Dirtbags Dance to 4-3 Extra Inning Win
March 8, 2008
HONOLULU-- Shane Peterson's two-out, double to center, his third hit of the night, led No. 9-ranked Long Beach State (7-2) to a 4-3 win over Hawaii (5-7) in the 12th inning, after Ted Lemasters led off the inning with a walk.
Peterson's double, his second of the day, was off of projected Sunday starter Matt Daly (2-1), who instead pitched 4.1 innings of relief, as LBSU tied the game with three runs in the eighth.
In the 11th, after David Roberts pitched two shutout innings, Rasco walked two straight batters with one out in the 11th. Vincent then got two fly balls to end the threat after Andrew Liebel began the night with nine strikeouts over the first eight innings.
Freshman John Hill tied the game with his first collegiate hit, and at-bat, as his two-out, two-run, pinch-hit single topped off a three-run eighth inning against three Hawaii pitchers to tie the contest at 3-3.
Rainbow starter Jared Alexander, who one-hit the team through seven innings, tired in the eighth, giving up two straight hits, before yielding to closer Jayson Kramer. Kramer, after striking out two, gave up an RBI single to Peterson, before loading the bases and getting relieved by Daly. Daly then gave up the base hit to Hill.
Alexander gave up two runs on three hits, but walked six and struck out six. Alexander also got two double play balls early as LBSU left four of the first five runners in scoring position.
Vinnie Catricala became the first man to score an earned run off of Dirtbag Liebel this season, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to give Hawaii an early 1-0 lead. Brandon Haislet's two-run double in the sixth made it 3-0.
Liebel gave up three runs on five hits over eight innings, but earned his third no-decision of the season, all wins in extra innings.
LBSU had a chance to take an early lead in the second, but a leadoff double by Peterson was squandered after a double play ball ended the inning. It was LBSU's only hit until the eighth.
The two teams play on Saturday at 8:35 p.m. Pacific and on Sunday at 4 p.m. Pacific. Vance Worley (1-0, 4.05) is slated to go for LBSU on Saturday.