Faulty First Inning Sets 'Eaters Back in 14-6 Loss

Faulty First Inning Sets 'Eaters Back in 14-6 Loss

SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- UC Irvine stumbled out of the gate allowing six runs in the in opening frame and 12 by the fourth inning leading to a 14-6 loss at the hands of San Diego Saturday morning at Fowler Park.

The Anteaters (3-3) were not awake for the 10:00 a.m. start time as the Toreros teed off on starter Louis Raymond for six runs in 0.2 innings capped off by a long blast to center field by Ramon Garcia that cleared the batter's eye.

UCI got a run back in the second inning, but two more USD (3-2) runs in the bottom half and a four-spot in the third thanks to another Garcia home run made it a 12-1 game and put the game out of reach quickly.

Christian Koss's bat kept the 'Eaters alive punching through a pair of two-run base hits, but the relief efforts of Louis Crow and Paul Richan held UCI in check as the hosts collected the 14-6 victory.

Six of the seven hits came from Koss, Keston Hiura, and Adam Alcantara who each had two-hit days. Alcantara extended his hitting streak to 22 games, and would score twice along with Parker Coss.

The pitching staff combined to walk seven hitters and give up 16 hits, six for extra bases, as part of the 14 runs that were all earned.

USD starter C.J. Burdick was shaky over 3.2 innings walking four and allowing four of the runs. Crow was lights out in his 3.1 no-hit innings to earn his first career win.

Garcia led the charge with a pair of HRs as just missed a third as he launched one deep but inches foul. Riley Adams' four RBI and multiple-hit efforts from four other Toreros did in the 'Eaters.

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