UC Irvine 4, Grand Canyon 0
Sophomore left-hander Elliott Surrey threw a four-hit shutout to give the host Anteaters their second complete game in as many days in the nonconference game Saturday.
Surrey struck out six and did not walk a batter to improve to 2-2. He threw 97 pitches.
Junior third baseman Taylor Sparks tripled in a run in the first and scored on a single by junior catcher Jerry McClanahan.
Singles by Kris Paulino, Mikey Duarte and Adam Alcantara produced a run for the hosts (15-7) in the fifth and McClanahan doubled in a run in the eighth to cap the eight-hit attack.
McClanahan and Sparks were two for four.
Grand Canyon, for which former UCI assistant Nathan Choate and former UCI player Gregg Wallis are assistant coaches, is 10-11.
The three-game series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.
PHOENIX — Freshman Brandon Sandoval went a combined six for nine with five runs batted in to lead visiting Vanguard to a Golden State Athletic Conference sweep over Arizona Christian on Saturday.
Sandoval lifted his team-leading batting average 26 points to .388 and also took over the team lead with 24 RBIs. HE was three for five with three RBIs in a 12-4 Game 1 triumph and was three for four with two RBIs in the 4-1 Game 2 win.
John Schwer was two for four with two RBIs and Nick Rodda was two for three with one RBI in the opener, while John Collins was two for three with one RBI and Taylor McKnight was two for four with one RBI in the second game.
Clayton Voechting allowed one run on 10 hits in a seven-inning complete game in Game 2 to improve to 4-2.
Eddie Rivera (4-1) got the win and Richard Perry earned his second save in the first game.
Vanguard (20-11, 13-8 in conference) swept the three-game series against the Firestorm (10-20, 4-17).
PHOENIX — Alexandra Olvera threw a five-inning one-hit shutout to help visiting Vanguard University sweep Golden State Athletic Conference rival Arizona Christian on Saturday.
Olvera struck out three and walked three in a 10-0 Game 2 win that followed the Lions’ 2-1 opening-game win in seven innings.
Taylor Hallahan and Summer Penner drove in runs with hits in the opener.
Breanne Gomez was three for three with three runs batted in in the second game, in which both Shelby Kuryllo and Haley Croce were two for three with two RBIs.
Taylor Wilson and Brittany Cooper were two for three with one RBI apiece and Hallahan was two for four in Game 2.
Rachel Stalford allowed six hits and one unearned run to improve to 10-3.
Vanguard is now 23-12, 5-5 in conference.
The Firestorm is 8-18, 1-9.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Spring Break Invitational
UC Irvine junior Itos Aikhionbare won the shot put and discus throw on Saturday at UCI, the third consecutive week she has accomplished the feat.
Her shot put mark was 50 feet, 10 1/4 inches and she went 156-7 in the discus.
UCI freshman Megan George won the 100-meter hurdles in 13.94 seconds and freshman Ariel Cheng won the pole vault (12-5 1/2 , the second-best mark in UCI annals).
Chelsea Schneider (2:14.96) and Lauren Hall (2:15.95) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 800 and Ericka Nowell was third in the 400 hurdles in 1:00.09.
Kaulyn Lee-McNeill was fifth in the 400 hurdles in 1:02.45.
Saniya Syed was fourth in the 400 in 57.65 and Melanie Speech was fourth in the javelin (120-3).
UCI finished third among eight teams with 114.5. Northern Arizona won with 155.5.
The Anteaters compete in the UC Riverside Spring Classic Thursday through Saturday.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Spring Break Invitational
Freshman Isaiah Thompson won the 800 meters, freshman Brandon Howard won the 400 hurdles and junior Mason Miller won the shot put to highlight UCI performances on Saturday at Anteater Stadium.
Thompson topped the field in 1 minute, 52.22 seconds, while Howard’s winning time was 53.02.
Miller’s winning mark was 55 feet, 9 inches. He was third in the discus (153-2).
Lloyd Sicard was second in the 110 high hurdles (14.29) and Stephen Brown was second in the pole vault (15-7).
Cameron Vaca (fourth in 400 hurdles in 54.60), James Douglas (fifth in the high hurdles in 14.61) and Kyle Hubbard (sixth in the high hurdles in 14.84) also stood out for the Anteaters.
UCI was fourth as a team, 57 points behind victorious Cal State Fullerton.