March 22, 2012

Anteaters Rally For Two Runs In The Ninth To Drop Dartmouth

IRVINE, Calif. --- Tommy Reyes and Jordan Fox drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth to push UC Irvine past Dartmouth, 5-4, Thursday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.

Kris Paulino came off the bench to pinch-hit and coaxed a 3-1 walk to lead off the Anteater ninth before giving way to pinch-runner Jordan Alexander. Jerry McClanahan was also called in to pinch-hit and saw two balls from reliever Max Langford. Dartmouth turned to Mike Dodakian, who missed on two straight to walk McClanahan. D.J. Crumlich, who was 4 for 4 and a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, was asked to sacrifice and the senior pushed a 1-0 offering up the third base line to advance the runners. Reyes' fly-ball to right allowed Alexander to tag from third, knotting the score at 4-4. Fox followed with a single up the middle and McClanahan beat the throw from center to plate the walk-off run.

Jimmy Litchfield (1-1) shut out the Big Green in 3.2 innings of relief, striking out three and yielding just two hits to collect his first win.  Starter Nick Hoover blanked Dartmouth through the first four innings but left with runners on first and third with one out in the fifth.

The Anteaters led 2-0 on an RBI hit from Jeff Stephens in the first and plated a run on a wild pitch in the fourth.

However, Dartmouth put together a four-run fifth, highlighted by a three-run double from Nick Lombardi as the Big Green brought eight batters to the plate and claimed a 4-2 advantage.

UCI trimmed the lead to one in the fifth. Crumlich tripled to left-centerfield and scored on Reyes' first sacrifice fly of the night. The Anteaters put runners in scoring position in the seventh and eighth but came up empty before posting the come-back win.

Dartmouth starter Mitch Horacek threw seven innings, striking out seven and held UCI to three runs. Langford fell to 0-1 after giving up two runs on one hit in one inning of work. The loss snaps a 40-game win streak for Dartmouth when leading after eight innings.

Fox was 2 for 5 while Christian Ramirez and Dillon Moyer each added two hits. Reyes topped the 'Eaters with two RBI.

The series continues Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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