March 15, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Saturday featured another one run game between the Long Beach State Dirtbags and the Indiana Hoosiers, but this time it took extra innings and Indiana came away with the 2-1 win. Andrew Rohrbach threw nine innings and allowed just one unearned run to help the Dirtbags (9-8) force the extra frames.
Indiana’s Dustin DeMuth came through with the heroics as he hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th that proved to be the winning run. The Hoosiers had previously loaded the bases with no outs on a couple of free passes and a bunt.
Going into the extra innings, the score was tied at 1-1 with pitching becoming the focus of the game. Rohrbach was nearly lights out on the mound, allowing just five hits and one unearned run to cross the plate. He overcame a four-error day from the defense to keep the Dirtbags in the game. However, Indiana’s only run off Rohrbach came on an error that should have ended the fourth inning.
Rohrbach forced Indiana to strand eight runners on base as he went the full nine innings for the second time this season. However, Indiana reached into the bullpen to match Rohrbach’s solid outing. Luke Harrison provided the strong long relief effort despite not getting the decision.
The Hoosiers (9-7) were forced to go into their bullpen early as Will Coursen-Carr ran into trouble with his control early and didn’t make it through the first. Harrison entered in a tight spot with the bases loaded and two outs in the first. He quickly got Zach Rivera to pop up to end the inning.
From there on, Harrison was in control and matched Rohrbach inning for inning. He scattered four hits over 6.1 innings an also allowed just one unearned run. The Dirtbags go to him in the sixth when Prigatano led off with a single into right, but advance all the way to third as the grounder rolled through the right fielder’s legs and all the way to the wall. Ino Patron knocked him with another single to tie the game at 1-1.
The Dirtbags did strand 10 runners on base over the course of the game after leaving the bases loaded in the first. They also left two on in the 10th when Johnny Bekakis and Garrett Hampson roped back to back singles to start off the frame. Hampson was also left on third in the third after hitting his first of three singles on the day. Hampson finished 3-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases to stretch his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Dirtbags also had the game tying run just 90 feet away when the game ended as Patron led off the frame with a double and moved over to third on a groundout. However, Scott Effross was able to end the threat and pick up the win on the mound after recording the final four outs of the game. Ryan Millison took the loss for the Dirtbags after walking the leadoff hitter in the 11th, who eventually came around to score the go-ahead run.
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