March 11, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State had nine hits against Arizona State, out-hitting the Sun Devils, but ASU got the runs on the board early and held off the Dirtbags in a 6-1 loss on Sunday. Kellen Hoime and Ino Patron each had a pair of hits for Long Beach State.
Sophomore Ryan Strufing struggled in a season-low start for Long Beach State. The lefty had four strikeouts, but also walked three batters and hit two as Arizona State struck early. A walk and a hit batter put two runners on in the first, and a single from Trever Allen scored both runs to put ASU on top 2-0.
The Dirtbags pulled back a run in the bottom half of the frame. Jeff McNeil beat out a bunt single, and then moved to second on a throwing error from Michael Benjamin, one of three Arizona State errors on the day. Juan Avila then walked, and Ino Patron singled to score the Dirtbags first and only run.
Matt Johnson came into the game for Strufing in the third inning after the southpaw allowed another run, and pitched well in long relief, giving up just one hit over his first 5.1 innings of work, keeping things close for Long Beach State. Joey DeMichele tripled to start the fifth, and scored on a sacrifice for the Sun Devils fourth run.
Long Beach State continued to pick up hits, but were unable to break through against Sun Devil starter Trevor Williams, who finished the day by earning his fourth win of the season with 8.0 innings pitched, giving up eight hits but allowing just the one run.
ASU scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to account for the final score.
The Dirtbags don't have a Tuesday game this week, so Long Beach State will be back in action on Friday, when the team travels to Cal State Fullerton for a non-conference series with the Titans. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Goodwin Field.
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