The Anteaters of UC Irvine (43-17) shock the No. 1 overall seed Virginia Cavaliers (53-10) by winning game two of the best-of-three series Sunday afternoon 6-4 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
UC Irvine was held scoreless for the first five innings of this game as they trailed 3-0 headed to the bottom of the 6th inning. It was a two-out solo home run by Drew Hillman that got the Anteaters on the board in the 6th. They added two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning as Ronnie Shaeffer's RBI-single tied the game, scoring Tommy Reyes, who had also singled in a run and advanced on an error by the centerfielder earlier in the inning.
Virginia added a single run in the top of the 8th to give the Cavaliers a 4-3 lead before UC Irvine threw up three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. It was Jordan Leyland's two-RBI double to left center that gave UC Irvine its first lead of the series at 5-4. Tommy Reyes then singled to score another for the Anteaters to extend their lead to 6-4 headed into the 9th inning.
Andrew Thurman picks up the win for UC Irvine as he threw the final four innings for UC Irvine, allowing just one run on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks. He got Virginia to go 1-2-3 in the 9th to send both of these teams to a decisive game three on Monday.