April 10, 2011
FULLERTON, Calif. --- UC Irvine suffered its second weekend series loss of the season, falling 10-4 to No. 12 Cal State Fullerton Sunday at Goodwin Field. The Titans take hold of first place in the Big West after improving to 5-1 (23-9 overall) while the Anteaters drop to 4-2 in league action and 20-8 on the season.
Starter Crosby Slaught registered his first loss since May 13, 2008 (a 6-4 loss to UCLA) after giving up five runs on five hits in four innings to drop to 4-1.
CSF scored early, getting an RBI hit from pitcher Tyler Pill to drive in Ivory Thomas in the first. The Titan lead extended to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth but UCI responded with four runs in the top of the fifth.
Jon Hurst sparked the rally with a one-out single to left and was doubled to third by Jordan Leyland. Hurst scored on a wild pitch by Pill, with Leyland advancing to third. Pill looked to have the second out of the inning after Tommy Reyes hit a fly-ball to center but Thomas dropped the ball, allowing Leyland to tie the game and Reyes to take first. Crumlich followed by belting a double to left to score Reyes. CSF went to the bullpen following a walk to Sean Madigan and Brian Hernandez hit a run-scoring single to right off reliever Dylan Floro to give UCI a 4-2 lead.
UCI would be unable to hang on as the Titans took a 6-4 edge in the bottom of the frame. CSF loaded the bases against Slaught and Michael Lorenzen greeted reliever Nick Hoover with a bases-clearing triple. Lorenzen would later score on the sacrifice fly.
CSF loaded the bases again in the sixth against reliever Jimmy Litchfield and Carlos Lopez hit a sharp two-run single up the middle. The Anteaters turned to Drew Sandler, who walked two consecutive batters, one for an RBI walk before Matt Orloff popped up to end the inning.
UCI put runners on base in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames but would come up empty.
The Anteaters return to action Tuesday (Apr. 12) against San Diego State.