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UC Irvine Anteaters
Founded: 1970
2014 UC Irvine Anteaters baseball team
UC Irvine Anteaters athletic logo

University University of California, Irvine
Conference Big West
Location Irvine, CA
Head Coach Mike Gillespie (7th year)
Home Stadium Cicerone Field
(Capacity: 2,900)
Nickname Anteaters
Colors

Blue and Gold

            
National Championships
College Division: 1973
Division II: 1974
College World Series Appearances
College Division: 1973
Division II: 1974
Division I: 2007, 2014
NCAA Tournament Appearances
College Division: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
Division II: 1974
Division I: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
Conference Champions
Big West: 2009

The UC Irvine Anteaters baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of the University of California, Irvine, located in Irvine, California, United States. The program has been a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference since the start of the 2002 season, when UC Irvine revived the program after it had dropped baseball following the 1992 season. Since the start of the 2002 season, the team's home venue has been Cicerone Field, located on UC Irvine's campus. Mike Gillespie has been the program's head coach since the start of the 2008 season. As of the end of the 2013 season, the program has won one College Division and one Division II National Championship. It has appeared in twelve NCAA Tournaments, seven of those in Division I. It has won one regular season conference championship. As of the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, 5 former Anteaters have appeared in Major League Baseball.

History[edit]

College Division/Division II[edit]

The program was founded prior to the 1970 season and initially played as an independent school in the NCAA College Division, made up of small-school athletic programs.[1] Under head coach Gary Adams, the team qualified for the College Division Tournament in 1970, 1971, and 1972. In 1973, the team ended the regular season with a twelve-game winning streak and again qualified for the tournament. After advancing to the College Division Championship, it defeated Missouri-St. Louis, Eastern Illinois, and Ithaca twice to win a national championship.[2]

In August 1973, the NCAA reorganized its divisions. Prior to then, the NCAA had competed in two divisions, a large-school University Division and a small-school College Division. Following the reorganization, the University Division became Division I, while the College Division split into Division II and Division III. UC Irvine, formerly an independent in the College Division, became a Division II Independent.[1]

In the first season of Division II, the team again won its regional tournament to advance to the Division II Championship. There, the program defeated New Orleans to win its second consecutive national championship.[2] Following the 1974 season, Gary Adams left UC Irvine to become the head coach at UCLA.[3]

UC Irvine continued to play in Division II until following the 1977 season, though it did not qualify for another NCAA Tournament.[2]

Transition to Division I[edit]

Prior to the 1978 season, the program joined the newly formed Division I Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA).[4] Former Gonzaga head coach Steve Hertz became the program's head coach prior to the 1979 season, in which the team finished 7th in the SCBA. In 1980, UC Irvine finished second behind Cal State Fullerton, its best season in the SCBA.[5][6][7]

When Steve Hertz returned to Gonzaga following the 1980 season, Mike Gerakos became the program's head coach.[2][8] The team continued to play in the SCBA, though it finished no higher than third until the conference disbanded following the 1984 season. UC Irvine then became members of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, which was renamed the Big West Conference prior to the 1987 season. UC Irvine had a winning conference record only twice in eight PCAA/Big West seasons through the end of the 1992 season.[2]

Following the 1992 season, state budget cuts caused the university to cut several sports programs, including baseball. At the time it was discontinued, the program had a 643-565-17 record.[9][10][11]

Program revival[edit]

In 2000, the university announced plans to revive the varsity baseball program and build a multimillion dollar on-campus venue for the program.[11] Following the 2000 college baseball season, the school hired USC assistant John Savage as the program's new head coach.[12] The team began play in 2002. Its first game, also the opening of the newly built Anteater Ballpark, was an 8-5 loss to San Diego on January 25, 2002.[2]

In 2004, the team qualified for the NCAA Tournament, its first in Division I. In the South Bend Regional, the team lost consecutive games to Arizona and Notre Dame and was eliminated.[2][13]

Following the 2004 season, John Savage left the program to become the head coach at UCLA.[14] UC Irvine hired Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Dave Serrano to replace him.[15] In 2006, Serrano's second season, the team qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, the team again qualified for the tournament. After defeating Texas in the Round Rock Regional finals, the Anteaters defeated Wichita State in the Super Regionals to advance to the 2007 College World Series. At the World Series, the team went 2-2 and was eliminated by eventual national champion Oregon State.[2]

Following the 2007 season, Dave Serrano returned to Cal State Fullerton to become the team's head coach.[16] He was replaced by former USC head coach Mike Gillespie.[17] The team qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of Gillespie's first four seasons (2008-2011). In 2008, the team was eliminated by LSU in the Super Regional round.[2] In the team's 2009 season, the Anteaters won the Big West Championship with a 22-2 conference record and qualified for the NCAA Tournament as the #6 National Seed. It hosted an NCAA Regional at Anteater Ballpark but was eliminated in the Regional by Virginia.[18][19]

Following the 2009 season, Anteater Ballpark was renamed Cicerone Field for former UC Irvine chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone.[20]

In 2010, the team qualified for the NCAA Tournament but was eliminated in the regional round.[21] In 2011, the team won the Los Angeles Regional to advance to its second super regional under Gillespie. In the super regional, the Anteaters lost to Virginia 2 games to 1.[22]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Venues[edit]

Cicerone Field[edit]

Main article: Cicerone Field

Cicerone Field has been the program's home venue since it opened in 2002, also the year in which UC Irvine sponsored varsity baseball for the first season since 1992. The venue was known as Anteater Ballpark from 2002-2009, before it was renamed for former university chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone.[23] It has a capacity of 2,900 spectators.[24]

Head coaches[edit]

Mike Gerakos, who coached for 12 seasons and had 312 wins, is both the program's longest tenured coach and wins leader.[2]


Year(s) Coach Seasons W-L-T Pct
1970-1974 Gary Adams 5 185-68-5 .731
1975-1976 Tom Spence 2 39-47-1 .453
1977-1978 Eddie Allen 2 47-51-1 .480
1979-1980 Steve Hertz 2 60-51-2 .541
1981-1992 Mike Gerakos 12 312-338-8 .480
2002-2004 John Savage 3 88-84-1 .512
2005-2007 Dave Serrano 3 114-66-1 .633
2008–present Mike Gillespie 6 233-119 .662
TOTALS
8 35 1078-824-19 .5667

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Head coachMike Gillespie
  • Associate head coach – Pat Shine
  • Assistant coach – Bob Macaluso[25]
  • Assistant coach – Daniel Bibona[26]

Yearly records[edit]

Below is a table of the program's yearly records.[2][6][7][19][27][28][29][30][31][32][33]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (College Division) (1970–1973)
1970 Gary Adams 33-12-3 NCAA Regional
1971 Gary Adams 27-17-1 NCAA Regional
1972 Gary Adams 33-19-1 NCAA Regional
1973 Gary Adams 44-12 College World Series
College Division Ind.: 137-60-5
Independent (Division II) (1974–1977)
1974 Gary Adams 48-8 College World Series
1975 Tom Spence 15-27
1976 Tom Spence 24-20-1
1977 Eddie Allen 30-23
Division II Ind.: 117-78-1
Southern California Baseball Association (Division I) (1978–1984)
1978 Eddie Allen 17-28-1 9-15-1 5th
1979 Steve Hertz 23-26-1 8-18-1 7th
1980 Steve Hertz 37-25-1 18-9 2nd
1981 Mike Gerakos 31-23 13-15 6th
1982 Mike Gerakos 28-29-1 11-17 6th
1983 Mike Gerakos 25-25 16-12 3rd
1984 Mike Gerakos 23-34-1 11-16 6th
SCBA: 184-190-5 86-102
Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West Conference (1985–1992)
1985 Mike Gerakos 27-28-1 14-13 3rd (South)
1986 Mike Gerakos 20-26-2 9-12 5th
1987 Mike Gerakos 27-26-1 13-8 2nd
1988 Mike Gerakos 30-28-1 9-12 t-5th
1989 Mike Gerakos 20-35-1 6-15 7th
1990 Mike Gerakos 34-25 10-11 t-5th
1991 Mike Gerakos 24-32 6-15 8th
1992 Mike Gerakos 23-27 10-14 6th
No program (1993–2001)
Big West Conference (2002–present)
2002 John Savage 33-26 14-10 t-4th
2003 John Savage 21-35 8-14 t-5th
2004 John Savage 34-23-1 10-11 6th NCAA Regional
2005 Dave Serrano 31-25 10-11 5th
2006 Dave Serrano 36-24 11-10 3rd NCAA Regional
2007 Dave Serrano 47-17-1 15-6 t-2nd College World Series
2008 Mike Gillespie 42-18 14-10 t-3rd NCAA Super Regional
2009 Mike Gillespie 45-15 22-2 1st NCAA Regional (#6 National Seed)
2010 Mike Gillespie 39-21 17-7 2nd NCAA Regional
2011 Mike Gillespie 43-18 16-8 2nd NCAA Super Regional
2012 Mike Gillespie 31-25 13-11 4th
2013 Mike Gillespie 33-22 15-12 t-4th
2014 Mike Gillespie 41-25 15-9 3rd College World Series
PCAA/Big West: 681-521-8 283-221
Total: 1119-849-19

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Notable former players[edit]

David Huff, shown while pitching for the MLB's Cleveland Indians.

Below is a list of notable former Anteaters and the seasons in which they played for the program.[34][35][36][37]

2012 MLB Draft[edit]

Two Anteaters were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft: SS D.J. Crumlich by the Pittsburgh Pirates (9th round) and P Mark Trentacosta by the St. Louis Cardinals (34th round).[38] Both players signed professional contracts with their respective teams.[39][40]

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