May 7, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State stayed on the road Tuesday but had a much different result, winning Tuesday at Pepperdine 5-3 behind a balanced effort from the team. Jeff McNeil had three hits for the Dirtbags, while Juan Avila added two and drove in a pair in the win.
Long Beach State (22-24) struck first, scoring in the second inning. Zack Belanger started off the inning with a base knock, and after advancing on a pair of outs, came home to score on a single by Colby Brenner, who was thrown out at second base after oversliding the bag.
McNeil opened up the third inning with a base hit, and after a sacrifice and a stolen base, scored on a base hit from Juan Avila as Long Beach State scored again.
Pepperdine (23-21) roared back to take its first lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. After a leadoff single from Kolten Yamaguchi to start the inning, Ryan Millison walked and hit two batters to load the bases, and back-to-back singles by the Waves would give Pepperdine a 3-2 lead.
Long Beach State had one more answer in the next inning, however, as McNeil and Colton Vaughn reached on back-to-back bunt singles. Avila then singled to score McNeil, and Vaughn came home on an Ino Patron sacrifice fly as the Dirtbags regained the lead 4-3.
A leadoff walk to Jonathan Serven led to another insurance run in the sixth inning for Long Beach State, and Jon Maciel was dominant in relief to finish off the game. Coming in for the Dirtbags in the bottom of the seventh inning, Maciel allowed a leadoff single, but then retired nine straight Pepperdine batters to collect his sixth save of the season in support of Ty Provencher, who improved to 2-0 with 2.1 innings of work in relief.
Long Beach State returns to Blair Field this weekend, hosting Hawai'i for three games beginning on Friday, May 6, and will then play the Waves once more next Tuesday at 6 p.m. on May 14.
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