Anteaters Unable To Capitalize, Drop Series to Washington

IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine left 10 runners stranded, including the bases loaded twice, to come up short in a 4-3 loss to Washington Sunday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.

UCI (4-3) claimed a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double from Ryan Cooper but was unable to hold onto the lead following a four-run fourth by the Huskies. In the inning, a one-out error by the Anteaters put a runner on for Robert Pehl, who hit a two-run home run off starter Crosby Slaught (0-2) for the Huskies' third home run of the series. Washington then loaded the bases with two outs on a walk, a single and a hit batsman for B.K. Santy, who lined a two-run single through the left side to extend the lead to 4-1.

That would be all for the Huskies as Slaught retired the side in the fifth and then handed the ball to Mitch Merten who pitched two innings of three-hit baseball. Jimmy Litchfield followed Merten and retired six straight for the 'Eaters.

Cooper sparked a two-run UCI rally in the fifth with a leadoff double and scored on Chris Rabago's one-out flare to right-field. A wild pitch put Rabago on third and following a walk to D.J. Crumlich, Jordan Fox trimmed the lead to one with a two-out hit to left to plate Rabago.  Tommy Reyes extended the inning by working a base on balls from starter Austin Voth but the right-hander struck out Connor Spencer to escape the jam.

The 'Eaters loaded the bases again in the seventh with one out but reliever Steven Swift struck out one and induced a grounder to third.

Cooper led UCI with an RBI on two hits while Crumlich and Spencer each went 2 for 4. Fox had an RBI on one hit.

Voth improved to 1-0 after striking out six and giving up three runs on six hits in five innings. Joshua Fredendall earned his third save after two hitless innings in relief.


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