May 6, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach State tied the game heading into the ninth inning but San Diego State answered with three runs in the final frame and the Dirtbags dropped the final game of their homestand 6-3. While playing the last eight games in a row at Blair Field, the Dirtbags (23-23) posted a 5-3 record to climb back up to .500 on the season.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth and one out, the Dirtbags made the most out of the inning as Richard Prigatano reached first on an error. During Michael Hill’s at-bat, Prigatano took off for second. The pitch was in the dirt and bounced away from catcher Brad Haynal, allowing Prigatano to take second and then third. A few pitches later, Hill tied up the game with a sacrifice fly.
The Aztecs needed just one hit to jump back out in front in the ninth. Ty France walked and Haynal was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Their free passes and an intentional walk to Tyler Adkison loaded the bases but set up the potential for an inning ending double play ball.
Instead, Steven Pallares drew the bases loaded walk after working the count full and Evan Potter drove in two more runs with a single up the middle to help the Aztecs (33-16) to the win.
Eric Hutting walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth but was stranded at second. Michael Cederoth took the win out of the bullpen to improve to 5-1 and Logan Lombana was pegged with his second loss after starting the ninth inning.
The Dirtbags jumped out in front in the second when Hutting cashed in Michael Hill with a single up the middle. Hill had led off the inning with a double and moved up to third on a sacrifice. Danny Sheehan beat up a double play ball at first to get the Aztecs even in the fourth. The Dirtbags jumped out in front again in the fifth when Colton Vaughn doubled and Garrett Hampson tripled him in.
Greg Allen evened up the game at 2-2 in the sixth when he doubled in a run. Nick Rossetta had him picked off at second moments later but a throw in the ensuing rundown went off his helmet and squirted away. He rounded third to head home and collided with Hampson, who was scurrying after the loose ball. As a result of the collision he was awarded home, giving SDSU its first lead at 3-2.
The Dirtbags will now hit the road for six of their next seven games. They head to Hawai’i this weekend for a three-game Big West series with the Rainbows. First pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled for 9:35 p.m. (PT).
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