A low-scoring series came to a close with another tight game but for the first time the Long Beach State Dirtbags came out on the wrong end of it. The Dirtbags (18-19, 5-3 Big West) fell 2-1 in the series finale to 17th-ranked UC Santa Barbara.
Josh Frye went the distance for the Long Beach State Dirtbags in a 1-0 win over the No. 17 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Friday night at Blair Field. Frye, a product of local Long Beach's Millikan High School, needed to throw just 91 pitches in his first career complete game shutout.
Sophomore Eric Hutting rescued the Long Beach State Dirtbags with a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth, which gave the Dirtbags a 3-2 win over No. 17 UC Santa Barbara. Hutting came into the game without an RBI this season but came through twice and delivered the game-winner just after the Dirtbags (17-18, 4-3 Big West) saw their 2-0 lead disappear.
A home-heavy stretch of the 2014 schedule gets underway this weekend as Long Beach State hosts No. 17 UC Santa Barbara in a three-game Big West series. The series will take place Thursday through Saturday this week with the Thursday and Friday games at 6 p.m. and the Saturday game at 2 p.m. UCSB is fresh off a series win over Cal State Fullerton that boosted its record to 22-8 overall and 4-5 in the Big West.