Michael Frias and UC Irvine keep finding ways to make plays and win games. (Shotgun Spratling)

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Frias, First Innings Difference in Black & Blue Doubleheader

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IRVINE, Calif. — When Jacob King got Long Beach State’s Chris Jimenez to swing over a slider to end the ball game, stranding the tying run at second base, the UC Irvine closer gave a fist pump on the Anteater Ballpark mound. The Black & Blue Rivalry game had a postseason feel even with the limited fans in attendance and the final pitch coming more than eight hours after the players arrived at the field Saturday morning.

Irvine took a 3-2 victory to earn a doubleheader split on the day and take a 2-1 advantage heading into Sunday’s series finale. The[…]

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