SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- The Anteaters had a seven-game win streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to No. 18 San Diego Tuesday at Cunningham Stadium.
The Anteaters (27-18) and Toreros were tied at a run apiece through five but San Diego scored three runs in the eighth to come away with the victory.
Mitch Merten, in relief of starter Mark Trentacosta, entered in the bottom of the fifth and after giving up a leadoff walk, cruised through seven straight batters. However, San Diego got to Merten in the bottom of the eighth, as the right-hander walked leadoff batter, A.J. Robinson and gave up a single to pinch-hitter Austin Bailey. Kris Bryant put the Toreros ahead with an RBI double to left and Andrew Daniel followed with a single through the left side to plate Bailey for a 3-1 lead. Bryan Haar sacrificed to right to cap the scoring.
The Toreros quickly responded in the bottom of the frame. Dillon Haupt and Louie Lechich hit back-to-back leadoff singles against Trentacosta and Haupt would cross the plate on a groundball out to second by Robinson.
Merten fell to 1-2 after giving up three runs in 2.1 innings pitched. Trentacosta pitched four shutout innings before giving up a single run in the fifth. The lefty held USD to three hits, walked two and struck out one in the no-decision.
James Pazos picked up the win to improve to 5-1 after pitching 1.1 hitless innings. Starter Dylan Covey gave up two hits in three scoreless innings in the no-decision.
UCI travels to Cal State Northridge in Big West action this weekend.