LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- UC Irvine scored early but was unable to hang on to the lead, falling 9-3 to No. 12 UCLA Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The road woes continue for the Anteaters, who drop to 3-9 in road contests and logged their third straight loss (20-17).
UCI took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run single down the left-field line by Connor Spencer but watched UCLA tie the game in the bottom of the second as Beau Amaral's two-out hit to right got past Scott Gottschling for a triple that scored the tying runs.
The Anteaters rallied and took the lead again in the fourth on Dillon Moyer's deep fly-ball to left that scored Gottschling from third but UCI committed two errors in the bottom of the sixth that led to four Bruin runs and fell behind for good at 6-3. UCLA tacked on three runs in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Race Parmenter made the start and pitched three innings, striking out four and walking one while giving up two runs on three hits in the no-decision. Jimmy Litchfield was hit with the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits in 1.2 innings to drop to 2-2.
Nick Hoover entered with two outs in the fifth and retired four straight but ran into trouble in the seventh as the Bruins hit four consecutive singles to lead off the inning. Sam Moore entered in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and secured the first out but hit consecutive batters before getting out of the inning. Mark Trentacosta faced the minimum in the Bruin eighth.
Jeff Stephens led UCI with two hits while Spencer drove in two runs on one hit.
UCLA starter Grant Watson gave up three runs on five hits in four innings. Five Bruin relievers held UCI scoreless with Chase Brewer collecting the win to improve to 2-0 after an inning of one-hit relief.
UCI returns to Anteater Ballpark to host UC Riverside in Big West action this weekend.