and 2010 and Big West championships in 2008 and 2009.

Scholar-athletes saluted

Taylor at the podium
Tanya Taylor

UCI Athletics honored 119 students as 2010-11 Big West Scholar-Athletes at a May banquet. This year's list brings the total of UCI scholar-athletes to 3,503 since 1983.

To receive the award, students must maintain a high level of scholastic achievement while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Tanya Taylor (women's soccer) was named Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Student Athlete and UCI's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Cory Yoder (men's volleyball) was named UCI's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Cortney Collyer (women's water polo) and Corey Attaway (men's soccer) were the Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Summers throws Anteaters' fourth no-hitter

Matt Summers throws pictch
Matt Summers

Junior right-hander Matt Summers threw the fourth no-hitter in UCI baseball history with a 2-0 victory May 27 over Long Beach State at Cicerone Field, Anteater Ballpark. He used 105 pitches in handing the Dirtbags their first-ever nine-inning, no-hit loss.

Summers was named Big West Pitcher of the Year after going 8-0 in games he pitched against conference opponents this season.

UCI's other no-hitters were recorded by Dave Wollos (1970), Tad Davis (1974) and Glenn Swanson (2006).