April 15, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Andrew Gagnon, Eddie Magallon and Branden Pinder combined for 12 shutout innings, giving the Dirtbags a chance to get the win Friday night in a thrilling 1-0 victory. Sophomore Matt Duffy brought home Ino Patron in the bottom half of the 12th for the walkoff victory.
Both Gagnon and Matt Andriese were very sharp throughout as both starting pitchers pitched brilliantly on Friday evening. In the matchup between the aces, neither pitcher got the win despite excellent pitching from each.
Gagnon gave up a double to the Highlanders first batter, Trevor Hairgrove, but that would be the only hit he allowed in eight innings of shutout baseball for the junior. He struck out a season-high 10 batters, including five straight at one point, and walked four but only allowed the one hit to keep the Dirtbags in the game.
Andriese was just as good if not better for UC Riverside, throwing ten innings of shutout baseball for the Highlanders. Andriese allowed three hits, and walked three with six strikeouts as both teams would end up having to turn to the bullpens.
Long Beach State's best chance came in the seventh inning, as Patron had the first of his two hits with one out to begin the rally as well as breaking up six innings of no-hit pitching from Andriese. After a flyball out, Duffy singled to put runners on first and third, and Avila walked to load the bases. A chopper by Johnny Bekakis went off the top of Andriese's glove, but Hairgrove snatched the ball and beat Avila to second in a contested play to keep the game scoreless.
The Dirtbags defense also came up big at times to help the shutout bid. With a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning, Mike Marjama speared a hard line drive from Tony Nix at the hot corner to keep the game scoreless. Then in the eighth inning, after an error put runners on at first and second with one out, Royce Murai threw out the lead runner at third base on an attempted double steal to shut down a UCR rally.
With Gagnon out of the game, Magallon pitched two scoreless innings, and turned the ball over to Pinder who was dominant in relief, inducing a groundout and then striking out five straight batters to account for the six he faced Friday.
The 12th stacked up just like the seventh inning for the Dirtbags. Patron led off the inning with a hit, and after being sacrificed over to second, was able to avoid the tag from replacement catcher Bart Stepanovich to win the game on Matt Duffy's RBI single.
The win was the first 1-0 victory for Long Beach State since the 2008 season, which also came in extra innings, a 10th-inning walkoff against No. 6 Rice.
The teams return for game two of the series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
- Baseball Camps
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp I - June 19-23
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp II - June 26-30
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp III - July 6-8
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp IV - July 10-14
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp V - July 17-21
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp VI - July 24-28
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp VII - July 31-Aug. 4
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp VIII - Aug. 7-11
- Dirtbag Baseball
- What is a Dirtbag?
- Dirtbags in the Majors
- Team History
- Blair Field
- Ticket Information
- Beach Magazine Feature on Dirtbags in MLB
- Dirtbags Baseball Alumni Video
- MLB.com on Dirtbag Infielders
- Major Leaguers All-Time Gallery
- 1998 CWS Reunion
- Related Links
- Baseball America
- Collegiate Baseball
- Minor League Baseball
- Major Leagues
- USA Baseball
- Media Guides
No. 7 Dirtbags Battle for 2-1 Win Over Hawai...05/19/2017 - Baseball
Junior RHP Darren McCaughan had another impressive start for the Dirtbags, who held off HawaiR...
No. 7 Long Beach State Closes Home Slate vs....05/18/2017 - Baseball
The Dirtbags welcome Hawai’i to Blair Field this weekend, closing out the regular season...
David Banuelos Named Semifinalist for Johnny...05/18/2017 - Baseball
Junior catcher David Banuelos has been named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which is ...
Relentless Dirtbags Attack Keys 9-1 Win at...05/14/2017 - Baseball
No. 8 Long Beach State scored in seven of nine innings and had all 10 batters reach base safely...
Dirtbags Drop Game Two at Minnesota, 12-605/13/2017 - Baseball
A nine-run sixth inning led Minnesota to a 12-6 win over No. 8 Long Beach State on Saturday...
LBSU Grinds Out 3-2 Win in Series Opener at...05/12/2017 - Baseball
No. 8 Long Beach State pulled out a narrow 3-2 victory on the road at Minnesota, taking the...