March 2, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, catcher Eric Hutting sparked a rally with a leadoff single, and then junior Ino Patron capped it off with a bases-loaded single as Long Beach State recovered to defeat Seattle 4-3 on Saturday afternoon.
Patron finished the day with a pair of hits and the game winner, while Richard Prigatano had three as the Dirtbags out-hit Seattle (2-9) on the day on the way to the win.
Down by a run headed to the bottom of the ninth, Hutting's single started off the inning, and pinch runner Colton Vaughn scored after a sacrifice on a base hit from pinch hitter Zack Belanger, tying the game with one out and giving the Long Beach State (6-5) a chance to go for the win. Jeff McNeil then singled, with pinch runner stretching from first to third and McNeil following, putting runners on second and third with one out.
After an intentional walk to Juan Avila to load the bases, Seattle changed from their closer Eric Yardley to southpaw Garrett Anderson, who threw only one pitch to Patron, who sent it through the right side to end the game in the Dirtbags favor.
That capped a late-inning turnaround for the Dirtbags, who relied on a solid relief effort from five pitchers to grab the win. Starter Landon Hunt cruised through his first two innings, but two walks and a single loaded the bases for Seattle in the third, and a passed ball and a balk scored two.
Redhawks pitcher Ted Hammond looked to make that lead good, throwing six scoreless innings, and allowing an unearned run as Zack Rivera scored on an error on the cutoff throw after taking third base on a tag in the seventh. An RBI single by Prigatano in the bottom of the eighth inning equaled a single run from the Redhawks in the top of the eighth, keeping the game within reach for the LBSU bats in the final inning.
The teams finish their series tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Blair Field.
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