Colby Brenner's first two hits of the season came in clutch situations for Long Beach State.
March 4, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Colby Brenner smacked a run-scoring double to start the scoring and a run-scoring triple to end it in a 3-2 win for the Long Beach State Dirtbags at Arizona on Tuesday. Brenner’s first big hit came in the second and his game-winning triple came in the eighth.
The lead went back and forth in a tight ballgame that didn’t see much scoring until the late innings. Brenner’s RBI-double in the second followed a Colton Vaughn single, which totaled the Dirtbags (5-6) offensive number until the seventh.
After the double, Arizona’s Cody Hamlin and James Farris combined to retire the next 13 Dirtbags in a row. However, Jason Alexander was equal to the task through five innings. He scattered four hits through the first five innings and struck out three to keep the Wildcats (6-6) off the scoreboard.
Riley Moore smacked a leadoff triple in the sixth and came in to score moments late as the Wildcats finally got to Alexander to tie up the game at 1-1. They touched up the Dirtbag bullpen in the seventh when Scott Kingery was hit by a pitch, advance to third on a double and scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 Arizona lead.
Cameron Pongs struck out Moore on the next pitch to end the Wildcats half. Two hits put two on for the Dirtbags in the seventh with one out, as they ended their skid of 13 batters going down in a row with a single from Ino Patron. However, both runners were stranded there.
In the eighth, the Dirtbags got the bats going again with three consecutive one-out singles. Garrett Hampson singled to start the rally. Hill singled into left to move up Hampson to second and Richard Prigatano sent a grounder into left field that cashed in Hampson from second.
After Ty Provencher shut down the Wildcats in the eighth, the duo of Vaughn and Brenner went back to work. Vaughn singled up the middle with one out and Brenner laced a triple that landed just inside the right field foul line for the eventual game-winning run.
Kyle Friedrichs tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to get his third save of the year and Provencher moved to 2-2 on the mound as he earned the win. The loss went to Bobby Dalbec, who pitched the final 1.2 innings.
The Dirtbags and Wildcats will meet again at 11 a.m. (PT) in the second game of the two-game series.
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