Dirtbags Fall 2-1 In Gut-Wrenching Turnaround
Potential walkoff victory turns to defeat with appeal at third base.
March 24, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State's chances for victory in the finale with Cal State Fullerton were called out on appeal, as the tying run was wiped off the board in the bottom of the ninth inning, judging Michael Hill had left early on an apparent sacrifice fly, tying the game at 2-2.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Michael Hill led off the inning with a base hit, and following a second single by Richard Prigatano, a sacrifice put both the tying and winning runs in scoring position against Cal State Fullerton (21-3). Eric Hutting lifted a ball into shallow center field, allowing Hill to beat the throw to the plate, but on appeal, Hill was deemed to have left early, finishing the game as the final out for the Dirtbags in the bottom of the ninth.
Cal State Fullerton struck first in the top of the fourth inning, as Michael Lorenzen was hit by a pitch, and after advancing on a fly out, scored on an RBI single by catcher Jared Deacon. The Titans scored once again in the top of the fifth inning, as Keegan Dale came around to score following a leadoff walk on a double by Richy Pedroza.
Long Beach State (9-15) pulled back a run in the bottom of that same inning. Johnathan Serven reached on a bunt single, and after moving to second on a sacrifice, scoring on a double by Ino Patron to cut the lead to 2-1.
Freshman David Hill pitched well in his second start of the year, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing five hits and two runs, keeping the Dirtbags in the game. Senior Landon Hunt threw 1.2 scoreless innings to keep the game within reach, while Prigatano had three of the Dirtbags' eight hits.
Big West conference play starts next weekend for the Dirtbags, as Long Beach State hosts Cal State Northridge. That series will begin on Thursday, March 28 with a 6 p.m. start, followed by a 6 p.m. game on Friday and a 2 p.m. game to finish the series Saturday.
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