SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- UC Irvine bookended a night that was owned by the San Diego State bats pounding out three homers in a 9-3 victory Tuesday night in Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The game started out with a lead for the 'Eaters (12-17, 1-2) as Evan Cassolato came around to score after leading off the game with a double to put UCI up, 1-0, after the top of the first.
San Diego State (24-10) knotted things up in the bottom half on a groundout, and used some two-out hitting to snag the lead in the second, 3-1.
The Aztecs doubled their lead in the third as Tyler Adkison and Andrew Martinez each put up home runs off Kaz Akamatsu making his debut as a starter, and forcing him from the game after 2.2 innings trailing 6-1.
The offenses quieted as Marcus Reyes from SDSU and a pair of San Diego-natives on the UCI side shut down the bats allowing one hit between them over the next three innings.
SDSU added a third home run, this time a three-run, off the bat of Chase Calabuig with two out in the seventh to put the game away. The UCI offense continued to show life as they out-hit the Aztecs, 13-11, on the night, and closed the gap with a pair of eighth-inning runs, but SDSU's lead was too great as it finished off the 9-3 victory.
Reyes really carried the torch for SDSU throwing scoreless ball for 4.1 innings allowing three hits and a striking out four in relief of starter Ray Lambert.
Akamatsu did well to avert danger at times, but was done in by the hot-hitting Aztec club surrendering six earned runs. High School teammates Ryan Johnston and Michael Martin did a masterful job shutting down the Aztec attack for 3.1 innings.
Keston Hiura was involved in most of the Anteater scoring driving in the first inning run and adding two hits in the eighth and ninth with a run scored. Cole Kreuter and Parker Coss each had two hits breaking out of recent slumps, and others like Edgar Ruvalcaba and Ryan Fitzpatrick also found the hit column.
The loss hurts more than anything as UCI drops to 12-17 on the season as it's now suffered setbacks in 12 of its last 13 with a pair of six-game losing streaks as part of that. The good news comes in a return to Big West play this weekend as it quickly approaching with a series at UC Santa Barbara beginning on Thursday with first pitch coming down at 3:00 p.m.