SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- Mark Trentacosta impressed in his first career start as the southpaw struck out a career-high six batters to lead UC Irvine to a 6-2 win over San Diego State Tuesday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The redshirt junior did not walk a batter and held the Aztecs to a run on three hits to collect his first win (1-0). Christian Ramirez led the offense, tying a career-high with four hits to go along with two RBI. Connor Spencer drove in two runs on a hit as the Anteaters sprayed 12 hits around the field.
UCI got to starter Brandon Thomas early, batting around in the first inning. Spencer put the team on the board with a flare to left-center, scoring D.J. Crumlich and Tommy Reyes for a 2-0 lead. Jerry McClanahan followed by coaxing a full-count walk and Ramirez slapped a two-out single through the right side to drive in Spencer.
San Diego State broke through in the bottom of the third. Zeby Zavala and John Spirk hit consecutive singles to lead off the frame and Spencer Thornton hit a hard, one-out grounder to Crumlich, whose throw got away from Fox. However, the ball ricocheted off the right-field fence and bounced back to the first baseman, who fired back to Crumlich to get Thornton at second with Zavala scoring on the play. On the ensuing play, Ryan Muno hit a hard grounder down the third-base line that was smothered by a diving Moyer. Moyer's throw pulled Fox off the bag but the senior fielded the ball on a hop and tagged Muno from behind on his race to first for the third out of the inning.
The two teams traded runs in the seventh inning with Ramirez posting his second RBI hit of the game and the Aztecs got a run-scoring single from Spirk to cap the scoring at 5-2.
The combination of Mitch Merten and Jimmy Litchfield held SDSU scoreless for the final 2.1 innings to end the game. Merten held the Aztecs hitless in 1.1 innings while Litchfield fanned two in one inning of one-hit relief.
Aztec starter Brandon Thomas fell to 0-1 after giving up three runs on four hits in an inning of work. Spirk had a run batted in on two hits to pace the team.