LBSU Suffers Midweek Loss at San Diego State, 12-5
Long Beach State committed five errors and surrendered a season-most 12 runs to the Aztecs on Tuesday night.
SAN DIEGO - Long Beach State (10-9) saw its four-game winning streak come to a halt on Tuesday night, as the Dirtbags suffered a 12-5 loss at the hands of San Diego State (14-7). The Aztecs benefitted from an uncharacteristically sloppy Dirtbags defense, which committed five errors to allow an opponent to score 10+ runs for the first time this season.
Four players recorded multiple hits for Long Beach, led by junior catcher David Banuelos, who had a two-run triple in the fourth and added a double later in the game. Ramsey Romano had a two-hit game—his ninth of the season—to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Daniel Jackson was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, and Lucas Tancas stayed hot at the plate with two hits and a walk.
Banuelos started the game behind the plate, but swapped positions with Jackson at first base during the seventh inning stretch. It’s the first time Banuelos has played first base in his Dirtbags career, and it gave Jackson his second appearance behind home plate this season.
The Dirtbags took the lead in the second inning on an RBI single from Jackson, but were quickly in a hole thanks to a three-run third from the Aztecs. LBSU tied the game with Banuelos’ two-out, two-run triple into right center, but the game swung for good in the bottom half of the fourth inning. SDSU scored six runs on four hits and a pair of Dirtbags errors, chasing starter AJ Jones from the game while taking a 9-3 lead.
LBSU scratched across single runs in the sixth and ninth innings on an RBI groundout from Laine Huffman and an RBI double from Romano, respectively.
Up next is a huge weekend series at Blair Field as Long Beach State hosts Big West rivals, No. 5 Cal State Fullerton, in a non-conference series. Game one is Friday night at 6 p.m. and there will be a fireworks show following the game. As always, Saturday’s game will be Alumni Day at Blair Field, welcoming back past Long Beach State baseball players to be celebrated prior to the game. Saturday’s first pitch is at 2 p.m.
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