Aztecs head into conference play with 6-3 record
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February 27, 2018 (Irvine) - The San Diego State baseball fell to UC Irvine, 9-4, at Anteater Ballpark on Tuesday night. The Aztecs head into next weekend’s conference series with a 6-3 record, while UC Irvine improves to 6-2 on the year.
SDSU dug itself a hole to start out, as a trio of walks from starter Ray Lambert forced SDSU to go to the bullpen in the first inning. The Aztecs, which had a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the first thanks to a Dean Nevarez RBI single, faced a 5-1 deficit after the first inning.
The brightest spot for the Aztecs in the setback was freshman Noah Fluman, who put on an impressive performance in his collegiate debut. To start his outing in the bottom of the forth, Fluman retired back-to-back batters via strikeout in a 1-2-3 frame. Fluman finished his collegiate debut with three scoreless innings pitched and only one hit allowed while striking out two.
For the third consecutive game, freshman Matt Rudick recorded a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the leadoff spot. Both of Rudick’s RBIs came via a two-out single in the top of the eighth, which cut UCI’s lead to 7-4.
Denz’l Chapman also recorded a 2-for-4 night and drove in Julian Escobedo with an RBI single in the fourth inning.
The Anteaters tallied a pair of eighth-inning runs to cap the scoring in the Tuesday night contest.
Having played five games in the last five days, the Aztecs have a brief hiatus from action before starting Mountain West play this Friday, March 2 at San Jose State.