April 13, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - One big inning proved to be the difference as the Long Beach State Dirtbags dropped the series finale 8-4 at UC Davis. The Aggies (16-16, 3-6 Big West) scored seven of their runs during a big third inning and held on the rest of the way for the win.
The game was tied 1-1 going into the third inning when UC Davis did all its damage. A couple doubles led to UC Davis' first run in the bottom of the first. However, the Dirtbags (16-18, 3-3 Big West) responded in the second to tie up the game.
Ino Patron laced a double to left center and later scored on a Zack Domingues ground ball, making it 1-1. Nick Sabo held the Aggies scoreless in the second but 12 batters came to the plate in the third against Sabo and reliever Ryan Millison.
The second double of the day from Nick Lynch regained a 2-1 lead for the home team and another double from Mark Cardinalli plated two more for a 4-1 lead. The big blow came when Tanner Bily hit a fly ball into left field that drifted over the wall on a windy day at Dobbins Stadium in Davis, Calif. The home run brought in three more runs and the Aggies brought in one more before Millison could finally shut the door on the rally.
Long Beach State had a few chances to climb back in the ball game but couldn't completely erase the deficit. They loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh with no outs. Both Colby Brenner and Michael Hill scored in the fifth on an Aggie error and an Ino Patron single. Eric Hutting scored in the fifth. Both opportunities were cut a bit short as the Dirtbags grounded into a double play in each inning and four in the game.
Evan Wolf went five innings for the Aggies to get the win on the mound while Sabo took the loss in his first start in three weeks. Patron was 2-for-4 in the game with his ninth double of the season.
The Dirtbags return home next week and will remain there for the next three weekend series. They take on UC Santa Barbara next weekend with the first pitch set for Thursday at 6 p.m.
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