March 17, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - After a leadoff walk, closer Jon Maciel picked up a strikeout, and Jeff McNeil and Michael Hill capped an outstanding series for both with McNeil making a glove flip to Hill, who completed Long Beach State's third double play of the game to finish off Wichita State 5-4 in the final game of the series.
Both teams had action in the first inning after a leadoff hit. Wichita State (11-8) got on the board in the first inning after a Bobbit single with an RBI from designated hitter Johnny Coy. Long Beach State (9-11) did the Shockers one better, however, as Jeff McNeil singled to start the bottom of the first, scored on an RBI double from Jeff Yamaguchi, and then following a fielder's choice, Ino Patron scored on a double from Richard Prigatano to give the Dirtbags a 2-1 lead after one.
The Dirtbags added two more runs in the second inning. Using perfect small ball, Josh Guerra dropped a bunt single to get on base, followed by a perfectly executed slash from Jonathan Serven to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Colby Brenner followed with an RBI groundout, moving both runners, and Michael Hill cracked an RBI single to give LBSU a 4-1 lead.
The Shockers bounced back, taking advantage of two walks from David Hill to cut the lead back to one at 4-3 on a bases loaded single from Joe Haddox in the top of the third inning. Nick Sabo entered the game in relief for the Dirtbags in the fourth, and struggled, allowing a run on three singles and a walk, but Ty Provencher was able to limit the damage in the inning, striking out Johnny Coy and inducing a wild 1463 double play to move to the bottom of the fourth.
Michael Hill got the action started for the Dirtbags in the bottom of the fifth as LBSU retook the lead. After a single, Jeff Yamaguchi reached on a fielder's choice, while Hill stayed alive at second base. A single by Richard Prigatano loaded the bases, and then Eric Hutting brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, putting The Beach back on top 5-4.
Landon Hunt came on for the Dirtbags in the fifth inning, and didn't allow a hit over 3.2 innings, collecting seven ground ball outs behind solid defense from the infield, improving to 2-0 on the season with the win. Maciel picked up a four-out save after coming in during the eighth inning, his third of the year.
Long Beach State will play a midweek contest at San Diego State on the road this Tuesday before returning home to face Cal State Fullerton in a non-conference rivalry series next weekend, beginning on Friday, March 22.
- Baseball Camps
- 2016 GameDay Prospect Camp (9th Grade & Up) - Dec. 3
- 2016 Youth Hitting Camps - Dec. 5-26
- 2016 Youth Winter Camp - Dec. 26-30
- 2017 Dirtbags Youth Hitting Camps - Jan. 8-29
- 2017 Dirtbags High School Hitting Camps - Jan. 9 - Feb. 13
- Dirtbag Baseball
- What is a Dirtbag?
- Dirtbags in the Majors
- Team History
- Blair Field
- Ticket Information
- Beach Magazine Feature on Dirtbags in MLB
- Dirtbags Baseball Alumni Video
- MLB.com on Dirtbag Infielders
- Major Leaguers All-Time Gallery
- 1998 CWS Reunion
- Related Links
- Baseball America
- Collegiate Baseball
- Minor League Baseball
- Major Leagues
- USA Baseball
- Media Guides
MLB Postseason Features Handful of Former Dirtbags10/04/2016 - Baseball
Long Beach State will have a handful of former baseball players represented in this year’s ...
Dirtbags Hosting GameDay Prospect Baseball Camps08/29/2016 - Baseball
Baseball players in the 9th grade or higher have the chance to learn the game the “Dirtbags...
Dirtbags Golf Tournament Set For September 19th08/12/2016 - Baseball
The 22nd annual Long Beach State Dirtbags Golf Tournament will be held Sep. 19 at Recreation Park...
McCaughan’s Team USA Experience...07/29/2016 - Baseball
Darren McCaughan has just completed his international tour with the USA Baseball Collegiate...
Dirtbags Hire Dan Ricabal as Pitching Coach07/15/2016 - Baseball
Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley has added pitching coach Dan Ricabal to his staff,...
Marco Estrada Named to American League All-Star...07/05/2016 - Baseball
Former LBSU pitcher Marco Estrada (Toronto Blue Jays) earned his first All-Star Game selection...