Comeback at No. 12 UCLA comes up short for the Dirtbags
April 12, 2011
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Dirtbags rallied to cut a five-run deficit down to one at No. 12 UCLA, but the Bruins held on and added one more run as Long Beach State fell 6-4 in a midweek matchup. Freshman Ino Patron was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Long Beach State (16-15).
UCLA (17-11) started off the game with a bang, as Chris Giovanazzo led off the top of the first with a solo home run. That was followed by a pair of hits, and a triple by Cody Keefer brought home two more runs as the Bruins took a 3-0 lead after the bottom of the first.
Dirtbags starter Jake Stassi settled down and moved through the second inning before turning the ball over to Kyle Friedrichs who pitched three innings, but allowed two unearned runs in his final inning of work.
Bruins freshman starter Zack Weiss allowed just two hits over five scoreless innings, but with a five run lead, UCLA turned to its bullpen in the sixth, and the move went in Long Beach State's favor. Ryan Deeter came in for his first outing since a February injury, and the Dirtbags took advantage quickly.
Jeff McNeil, Ino Patron and Mike Marjama each singled to score the first run of the game for Long Beach State, and then Matt Duffy was hit to load the bases for the Dirtbags. Brandon Lodge then entered and gave up two singles and a walk, each scoring one run as the Dirtbags pulled to within one at 5-4. The Bruins turned to their third pitcher of the inning, Scott Griggs, and Griggs was able induce a strikeout and a fly ball to end the inning with the bases still loaded.
Matt Johnson, who was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth, gave up a single to start the bottom of the seventh inning. After a sacrifice, a double by Cody Keefer scored and gave UCLA an insurance run.
Long Beach State returns to Big West play this weekend, when the Dirtbags host UC Riverside for three games. That series will start on Friday, April 15 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.