UC Irvine had a close call at the Urban Invitational on Sunday, but it managed to gain a late lead and hold onto it in a 5-2 win over Texas Southern. Jordan Fox tripled and scored the go-ahead run on a bunt in the seventh inning, and Tommy Reyes finished with a career-high four RBIs.
The Anteaters only got eight outs from starting pitcher Andrew Thurman, and reliever Evan Brock wound up notching the win. Jimmy Litchfield got a key out with a runner on third base in the seventh. Reyes, the leadoff man, doubled in two runs in the eighth to provide the final margin.
Aaron Warren had three hits, a walk and two stolen bases for Texas Southern, and Lacy Jackson contributed a single and a run-scoring double to the cause. The Tigers got their first run on a sacrifice fly. Starting pitcher Denzel Pipkin worked five innings and left with a 2-2 tie score.