The Wright State baseball team tallied single runs in the sixth and the eighth and, behind a 10-strikeout performance from the Raider pitching staff, picked up a 3-1 win at UC Irvine Friday night.
WSU took a quick lead with a run in the first. Kieston Greene led off the game with a double down the left field line and after moving up to third on a Joe Ford bunt, scored as Michael Timm delivered a two-out hit to center.
The Anteaters tied the game in the third on a bases loaded walk, but Raider starter Travis Hissong escaped further damage with a strike out and a fly out.
The Raiders left the bases loaded in the fourth, but were able to take advantage of an error to regain the lead for good in the sixth. Andrew McCafferty reached on that error to start the frame and advanced to second on a passed ball. Two outs later, Jeff Limbaugh singled to center to plate McCafferty and make it 2-1.
UC Irvine stranded a runner in the sixth and two more in the seventh against Hissong, keeping the game at 2-1 heading into the eighth.
The eighth started quietly with a fly out, but Timm followed with a hit to left and went all the way to third on an error by the left fielder on the play. After walks to John Brodner and Sean Murphy loaded the bases, Jason DeFevers reahed on an error with two outs as Timm scored to extend the margin to 3-1.
The Anteaters posed a major threat in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs on three straight singles, but the Raider bullpen of Jack Van Horn, E.J. Trapino and Andrew Elliott pitched out of the threat as Van Horn recorded a strikeout, Trapino picked off the runner at second and Elliott fanned the final batter.
Elliott then earned the save in the ninth by striking out all three batters he faced.
Hissong (1-1) picked up the win, going seven innings and allowing just a run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. Offensively, Timm led the Raiders with three hits.
Wright State (2-2) travels to Long Beach State Saturday for a contest that will start at 5:00 Eastern time.