Feb. 22, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Richard Prigatano went 2-for-3 for another multi-hit game and four pitchers combined to limit Wright State to one run as the Long Beach State Dirtbags won their second game in a row by a score of 4-1. Kyle Friedrichs picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Prigatano came into Saturday’s game as the Dirtbags leader in runs batted in but he played more of a table-setting role in the Dirtbags (2-4) win over the Raiders (2-3). He laced a couple of singles to start of the second and the eighth and later came around to score.
In a scoreless game, Prigatano singled on a chopper up the middle. Raiders shortstop Joe Ford made a late throw to first and sailed it into the first base dugout, giving Prigatano a free pass over to second. He promptly swiped third and scored on a Zack Rivera single.
In the eighth, Prigatano hit a scorching grounder through the left side, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third for the second time. Johnny Bekakis laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to cash in Prigatano as the insurance run.
Andrew Rohrbach started on the mound and pitched five scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. He ran into trouble when a runner reached third with less than two outs but the Raiders had a failed squeeze attempt and then grounded out to end the inning. An inning later, the Raider loaded the bases with two outs but Rohrbach responded again by getting an inning ending fly ball to right.
Rohrbach breezed through the fourth and fifth and left with a 1-0 lead. However, the Raiders scratched across a run off Ryan Millison in the sixth on three straight one-out singles to tie the game before he picked off a runner at first to end the inning. Despite allowing the run, Millison would come away with the win on the mound.
The Dirtbags responded quickly as Garrett Hampson led off with a triple in the sixth the squirted away from the left fielder as he attempted an over-the-shoulder catch. Michael Hill smashed a line drive all the way into the right field corner to reclaim the Dirtbag lead. He later came in to score on an Ino Patron single.
Ty Provencher continued the scoreless them of the weekend with two shutout innings before Friedrichs closed up the game in the ninth.
Bekakis added the squeeze RBI in the eighth, giving him three straight games with an RBI.
Ford was 2-for-5 on the night to lead the Raiders and Sean Murphy collected their lone RBI. Joey Hoelzel came away with the loss to drop to 1-1 on the season.
The Dirtbags make a quick trip down to UC Irvine tomorrow for a nonconference matchup between the rivals. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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