April 29, 2012
Long Beach State (21-20, 11-4 Big West) has now won all five of its Big West conference series, and has won six in a row dating back to the team's road series win at Wichita State.
The Dirtbags scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning, but Cal State Northridge (18-22, 5-7 Big West) answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half as Ryan Raslowski drew a leadoff walk, and scored on a wild pitch from third base.
Guerra gave the Dirtbags the lead back in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run, however, and Long Beach State broke open the game in the top of the fifth. Richard Prigatano started off the inning with a base hit, and after moving to second with a sacrifice, the Dirtbags mounted a huge two-out rally. Matt Duffy singled to score Prigatano, followed by a single from Ino Patron and a walk by Juan Avila to load the bases. Brennan Metzger then singled to score a pair of runs, and advanced to second on the throw to keep two runners in scoring position. Guerra then beat out an infield single, allowing both Avila and Metzger to score to make the total 7-1 Long Beach State, as the Dirtbags batted around in the fifth.
After Johnny Bekakis led off the sixth with another base hit, the Dirtbags mounted another two-out rally, scoring three runs on singles by Avila and Jeff McNeil around walks to Metzger and Guerra to take a 10-1 lead.
Cal State Northridge scored two in the bottom of the seventh to cut into the Long Beach State lead, but Hoime's two-run homer in the ninth inning brought the LBSU cushion back to nine runs.
Long Beach State returns to Blair Field next week, hosting No. 10 UCLA in a Tuesday game at 6:30 p.m. before starting a non- conference split series with Loyola Marymount at home on Saturday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m.
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