Shawn Stuart threw five scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.
May 10, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Shawn Stuart's return to a starting role went well Tuesday, as the junior threw five scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing just two hits to stake the Dirtbags to a lead they would never relinquish in a 4-2 win over No. 13 UCLA.
Three Dirtbags had two hits as Long Beach State took an early lead, but Long Beach State (24-22) had some trouble early. Stuart walked the first two batters of the game, but got a grounder for a double play to leave just one runner on, and then a liner that was snared by Michael Hill at third base kept UCLA (27-17) off the board in the first inning.
The Dirtbags responded with two runs in the bottom of the first. Matt Hibbert was plunked to put the leadoff runner on, and Jeff McNeil singled for a second baserunner in the first. After a wild pitch advanced both runners, a sacrifice fly by Ino Patron brought in one run, and a single from Matt Duffy scored another as Long Beach State took a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Brennan Metzger made a gutsy play that resulted in a run. After drawing a walk with one out, Metzger stole second, and with a wild pitch bouncing past catcher Steve Rodriguez, advanced all the way to third base. He then scored on an RBI gounder by Johnny Bekakis to give the Dirtbags a 3-0 lead. An RBI single in the fifth then gave the Dirtbags a 4-0 lead.
Two walks from reliever Jake Stassi led to a UCLA run in the sixth inning, and Eddie Magallon ran into some trouble in the eighth inning after a leadoff triple, but two great catches in center field by Metzger kept the momentum in favor of the Dirtbags. Magallon then struck out Brenton Allen to end the inning, and Branden Pinder collected his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
McNeil, Marjama and Duffy all had two hits on the day for Long Beach State, while five Long Beach State pitchers held the Bruins to just five hits on the day.
Long Beach State's rivalry with Cal State Fullerton resumes Friday, as the Dirtbags travel to Goodwin Field for three games against the No. 9 Titans. The series begins with a 7 p.m. start on May 13.
- Baseball Camps
- 2016 Youth Baseball Summer Camps - June 6-Aug. 8
- 2016 Middle School Summer Camp - July 6
- Dirtbag Baseball
- What is a Dirtbag?
- Dirtbags in the Majors
- Team History
- Blair Field
- Ticket Information
- Beach Magazine Feature on Dirtbags in MLB
- Dirtbags Baseball Alumni Video
- MLB.com on Dirtbag Infielders
- Major Leaguers All-Time Gallery
- 1998 CWS Reunion
- Related Links
- Baseball America
- Collegiate Baseball
- Minor League Baseball
- Major Leagues
- USA Baseball
- Media Guides
Mathewson Selected To Baseball America's...06/22/2015 - Baseball
More postseason accolades rolled in for Long Beach State starting pitcher Chris Mathewson as he...
Lombana Drafted By The Twins In The 25th Round ...06/10/2015 - Baseball
Long Beach State junior pitcher Logan Lombana was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 25th...
Friedrichs Selected By A's In Seventh Round...06/09/2015 - Baseball
Long Beach State senior pitcher Kyle Friedrichs was selected by the Oakland A's in the seventh...
Mathewson Earns More Freshman All-America...06/08/2015 - Baseball
Starting pitcher Chris Mathewson took home another accolade on Monday as the National Collegiate ...
Dirtbags Trio Honored As Freshmen All-Americans06/03/2015 - Baseball
The Long Beach State Dirtbags freshmen trio of Chris Mathewson, Luke Rasmussen and Brock...
Friedrichs Named Semifinalist For 2015 Gregg...06/01/2015 - Baseball
Long Beach State senior Kyle Friedrichs has been named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award. ...