Feb. 25, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - The Dirtbags played in another squeaker on Saturday, their fourth one run game in six, but came in on the losing side as No. 20 Cal picked up a run in the top of the tenth inning to defeat Long Beach State 2-1. Junior Matt Anderson threw six scoreless innings for Long Beach State in his second start for the Dirtbags.
Both starting pitchers were phenomenal on Saturday, as offense was at a premium throughout the contest. Anderson allowed just four hits over six innings for Long Beach State (3-3), striking out three, while Cal (4-1) answered with Matt Flemer, who would throw seven innings, giving up an unearned run and striking out four.
Long Beach State had the first opportunity to score after Flemer had thrown four hitless innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Michael Hill tripled with one out in the inning, but was thrown out on a close play at the plate by the Bears' third baseman Mitch Delfino during the following at-bat.
The Dirtbags did finally break the tie in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Duffy reached base on an error, and after moving over to second on a sacrifice, the junior came around to score on an RBI single by Juan Avila, who was 2-for-4 on the day.
Cal answered back in the top half of the next inning. Delfino led off the inning with a double, and after advancing to third on a sacrifice, came home to score on a single that landed just in front of left-fielder Richard Prigatano to tie the game.
Josh Frye shut down the Bears in his first inning of work in the ninth, striking out two while retiring the side in order, but in the tenth, Vince Bruno led off the inning with a triple, and scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Bears the lead. Logan Scott then finished off the game in his third inning of work, collecting his second win of the season.
Long Beach State and Cal will conclude their series tomorrow, as a pair of sophomore southpaws face off at 1 p.m. Ryan Strufing will pitch for Long Beach State, while Michael Theofanopoulos will get the start for the Bears.
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