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CBD Photo Gallery: Irvine Rallies Past Texas In Eighth

OMAHA, Neb. — The UC Irvine Anteaters rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to defeat Texas, 3-1, in the 2014 College World Series opener at TD Ameritrade Park.

Taylor Sparks capped a 3-for-4 day with a one-out RBI triple to tie the game. His second extra-base hit of the game scored Adam Alcantara and chased Texas starter Nathan Thornhill.

Irvine junior Chris Rabago greeted reliever John Curtiss by lining his first pitch up the middle, scoring Sparks and putting the ‘Eaters (41-23) ahead. After a Connor Spencer single, Jonathan Munoz went the other way, shooting one through the left side to score Rabago and make it 3-1.

Normal Sunday starter Evan Brock picked up the victory for the ‘Eaters in relief, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Alcantara and Grant Palmer both had two hits for UCI.

Texas (43-20)took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Zane Gurwitz’s bunt single, but the Longhorns couldn’t capitalize on several early opportunities against Irvine ace Andrew Morales. The Longhorns left 12 men on base for the game.

“He made his best pitches when he needed to and that’s the true mark of a champion,” Texas head coach Augie Garrido said of Morales.

Here’s CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling’s top shots from the opening game of the 2014 College World Series in T.D. Ameritrade Park:

  • Taylor Sparks laces the game-tying triple to LCF. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Taylor Sparks laces the game-tying triple to LCF. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Taylor Sparks slides in with an RBI triple. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Taylor Sparks slides in with an RBI triple. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Nathan Thornhill fields a UC Irvine bunt. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Nathan Thornhill fields a UC Irvine bunt. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Chris Rabago lines the game-winning hit up the middle. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Chris Rabago lines the game-winning hit up the middle. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Brooks Marlow knocks a single. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Brooks Marlow knocks a single. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Chris Rabago rounds third and scores. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Chris Rabago rounds third and scores. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Evan Brock pitched 2.1 scoreless innings for the win. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Evan Brock pitched 2.1 scoreless innings for the win. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Mark Payton went 0-for-4, ending his 101-game streak of reaching base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Mark Payton went 0-for-4, ending his 101-game streak of reaching base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Chris Rabago makes an across-the-body throw. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Chris Rabago makes an across-the-body throw. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Justin Castro drops down one of Irvine's four sacrifices. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Justin Castro drops down one of Irvine's four sacrifices. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Nathan Thornhill took the loss: 7.1 IP, 2 ER. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Nathan Thornhill took the loss: 7.1 IP, 2 ER. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Adam Alcantara dives back to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Adam Alcantara dives back to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Taylor Sparks fires to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Taylor Sparks fires to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Mark Peyton doubles up a runner on a hit-and-run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Mark Peyton doubles up a runner on a hit-and-run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Andrew Morales only allowed an ER despite 10 runners in 6 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Andrew Morales only allowed an ER despite 10 runners in 6 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Chris Rabago catches a pop up. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Chris Rabago catches a pop up. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Connor Spencer is thrown out at third base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Connor Spencer is thrown out at third base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Chris Rabago shares a laugh with third base coach Ben Orloff. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Chris Rabago shares a laugh with third base coach Ben Orloff. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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