April 12, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Richard Prigatano led Long Beach State with four hits Friday against UC Davis, and three other Dirtbags had multiple hits as LBSU defeated the Aggies handily, winning 9-2.
Long Beach State (14-18, 4-3 Big West) took an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. Juan Avila doubled to start the inning, then scoring on an RBI single by Prigatano. Prigatano then stole second, and after a sacrifice, came home on a sacrifice fly by Zack Rivera to put the Dirtbags on top 2-0.
The Dirtbags started to break the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeff Yamaguchi one-hopped the wall for a ground rule double, and came around to score on an error on a wild pitch, but the rally continued after a second error. Prigatano singled to put runners on first and second, and Eric Hutting singled to make the score 4-0. A double by Rivera then brought home Prigatano as LBSU opened up a 5-0 lead.
A Michael Hill single started another rally for Long Beach State in the sixth inning, as the Dirtbags loaded the bases with one out on the way to a four-run inning, giving LBSU a 9-0 lead after six innings.
Shane Carle, who had thrown six scoreless innings against UC Davis (11-20, 0-7 Big West), was finally touched by the Aggies in the seventh inning. Kevin Barker reached first after a wild pitch on a strikeout, and then a single and an error put two runners in scoring position for the Aggies. Ty Provencher came on in relief, and while both of Carle's runners came home to score, the Dirtbags got out of the inning with a 9-2 lead.
Provencher finished off the eighth inning for Long Beach State, and Eddie Magallon pitched the ninth to close out the contest.
The Dirtbags and Aggies return to Blair Field for game two of the series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., with Jake Stassi taking the mound for Long Beach State.
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