Dirtbags Overpower UC Davis, 10-2, for Series Sweep
LBSU scored 10 times on Sunday, totaling 33 runs on 46 hits in this weekend’s sweep at UC Davis.
DAVIS, Calif. - The Dirtbags’ offensive onslaught continued on Sunday afternoon as No. 9 Long Beach State (28-14, 13-2 Big West) completed a sweep of UC Davis (12-23, 5-10 Big West) with a 10-2 win at Dobbins Stadium. It’s the second consecutive road sweep of a Big West opponent for the Dirtbags, who remain in first place in the conference standings. LBSU has a two game lead in the loss column over both Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton, who sit at 8-4 in conference action.
Long Beach State outscored UC Davis 33-14 on the weekend, recording a sweep in Davis for the second straight season. The Dirtbags have now swept the Aggies three years in a row.
Laine Huffman continued his terrific offensive production, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a career-high four RBIs, breaking the mark he set in yesterday’s game. Lucas Tancas had a grand slam in the second inning to break the game open and give the Dirtbags an early 6-1 lead. It’s Tancas’ team-leading eighth home run of the season and it’s LBSU’s first grand slam since Eric Hutting hit one on May 8, 2015 at Indiana. Huffman started the scoring in that key second inning with a two-out, two-run single. After a Brock Lundquist single and a Daniel Jackson walk, Tancas cleared the bases with a well-placed home run down the left field line and just over the outfield fence.
That was all the run support that starter Dave Smith needed on Sunday, as the Elk Grove, Calif. native went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Josh Advocate pitched a perfect two innings of relief to finish off the game.
LBSU added three runs in the fifth inning for good measure, starting off with leadoff singles from Ramsey Romano and Luke Rasmussen, before David Banuelos was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jarren Duran lined a sacrifice fly to left, then two batters later, Huffman delivered his second two-out, two-run single of the afternoon, making it 10-2 Dirtbags. The teams then went scoreless over the final four innings.
Duran and Romano each had two-hit games, and eight of the nine Dirtbags starters recorded at least one hit. As a team, Long Beach State hit .380 on the weekend, led by Huffman’s unreal performance. The junior shortstop was 9-for-13 (.692) with four runs scored and eight RBIs to lift his season batting average all the way up to .306.
Next up for the Dirtbags is a Tuesday night contest at San Diego. First pitch against the Toreros will be at 6 p.m. in San Diego for Long Beach State’s final midweek game of the season.
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