March 5, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – The first two batters of the game reached base and eventually scored as the Long Beach State Dirtbags took Wednesday’s game 11-4 from Arizona. The Dirtbags won their third straight game to improve to 6-6 on the year while Arizona lost its fifth straight to fall to 6-7.
Johnny Bekakis led off the game with a line drive into center and Garrett Hampson immediately followed that with a bunt single to put two on with no outs. A wild pitch moved both runners up and Richard Prigatano brought in Bekakis as he grounded out to short.
Ino Patron then smacked the first of four Dirtbag triples on the day to plate Hampson for a 2-0 Dirtbag lead.
The Wildcats looked to duplicate LBSU’s first inning in the bottom half as Cody Marshall walked the first two batters he faced and was in a second and third with one out jam after a sacrifice bunt. An infield pop up and fly out to left ended the threat and set the tone for the day.
Scott Kingery and Zach Gibbons combined to get on base nine out of 10 times on the day but Marshall and the Dirtbag bullpen shut down the middle of the lineup with hitters three through seven on the lineup card going a combined 0-for-19.
Meanwhile, the Dirtbags continued to pour on the offense with a season-high 11 hits and 11 runs in the run. They put up at least a run in six out of the nine frames to stay way out in front throughout the game.
Alex DeGoti hit a double to lead off the second inning and later scored on a wild pitch. It was his first of two extra-base hits as he smacked a triple in the seventh. Michael Hill also had a pair of extra-base hits as he went 2-for-5 with a pair of triples. His second triple drove in two runs in the eighth.
As Marshall continued to breeze through the Arizona lineup on the way to his first win as a Dirtbag, the Dirtbags put up three more runs in the fifth. Marshall went six innings and allowed just two runs and four hits, with both runs and three hits coming in his final inning.
Patron plated two of the three runs in the fifth for his second three-RBI game of the season and the Dirtbags led 6-0 after their turn of the fifth. The Wildcats kept their hopes alive in the bottom half when Gibbons bases-loaded single plated two runs to narrow the deficit to 6-2.
The Dirtbags got a run back in the sixth to increase the lead back to five when Hampson’s dribbler in front of the plate was misplayed, allowing Eric Hutting to score from third. Two more runs in the eighth and another pair of runs in the ninth put the game even further out of reach as Nick Rossetta and Ryan Millison tossed scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, respectively.
Arizona rallied for two runs in the ninth for the final tally before Logan Lombana shut down the rally.
Bekakis finished the game 3-for-4 while DeGoti, Patron, Hill and Hampson all finished with a pair of hits.
The Dirtbags finish their road trip with a 3-1 record and are at the .500 mark for the first time this season. They return home this weekend to face Utah Valley in a three-game series at Blair Field. First pitch is set for Friday at 6 p.m.
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