May 5, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Down two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Long Beach State scored twice to extend the game and then Jeff Yamaguchi finished off a 2-for-3 day by taking a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Dirtbags defeated LMU 5-4 on Saturday.
Loyola Marymount (21-19) struck first on Saturday, taking advantage of some early Dirtbags miscues. After a leadoff double in the second inning, Alex Guthrie scored on back-to-back sacrifice bunts, and then in the second inning, Sean Roe came around to score following a passed ball to give LMU a 2-0 lead.
Long Beach State (22-21) was able to even the score for the first time in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kellen Hoime led off the inning with a single, and after two more singles loaded the bases, Brennan Metzger singled to drive home a pair of runs.
Bad luck struck the Dirtbags and starter Matt Anderson in the top of the seventh, however. After plunking the leadoff batter, Long Beach State had a shot at a double-play on a hit-and-run as the ball was lifted into shallow right field. Richard Prigatano tripped while fielding the ball however, and was only able to trap it in a nice recovery to hold the runners at first and second base. Both of those runners came around to score in that inning, and LMU took a 4-2 lead.
That would hold until the bottom of the ninth, as the Lions turned the ball over to their closer, Bret Dahlson in relief of starter Colin Welmon, who went 6.2, and Aaron Griffin. Dahlson struggled with his command however, hitting Metzger to start the inning and then walking Jeff McNeil. A sacrifice moved both runners over, and then Michael Hill walked to load the bases. Kellen Hoime then worked eight pitches before lifting in a run with a sacrifice fly, and then Johnny Bekakis singled up the middle on a full count with two outs to tie the game, sending it into extra innings.
Kyle Friedrichs set down the Lions in order in the top of the tenth, and Ino Patron got a rally started for the Dirtbags with a leadoff single in the bottom of the tenth against Ryan Hawthorne. After a sacrifice, Hawthorne intentionally walked Metzger, and then never again really found the strike zone, walking both McNeil and Yamaguci to bring home pinch-runner Josh Guerra and end the game.
The series continues tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Page Stadium before returning to Blair Field for the series finale on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
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