SAN LUIS OBISPO — Starting pitchers Elliot Surrey and Justin Calomeni made it another pitchers' duel but this time No. 16 UC Irvine fell to fifth-ranked Cal Poly Saturday in a Big West Conference game at Baggett Stadium.
The loss snapped a nine-game win streak by the 'Eaters, who dropped to 34-15 and 15-2 in the Big West.
Surrey had a runner reach against him in every inning through five but managed to keep the Mustangs off the scoreboard until he surrendered a single run in the sixth. The lefty gave up a leadoff double to Nick Torres and Jimmy Allen came up with a clean two-out hit through the left side to drive in the deciding run. Surrey would go on to deal a scoreless seventh and eighth but suffered the hard-luck loss to fall to 6-3.
First pitch of the series finale is slated for 1 p.m.
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UC Irvine 17, UC San Diego 11
LOS ANGELES — The No. 6-seeded Anteaters earned a spot in the fifth-place final and tied a school single-season record for wins in the fifth-place semifinal of the NCAA championship on Saturday at USC.
Senior Hannah Croghan led UCI (25-8) with five goals, followed by Michaela Pierandozzi (four), Jessy Cardey (three), Danielle Ward (two) and Hillary Estrada (two).
Jillian Yocum had 11 saves for the winners, who face Arizona State on Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
The 25 wins match the 2011 Anteaters.
UCSD is 27-12.