Baseball team plays best game of the season so far   

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Irvine Valley's baseball team stopped a two-game losing streak and did it in convincing fashion on Tuesday at home against a very good Southwestern club.

The Lasers handed the Jaguars their first loss since opening day, recording a season-high 14 runs and 20 hits in a 14-3 nonconference victory.

The win improved Irvine Valley's record to 5-5 on the year. Southwestern, which was ranked 14th in Southern California, slipped to 6-2-1.

"We did a lot of good things, a lot of very positive things," Irvine Valley Coach Kent Madole said. "We just have to build on this."

Irvine Valley got another solid start on the mound from freshman right-hander Jesus Meza. Meza, who pitched a shutout in his only other start this season, went seven strong innings on Tuesday to earn the win and improve his record to 2-0. He gave up two runs, but both were unearned. Meza allowed six hits and hit one batter. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four.

Freshman right-hander Justin Geiger pitched the final two innings and gave up one run on three hits and one walk.

Irvine Valley jumped on Southwestern early, scoring three runs (two unearned) in the bottom of the first inning. The Lasers added a single run in both the bottom of the second and third innings.

Southwestern scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 5-2 game. But Irvine Valley blew the game wide open with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, four runs in the bottom of the sixth and two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

In all, Southwestern used six pitchers on the day. Patrick McGrath took the loss, going 1 1/3 innings and allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits with three strikeouts.

Irvine Valley got contributions from all over on offense.

Freshman left fielder Camden Huger went 3 for 4 with three RBI, freshman right fielder David Stone was 2 for 3 with three RBI, sophomore center fielder Bryce Hara was 3 for 6, freshman shortstop Enzio Perez, went 2 for 4 with two RBI, freshman first baseman Danny Jimenez was 2 for 5 with one RBI and two runs scored and sophomore third baseman Sean Guite went 2 for 5 with three runs scored.

Twelve Irvine Valley players had at least one hit. The longest came from freshman Colby Neal-Tan, who pinch-hit for Stone in the bottom of the seventh inning and hit a solo home run down the left field line. It was his first home run as a Laser and Irvine Valley's second homer this season.

Irvine Valley will try to keep it going on Thursday when it starts a back-to-back game set with Santa Barbara City. The Lasers host Santa Barbara City on Thursday at 2 p.m. and then play in Santa Barbara on Friday at 2 p.m.

Posted by  Brent Shaver  on  2/21/2012
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