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UC Irvine, ace Andrew Morales look to ignite postseason run
UC Irvine, ace Andrew Morales look to ignite postseason run

Andrew Morales and UC Irvine were on their way to an NCAA playoff bid that seemed a foregone conclusion. Morales was 40-1 as a college pitcher, including 9-0 this season, when Irvine began a series against Cal State Fullerton two weeks ago. But a late-season slide — and consecutive losses suffered by their senior ace — nearly extinguished Irvine's chance for a postseason opportunity. Irvine finished third in the Big West Conference and barely made the 64-team playoff field. On Friday, the Anteaters (35-22) will be counting on Morales to ignite a playoff run when Irvine plays Nevada Las Vegas (35-23) in the first round of a double-elimination regional at Corvallis,...

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