UC Irvine, ranked No. 24 in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, improved to 2-0 on the season by holding Southern University to just three hits at the Urban Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Starter Matt Whitehouse worked three innings and was followed by right-handed relievers Kyle Hooper and Nick Hoover, who combined to throw six one-hit innings.
Leadoff man Tommy Reyes had two hits and two RBIs for the Anteaters, and he helped swing the game in his team's favor in the fourth inning. Reyes singled in the tying run, and the go-ahead run scored after a strikeout and an error by the third baseman on a snap throw from home.
Jose De Leon started and took the loss for Southern. Stephen Wallace gave the Jaguars an early lead with a double off the wall in the first inning, accounting for the home team's lone extra-base hit. UCI struck out 10 batters and walked just two, and Southern made three errors in the loss.