April 5, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Jake Stassi and Ryan Strufing combined for six no-hit innings, while Juan Avila was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored as Long Beach State defeated San Diego State 3-1 on Tuesday night.
With a plan coming into the game to throw five pitchers, Long Beach State followed the script nearly flawlessly, as Stassi and Strufing held the Aztecs hitless over six innings, and turned the ball over to the rest of the bullpen with a 2-0 lead after those six innings.
The offense, facing San Diego State pitching on a staff day of its own, came alive in the fifth inning. Jeff Yamaguchi led off the inning with a walk, and after a base hit by Juan Avila, Kirk Singer walked to load the bases with no outs. Brennan Metzger brought in the first run of the game via a sacrifice fly, his fourth of the season, a team-high, while Avila scored on an RBI single by Jeff McNeil.
The no-hit bid was ended in the top of the seventh, as the Aztecs put together two hits, but an outstanding catch in left field by McNeil allowed the Dirtbags to double-off the lead runner and get out of the inning with no runs scored.
Avila led off the bottom of the inning with a triple, his second of the season, and scored for the second time as Metzger hit his ninth double of the season to drive in the third and final run for Long Beach State.
San Diego State added an unearned run in the eighth and had two runners on when Eddie Magallon entered the game, but the sophomore retired four straight batters to record his seventh save of the season, increasing his Big West-leading total.
Conference play continues for Long Beach State this weekend when the Dirtbags host UC Davis for three games. The series starts with a 6:30 p.m. game against the Aggies on Friday, followed by a 5:30 p.m. game on Saturday, which will feature a Troy Tulowitzki bobblehead giveaway to the first 1500 fans.
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