Avila, Guerra pace offense as Dirtbags defeat Cal State Northridge 8-2
April 27, 2012
Northridge, Calif. - Long Beach State scored eight runs on 15 hits, as Juan Avila cracked a three-run homer and freshman Josh Guerra had four hits to lead the Dirtbags as LBSU defeated Cal State Northridge 8-2 on the road.
Guerra's four hits were the most for any Long Beach State player on the year, and helped the Dirtbags move to 10-3 in Big West play.
Long Beach State scored first in the top of the second inning. Brennan Metzger singled to lead off the inning, and scored on an RBI double by Johnny Bekakis. After a sacrifice, Bekakis then scored on a single by Guerra, giving the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.
Matt Anderson had a few rough early innings, but managed to escape baserunners in three of the first four innings due to errors and walks with no hits and no runs, but the Matadors pulled even with a two-out rally in the fifth. With one runner on, Ryan Raslowsky walked then Cal Vogelsang doubled to score both runners and tie the game.
A big blast helped the Dirtbags retake the lead in the sixth. Josh Guerra doubled to start off the inning, and a single from Kellen Hoime and walk by Matt Duffy loaded the bases. Ino Patron lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score one run on the second out, and Avila followed with a three-run home run to left center field to put the Dirtbags on top 6-2.
The Dirtbags added two more in the ninth inning, as Guerra hit a two-out triple to score Metzger and Bekakis. Matt Johnson held on in the ninth inning in his fourth inning of relief work to record his first save of 2012, allowing no runs and surrendering one hit. Anderson earned the win to improve to 4-2 on the season.
With the win, the Dirtbags move to 20-19 on the year, and are over .500 for the first time since February, when the team was 4-3. The teams meet again tomorrow at Matador Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.