Dirtbags Take Finale With Shutout Of UCI
Chris Mathewson went eight innings to get his fourth win.
IRVINE, Calif. -- Chris Mathewson went eight strong innings and led the Long Beach State Dirtbags to a 5-0 shutout of UC Irvine on Sunday. The Dirtbags (19-12, 5-4 Big West) smacked six doubles while recording their sixth shutout of the year.
One week after tossing his first complete game, Mathewson pitched eight more shutout innings to help the Dirtbags snap UCI's (21-11, 8-1 Big West) 15-game win streak. Mathewson struck out six, walked a pair and allowed only five hits while running his scoreless inning streak to 15 innings. Darren McCaughan finished off the game with a strikeout and a walk in the ninth as the dynamic freshmen duo combined for its second shutout.
After three quiet innings, the Dirtbags used an Anteater miscue to get going against UCI starter Evan Manarino in the fourth. Daniel Jackson led off the inning with a single and Zack Rivera followed by beating out an infield single after a diving stop at third took away extra bases.
Alex Bishop laid down the sacrifice bunt but the throw to first went wild and up the right field line as Jackson and Rivera came around to score. Luke Rasmussen doubled in Bishop for a 3-0 Dirtbags lead. Manarino pitched two more scoreless innings before the Dirtbags touched up the bullpen for the final two runs.
It was the first of six doubles on the day for the Dirtbags with six different players providing the power. In the seventh, Jonathan Serven doubled with one out and Zack Domingues traded places with him as he knocked a run-scoring double down the left field line. Bishop doubled and scored on Brock Lundquist's double in the eighth for the final insurance run.
Mathewson allowed only two runners to reach scoring position in the fifth and the eighth but never allowed an Anteater as far as third base. He also retired the leadoff batter in all eight innings to limit UCI's opportunities.
The Dirtbags did not commit an error on defense the entire weekend.
Long Beach State is back in action on Tuesday as it wraps up a five-game road trip on Tuesday at the University of San Diego.
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