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LBSU Offense Erupts in 16-4 Rout of Arizona State

Feb. 28, 2018

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Dirtbags (3-6) put on an impressive offensive display on Wednesday night at Blair Field, drubbing visiting Arizona State (4-5) by a score of 16-4. Long Beach State had 12 hits on the night and exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning to run away with the victory.

The 10-run fifth was the first time since May 6, 2007 that the Dirtbags scored double-digit runs in an inning. It's also just the ninth time in program history that Long Beach State scored 10 or more in a single frame, though still a far cry from the all-time record of 17 scored against Nevada in 1998.

Long Beach State entered the fifth inning down 3-1, but quickly loaded the bases with three walks surrounding a sacrifice bunt. After another walk from Jarren Duran foced in a run, it was Clayton Andrews who put the Dirtbags in the lead with the first hit of the inning. Andrews yanked a ball just inside the bag at first, and raced around for a bases-clearing triple to drive in three runs and make it 5-3 Long Beach. The Dirtbags would finish the inning with five hits and five walks, getting two-RBI doubles from freshman Steven Rivas and junior Antonio Torres, plus an RBI single from Tristan Mercadel.



Andrews and Brooks Stotler each finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs to pace the offense. Every starter had at least one run scored or drive in, with six players scoring multiple times. The Dirtbags doubles their run total on the season and had as many runs in the fifth inning alone as they'd had in their previous six games combined.

Sebastian Sanchez got the start and allowed one run over three innings. Dylan Spacke was the most effective of the four relievers used, and was awarded the win after tossing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Long Beach State has another tough test this weekend as No. 9 Ole Miss comes to town for a three-game set. Friday's series opener will start at 6 p.m. and will feature the customary Friday Night Fireworks postgame. Fans should also be advised that with rain in the forecast, there could be some schedule adjustments over the weekend based on the weather. In addition, Sunday's series finale has already been changed to an 11:30 a.m. start.

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