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Three-Run Eighth Sparks Dirtbags Win Over Fullerton

March 24, 2017

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - A clutch eighth-inning rally pushed Long Beach State (11-9) over the top on Friday night, giving the Dirtbags an exciting 6-4 win over No. 5 Cal State Fullerton at Blair Field. The series opener lived up to the schools' storied rivalry, as fans saw three home runs leave the yard before a three-run bottom of the eighth swung the result in favor of the host Dirtbags.

Senior Daniel Jackson delivered a two-run single with one out in the eighth inning to put the Dirtbags on top, 5-4. Laine Huffman would add an insurance run with a two-out single to make it a 6-4 victory for Long Beach State. Lucas Tancas extended his hitting streak to seven games with three hits on Friday, matching his career high. Ramsey Romano recorded a single to push his own hitting streak up to 15.

The eighth was the second inning in which the Dirtbags pushed three runs across on Friday night. LBSU also put up a three spot in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead on the Titans. Tancas led off the inning with a single, then Brock Lundquist tripled him home. The next batter was Luke Rasmussen, who crushed his first home run of the season out of Blair Field for a two-run shot. Jackson would double in the next at-bat to complete the team cycle to lead off the inning.

Cal State Fullerton scored single runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, including a pair of solo home runs by Scott Hurst and Hunter Cullen. Taylor Bryant supplied the other runs with an RBI double in the first and an RBI groundout in the third.

Darren McCaughan started for LBSU and allowed four runs in 7.0 innings of work with four strikeouts. Connor Riley earned his first career win with a perfect inning of relief, then Josh Advocate locked down his second save of the season, working around a walk and a hit by striking out the side in the ninth.

The two rivals will be back at it on Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. first pitch at Blair Field. RHP John Sheaks (1-1, 5.01 ERA) will square off against RHP Gavin Velasquez (2-0, 2.30 ERA).

 

 

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