April 9, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - It was "de ja vu" for Long Beach State, as the Dirtbags took an early lead to see it evaporate once again on Saturday, in an 11-1 loss to UC Davis. Freshman Jeff McNeil had four of Long Beach State's seven hits on the night.
UC Davis' Anthony Kupbens lived up to his reputation as the Aggies' best pitcher, allowing just one unearned run over eight innings, giving up six hits, four to McNeil, and striking out two.
For the second night in a row, the Dirtbags got on the board first. Brennan Metzger led off the bottom of the first inning, and McNeil had the first of his two hits on a push bunt that he beat out. Kupbens couldn't field the throw on the coverage, and Metzger advanced to third. The center fielder then scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Duffy as Long Beach State took a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies tied the game in the second inning on a pair of hits, and then took the lead in the third when Scott Heylman singled and scored on an RBI triple by David Popkins. Again, the Dirtbags were able to limit any further damage and headed to the fourth inning trailing 2-1.
UC Davis finally got their big inning in the fourth, however, as the Aggies had a big two-out rally. Karl Kobler got the action started with a single up the middle, and after an error, a single by Justin Andrade led to another run. Another run would score as the Aggies loaded the bases, and then cleared them on Popkins' second triple of the game. Popkins himself then scored on a double from Daniel Cepin as the six-run fourth came to a close.
The Aggies loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning, and three additional runs scored on a hit batter, a sacrifice fly, and a single from Cepin.
The teams return for the series finale at Blair Field on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
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