April 23, 2011
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Ino Patron had two home runs, including a three-run blast that provided the Dirtbags a four-run lead on the way to a 6-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the final game of the series.
Long Beach State (19-18, 6-6) had their best start of the series, taking an early lead on Sunday. Matt Hibbert drew the first of two walks to start the game, and after taking second on a wild pitch, scored on a sacrifice and an RBI single from Matt Duffy. Patron then cracked his first home run of the day and the second of the series to give the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.
The Dirtbags then took a larger lead in the third inning. Jeff McNeil drew a one-out walk, and after a single from Duffy, Patron cracked another home run over the right field wall to put the Dirtbags in front 5-0.
A double by UC Santa Barbara (17-17, 4-5) broke up the no-no in the sixth, and Ryan Palermo would come home after the hit to cut the lead down to 6-1. Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Gauchos loaded the bases with one out against Pinder, who plunked Joe Wallace to bring home a second run.
Freshman Kyle Friedrichs entered the game at that point, and induced a ground ball for a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning and the UC Santa Barbara threat. Friedrichs then pitched two more scoreless innings to finish the game, earning his first save of the season.
Long Beach State will play one more game on the road, facing USC at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, before returning to Blair Field as the Dirtbags host Cal Poly for a three-game conference series starting on Friday, April 29.
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