UCI Loses 10-9 Hitting Display in Bizarre Walkoff Fashion

UCI Loses 10-9 Hitting Display in Bizarre Walkoff Fashion

SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- UC Irvine and Tennessee had the bats working late into the afternoon, so much so that the game had to be called following a go-ahead infield single in the eighth inning due to a curfew leaving the 'Eaters on the short end, 10-9, Saturday evening at Fowler Park.

With a time limit approaching, Tennessee shortstop Reggie Southall poked a slow roller up the middle enough to score the runner from third with two outs and give Tennessee (5-1) the 10-9 lead. After a conference between the umpires, it was determined that the game had passed the allotted time limit, and the game was called on the delayed walkoff play.

The teams had jockeyed throughout the game with the lead changing hands five times. UCI (3-4) held a 5-1 lead in the third in part from a three-run homer in the first from Keston Hiura.

Starter Calvin Faucher could not get through the third inning, and his replacement Cole Spear was tagged with five straight hits and relinquished the lead.

The 'Eaters jumped back with two in the fourth inning behind hits from Adam Alcantara and Cole Kreuter before Tennessee (6-1) snatched it back with two of their own.

Single runs in the sixth toggled the lead once more as Jordan Bocko and Tennessee's Garrett Stallings settled in and found a groove before the game abruptly coming to a stop three hours and 16 minutes after starting.

Bocko was handed the loss despite being the most effective allowing four earned runs over five innings and 99 pitches. Hiura and Kreuter each finished with three RBI, and Evan Cassolato and Mikey Duarte provided the spark at the top of the order scoring three times each and putting up three-hit games.

The Volunteers got four-hit games out of Pete Derkay and Justin Ammons including three doubles and a triple out of Ammons as he was plated three times. Will Neely matched Faucher also with a 2.1-inning performance allowing five earned runs and hitting three batters. The 'Eaters in the game were hit six times by pitches tying a program record set in 1974.

The team's current record now stands at 3-4 after winning one of four games at the Tony Gwynn Classic. UCI will enjoy six days off until its back at Anteater Ballpark for a weekend series against Portland beginning Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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