May 10, 2014
HONOLULU – Four walks in the ninth, including two with the bases loaded, helped the Long Beach State Dirtbags to a 3-1 win in the series opener at Hawai’i on Friday. Andrew Rohrbach was again phenomenal on the mound with his second complete game in as many games.
Rohrbach tied his career-high with nine strikeouts in his second straight nine-inning outing. He allowed five hits to the Rainbow Warriors (19-26, 3-13 Big West) while walking a pair. Hawai’i had just three runners in scoring position all night.
On the other end, Matt Cooper was impressive for Hawaii, pitching into the ninth inning with the score 1-1. He struck out six and allowed just four hits. However, two of those Dirtbag hits went for extra bases to help the Dirtbags (24-23, 10-6 Big West) score their first run. He issued just one walk but came in the fateful ninth.
Colby Brenner walked to lead off the ninth before the Bows went to the bullpen. Scott Squiers walked Garrett Hampson to put two one with none away. Ino Patron then surprised the defense with a bunt down the third base line and beat the throw to first for his second hit of the game to load the bases.
With the bases loaded, Richard Prigatano drew a walk from Squiers to plate the go-ahead run. A strikeout and pop out recorded to quick outs but the Bows went to the bullpen again to bring in the right handed Juliene Jones to face Johnny Bekakis.
Bekakis drew a four-pitch walk to bring in the insurance run. Hawai’i put a runner on in the ninth with a single but Rohrbach induced the game-ending double play to secure his sixth win of the season.
The Dirtbags first run came in the fourth after Prigatano tripled to right center and was quickly brought in by a Michael Hill double.
Stephen Ventimilia led off the sixth with a single and scored the Rainbow Warriors’ only run of the game when Marc Flores later singled him in.
Long Beach State and Hawai’i will meet again tomorrow at Les Murakami Stadium with the Dirtbags in position to clinch their fourth consecutive series. First pitch is scheduled for 9:35 p.m. (PT).
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