Feb. 20, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Trailing 3-1 after four and a half innings, it was Long Beach State that continued to threaten the rest of the way in a home contest against No. 10 Arizona, but the Wildcats held on to take a 3-1 victory and split the two-game series with the Dirtbags.
Arizona scored a single run in the top of the first inning after a leadoff walk to Scott Kingery on an RBI single from Johnny Field. The Dirtbags answered back in the bottom half with a run following an error in right field by Joseph Maggi, evening the score.
Back-to-Back doubles to start the second inning from Kevin Newman and Ryan Koziol put Arizona in front for good, however, adding one more insurance run in the fourth inning. Ryan Millison finished with five innings pitched for the Dirtbags, and David Hill and Josh Frye combined for four innings of shutout relief to keep things close for Long Beach State as the team continued to pile up baserunners.
The Dirtbags would end up stranding eight runners down the stretch, leaving 13 on base for the day compared to four for Arizona, but the missed opportunities came back to bite LBSU. The team had the bases loaded in the sixth inning before a two-out groundout by pinch hitter Brennan Fulkerson, runners on the corners in the seventh prior to a strikeout on a tough check swing by Richard Prigatano, and the team loaded the bases once more in the eighth inning with two outs. Arizona closer Matthew Troupe was able to induce a strikeout from Jeff McNeil to end one more rally, and collected his second save of the season in the process.
Long Beach State won the continuation of the first game of the teams as well on Wednesday. Jon Maciel retired the side in order to pick up the save and hold on as the Dirtbags collected the final three outs in a 5-4 win over Arizona in a game that was halted in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday.
The Dirtbags return to action at Blair Field on Friday, February 22, hosting Valparaiso in the first game of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday night.
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