March 17, 2013

Morales Blanks Huskers As Anteaters Win Series

IRVINE, Calif. --- The series decider came down to Andrew Morales and the junior delivered with a career-high 7.2 innings in a 2-0 shutout of Nebraska Sunday at Anteater Ballpark.

Morales collected his sixth win after limiting the Huskers to four hits while striking out a career-high six batters and walking two. The right-hander faced a first and third, two-out situation in the second inning but the Anteaters cut down Pat Kelly at home to snuff out a double-steal attempt to end the inning. Following that play, only one Husker runner reached third against Morales.

Jimmy Litchfield pitched 2/3 innings of hitless relief and handed the ball off to Race Parmenter, who closed the door on the two batters he faced in the ninth to earn his third save of the year.

Dominique Taylor provided the offense, batting 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. The center-fielder doubled in Kris Paulino in the bottom of the third, driving in the eventual game-winning run. In the fifth, Taylor factored in the scoring a second time. After singling to right and stealing second, Taylor took third on a grounder to first by Ryan Cooper. With Connor Spencer at the plate, catcher Tanner Lubach's throw back to pitcher Brandon  Pierce went over the right-hander's head and Taylor alertly ran home and scored, beating the throw from Kelly.

Pierce fell to 1-3 after giving up two runs on six hits in 4.2 innings.

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