Zack Rivera drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Long Beach State Dirtbags a 5-4 win over visiting UNLV on Tuesday. Rivera and freshman Joey Sanchez each had a pair of RBI in the walk off win.
Long Beach State meets UNLV for the first time since 2010 when the Rebels visit Blair Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Ryan Cruz will be on the hill for the Dirtbags.
Redshirt senior Kyle Friedrichs won his second Big West Pitcher of the Week award this season, the conference announced on Monday. Friedrichs led the Dirtbags to a series-opening win at UC Santa Barbara with a complete game shutout.
Long Beach State took an early lead but fell victim to a four-run eighth as the Dirtbags (13-10, 1-2 Big West) fell 4-2 in the finale at UC Santa Barbara. No. 15 UCSB (19-7, 2-1 Big West) did all of its damage in the ninth inning to steal the series.