Feb. 22, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Shane Carle struck out six over seven innings while Long Beach State piled up seven runs on 12 hits as the Dirtbags took down Valparaiso 7-2 in the first of three games between the teams. Senior Juan Avila went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI for the Dirtbags.
In his second start for Long Beach State, junior Shane Carle was in command early, setting a team best with seven innings pitched and striking out a career high six, allowing just one earned run on the day while scattering seven hits.
Carle was also spotted an early lead, as Long Beach State scored a pair in the first inning. Colby Brenner walked to lead off the game, and Jeff McNeil singled to put two runners on for Avila, whose single scored the first run of the game. A single by Ino Patron loaded the bases, and the Jeff Yamaguchi drew a walk to bring home McNeil, giving Long Beach State a 2-0 lead.
An error allowed a run to score in the top of the second, and Valparaiso tied the game in the top of the fourth. After a walk to Spencer Mahoney, Carle's only free pass of the day, Billy Cribbs hit a double off the wall, tying the game at 2.
Carle settled down to get out of the inning, and the Dirtbags responded in the bottom half. Loading the bases with the help of a pair of Valparaiso errors, Avila again came up with a big hit, doubling in a pair of runs as Long Beach State regained the lead 4-2.
Carle would pitch three more scoreless innings before turning the game over to the bullpen, where Ty Provencher and Nick Rosetta each retired the side in order. McNeil drove in two additional runs in the sixth inning, part of three in the frame as the junior finished with two hits, as did Avila, Josh Guerra, and Michael Hill.
Valparaiso and Long Beach State resume their series on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. Southpaw Landon Hunt is projected to throw for the Dirtbags, matching up with Crusaders right-hander Cole Webb.
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