Tancas Drives In Five, Dirtbags Thump No. 15 UCLA, 10-1
The LBSU offense pounded out 13 hits en route to an easy 10-1 win in Westwood.
Los Angeles, Calif. -
Long Beach State's offense busted out in a big way on Tuesday night, pounding out 13 hits including a pair of home runs in authoritative 10-1 win over host UCLA. The Bruins (1-3) entered the game ranked No. 15 in the country, but went through seven pitchers as the Long Beach (3-1) lineup continued to put runs on the board, scoring in six different innings.
"I think it was a huge improvement from the weekend," said LBSU head coach Troy Buckley of his team's offensive performance. "I thought we were more aggressive, I thought we had more quality at bats and I thought that we weren't waiting around for things to happen. I thought the guys that played did a really nice job staying committed to what they were doing tonight."
Junior Lucas Tancas remained in the three hole in the Dirtbags lineup and showed off his power a few times on Tuesday night. First, he capped off a three-run rally in the second inning with a double off the wall in left, then delivered the final blow to the Bruins in the eighth. With two on and one out, Tancas drilled a pitch high to left center field, carrying it over the outfield wall for a home run. The three-run shot put the Dirtbags up 10-1 and gave the junior his first home run as a Dirtbag.
He wasn't the only Dirtbag to leave the yard, however, as junior third baseman Jeff Nellis recorded his first homer as a Dirtbag in the third inning, a solo shot to deep left.
The offense started early as leadoff hitter Garrett Hampson worked a leadoff walk after falling behind 0-2 in the game's first at bat. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second, he stole third, then ultimately scored on a Luke Rasmussen sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead. Hampson kept a two-out rally going in the second inning with a bunt single up the first base line, which was followed by the first career RBI from second baseman Jarren Duran, who drove in Eric Hutting. Both Hampson and Duran would score on the Tancas double, giving the Dirtbags a 4-0 lead in the second.
Hampson scored a total of four times, coming around each time he reached base. Rasmussen added an RBI single in the fourth to bring his season total up to five.
The offensive outburst was all in support of junior righthander Dave Smith, who was making his first career start. Smith was able to battle his way to a win, covering 5.1 innings and allowing just one run. He was touched for seven hits and a walk, but he made pitches in important spots to qualify for the win. Smith struck out five and had thrown 101 pitches before he was pulled with one out in the sixth.
The Long Beach State bullpen was stellar once again, pitching 3.2 innings of perfect baseball. Lefthander Kyle Brown made his debut and retired the only batter he faced, Austin McGeorge went 1.1 innings with a pair of strikeouts, Lucas Jacobsen struck out the side in the eighth and freshman Chris Rivera closed the door in the ninth.
The Dirtbags bullpen has combined to throw 10.2 innings this season, allowing just four hits, no runs and one walk with nine strikeouts.
UCLA got three hits from right fielder Kort Peterson, and scored their lone run in the second inning thanks to doubles from Christoph Bono and Trent Chatterton.
LBSU returns home for some more Pac-12 competition this weekend as the Dirtbags host Arizona State at Blair Field. First pitch for Friday night's opener is scheduled for 6 p.m.
NOTES: The Dirtbags stole five bases on Tuesday, two apiece for Hampson and Duran and one for Garrett Nelson ... The top three hitters in the LBSU lineup (Hampson, Duran, Tancas) combined to go 6/11 with six runs scored, seven RBIs, four steals, two doubles, a home run and three walks ... Long Beach State recorded 13 hits on Tuesday, after having 19 hits in a three-game series with Holy Cross ... UCLA has now allowed 33 runs through four games ... The Dirtbags extended their errorless streak to four games ... A total of five Dirtbags made their Long Beach State debuts on Tuesday night: Smith, K. Brown, Domenic Colacchio, Brooks Stotler and Joey Notch.
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