Senior Kellen Hoime drove in the winning run for Long Beach State on Sunday.
Feb. 26, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Kellen Hoime's RBI single in the second inning was Long Beach State's second hit, but it also scored the Dirtbags' second run and that was enough in support of Ryan Strufing, who held the No. 20 Bears to just one run over eight innings in a 2-1 victory Sunday. The win gives Long Beach State its second straight series win to start the season.
Strufing again showcased impeccable control in his second start of the season, striking out five while allowing five hits and giving no walks and just the lone run to the Bears. The sophomore now has eight strikeouts and no walks over 14.2 innings in 2012.
Long Beach State got on the board in the second inning. Juan Avila drew a leadoff walk, and Jonathan Kim was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on with no outs. After a sacrifice brought both into scoring position, a wild pitch scored Avila, and Kellen Hoime singled to right field for the team's second and last hit of the day.
Cal's Michael Theofanopoulos was almost as good as Strufing, but that second inning was his downfall. Theofanopoulos went seven innings, allowing just two hits, but gave up the two earned runs and walked two before turning the ball over to Joey Donofrio, who pitched the eighth.
The Bears' run came in the fourth inning, as Strufing ran into his only real trouble of the day, giving up three straight hits to start the inning, putting runners on first and third with no outs and one in following a double by Chad Bunting. Strufing picked up one of his five strikeouts to get a big out, and then a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning with no further damage.
Cal had one more chance to tie the game, with runners on the corners with one out in the fifth inning. Strufing helped himself out of the jam though, catching the lead runner in a rundown for the second out, and getting a third grounder to end the inning.
Jon Maciel took over for Strufing in the ninth, and retired the side in order to pick up his first save of the season.
After starting the season with seven straight home games, Long Beach State will play four on the road next week. The Dirtbags start by heading to No. 22 UCLA for a Tuesday game, and then head north to face another Pac-12 opponent, No. 24 Oregon for a three-game series in Eugene, Ore., starting on Friday.
- Baseball Camps
- 2015 Prospect Camp - Sept. 19
- 2015 Prospect Camp - Oct. 3
- 2015 Prospect Camp - Oct. 24
- Dirtbag Baseball
- What is a Dirtbag?
- Dirtbags in the Majors
- Team History
- Blair Field
- Ticket Information
- Dirtbags Baseball Alumni Video
- MLB.com on Dirtbag Infielders
- Longoria on LBSU and Pro Ball
- Major Leaguers All-Time Gallery
- 1998 CWS Reunion
- Related Links
- Baseball America
- Collegiate Baseball
- Minor League Baseball
- Major Leagues
- USA Baseball
- Media Guides
Mathewson Selected To Baseball America's...06/22/2015 - Baseball
More postseason accolades rolled in for Long Beach State starting pitcher Chris Mathewson as he...
Lombana Drafted By The Twins In The 25th Round ...06/10/2015 - Baseball
Long Beach State junior pitcher Logan Lombana was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 25th...
Friedrichs Selected By A's In Seventh Round...06/09/2015 - Baseball
Long Beach State senior pitcher Kyle Friedrichs was selected by the Oakland A's in the seventh...
Mathewson Earns More Freshman All-America...06/08/2015 - Baseball
Starting pitcher Chris Mathewson took home another accolade on Monday as the National Collegiate ...
Dirtbags Trio Honored As Freshmen All-Americans06/03/2015 - Baseball
The Long Beach State Dirtbags freshmen trio of Chris Mathewson, Luke Rasmussen and Brock...
Friedrichs Named Semifinalist For 2015 Gregg...06/01/2015 - Baseball
Long Beach State senior Kyle Friedrichs has been named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award. ...