Volume IV, Issue 2: October 2011


Axelrod Earns a Major League 'W'

Dylan Axelrod

Former UC Irvine pitcher Anteater Dylan Axelrod collected his first major-league win after throwing six shutout innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 4-3 victory over Toronto Sept. 26 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Axelrod left the game with a 3-0 lead.  His effort gave manager Ozzie Guillen a win in his final game at the helm of the Chicago White Sox.

Axelrod, who pitched for UC Irvine in 2006 and 2007, limited Toronto to three hits while walking two and striking out six to earn his first win.

He made his first start against the Detroit Tigers Sept. 14 and had a no-decision. Axelrod is the first former 'Eater to start a major league game on the mound since Doug Linton (1984-86) started eight games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1999.

We are the World

Sada Cruzeiro from Brazil won its second consecutive Irvine International Volleyball Tournament presented by ST/COMP Quiksilver at UC Irvine’s Crawford Court Sept. 26-Oct. 1.

Sada Cruzeiro won the title by defeating Drean Bolivar from Argentina, 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20). Korea defeated Japan for third place, while Shanghai defeated Quiksilver for fifth. Beijing was seventh with UC Irvine placing eighth.

“I thought it was a great tournament in so many ways,” said UCI head coach John Speraw. “The level of volleyball was very high. Our players got to see it and play against it. We learned a lot about our team and have the chance to be great next year. The experience from this tournament will be helpful in fulfilling our goal.”

The tournament is the largest international professional men’s volleyball tournament in the U.S., featuring six nations and eight teams. Along with the Anteaters and Sada Cruzeiro, the tournament included the Toray Arrows from Japan, Drean Bolivar from Argentina, Korean Air Jumbos from Korea and Beijing BAIC Motor and Shanghai Tang Dynasty representing China. Quiksilver, a team of professional American players, rounded out the tournament field.

”UCI has students from around the world,” Speraw added. “This tournament supports the university’s global outreach initiative by bringing in teams from many of our students’ home countries.”

Baseball Coach Mike Gillespie on the Big Screen

UC Irvine head baseball coach Mike Gillespie has a part in the movie Moneyball that premiered Sept. 23.

Gillespie plays the role of Oakland A’s bench coach Ken Macha in the story based on A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful efforts to assemble a major-league baseball club on a budget by using modernized statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he drafts for the team.

The film is based on Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland A’s team that won the 2002 American League West Division title.

UCI assistant coach Bob Macaluso also has a part in the movie as Coach Bob. Former ’Eater players Dillon Bell, Jeff Cusick, Ben Orloff and Ollie Linton were also involved in the filming of the movie starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane.

Fontein a Finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Andrew Fontein

UC Irvine men’s soccer goalkeeper Andrew Fontein has been named one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Fan balloting is available on the award’s official Web site, seniorCLASSaward.com. The votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

Fontein, a senior from Las Vegas, set the UCI single-season record with 11 shutouts last year. The Anteater career-record holder had four shutouts in UCI’s first 11 games this season, including a 2-0 win at Big West Conference rival UC Santa Barbara Oct. 1.