LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- UC Irvine drew three walks in the top of the ninth but came up empty in a 3-2 loss to Pepperdine Tuesday at the Dodgertown Classic at Dodger Stadium.
Scott Gottschling worked a full-count base on balls to kick off the ninth for UCI, the designated visiting team, but the Anteaters grounded into a double-play. Still, with two outs, Wave reliever Aaron Brown's struggles continued as he issued back-to-back walks to Taylor Sparks and Chris Rabago. Pepperdine turned to Michael Swanner, who came on in relief and induced an infield pop-up to preserve the win.
Phillip Ferragamo made the start for UCI, pitching four innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits. The sophomore right-hander allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the first but then had to contend with an error that would have been the second out of the inning. Tony Cooper extended the inning with a walk and Sam Meyer capitalized with an infield hit to tie the game at 1-1. Brown, who started the game in right field, drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to left. Ferragamo took the loss to fall to 1-1.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the second, UCI loaded the bases on three straight walks and Taylor Sparks executed on the squeeze play as Christian Ramirez came in to score the tying run.
The Waves took the lead for good in the fifth on the sacrifice fly by Zach Vincej to score Austin Davison, who doubled to lead off the frame and was sacrificed to third.
Wave started Matt Maurer pitched 5.1 innings held UCI to two runs on two hits to collect the win and improve to 3-0. Swanner eanred his first save.
UCI continues action Wednesday against Washington State at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.