Freshman right-hander Jesus Meza made his first start on the mound for Irvine Valley's baseball team this season Saturday afternoon at home against Victor Valley.
And he made it one to remember.
Meza pitched a complete game for his first college win. He also helped IVC end a three-game slide. Meza went nine innings and gave up just three hits and two runs (one earned). He walked two, hit one batter and had three strikeouts.
Meza trailed, 2-0, after giving up two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a walk, triple and passed ball.
But Irvine Valley got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman designated hitter Sam Kim's sacrifice fly brought in freshman second baseman Tyler Acevedo. Acevedo singled earlier in the inning.
The Lasers then took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with two scrappy runs. Irvine Valley did all of its damage in the inning with two outs. Freshman left fielder Camden Huger beat out a slow roller to first base. He then stole second and scored on a single by Acevedo. Acevedo moved to second on a wild pitch and then stole third.
After sophomore center fielder Bryce Hara walked, Acevedo scored on a balk called on Victor Valley starting pitcher Jeffrey Montana.
Meza did the rest for Irvine Valley. He gave up one hit in the top of the sixth, retired the side in order in the seventh, allowed one hit in the eighth and set the side down in order in the ninth inning to end it.
Irvine Valley improved its record to 3-3 overall. Victor Valley fell to 1-3.
Acevedo went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and one RBI and Huger was 2 for 3 with one run scored. IVC had six hits in the game.
Irvine Valley plays again on Tuesday, traveling to Barstow for a 2 p.m. game.