May 11, 2012
Davis, Calif. - In a game that saw five lead changes, it was UC Davis that had the last laugh, scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth after the Dirtbags has scored two in the top half to extend the game in a 6-5 lost in the first of three games in Davis. Juan Avila had four hits for Long Beach State.
Trailing 4-3 after eight innings, Ino Patron drew a leadoff walk to start the ninth inning, and Juan Avila singled on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners with two outs. Brennan Metzger then followed with a single to tie the game, and then after a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly gave Long Beach State a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom half.
Kyle Friedrichs picked up the first out, and after hitting a batter, got a second on a pop fly. A single put two runners on with one in scoring position, and a ball into the gap fell just outside the reach of a diving Metzger, a double by Kevin Barker that scored the tying run as Barker reached base for the fifth time on the day. Eric Johnson then singled to score Paul Politi, winning the game for the Aggies as Long Beach State fell in walk-off fashion for the eighth time, and dropped to 13-14 in one-run games.
UC Davis struck first in the bottom of the first inning, Nick Lynch came around to score on an RBI groundout. The Dirtbags rallied to take the lead after two one-run innings however. An unearned run by Jeff McNeil tied the game in the second, and then a sacrifice fly in the third following a single by Avila and double from Metzger gave Long Beach State the lead.
A solo home run by Lynch tied the game at two, but Long Beach State answered back once more in the top of the seventh. Ino Patron hit a two-out double, and after a bunt single by Avila, an RBI from Metzger gave the Dirtbags a 3-2 edge.
A leadoff walk came around to score in the bottom of the seventh inning however against Matt Johnson, and then an unearned run against Jon Maciel in the bottom of the eighth inning put the Aggies on top by a single run.
Long Beach State returns to Dobbins Stadium tomorrow for game two of the series beginning at 1 p.m. Sophomore Ryan Strufing is scheduled to take the mound for Long Beach State against UC Davis' Tom Briner.
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