Wild One Leads To Series Win For Anteaters
RENO, Nev. --- UC Irvine loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, all without a hit, and a wild pitch led to the eventual game-winning run in a 6-5, 10-inning victory Saturday at Peccole Park.
In the Anteater 10th, Chris Rabago was hit by the pitch to lead off the extra frame and looked to be out on a groundball by D.J. Crumlich that was scooped up by the shortstop just behind the second base bag. However in an effort to field the ball and step on second base, Kyle Hunt was unable to hang on to the ball for an error on the fielder's choice. Tommy Reyes' sacrifice bunt pushed the runners up 90 feet and Jordan Fox was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jeff Stephens hit a high bouncer that was collected by first baseman Brett Jones, who threw home in time to get Rabago and left the bases loaded with two outs. With Christian Ramirez at the plate, reliever Matt Gardner's pitch bounced to the backstop allowing Crumlich to score the go-ahead run.
Phillip Ferragamo took care of the Wolf Pack in the bottom of the inning, giving up a two-out hit to Joe Kohan before popping up Jamison Rowe to end the game and earn his second (2-1) win. Ferragamo struck out three and gave up one run on two hits in the three-inning effort.
UCI had the go-ahead run in the ninth. The duo of Ramirez and Scott Gottschling, which had delivered for the Anteaters in the fifth, was instrumental again. Gottschling set the scene with his third sacrifice of the day to advanced Ramirez to third following the centerfielder's leadoff double. Pinch-hitter Kris Paulino hit a deep fly to center for the second sacrifice of the inning, giving the Anteaters a 5-4 edge. However, Nevada eked out a run in the bottom of the ninth to force the game into extra innings.
The Wolf Pack took the early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Brooks Klein's leadoff single was followed by a two-out RBI hit from Kohan. A catcher's interference call extended the inning and Jay Anderson was intentionally walked to load the bases for Hunt, who sliced a two-run single to left.
UCI trimmed the lead to 3-1 on Reyes' solo home run, his first round-tripper of the year, and the Anteaters came to within one with a run in the fourth on Crumlich's two-out hit that drove in Dillon Moyer from second.
Nevada reclaimed a two-run lead in the bottom of the fourth as Rowe knocked a first-pitch offering from Crosby Slaught up the middle for an RBI single but UCI struck again in the fifth. Jeff Stephens rallied UCI with a leadoff double, his second of the day. Ramirez drew a 3-1 walk and Gottschling's sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for Jerry McClanahan, who delivered the clutch two-run single up the middle to knot the score at 4-4.
The Wolf Pack had a golden opportunity in the seventh. Hunt tripled off reliever Race Parmenter to lead off the inning and Jones was hit by the pitch and stole second to put runners on second and third with no outs. However with the infield playing in, the 'Eater defense came through as Fox dove and speared a hard-hit grounder by Austin Byler that allowed Fox to hold the runner at third and record the out at first. Parmenter issued the intentional walk to Klein to load the bases and then induced a 6-4-3 double-play grounder to erase the threat.
Crosby Slaught pitched 3.1 innings, striking out three and giving up three earned runs on seven hits in the no-decision. Mark Trentacosta and Race Parmenter came out of the bullpen and combined for 3.2 shutout innings.
Wolf Pack starter Tom Jameson logged five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and walking four but coming away with a no-decision.
Dillon Moyer had his best offensive outing this season, going 3 for 4 with a run scored while McClanahan topped the team with two RBI. Crumlich, Reyes and Stephens all posted two hits apiece.