Long Beach State and San Diego Play to 9-9 Tie
San Diego scored three runs in the ninth inning to tie the game, which was ended due to curfew in a 9-9 tie after 10 innings.
SAN DIEGO - Long Beach State and San Diego entered Tuesday night’s game with identical records, and that’s exactly how both teams would leave. The game was halted after the 10th inning due to curfew restrictions, resulting in a 9-9 tie. Both teams move to 28-14-1 on the season. This is the first tie for Long Beach State since the 1998 season, when the Dirtbags tied Fresno State, 7-7, after 12 innings.
The Dirtbags held an 8-2 lead in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game, but could not hold the lead as USD scored once in the seventh, then three runs in both the eighth and ninth inning to force extra innings. After both teams went scoreless in the 10th, it was decided to call the game after four hours and 25 minutes of play.
Junior Ramsey Romano started the night 4-for-4 in his hometown, matching his career high with four hits in a game. Catcher Joey Notch had a pair of hits and three RBIs, which were the first of his Dirtbags career. LBSU had 14 hits on the night, meaning the Dirtbags have had double-digit hits in four straight games and seven of their last eight.
There were seven pitchers used by the Dirtbags on Tuesday, starting with John Castro, who worked three innings allowing a two-run home run in the third to give USD its first and only lead of the game.
LBSU took the lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Romano to score Daniel Jackson with two outs. After USD’s go-ahead home run, the Dirtbags answered with a run in the top of the fourth to tie it, with Jarren Duran scoring with the aid of two San Diego errors.
The Dirtbags took the lead in the fifth on three straight singles from Lucas Tancas, Romano and Rasmussen. Stotler then added two more runs with a ground-rule double to deep right center to make it 5-2. Another Rasmussen RBI single extended the lead in the sixth, then Notch delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single up the middle to make it 8-2 Dirtbags.
San Diego hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to pull within 8-6, then rallied for three more runs in the ninth, ultimately tying the game on a squeeze play with one out.
The Dirtbags will be at home this weekend for an important Big West series against Cal Poly. The Mustangs are tied with Cal State Fullerton for second place in the standings, two games in the loss column behind first-place Long Beach State. The first game of the series is Friday night at 6 p.m. at Blair Field.
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