March 25, 2012
Wichita, Kan. - Trailing by one run in the ninth inning at Wichita State, Long Beach State tied the game with an RBI single by Brennan Metzger. The Dirtbags then snatched the win as Metzger came home to score on a suicide squeeze to hold on to a 3-2 win on Sunday.
Down 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Long Beach State got the leadoff runner on, but after a sacrifice, was down to its last out with Michael Hill on second. Metzger then lofted a single to left field, allowing Hill to score and tying the game. Richard Prigatano then singled to put runners on the corners, and a hit batter loaded the bases.
Putting in a pinch hitter, Brennan Fulkerson offered on the first pitch from Shocker closer Cale Elam, dropping down a suicide squeeze, and on the play at the plate, Metzger knocked loose the baseball, giving the Dirtbags the lead.
Kyle Friedrichs then came on for the bottom of the ninth, and after a groundout, the Dirtbags turned a 4-3 double play to end the game.
The Dirtbags had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning. McNeil laid down a drag bunt, and an overthrow allowed the LBSU leadoff hitter to move to second with nobody out. Two groundouts would then advance McNeil to home as Long Beach State took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
Johnny Coy for Wichita State hit a leadoff triple to start the second inning, coming home on a sacrifice fly, and the Shockers took the lead 2-1 in the fifth inning on another sacrifice fly after back-to-back hits from Josh Halpert and Garrett Bayliff.
With the win, the Dirtbags take the series with Wichita State and head home for the only home game in a 14-of-15 stretch away from Blair Field, playing Washington State at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
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