Isaiah Carranza got off to a shaky start after loading the bases and allowing three hits and two earned runs in the first inning after a throwing error by Kyle Kasser. The Oregon faithful got a little scared when Carranza would load the bases again in back-to-back innings but Kasser saved the day and potentially some runs from being scored with a diving stop at shortstop to get the force out at second base.
“He holds himself to a very high standard,” Tim Susnara commented on Carranza performance. “ He always wants to improve and always wants to get better.”
Mikey Duarte led off the game for the Anteaters when he singled to left field. The next batter Keston Hiura would be hit by a pitch, Adam Alcantara would hit into a fielder's choice moving the runners to 2nd and 3rd base. Dailin Lee reached on a throwing error by Kasser which would score Duarte and Hiura giving UC Irvine their only lead of the game 2-0.
Even after the shaky start, Carranza would continue to pick up the win improving his record to 2-0 after going six innings, giving up seven hits, two runs, zero earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts. James Acuna entered the game in the top of the seventh replacing Carranza.
Oregon’s bullpen was lights out as they faced 10 batters through three innings only to surrender one walk and a strikeout.
Susnara got the Ducks in the score column when he hit a deep fly ball off the left field wall that would lead to an inside the park home run. A couple innings later Spencer Steer would hit a double down the left field line and would later be sent home on a single by Gabe Matthews to center field which would tie up the game at two apiece.
“I just saw a change-up up,” indicated Susnara talking about his home run. “I kinda saw him wiggling his glove, so I knew he wasn’t going to throw me a fastball.”
In the bottom of the fifth inning Carson Breshears walked to lead off the inning and would score on a single to left center by Kasser to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead.
Oregon was able to tack on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth after they loaded the bases for the third time in the game. Kasser would lead the Ducks with two RBIs while five other players knocked in one RBI each.
Brac Warren was called upon to come in and close the door on the Anteaters and that’s exactly what he did. Warren faced three batters and set all three down getting two ground outs to shortstop and one to the second baseman.
Chris Vargas took the mound for the Anteaters and looked pretty good retiring the first five batters of the game. Vargas would be chased from the pitching circle after giving up five hits, three earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts in just four and a third innings.
UC Irvine relief pitchers did all they could to keep the game in reach but the Ducks offensive power was just too much. Between four relief pitchers, they walked six batters, striking out two while allowing four runs.
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