March 17, 2009
Long Beach, Calif. - Taylor Krick and Rylan Sandoval both finished with four hits as the Dirtbags swung their way to a 12-6 comeback win over Loyola Marymount. Krick drove in two runs and Sandoval was a homer short of the cycle for The Beach. Both corner infielders scored three times.
Long Beach State got it done on the basepaths as well, swiping five bases and taking full advantage of the team's 15 hits.
LMU got on the board in the first inning. Ryan Hawthorne singled to open the game, and the Lions would take a 2-0 lead on a home run from Angelo Songco.
Long Beach State answered back with a big inning in the second. Rylan Sandoval started the inning with a double into the gap in right, and would score after a throwing error from Jonathan Johnson on a single by Taylor Krick. A third hit in a row scored another run, and Long Beach State took the lead after Jonathan Jones scored, moving over on a sacrifice, a wild pitch and a groundout.
LMU would retake the lead in the top of the third with a two-out rally. After giving up a double to start the inning, Lease would get two outs, but after a hit by pitch and a walk, Ollie Enos singled to bring in two runs and put LMU back on top. Another single by Brad Bauer would then make the score 5-3 following the LMU third.
LMU added another run in the fourth, and Long Beach State would match it with three hits in the bottom half to keep the gap at two.
Derek Legg walked to open up the decisive inning in the eighth for Long Beach State. Sandoval and Krick followed with singles to tie the game at six. LMU plunked Kellen Hoime to load the bases, and then two runs came home on a second error from Johnson. Long Beach State completed the big inning by adding two more runs on a single by TJ Mittelstaedt, putting Long Beach State ahead 10-6.
LBSU would add two more runs in the bottom half of the eighth to take a 12-6 lead.
The Dirtbags head out of town this weekend for a three-game series against Wichita State. First pitch for Friday's game is set for 5 p.m. Pacific.
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