March 18, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. - Richard Prigatano had three hits for Long Beach State on Sunday, including the first hit of a six-run inning as the Dirtbags topped No. 8 Cal State Fulllerton 7-2 on a blustery day in Cal State Fullerton.
Long Beach State opened up the game with a quick first run. Jeff McNeil lined a solid single to right field, and Ivory Thomas missed the ball, letting it roll all the way to the wall as the sophomore moved to third base. An RBI single by Matt Duffy then brought home the first run of the game for Long Beach State.
The Titans tied the game in the fourth inning. Carlos Lopez doubled down the line with one out, and then Greg Velazquez singled to bring home Lopez to tie the game. The Titans then took the lead in the fifth inning, as Chad Wallach scored on a double off the wall from Thomas. Long Beach State got a popup from Matt Chapman to get out of the inning with the bases loaded, and then made their move in the top of the sixth.
Prigatano led off the inning with his second hit of the day, and then Michael Hill beat out a bunt to put two runners on. A walk loaded the bases, and then McNeil singled to bring home the tying run. Duffy made it five straight batters on base with a walk, and then back-to-back singles from Juan Avila and Ino Patron brought in more runs. A passed ball brought home run more run after Brennan Metzger reached on an error, and an RBI groundout from Jonathan Kim with one out brought the score to 7-2 as the Dirtbags doubled their previous season high with six runs in the inning.
Edgar Gomez picked up the first win of his career in relief for Long Beach State, while Koby Gauna took the loss for the Titans.
Patron finished the weekend with a pair of hits in all three games against Cal State Fullerton, improving his average on the season to .311.
Long Beach State continues its road stand with four more away from Blair Field next week. The team starts with a 3 p.m. start at Pepperdine on Tuesday, and then travels to Wichita, Kan. for three games against Wichita State over the weekend.
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