March 3, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Jeff Yamaguchi went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored, both coming on Zack Rivera hits, but that pair owned most of the highlights for the Dirtbags on the day as Long Beach State lost to Seattle 8-3 in the final game of the series between the teams.
Long Beach State (6-6) struck first scoring in the second inning, as Yamaguchi singled off of Redhawks starter Kyle Doyle, and after stealing second, came around to score on an RBI single by Rivera.
That lead would not last, as Seattle (3-9) scored a trio of runs in the fourth inning off of four hits off of Jon Maciel, the last a double from Cash McGuire. Maciel worked through the fifth with no damage, but gave up a leadoff triple in the sixth inning to Sean Narby. A single by Grant Newton scored one run, and a third hit in the inning brought home Newton after a sacrifice as the Redhawks took a 5-1 lead.
Maciel finished with a career high eight strikeouts in six innings, but allowed nine hits and five runs as the Redhawks capitalized when they had runners on base on Sunday. On the flip side, the Dirtbags struggled against Doyle, who pitched seven innings and only allowed two hits until the seventh inning.
Three walks from the bullpen loaded the bases for Seattle in the top of the seventh, and singles from McGuire and Cullen Hendrickson scored the more runs, making the score 8-1.
Yamaguchi and Rivera teamed up once more in the bottom of the seventh, with Yamaguchi getting a hit and Rivera doubling into left center as the Dirtbags scored once more. The rally continued with an RBI single by Alex DeGoti, but Long Beach State was unable to cut into the lead any more.
The Dirtbags have one more game remaining on their current homestand, hosting No. 12 UCLA on Tuesday night before traveling to Arizona State next weekend.
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