April 5, 2014
LOS ANGELES – Josh Frye threw seven shutout innings and Ryan Millison threw two more to lead the Long Beach State Dirtbags to a 4-0 win over No. 17 UCLA on Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Richard Prigatano drove in three runs to lead the Dirtbags at the plate and then scored the fourth run.
For the second game in a row, the Dirtbags (14-15) had a shutout start on the mound. Andrew Rohrbach threw eight scoreless on Friday, but Saturday was Frye’s turn to steal the spotlight. Frye did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and didn’t allow a runner to reach third base until the seventh.
He went a career-long seven innings in the start and limited UCLA (18-11) to three hits while striking out a career-high five batters. He also walked three and hit three batters. The dominating effort gave Frye his first win of the season. Ryan Millison pitched a perfect eighth and ninth to earn his first save.
The Dirtbags got going right away offensively as the first four batters reached base to start the game. Johnny Bekakis and Garrett Hampson both singled up the middle to put two on with no outs. Ino Patron laid down a sacrifice but it was mishandled by pitcher Grant Watson and the bases were loaded.
Richard Prigatano seized the opportunity to give the Dirtbags the early lead as his ground ball to the left side found its way into left field, scoring Bekakis and Hampson. It was the first two of Prigatano’s three RBI in the game. He also singled in Hampson in the ninth inning for the 4-0 Dirtbag lead.
In the fifth, Prigatano doubled to start the inning and was sacrificed over to third. Alex Bishop’s fly ball to center proved to be just deep enough to score Prigatano from third as he slid in just ahead of the tag.
Prigatano’s double was one of five doubles in the game for Long Beach State. The Dirtbags outhit the Bruins 11-3 in the game and had a runner on base in every inning.
The Dirtbags and Bruins will conclude their three-game series on Sunday back at Blair Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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