April 12, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. – Josh Frye threw another seven shutout innings and the Long Beach State Dirtbags scored twice late to even the series at UC Davis with a 2-0 win. Ino Patron recorded his 200th career hit in the game, becoming the 11th Dirtbag to hit that career mark and tying Brad Davis for 10th all-time.
Frye was lights-out for his second start in a row as he pitched the first seven innings of the shutout for the second straight week. He allowed just two hits, never allowed a runner past second base and retired the last 11 batters he faced in order. He also had a career-high six strikeouts.
Frye stayed out of trouble all game long for the Dirtbags (16-17, 3-2 Big West). The only UC Davis threat came in the fourth when a walk and base hit put down on with no outs. Frye struck out the next batter and then got the “strike him out, throw him out” to end the inning. Eric Hutting cut down a runner trying to swipe third as Frye got the swing and miss at the plate.
That was the last time the Aggies (15-16, 2-6 Big West) had a runner on base as the last 17 Aggies that came to the plate went down in order. Ty Provencher tossed a perfect eighth to set up Kyle Friedrichs, who pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
The Dirtbags had five hits in the game but none came after the fifth inning. Colton Vaughn had two of those hits and drove in an insurance run in the eighth. With the game scoreless going into the seventh, the Dirtbags loaded the bases with one out. Richard Prigatano hit a bouncer up the middle that could have ended the inning. However, the Aggie second baseman misplayed the chopper as Vaughn crossed the plate and everybody was safe on the basepaths.
Johnny Bekakis reached on an error in the eighth, was sacrificed to second, stole third and scored when Vaughn laid down a perfect squeeze bunt.
The two hits allowed are the least allowed by the Dirtbag pitching staff this year. Vaughn was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. The Dirtbags stole three more bases in the game.
The 2-0 win sets up the rubber match tomorrow at UC Davis. The Dirtbags will be looking for their third consecutive series win when they take the field on Sunday for the 1 p.m. first pitch.
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