April 18, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Josh Frye went the distance for the Long Beach State Dirtbags in a 1-0 win over the No. 17 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Friday night at Blair Field. Frye, a product of local Long Beach's Millikan High School, needed to throw just 91 pitches in his first career complete game shutout.
Friday night's start was just the fourth of Frye's career and was the first in front of his hometown crowd at Blair Field. He responded with a dominant performance that boosted the Dirtbags (18-18, 5-3 Big West) to the narrow win over the visiting Gauchos (23-10, 4-7 Big West).
Frye allowed just five hits on the night and did not walk a batter although he hit one with a pitch. No one made it to third all night with only two runners making it to second. Tyler Kuresa was the only one to get to second base when he advanced on a hit-and-run groundout in the fourth and doubled in the sixth.
Frye retired the last seven batters he faced in order to complete the shutout. With the complete game shutout, Frye also ran his scoreless inning streak to 25 innings. Friday night was his third consecutive scoreless start, which accounts for 23 of those 25 innings.
The Dirtbags eventual game-winning run came just moments into the game. With one out inthe first inning, Garrett Hampson doubled to right to put up the Dirtbags first threat of the night. Ino Patron quickly knocked a single into left field, allowing Hampson to score easily on the ground ball single.
Hampson and Patron both went 3-for-4 in the game to lead the Dirtbags at the plate. UCSB's Austin Pettibone received the tough loss after throwing six strong innings and limiting the Dirtbags to just one run. The Dirtbags put Pettibone in a couple of jams in the third and fifth with runners in scoring position but he was able to keep it a one-run game as the Dirtbags stranded eight runners on the night.
Long Beach State clinched the series with its second one-run win in a row and will host UC Santa Barbara in the series finale tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Blair Field.
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