Jeff McNeil finished the series with six hits, hitting .545 against the Shockers.
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.
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