Irvine Valley's baseball team did a lot of things right on Thursday in a nonconference game at home against Santa Barbara City.
But the few mistakes the squad made were costly in a 4-3 loss.
Irvine Valley made four errors on the day, including three in the first inning and couldn't come through with a couple of timely at bats late in the game.
The Lasers' record slipped to 5-6 on the season, while Santa Barbara City snapped a two-game skid and improved to 5-6 on the year.
Both starting pitchers were solid.
Lefty Rich McCaffrey earned the win for Santa Barbara City, going 7.0 innings and giving up just one run on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
McCaffrey improved his record to 2-0.
Irvine Valley sophomore right-hander Mickey Dunleavy took another hard luck loss to see his record slip to 1-3 on the season.
He went 7.0 innings and allowed four runs, but just one earned. He gave up six hits and one walk and had eight strikeouts.
Irvine Valley freshman right-hander Jason Euler pitched two scoreless, hitless innings to finish up and had three strikeouts.
Santa Barbara City scored two runs in the opening inning off Dunleavy. Santa Barbara had three hits in the frame, but both runs were unearned thanks to three IVC errors.
The Vaqueros scored two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-0 lead.
Joey Gonzalez reached on an error to open the inning. After an out, Dunleavy walked Brandon Laubhan and then Steven Reveles hit a two-run triple in the left-center gap to give the Vaqueros the four-run cushion.
They needed every run.
Irvine Valley scored a run in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by freshman first baseman Danny Jimenez.
The Lasers then tacked on two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run double by Jimenez off Santa Barbara City reliever Stephen Foote. Jimenez knocked in freshmen Tim Ralston and Jesus Meza, who each singled as pinch-hitters earlier in the inning.
With no outs, Jimenez stood at second, but he stayed there.
Foote struck out IVC sophomore third baseman Sean Guite and got freshman right fielder Colby Neal-Tan to fly out to center.
Shane Turner entered the game on the mound for Santa Barbara City and got IVC freshman pinch-hitter Jordan Gieger to ground out to short.
Irvine Valley put another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Sophomore left fielder Brian Glynn singled to left and then was sacrificed to second base by sophomore second baseman Scott Kaplan.
But Turner got IVC sophomore center fielder Bryce Hara to ground out to first and then struck out IVC freshman designated hitter Tim Ralston to end the game.
Turner pitched 1 1/3 innings and didn't allow a run. He gave up one hit and struck out one for the save.
Santa Barbara, which finished with six hits in the game, was led by Reveles, who was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and Gonzalez, who was 1 for 4 with two runs scored.
Irvine Valley ended up with 10 hits. Jimenez was 4 for 4 with three RBI. He lifted his batting average to .541 on the year.
Irvine Valley travels to Santa Barbara on Friday for a game at 2 p.m.