April 17, 2009
Long Beach, Calif. - Jordan Casas' steal of second base and a base hit from Devin Lohman pushed the winning run across in the eighth inning as Long Beach State defeated Cal State Northridge 1-0. Adam Wilk went eight innings for The Beach, striking out six.
The eighth inning dramatics followed two stellar pitching performances from the starting pitchers. Both Long Beach State's Wilk and Cal State Northridge's Ryan Juarez went eight innings, and each also threw 109 pitches in a nearly mirror-image effort.
Wilk survived his biggest jam in the third inning. The Matadors loaded the bases with one out with two singles and a walk, but the base-runners misread a long flyball to left field, and after Casas made the catch the junior was able to double-up Jeff Pruitt at third base and get out of the inning.
For the rest of the way, Wilk was nearly unhittable, giving up one more hit before retiring 12 straight batters, striking out six to move through the eighth inning.
The Dirtbags finally pulled it out for their starter in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Casas reached on an error by third baseman Justin DeMarco and stole second, his second steal of the day. Lohman then blooped a single to left center that was able to bring home the unearned run, the only tally of the game.
Charlie Ruiz pitched the ninth, striking out the side on 11 pitches to collect his eighth save of the year and combine on the team's first shutout.
Game two between the Matadors and 49ers is scheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m. Prior to the game the team will honor the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Dirtbags team, the first to go to the College World Series. That presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m.
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