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UC Irvine sweeps Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:06 p.m. HST, Apr 7, 2013

Andrew Morales took a perfect game into the seventh inning and won for the seventh time in as many starts as UC Irvine completed a three-game sweep of Hawaii with a 9-0 victory on Sunday at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif.

Andre Real led off the seventh with a pinch-hit single off Morales (7-0), who struck out six in seven innings.

UC Irvine (20-8, 3-3 Big West) held Hawaii to four hits for the third time in the series, handing the Rainbows (7-21, 2-4) their fourth straight loss.

Matt Cooper (2-3) allowed six runs — three earned — on five hits in three innings to take the loss.

Taylor Sparks hit two home runs and drove in five runs to lead UC Irvine.

Hawaii is 1-7 away from home this season.

UH plays a nonconference game at No. 10 UCLA on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Hawaii time.

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