Baseball team wins third in a row   

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Irvine Valley's baseball team won its third straight game and clinched its second straight Orange Empire Conference series with a 8-6 victory over Fullerton on Thursday at home.2012camdenhuger.jpg

The Lasers have won the first two games of the three-game series with Fullerton. The two teams play again on Friday at Fullerton at 2 p.m.

Irvine Valley now has series wins over Cypress, Riverside and Fullerton.

The Lasers followed up consecutive victories over Riverside with victory over Fullerton on Thursday.

It improved Irvine Valley's record to 14-19 overall and 7-11 in conference. Fullerton fell to 10-20-1 overall and 4-14 in conference.

Irvine Valley led, 2-0, after three innings on an RBI single by freshman left fielder Camden Huger in the bottom of the second and a RBI double by sophomore center fielder Bryce Hara in the third.

But Fullerton answered with three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead.

Irvine Valley went back on top, 4-3, with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Fullerton tied the game at 4-4 with a run in the top of the seventh.

Irvine Valley then took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. All three runs were scored with two outs.

Sophomore second baseman Scott Kaplan led off the frame with a single. Hara then sacrificed him to second. Fullerton starting pitcher Richard Lucas then struck out IVC freshman right fielder Colby Neal-Tan for the second out.

2012-jimenez.jpgFreshman designated hitter Tim Ralston then walked and Huger hit a single to knock in a run and give Irvine Valley a 5-4 lead. Ralston moved up to third and Huger went to second on an error on the play.

And freshman first baseman Danny Jimenez capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run double to left center.

Fullerton scored single runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough.

Sophomore Raul Dorantes earned his first win of the season on the mound for IVC. He pitched one inning and gave up two runs on four hits. Freshman Paul Lang recorded his second save by pitching the final two innings. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk.

Freshman Jason Euler started on the mound and wasn't involved in the decision after going six innings and allowing three runs on five hits and one walk.

Fullerton's Lucas took the loss to drop to 5-3. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on 12 hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

IVC, with finished with 13 hits, was led at the plate by Jimenez, who went 3 for 5 with two RBI.

Ralston was 2 for 3 with one RBI, Huger went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Kaplan went 2 for 4 with one RBI.

The eight runs IVC scored were the fourth most in a game this season and a high for conference play.

Posted by  Brent Shaver  on  4/19/2012
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