Dirtbags struggle in first road game, losing to No. 15 UCLA
Feb. 28, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Long Beach State got out to a rocky start on the road against No. 15 UCLA and never recovered in a 9-1 loss on Tuesday night. Matt Duffy had an RBI single for the Dirtbags.
Matt Johnson struggled in his first start of the season, but wasn't helped by two errors behind him in the first inning. Beau Amaral led off the inning with a single, and after one out, a double down the line put two runners in scoring position. A hit batter loaded the bases, and the first error of the inning allowed one run in. Johnson then walked in a run, and the next batter grounded into another error, which spelled the end of Johnson's day. UCLA scored two more runs on a second bases loaded walk and an RBI single from Kevin Williams to take a 5-0 lead after the first inning.
The Bruins added two more unearned runs in the second inning, and picked up one more on a fielder's choice in the third to take an 8-0 lead through three innings.
Edgar Gomez, Jake Stassi, Kyle Friedrichs, and Landon Hunt combined for six innings of one-run relief following the fast start for the Bruins, in which the Dirtbags made three errors. UCLA's Grant Watson earned the win allowing one hit over four innings on a pitch count.
Long Beach State continues their road trip this weekend, facing No. 12 Oregon for three games in Eugene, Ore. beginning on Friday, March 2 as the Dirtbags face their fourth consecutive Pac-12 opponent.