Anteaters Swept in Pacific Northwest with 7-2 Loss

Anteaters Swept in Pacific Northwest with 7-2 Loss

EUGENE, Ore. --- UC Irvine started the scoring Sunday, but Oregon would ring up seven unanswered runs to close out the weekend sweep in PK Park.

The 'Eaters (12-16) managed to load the bases with two out in the first inning, and Dailin Lee would drive home two after a wide throw from shortstop Kyle Kasser pulled his first baseman off the bag for the early 2-0 UCI lead.

Oregon (21-8) got a spark in the second with a drifting fly ball to the left field fence that Dailin Lee could not corral, and skipped away for an inside-the-park-home run by Tim Susnara to draw UCI closer to 2-1.

The Ducks would continue to melt away UCI's advantage with single runs in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to go ahead and build a 4-2 lead.

The 'Eaters continued to get runners on base going down in order just twice on the afternoon, but could not move another Anteater across home plate. The Ducks made sure there was no come-from-behind attempt adding three in the ninth to ultimately score the 7-2 victory and series sweep.

Adam Alcantara muscled up with three hits, and Mikey Duarte added a two-hit game in a contest that saw no RBI from the offense.

Spencer Steer continued his tear with two hits and two runs. Tim Susnara also scored twice along with his HR, and Kyle Kasser drove home a pair at the top of the lineup.

Chris Vargas went into uncharted territory with career highs in 4.1 innings and 73 pitches, but dropped his second game of the season. Isaiah Carranza was great after settling in from a rough first inning allowing seven hits and two unearned runs in six innings.

The loss drops UC Irvine to a 12-16 mark now having lost five in a row. They return to California for a midweek game at San Diego State on Tuesday evening before heading to UC Santa Barbara to start a three-game set in a return to conference play on Thursday.

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