MALIBU — Senior All-American opposite Carson Clark had a match-high 24 kills and hit .500 to help the visiting Anteaters top the Waves, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 15-12, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Thursday.
The victory propels No. 2-ranked UCI (20-4, 16-4 in the MPSF) into a a first-place tie with BYU in the conference standings heading into the 'Eaters match Saturday at No. 1-ranked USC.
Sophomore outside hitter Jeremy Dejno had 13 kills and junior outside hitter Kevin Tillie added 12 as UCI junior setter Chris Austin had a career-high 60 assists.
UCI is 9-0 on the road this season.
No. 6-ranked Pepperdine is 13-12, 8-11.
Cal Poly SLO 6, UC Irvine 0
SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the first time in 26 Big West Conference series, the Anteaters faltered in the opening game on Thursday against the Mustangs.
Senior shortstop D.J. Crumlich went three for four and senior center fielder Christian Ramirez was two for four to pace the Anteaters' eight-hit attack. It's the first time UCI has been blanked this season.
Cal Poly (18-10, 2-2 in conference) scored four in the second and two in the fifth, as UCI starter Andrew Thurman gave up seven hits in six innings to fall to 2-2.
Three UCI relievers combined for three shutout innings, giving the UCI bullpen 25 2/3 innings pitched with just one earned run allowed in the last five games.
UCI (17-10, 3-1), ranked No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball, had won three straight and eight of its last nine coming in.
UC Irvine 7, UC Riverside 0
IRVINE — The Anteaters swept all six singles matches and all three doubles sets in their final regular-season home match of the season against a Big West Conference rival on Thursday.
Seniors Courtney Byron and Hannah Holladay won in singles and doubles, while senior Stephanie Hammel was a singles winner for UCI (13-5, 5-1 in conference).