March 29, 2014
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - After trailing for the majority of the game, the Long Beach State Dirtbags rattled off three runs in the top of the eighth to key a 4-3 comeback win at Cal State Northridge. Garrett Hampson had his third consecutive game with three hits and drove in a pair of runs in the victory.
Hampson started off the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the first - his first of the year. It wasn't until the eighth when Long Beach State (13-12, 2-0 Big West) was able to score again as Matador starter Brycen Rutherford cruised through seven innings.
Trailing 3-1 the eighth, Colby Brenner started the rally with an 0-2 single into right field off Shay Maltese. Maltese, the Matador closer, came in to the inning with just three runs allowed through 25 innings pitched. However, the Dirtbags doubled that total in the eight with a couple of extra base hits and a sacrifice fly.
Hampson narrowly missed his second homer of the game but laced a run scoring double off the wall in left to narrow the gap to 3-2. With one out in the inning, Richard Prigatano sent a fly ball over the center fielder's head for a game-tying triple. Michael Hill cashed in Prigatano with a sacrifice fly into center.
Ryan Millison and Kyle Friedrichs made the one-run lead hold up over the final two frames as Millison picked up his second win and Friedrichs picked up his fifth save. Josh Frye had his first career start on the mound but received no decision after allowing three runs.
He hit Brett Balkan to start the third inning and walked Ranny Lowe before Ryan Raslowsky bunted his way on to load the bases with no outs. Chester Pak hit a sacrifice fly and Nicolas Osuna singled in another run to give the Matadors (11-16, 0-2 Big West) a 3-1 lead.
Nick Blaser's two out single in the first countered Hampson's home run and tied the game at 1-1. Frye went five innings in the start and allowed just four hits while striking out one, walking one and hitting another. CSUN's Rutherford went seven innings and struck out six batters while limiting the Dirtbags to five hits in the no-decision effort.
Long Beach State will be back at Cal State Northridge tomorrow for the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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