LINCOLN, Neb. — UC Irvine pitching, which had been a highlight for the Anteaters, gave up 33 combined hits and 20 combined runs as host Nebraska swept a nonconference doubleheader on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers won the first game, 13-4, behind 19 hits, then collected a 7-4 victory in Game 2.
UCI's Justin Castro went three for four with a run scored in the opener and Chris Rabago was three for five in the second game for the 'Eaters.
Also in the second game, Connor Spencer (one run batted in) and Taylor Sparks (one run scored) were both two for four.
Senior starting pitcher Evan Brock allowed nine hits and three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of Game 2. All seven UCI pitchers that worked allowed at least one run, with six hurlers allowing at least two earned runs. The 'Eaters' staff earned-run average went from 1.92 to 2.67.
UCI is 13-6.
Nebraska is 11-7.
BYU def. UC Irvine
PROVO, Utah — The No. 8-ranked Anteaters hit a season-low .146 in a 25-22, 25-22, 25-167 setback at No. 3-ranked BYU in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Friday.
Connor Hughes had 10 kills and two aces to lead UCI (14-9, 11-8 in conference). Jeremy Dejno had eight kills and setter Daniel Stork had 27 assists and five digs.
BYU improved to 14-4, 14-2.
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
UC Irvine junior Itos Aikhionbare won two events for the second straight week Saturday in the home opener against Long Beach State, Purdue and Cerritos Community College.
Aikhionbare, the reigning Big West Conference Field Athlete of the Week, earned titles in the shot put (54 feet, 4 1/2 inches) and the discus (161-5).