D.J. Crumlich of Irvine was drafted in the ninth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the same team that drafted him after his junior year.

D.J. Crumlich makes pro baseball debut

Former Irvine High and UCI star signs with Pittsburgh.

It's been a big week for former Irvine High and UC Irvine baseball star D.J. Crumlich.

Monday night, Crumlich signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Thursday night he made his professional debut in State College, Penn. playing for the State College Spikes for the New York/Penn League.

Crumlich went 2 for 3 with an RBI. He was also hit by a pitch.

Crumlich had been in Pittsburgh earlier in the week. He was selected by the Pirates in the ninth round.

"I officially signed on Monday in Pittsburgh at the Pirates big league stadium," Crumlich said. "It was a great experience being able to see PNC Park and meet the organization's front office and staff."

Crumlich led UCI with 72 hits, 39 runs scored and 16 doubles and a team leading .324 batting average.

The Anteaters shortstop had a .969 fielding percentage and led UCI with 23 multiple hit games.

Crumlich wrapped up his collegiate career with a .296 batting average and winds up fourth in the UCI records with 139 runs scored. He is tied for fifth with 45 doubles.

Crumlich helped UCI to three NCAA post-season berths and a super regional appearance. He was an NCAA All-Tournament choice in 2011 and a Big West Player of the week. Crumlich was the 2012 Big West Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is a four-time scholar-athlete.

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