April 22, 2011
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Freshman Jeff McNeil had three hits to lead the Dirtbags, but UC Santa Barbara hurlers threw their second straight complete game as Long Beach State fell 7-2. Ryan Strufing threw four hitless innings of relief for the Dirtbags.
UC Santa Barbara got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, scoring the first on a sacrifice fly from Mark Haddow following a single by Derek Eligio, and after two walks, a single by Joe Wallace brought home a second run as UCSB took a 2-0 lead.
The Gauchos added two more in the bottom of the second, as LBSU starter Shaun Stuart's third walk of the game led to his being pulled. With the bases loaded following a hit batter by reliever Matt Johnson, a single scored one run and a double-play scored another as the Gauchos led 4-0 after two innings.
UCSB added three more runs over the next two innings to take a 7-0 lead after four, which was more than enough cushion for Greg Davis, who earned his fourth win of the year with a complete game, the second of the series for the Gauchos.
` The Dirtbags scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning. After a single by McNeil, his third of the day, Ino Patron doubled to get the Dirtbags on the board. A base hit by Mike Marjama, his second of the day, cut the lead back to 7-2. Other Long Beach State chances were stifled by solid defense by the Gauchos, including a ball caught over the top of the fence by Wallace, robbing Brennan Metzger of a home run.
Entering in the fifth inning, freshman Ryan Strufing had a good outing in relief for the Dirtbags, throwing four hitless innings while striking out two as the third pitcher for Long Beach State.
Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara finish out the series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
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