UCR pitcher Mitch Patito pitches against the LMU Lions. Tyler Joe/HIGHLANDER

Date: May 9, 2012
Highlanders 8 – Lions 5

UCR baseball squared off against Loyola Marymount for their last home game before a nine game road trip. Riverside bats clicked on all cylinders Wednesday en route to an 8-5 victory.

Vince Gonzalez was crucial for the Highlanders’ win, as he accomplished his sixth multiple RBI game of the year. Gonzalez was 3-5 with two RBIs, and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Gonzalez’s three hit game puts him at 21 multiple hit games on the year.

Mitch Patito started the mound for the Highlanders, pitching for 3.1 innings.  He allowed three runs on three hits, five walks, while striking out three. Riverside improved to 4-5 when Patito starts the game.

The Highlanders achieved their 12th double-digit hit game and are now 10-2 when they get 10 or more hits in a game. In the second, third and fourth innings, Riverside scored five runs and added two more in the sixth to go up 8-3.

Riverside must look to outhit their opponent to continue their winning streak along with their hopes for a playoff push. The Highlanders could use this weekend for that push when they face the Pacific Tigers, who are on an 11 game losing streak.

Date: May 11, 2012
Highlanders 5 – Tigers 2

The UCR baseball team played their first of eight road games last Friday against the Pacific Tigers. The Highlanders used another great batting performance with 11 hits en route to a 5-2 victory.

Eddie Orozco (5-5) started for the Highlanders and picked up the win. Orozco went eight innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, walked two but made it up with a 12 strikeout performance. Ben Doucette stroked out three batters in the ninth as he picked up his fourth save of the year.

In the second inning Riverside added two runs with RBIs by Bart Steponovich and Eddie Young. Kevin Davidson was hit by pitch and eventually scored when Steponovich singled to center field. Young then singled to left scoring Kyle Boudreau.

David Andriese stepped up in the third inning and homered to put Riverside up 3-0. Riverside held off the Tigers, allowing only two runs in the sixth.

Vince Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 15 as he went 2-4. In the last six games the Highlanders showed what their offense is capable when they get on base. Over those six games, the Highlanders went 4-2 while achieving 31 runs on 65 hits.

Date: May 12, 2012
Tigers 11 – Highlanders 2

Riverside baseball faced the Pacific Tigers this past Saturday afternoon in the second game of the three-game series. The Highlanders got 10 or more hits for the third-straight game. Unfortunately, the Tigers achieved 14 hits which transpired in 11 runs. Riverside went on to lose 2-11.

Trevor Frank (1-7) started on the mound for Riverside and only went three innings. Frank allowed six runs on nine hits, three walks, was credited with three errors but struck out three batters.

In the third inning, UCR scored their first run on three hits. Eddie Young singled up the middle and scored when Vince Gonzalez singled to right field.

In the seventh inning, Riverside tacked on another run. Drake Zarate walked and advanced to second by a single from Steponovich. Devon Bolasky singled to left to score Zarate. That was all the scoring the Highlanders managed the rest of the game.

The Highlanders had 10 hits but their downfall was their inability to bring in runners on base to home plate, and striking out a massive 11 times. Young went 3-4 with one walk and one run. Gonzalez continued his hitting streak to 16 games as he went 2-5 with one RBI. Simms for the Tigers was tremendous as he went 2-5 with one run scored and four RBIs.

Date: May 13, 2012
Highlanders 12 – Tigers 1

Riverside baseball finished the three-game series against their opponent Pacific Tigers this past Sunday afternoon. They achieved, for the fourth time, a double-digit hit game with 13 hits en route to a 12-1 victory.

Dylan Stuart started the mound for Riverside and went seven strong innings. Stuart allowed one run on six hits and struck out six batters.

Riverside as a team played well together with two home runs and a total of four two-out RBIs, 11 RBIs total, and three stolen bases. In the third inning Riverside scored three runs and three more in the fifth to put them up 8-1.

In the seventh inning, the Highlanders used a four-run inning to put the game away. David Andriese started it off with a walk and advanced when Nick Vilter singled to right. Eddie Young then stepped up to the plate and doubled down the left field line for two RBIs. Phil Holinsworth singled to left for two more RBIs.

Vince Gonzalez had a hit with one run scored and an RBI, which extended his hitting streak to 17. Young for the Highlanders went 2-4 with two RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.