Feb. 28, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. – Andrew Rohrbach’s complete game shutout in the back end of Friday’s doubleheader gave the Long Beach State Dirtbags a twinbill split with Wichita St. After falling 5-4 in the final at bat of the first game, the Dirtbags bounced back for a 7-0 win in the second game.
Game 1 – L, 4-5
The Dirtbags rallied in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4 but eventually fell 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth at Wichita St. Ino Patron was 2-for-4 in the game with a pair of RBI, including the game-tying RBI in the top of the eighth and Colton Vaughn had two hits with a run scored.
Patron’s first RBI came in the sixth with a sacrifice fly that brought in Zack Domingues. The run broke the Dirtbags scoring silence until that point and narrowed their deficit to 2-1. The Shockers two runs came in their first three batters of the game. Casey Gillaspie doubled in Tanner Dearman and Daniel Kihle in the first for the early lead.
After Patron’s sixth inning RBI, the Shockers answered with a sacrifice fly of their own in the bottom half. Kihle added another Shocker run in the seventh with a solo home run to left center. That ended the day for Nick Sabo, who went 6.1 with three strikeouts.
Sabo had kept the Dirtbags within striking distance as he settled in after Gillaspie’s double in the first. He didn’t allow much more to Wichita St. until the sixth when the Shockers scratched out a third run. AJ Ladwig went seven strong innings for the Shockers, limiting the Dirtbags to five hits and a run while fanning two.
Trailing 4-1, the Dirtbags rallied in the eighth for three runs as the Shockers replaced Ladwig on the mound. Vaughn started things off with a bunt for a base hit and Domingues promptly doubled down the left field line to put the Dirtbags in business. Garrett Hampson cashed in the first run with a single and Hill squeezed in another run to make it a one-run game. With two outs in the eighth, Patron knocked in his second RBI of the game with a double that short hopped the right field wall and tied up the game at 4-4.
The Shockers went 1-2-3 in the eighth and the Dirtbags left Cameron Pongs on base after a leadoff single in the ninth. With Ty Provencher on the mound, the first two Shockers drew a walk to put two on and no out. A sacrifice bunt attempt ended up with the first out coming at third base. However, Kihle came up in the clutch in the next at bat with the game-winning hit. His hard hit line drive was just out of the reach of a leaping Domingues at third base to end the game.
The game-winner was Kihle’s third hit of the day. He also had two RBI.
Game 2 – W, 7-0
The Dirtbags used another offensive outburst to put the game away early and Andrew Rohrbach threw a complete game shutout to give the Dirtbags the twinbill split with the 7-0 win. Rohrbach’s complete game shutout of the Shockers was the Dirtbags first since Shawn Stuart accomplished the feat on April 1, 2012.
Rohrbach went the distance for his first win as a Dirtbag and ran his scoreless inning streak to 14. He fanned nine batters, including the last two he faced, and allowed just four hits and four walks.
From the third through the seventh, Rohrbach faced the minimum number of batters and allowed just one hit. The one hit was erased two batters later by one of the three double plays that the Shockers hit into.
While Rohrbach kept the Shockers off the scoreboard, the Dirtbags hit around in the fourth and scored two insurance runs in the fifth for their final tally. After Domingues drew a walk to open the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch, the flood gates opened for the Beach. Hampson singled and Hill tripled to drive him in with Domingues. Patron doubled in Hill, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Cameron Pongs sacrifice fly.
Alex Bishop started things back up with two outs. He took second on another passed ball and came home when Vaughn singled.
Rohrbach came out in the bottom of the fourth and needed just four pitches to retire the Shockers in order.
An error helped the Dirtbags pick up two more in the fifth after Hampson started the rally with a one-out double. He and Bishop both finished the game with a pair of hits.
With the Dirtbags way out in front, Rohrbach continued to cruise. He worked out of a jam in the eighth when the Shockers had runners on first and second with no outs. He promptly got Erik Harbutz to hit into a double play and then struck out Tanner Dearman looking.
The Shockers and Dirtbags will play the rubber match of their three-game series tomorrow at noon (PT) back at Eck Stadium.
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