IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine was unable to ride the momentum of a 4-1 win earlier today and gave up a season-high 13 runs in the second game, suffering a 13-2 loss against Cal State Fullerton at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark.
The Titans scored 11 runs in the first three innings to take an insurmountable 11-0 lead. CSF opened the game on consecutive singles and jumped on the board on a run-scoring hit by Anthony Hutting. The Titans then mounted a seven-run rally in the second and chased starter Crosby Slaught (3-3) from the game after scoring five runs on four hits against the right-hander.
Leading 2-0 in the second, Clay Williamson extended CSF's lead to five by clearing the bases with a three-run triple off reliever Nick Hoover, who would go on to give up three runs on five hits before recording the final out of the frame. Mark Trentacosta was given the ball in the third and allowed three runs in the frame.
UCI's runs came in the sixth inning. D.J. Crumlich lined a hard single to short and took second on the throwing error by Matt Chapman. Tommy Reyes delivered a base hit to right-centerfield to drive in his second run of the day and would score on an RBI double by Jordan Fox.
The Titans capped the scoring on a two-run double by Michael Lorenzen in the top of the ninth.
Kenny Mathews remains undefeated at 4-0 after pitching seven innings and holding UCI to two runs on six hits while striking out seven. Tyler Peitzmeier closed out the game with two innings of one-hit relief.
Crumlich was 2 for 4 with a run scored to lead the Anteaters while Reyes and Fox each had an RBI on one hit. Evan Brock hurled three hitless innings in relief and Sam Moore pitched the ninth, allowing two run on two hits.
First pitch of the series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and will be aired on ESPNU.