Dirtbags Sweep Hawaii with Late Rally
March 9, 2008
HONOLULU-- No. 9-ranked Long Beach State (9-2) used a five-run seventh inning to sweep host Hawaii (5-9) 8-4, winning their seventh in a row. Chris Nelson drove in three runs, as did Jason Corder. Hawaii lost their sixth straight.
Taylor Krick had three hits, while John Hill in his first collegiate start, had two hits and the game-tying RBI for the second time in the series. David Roberts (1-0) picked up the win with 2.2 shutout innings of relief, while Sam Spangler (0-2), one of four relievers in the seventh, took the loss.
A key defensive play by second baseman Jason Tweedy changed things for LBSU. Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, with a runner on base and Roberts on the mound, the senior made a diving stop and throw to keep it at 4-2 and end the inning. LBSU then plated five runs in the seventh to lead 7-4, after trailing 4-0.
An RBI single by Shane Peterson started things off, before an RBI single by Hill tied it at 4-4. A two-run single by Corder then made it 6-4. Nelson's RBI single made it 7-4.
Junior Harrison Kuroda, making his first start since high school, pitched into the fifth for Hawaii, walking three Dirtbags and giving up two of his three hits in the fifth as LBSU closed to within 4-2. Nelson's two-run single made it 4-2.
Jake Thompson gave up four runs over 4.1 innings for LBSU, with all four runs coming with two outs. A two-run, two-out single by Vinnie Catricala made it 2-0 in the first, before a two-out double by Alex Myers plated two more in the third to make it 4-0. Five of Hawaii's first seven hits were with two outs. Catricala finished with three hits.
Thompson got a little help from the bullpen in the fifth. After putting two runners on with one out, Brandon M.Godfrey got a flyout, before Brett Lorin struck out Jeffrey Van Doornum to keep it at 4-2. The Dirtbags return home to host Western Illinois on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and play USC next weekend, with Friday and Sunday's games at Blair Field and Saturday's game at Dedeaux Field.