March 22, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. – Garrett Hampson went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and the pitching staff held on to a late lead for a 3-2 Long Beach State Dirtbags’ win over rival Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. Three Dirtbag pitchers limited the Titans (12-8) to just three hits in the game.
Andrew Rohrbach improved to 3-1 on the mound with a six-inning performance in which he limited the Titan offense to just three hits and a pair of runs. Rohrbach struck out four and overcame some early issues to lock down the Titans.
Rohrbach struck out four but walked a pair and hit two batters while also throwing a wild pitch. One of those walks and a hit by pitch put two runners on and set the table for Cal State Fullerton’s two runs. With the two on and one out, JD Davis smacked a double into left center to score both.
Rohrbach settled in from there on and faced just 10 batters over his last three innings. He gave up a leadoff single in the fourth but stranded him on second. Another leadoff single in the fifth was part of an inning-ending double play and Rohrbach went 1-2-3 in the sixth for his final inning.
Davis’ double in the third opened the scoring but Hampson set the table in back-to-back at bats to stage the comeback for the Dirtbags (11-10). He doubled to lead off the fourth, was sacrificed over to third and came in to score on Richard Prigatano’s line drive single. He doubled again in the sixth (this time with one out) and came home when Ino Patron drove a grounder through the hole into right field.
The Dirtbags kept rolling in the sixth as Prigatano walked to put two on with one out. Michael Hill hit a soft liner into center that tipped off of the glove of Austin Diemer and allowed Patron to score from second for the 3-2 Dirtbag lead.
The Dirtbag bullpen took over in the seventh with Ty Provencher tossing two scoreless frames and surrendering just one walk. Kyle Friedrichs closed up the one-run win with a perfect ninth. Colton Vaughn made a spectacular diving play at second to scoop up a grounder and throw out the runner at first.
Hill also saved a run back in the seventh when he made a diving catch on the left field line to end the inning. A runner that was on second at the time would have undoubtedly tied the game were it not for Hill’s diving grab.
The Dirtbags tied the series at 1-1 with the rubber game set for tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton’s Goodwin Field.
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