San Diego State took an early two-run lead Tuesday night at No. 25-ranked UC Irvine, but SDSU couldn't maintain the advantage in what became a 4-2 loss at Anteater Ballpark.
SDSU sophomore left-hander Mike RoBards got his first start of the season for the Aztecs. He allowed six hits and two runs over five innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
The Aztecs (7-10) took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Ty France's fielder's choice scored Jake Romanski from third base in the fourth for the game's first run. Romanski had doubled with one out and moved to third on Matt Munoz's single to right-center. Greg Allen accounted for the run in the fifth inning when he singled, moved to second on Tim Zier's single, stole third and scored on a passed ball.
UC Irvine (13-4) came back in the bottom of the fifth to make it 2-2. A bunt single by Mikey Duarte scored Grant Palmer, who had tripled, for the first run. Duarte moved to third on teammate Connor Spencer's double before scoring on a sacrifice fly.
Tyler Sapp (0-1) relieved RoBards in the sixth and got two quick outs before Irvine put together the go-ahead rally. Scott Gottschling hit a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on teammate Palmer's single to right field to give the Anteaters a 3-2 lead. The Anteaters added an insurance run in the eighth of Bryan Crabb.
Romanski and Allen each had two hits for SDSU.
The Aztecs return to action this weekend when they open Mountain West Conference play with a three-game series Friday at Fresno State.