SAN DIEGO — Imperial Valley College's baseball team fell to host San Diego Mesa College 9-8 Thursday afternoon.
Battling back from an early 5-1 deficit, the Arabs took the lead 6-5 with five runs in the seventh. Jake Richter tagged a two-run double and Alfredo Vazquez powered a two-run home run in the rally.
IVC upped its lead to 8-5 in the top of the eighth when Richter muscled a two-run home run.
San Diego Mesa scored four runs in the last half of the eighth and then shut down the Arabs in order in the top of the ninth.
Vazquez and Richter both had four hits.
IVC (14-24 overall, 7-15 Pacific Coast Conference) hosts San Diego Mesa at noon Saturday.