RIVERSIDE — The host Highlanders broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning to close out the sweep of the three-game Big West Conference series on Saturday.
Sophomore shortstop Chris Rabago went three for four with a run batted in and senior designated hitter Ronnie Shaeffer went three for four to pace the Anteaters' 11-hit attack.
UCI (16-8, 0-3 in conference), ranked No. 21 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn., has not opened Big West play with three straight losses since starting the 2006 conference season 0-4.
Junior Andrew Morales allowed two runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, but was not involved in the decision.
Mitch Merten took the loss, allowing two hits and one run in 1 2/3 innings.
Trevor Frank earned his third save of the series for UC Riverside (13-9, 3-0).
UCI visits USC for a nonconference game Tuesday at 6 p.m.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO
UC Irvine 8, Pacific 5
STOCKTON — The visiting Anteaters forged a 5-0 first-quarter lead and held on in the Big West Conference game Saturday.
Hahhah Croghan had six goals for the winners (15-7, 3-1 in conference).
Jillian Yocum had nine saves for UCI, which plays host to top-ranked USC on Saturday at 1 p.m.