Tom Baine's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning scored Chris Gallego to give UC Irvine a 1-0 victory over Cal Poly Pomona Wednesday afternoon at Pomona.
Gallego reached base on an error to lead off the eighth and advanced to third on Ed Clark's third single of the game. Baine's sacrifice fly made a winner of Craig Brink (2-0), who pitched eight-plus innings, allowing seven hits.
Doug Linton pitched the ninth to pick up his first save. He forced Bronco shortstop Marty Rivero to hit into a double play and struck out Keith Barrett to end the game.
Irvine (4-2) plays Nevada-Reno Friday afternoon at Irvine. Cal Poly Pomona (0-7) plays USC Thursday at home.
Southern California College 4, Whittier 0-- Tim Fortugno struck out 16 batters and allowed only one hit in seven innings to pick up his first victory for the Vanguards.