SANTA BARBARA — The University of Antelope Valley baseball team had its record winning streak snapped at 21 games with an 11-2 loss to the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma in the NAIA Opening Round winner’s bracket on Tuesday.
“Our guys played extremely well over the past month,” UAV coach Jacob Garsez said in a press release. “Today we had a setback, made too many mistakes and did not respond to the adversity well, but I am confident we will get back on track tomorrow.”
The Pioneers (35-18-1) will play an elimination game against Westmont College today at 11 a.m. The winner of that game will face USAO in the championship game at 2:30 p.m.
UAV already defeated Westmont 9-8 in the first game of the tournament on Monday.
The Drovers (45-10), who are No. 7 in the nation and the No. 1 seed in the Santa Barbara Bracket, scored two runs in the top of the first inning. UAV cut the lead to 2-1 with an RBI single by junior first baseman Allen Pacheco in the bottom of the frame.
USAO took a 6-1 lead after the fourth inning.
The Pioneers got another run when junior center fielder Cole Carder hit a triple and came home on an error. But that was the final run scored for UAV and USAO went on to score one in the sixth and four in the ninth.
Junior left-handed starter Isaiah Ramos took the loss for the Pioneers, allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and five walks with one strikeout in seven innings.
UAV was held to just four hits. Freshman second baseman Jacob Ogle and junior shortstop Tyler Van Marter had the other two hits and sophomore right fielder Keola Viloria walked twice and scored once.