Bats carry Dirtbags to 13-9 win at No. 2 Vanderbilt
McNeil, Prigatano and Hutting each drive in three to take the series finale.
Feb. 17, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. - Long Beach State scored nine runs of the first three innings to take a 9-2 lead, and then kept pushing in a 13-9 win over No. 2 Vanderbilt, taking the final game of the series. The game was shortened to eight innings due to a pre-arrangement regarding Long Beach State's flight back to California.
Colby Brenner started off the game by drawing a leadoff walk against Vanderbilt starter T.J. Peccoraro, the first of three walks for the junior on the day. Back-to-back singles from Jeff McNeil and Ino Patron kept the rally going, and scored the first run of the game. Jeff Yamaguchi singled to bring home another run, and then with two on, Eric Hutting doubled off of the wall in left to score two more, spotting the Dirtbags a 4-0 lead.
After Vanderbilt picked up a pair in the bottom half of the first, Long Beach State added two more in the second on a double by Richard Prigatano. Leading 6-2, two straight walks to Hutting and Michael Hill sparked another rally for Long Beach State. Jonathan Serven singled to score the Dirtbags' seventh run, and after Carson Fulmer walked Brenner to load the bases, McNeil singled through the right side, driving in two runs and spotting Long Beach State to a 9-2 lead.
The Commodores climbed back into the game with five unanswered runs, cutting the Long Beach State lead to 9-7, but the Dirtbags added two more runs with a bases loaded walk to Hutting followed by a sacrifice fly by Hill in the top of the sixth.
All of that action had pushed the game to three hours in length before the end of the sixth inning, and additional rallies for Long Beach State in the top of the seventh and eighth innings forced the game into a shortened state with the last ups coming for the Commodores in that inning.
Freshman David Hill pitched 2.2 innings in relief, holding down Vanderbilt until a two-run home run by Connor Harrell made the score 13-9. Eddie Magallon came in and finished off the win for the Dirtbags by getting the final out on seven pitches.
With the win, the Dirtbags come home 1-2 after the opening series of the season, and will play another ranked team when they host No. 24 Arizona for a pair of games. The home opener against the Wildcats will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19.
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