March 28, 2014
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Long Beach State Dirtbags withstood a rally and added some insurance runs late for a 10-5 win at Cal State Northridge in their Big West opener. Richard Prigatano was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and four runs scored while Alex Bishop drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 day.
Both Prigatano and Bishop got their big days going in the first inning, driving in the Dirtbags’ (12-12, 1-0 BWC) first three runs. Prigatano singled in Hampson to open the scoring with one out. Later in the inning, Prigatano stole second to put two runners in scoring position with two outs. Bishop responded by bringing both runners home for on a single into left field.
Prigatano went on to single in the third and steal another base. He reached on an error in the seventh and again stole second to become the first Dirtbag to swipe three bases in a game since 2001. He tied the Dirtbag record in the eighth when he walked and swiped second for his fourth stolen base of the game. Only Rolando Avila had accomplished that feat and it came in 1994 at UCLA.
In the fourth, Prigatano looked like he had blown the game open when he doubled with the bases loaded to plate all three runs for a 6-0 Dirtbags lead. Michael Hill followed with another single to cash in Prigatano and boost the Dirtbags to a 7-0 lead.
CSUN would not go silently as the rallied for five runs in the fifth to get back within two. Four of the runs were unearned for Dirtbag starter and eventual winning pitcher Andrew Rohrbach. He improved to 4-1 on the season.
A Dirtbag error on a possible double play ball ended up plating the first run and the Matadors rattled off five singles to bring in the other four. Nick Blaser delivered the big hit that scored two runs and brought the Matadors (11-15) within two runs at 7-5.
Rohrbach had retired the previous 10 batters in a row before walking Dylan Alexander to start the inning. He finally got Nicolas Osuna to pop out to right to end the inning.
After going quietly in the sixth, Bishop doubled in a run in the seventh and Hill singled in another as part of a two-run eighth to add some insurance to the lead.
The Dirtbag relievers provided four more shutout innings to hold the CSUN offense at bay. CSUN sent five different pitchers to the mound after starter Jerry Keel couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning.
Freshman Garrett Hampson had his second three-hit game in a row, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Long Beach State will head back up to Cal State Northridge tomorrow for a 1 p.m. game to continue their Big West opening series.
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