April 30, 2013
Rebels 20 – Highlanders 6
Riverside baseball traveled to Nevada and battled against the UNLV Rebels in what was a brutal slugfest for the Rebels. It was a lopsided game as the Highlanders allowed 20 runs, the second-largest amount of runs ever allowed by the Highlanders, en route to a 20-6 defeat.
Riverside had to dig deep into its bullpen, using a combined six pitchers. Antonio Gonzales (0-2) started on the mound for the Highlanders and only lasted two innings, giving up six runs, five hits and four walks.
UCR finally put runs on the board in the four inning when they scored three runs on two hits. Chaves started it off with a double to right field. Two batters later, David Andriese singled through the right side for an RBI.
The top performers for the Highlanders were Cody Hough, Francisco Tellez and David Andriese. Tellez went 1-2 with a homer, his second of the year, a walk and knocked in two runs. Hough had one RBI, a double and scored a run while going 2-2 at the plate. Andriese went 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
May 3, 2013
Mustangs 4 – Highlanders 1
Riverside baseball started a conference series battle against the nationally-ranked Cal Poly Mustangs but lost 4-1 in its first game. The Mustangs were held scoreless through six innings, but scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh in what was a pitcher’s duel. Joe Chavez knocked in the only Highlander run, while Elliot Stewart led the Mustangs with three RBIs.
The Highlanders managed to score early in the game as Nick Vilter singled in the third inning, and two batters later, scored on a Chavez double. The Highlanders would fail to score the rest of the game and pitcher Dylan Stuart couldn’t hold the lead after the sixth as a 3-1 pitch to Brian Mundell soared over the left field fence to begin the seventh inning.
Two singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners on the corners as Stewart came to the plate to pinch hit for the Mustangs and belted a three-run homer to left field to take the 4-1 lead.
May 4, 2013
Mustangs 3 – Highlanders 1
UCR continued its three-game series against the Cal Poly Mustangs with another loss, falling short in another pitcher’s duel, 3-1. Riverside pitcher Ben Doucette allowed just one run through six innings, while Clayton Prestridge knocked in the only Highlander run. Jimmy Allen drove in the go-ahead run for the Mustangs.
Nick Torres knocked in a run in the third inning for the Mustangs, lacing a single off Doucette for the 1-0 lead.
The Highlanders would fail to score until the seventh inning, when Prestridge singled home Joe Chavez with a hit to center field. That would be the only Highlander run of the day, however, as the Mustangs would go into the bottom of the seventh tied with the Highlanders.
Brian Mundell reached on an infield single to start the seventh and two batters later, a walk to David Armendariz put two runners on for Allen. Allen singled to left to drive in the run and the Mustangs took the lead at 2-1. The Highlanders put runners on base through the later innings, but failed to score as the Mustangs escaped with a win.
May 5, 2013
Mustangs 4 – Highlanders 3
To say that it was a tough weekend for the UC Riverside baseball team would be an understatement, as the team fell for the third time in a row to the Mustangs in a close game, losing 4-3. Francisco Tellez and Joe Chavez both had two hits and an RBI for the Highlanders, while Tommy Pluschkell had two RBIs for the Mustangs. Zach Varela pitched well for the Highlanders, throwing five innings.
The Mustangs were the first to score as Pluschkell reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in a run. Pluschkell would again drive in a run in the fourth inning, this time on a groundout to score a run.
Chavez and Tellez knocked in their runs in the fifth inning, as they notched doubles to tie the game at 2-2.
The Highlanders again scored in the sixth on a fielder’s choice and took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning. Brian Mundell would help the Mustangs escape with the sweep when he delivered a clutch hit. He delivered the walk-off RBI single after the Mustangs scored the tying run on a triple.
UCR’s next game is at home against San Diego State on May 7.