No. 18 UC Irvine Edged by San Diego State
April 6, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. --- San Diego State scored twice in the ninth to come from behind and defeat UC Irvine, 6-5, Tuesday at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Anteaters who fall to 17-9 on the season. The Aztecs climb to 12-17 with the win.
Blair Moore doubled in a run in the first off Anteater starter Matt Summers to put the Aztecs on the board but UCI responded in its half of the frame, getting clutch hits from Jeff Cusick and Ronnie Shaeffer to give the Anteaters a 2-1 lead.
SDSU's Jordan Van Hoosier delivered a clutch two-out single to score Jomel Tores and Matt Parker, who singled and doubled, respectively, to lead off the second inning. The Aztecs doubled and singled again to lead off the third and Chris Wilson's sacrifice fly would extend the SDSU lead to two at 4-2.
UCI tied the game in the fourth as Casey Stevenson belted a two-run double to drive in Tommy Reyes and Cory Olson. The Anteaters then took the lead in the eighth. With one out, Stevenson singled to center and advanced to second on the throw. Reyes, who led the inning with a base on balls was waved home from second but was cut down at the plate on a strong throw by centerfielder Cory Vaughn. However with two outs, Stevenson stole third and then stole home to give UCI a 5-4 edge.
In the San Diego State ninth, Wilson singled past a diving Stevenson and then scored the tying run on pinch hitter Guy Willeford's two-out double off reliever Kyle Necke. The rally continued as Ryan O'Sullivan drove a ball up the middle off Christian Bergman to plate pinch runner Albert Alvarez for the eventual game-winning run.
John Pecoraro picked up his fifth save of the season for the Aztecs after blanking the Anteaters in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Wynveen picked up the win to improve to 1-2.
Necke fell to 1-3 with the loss after yielding two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings. Starter Matt Summers struck out four in 1.2 innings of work and gave up three runs on five hits. Stevenson led UCI with two RBI on two hits.