Feb. 22, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine scored four runs in the top of the 10th and went on to defeat San Diego State, 7-3, Tuesday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Anteaters climbed to 4-0 with the win while the Aztecs dropped to 1-3 on the season.
Jordan Fox led the Anteaters with two hits while Tommy Reyes' two-run single in the 10th gave the team a pair of insurance runs and capped the four-run frame. Brian Hernandez, who was 1 for 5 with an RBI, also got the win after pitching an inning in relief and striking out two while yielding an unearned run on two hits. Andrew Thurman gave UCI a strong start, striking out six in 5.1 innings and limited San Diego State to just two runs while not allowing a walk.
San Diego State took the early lead in the bottom of the first after Brandon Meredith hit a two-out double off Thurman and then was singled in by Jomel Torres.
The Anteaters knotted the score in the top of the third as Jon Hurst worked a full-count walk, took second on the sacrifice from Reyes, advanced to third on the wild pitch from starter Steven Moranda and then scored on an error by shortstop Cody Slader.
Hernandez led off the UCI fourth with a booming double to left and took third on a groundout to second before scoring on the sacrifice fly by Drew Hillman to give the Anteaters a 2-1 edge.
Hernandez figured again in the top of the fifth, hitting a 1-0 pitch to the right-side of the infield to score D.J. Crumlich, who had singled and took third on a hit by Fox.
The Aztecs answered, trimming the lead to one in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Cody Smith to score Dillon Bryant from second.
A UCI error proved costly in the bottom of the ninth as Reyes was unable to come up with a grounder off the bat of pinch hitter Kyle Hayes, putting runners on first and second. Smith hit an 0-1 offering from Hernandez to right to score Jared Hunt, tying the score at 3-3.
However, the Anteaters jumped on San Diego State in the top of the 10th, scoring four runs to take a 7-3 lead. Christian Ramirez drew a four-pitch walk from reliever Corey Black. Hillman laced a single to right that was misjudged by Meredith and got past the right-fielder, allowing Ramirez to score on the two-base error. Ronnie Shaeffer followed with a two-out run-scoring single to right and was followed by a two-run double from Scott Gottschling and Reyes' single up the middle.
Southpaw Jimmy Litchfield pitched a perfect 10th, using just seven pitches to retire the Aztecs in order and end the game.
Black took the loss for SDSU, falling to 0-1 after giving up four runs on four hits in two innings.