California-Irvine played their usual style of manufacturing runs and taking advantage of mistakes on their way to an 8-4 win over Oklahoma State in Game 1 of the NCAA baseball Super Regional on Friday night at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater.
OSU scored the first run of the game on a groundout by Tanner Krietemeier that brought Donnie Walton in from third base in the bottom of the first inning.
The Anteaters scored the next eight runs, with Adam Alcantara giving UCI the lead for good with a two-run infield single in the fourth to make it 2-1.
Cal-Irvine then took control with a three-run fifth inning.
Connor Spencer singled in Taylor Sparks to make it 3-1, then two mistakes by OSU starting pitcher Jon Perrin allowed two more runs to score.
With runners at second and third, OSU was going to intentionally walk Jonathan Munoz, but Perrin threw over the head of catcher Bryan Case, allowing Chris Rabago to score to make it 4-1.
Perrin threw a wild pitch to score Spencer to make it 5-1.
The Anteaters got two more in the sixth inning on a squeeze bunt by Rabago that scored Kris Paulino, and a walked-in run that made it 7-1
A double steal in the eighth inning gave UCI an 8-1 lead before OSU began to rally.
Krietemeier connected for a 3-run home run to cut the Anteaters’ lead to 8-4.
The Cowboys could not score again, though, as Bryan Case grounded into a double play to end the eighth inning, then OSU went in order in the ninth.
With UCI leading the best-of-three super regional 1-0, the Cowboys must win the next two games to advance to the College World Series.
Game 2 is Saturday night at 9:00, with Game 3 if necessary Sunday night at 8:00.