April 20, 2013
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Junior shortstop Michael Hill hit his third home run of the season, a two-run home run and the first of two in a row for Long Beach State, but the host Gauchos again rallied against the Dirtbags in a 5-4 win on Saturday.
Long Beach State (16-20, 6-5 Big West), had its chances on Saturday, but ended up losing a one-run game to UC Santa Barbara (20-17, 6-5 Big West) for the second game in a row.
UCSB took an early lead, scoring in the bottom of the second on two straight hits, a single from Tyler Kuresa followed by a double from Woody Woodward to take a 1-0 lead. Long Beach State answered back by tying the game in the top of the third inning. Zack Rivera began the inning with a base hit, and after a single by Colton Vaughn put a runner in scoring position, Jeff McNeil's third double of the series evened the score at 1-1.
Jake Stassi, the southpaw starter for Long Beach State, hit the second batter of the fourth inning with one out, putting a runner on for Kuresa, who doubled to put two on for Woodward who hit his second double of the game to break the tie. A groundout scored an additional run as the Dirtbags fell behind 3-1.
Long Beach State answered back one more time. Justin Jacome, the Gauchos' starting pitcher who to that point had given up just the one run, hit Jeff McNeil to start the top of the sixth inning, and Hill and Yamaguchi both homered to first tie the game and then give the Dirtbags the lead 4-3.
Stassi, who was in line for his fourth win in a row, came back out for the eighth inning, getting two outs sandwiched around a single, but gave up one final hit, only the sixth over 7.2 innings pitched, but an RBI single from Robby Nesovic that tied the game.
The Gauchos comeback was completed in the ninth inning, where Josh Frye, after getting the first out of the inning, walked two straight UCSB batters and Cameron Newall singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded.
Long Beach State will try to salvage the final game of the series, which will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.
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