Long Beach State Loses Marathon to San Diego State, 6-5
The Dirtbags played their longest game of the season at 4 hours, 56 minutes, losing their first extra innings game of the season at SDSU.
San Diego, Calif. -
Long Beach State (17-11) used a total of 21 players on Tuesday night, and after nearly five hours of baseball it was host San Diego State (7-19) doing the celebrating after a 6-5 walk-off win in the 12th inning. It was the longest game of the season by a healthy margin at four hours and 54 minutes, and the Dirtbags used seven pitchers in their first extra inning loss of the season.
Daniel Jackson launched a three-run home run to left center in the fifth inning, giving LBSU a 5-2 lead, but that would prove to be the last offense for the Dirtbags, who were held scoreless over the next seven frames. It was the second home run of the year for Jackson, who scored twice and has nine RBIs in just nine starts this season.
Elsewhere in the lineup, Brock Lundquist reached base four times including a base hit in three straight at bats. Eric Hutting’s RBI single in the second inning was his first run batted in of the season, and Jarren Duran recorded a pair of hits out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Jacob Hughey made his first career start on the mound for Long Beach, pitching 2+ innings allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. He was the first of seven pitchers for LBSU on the night, with four of them (Hughey, Dave Smith, Ty Provencher, Joshua Advocate) working two innings apiece.
The Dirtbags committed a season-high five errors in the game, with three charged to pitchers. LBSU entered the game fourth in the nation in fielding percentage at .983.
Two of those errors led to a bases loaded, one out situation in the top of the 11th, but Lucas Jacobsen came up with two huge strikeouts to dance out of trouble and extend the game to the 12th. Unfortunately, he surrendered a leadoff triple to Tyler Adkison in that 12th frame, setting up the winning score. After hitting a batter, Andrew Brown stepped in and delivered the decisive blow, a single lined through the left side of a drawn-in infield.
Earlier in the night, LBSU head coach Troy Buckley was ejected for arguing a call at home plate in the top of the 10th inning. Zack Domingues was hit on the elbow with a 1-2 pitch, but was called out by the home plate umpire for leaning into a pitch in the strike zone. Buckley, who had left the dugout to protest numerous calls earlier in the game, vehemently argued the decision and was ejected relatively quickly by the home plate umpire.
Coming off the frustrating loss, the Dirtbags now have six straight Big West games on the horizon, starting with a road series at CSUN this weekend. The first matchup with the Matadors is Friday at 3 p.m. in Northridge, followed by 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.
NOTES: In each of his first three plate appearances, Luke Rasmussen reached on an error by SDSU third baseman Justin Wylie (two throwing, one fielding) … Jackson is now slugging .677 on the season with an eye-popping 1.163 OPS through his first 10 games … Garrett Hampson recorded his 25th run scored of the season along with his 180th career hit … Dirtbags pitchers issued a season-high nine walks.
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