Dirtbags Drop Tuesday Contest at No. 11 Stanford
Playing its fifth game in five days, Long Beach State suffered a 7-3 loss at Stanford on Tuesday.
STANFORD, Calif. - A leadoff home run from Brock Lundquist got Long Beach State (14-10) off to a perfect start on Tuesday afternoon at Stanford, but the host Cardinal (14-6) took charge the rest of the way in a 7-3 win, ending LBSU’s four-game winning streak. Junior David Banuelos, who made his first career start at first base on Tuesday, also launched a solo home run in the loss.
Lundquist spent his second straight game in the leadoff spot and started the game by carrying a full-count pitch over the wall in right field for his first homer of the season. From that point, Stanford starter Andrew Summerville retired 11 straight Dirtbags as the Cardinal took a 4-1 lead.
Stanford scored three times in the first off LBSU starter Sebastian Sanchez, finished off by a two-run home run from Quinn Brodey. A solo homer in the second gave the Cardinal the three-run advantage until Banuelos intervened. Leading off the fifth inning, Banuelos crushed a pitch deep over the wall in left field to pull Long Beach State back to a 4-2 deficit.
Unfortunately, that momentum was short-lived as Stanford answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning for a 6-2 advantage.
LBSU brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning after a Lucas Tancas RBI single with the bases loaded made it 7-3. A double play ended the threat and stopped Long Beach’s best chance at a comeback.
Freshman Zak Baayoun threw a career-high 3.0 innings to finish off the game, allowing an unearned run on three hits with a pair of strikeouts. Junior 3B Ramsey Romano extended his hitting streak to 19 games with an infield single in the seventh inning.
Big West play begins this weekend as Long Beach State will head up to face UC Santa Barbara for a three-game series. The first game will be Friday at 3 p.m. in Santa Barbara.
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