Senior Doug Kline hit a three-run home run in the third inning to lead UC Irvine to a 9-3 victory over the University of San Diego Thursday in a nonconference baseball game at San Diego.
The home run came off losing pitcher Louis Skertich and gave Irvine (2-2) a 5-0 lead. Kline had four hits.
San Diego could have gotten out of the third when Irvine's John Seeburger hit a possible double-play grounder to first baseman Sean Baron with one out. Baron threw to second to get the lead runner, but the relay thrown from shortstop Chris Bwy pulled Skertich, who was covering first, off the bag and allowed a run to score.
Kline followed with his home run, which easily cleared the 375-foot sign in left-center field. It was his first home run of the season.
Jeff Haack (1-1) pitched a complete game and allowed six hits for Irvine. Haack had allowed nine runs in four innings in his first start last week at Arizona.
In women's Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. basketball play:
Cal State Fullerton 58, UC Santa Barbara 44--Amy Torczon scored 12 points and had 9 rebounds and Felicia Benson had 12 points to lead third-place Cal State Fullerton at Goleta.
Gena Miller added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for Fullerton (12-7, 7-3), which opened a 28-18 lead at the half. Wendy Anae and Jennifer Latta scored 6 points each off the bench for Fullerton.
Patti Nichel scored 15 points and had 8 rebounds and Kira Anthofer had 11 points and 12 rebounds for UC Santa Barbara (9-8, 2-7).
San Diego State 59, UC Irvine 55--Chana Perry scored 21 points to lead visiting San Diego State (15-5, 7-3). Natalie Crawford led Irvine (7-11, 5-5) with 19 points and Kippie Brown had 12.
In a California Collegiate Athletic Assn. women's game:
Cal State Northridge 75, Chapman 70--Karen Polk scored 22 for visiting Chapman (11-7, 2-3).
In a Western Christian Athletic Assn. men's game:
Pacific Christian 118, American Indian Bible College 39--Brian Keiser scored 25 points and Mike DeVries 21 to lead host Pacific Christian (23-4, 5-0) to its sixth consecutive victory.