May 17, 2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Long Beach State rallied for four runs in the fourth inning and held on through the late innings for a 6-1 win at UC Riverside on Saturday. Josh Frye collected his seventh win on the mound and Richard Prigatano drove in three runs to lead the Dirtbags (28-24, 13-7 Big West) in the win.
UC Riverside jumped on top in the third with its only run of the contest. Prigatano had just thrown out the potential first run at the plate but the Highlanders decided to wave around Joe Chavez from second on another hit into right. Prigatano made a strong throw home but Chavez slid around the tag to give UCR (24-25, 11-9 Big West) a 1-0 lead.
Frye would not allow a run after that and pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth for an important shutdown inning. He struck out a career-high eight Highlanders with four coming in his last two innings of work. He threw eight innings of one-run ball to get the win. Kyle Friedrichs closed it out in the ninth.
The Dirtbags came up empty in the first three innings despite getting a runner into scoring position in all three frames. Colton Vaughn led off the fifth with a one-out single to spark a four-run rally. A bunt single from Colby Brenner, followed by an error, placed runners on second and third with one out.
Garrett Hampson hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game and Prigatano's chopper went over the infield and into left to give the Dirtbags a 2-1 lead. After a walk to load the bases, Johnny Bekakis delivered the big blow with a single to plate two more runs.
Progatano added to the Dirtbag lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh and another run-scoring single in the ninth.
He was one of four Dirtbags to have two hits as LBSU racked up 11 hits in the game. Frye held UCR to eight hits. Zach Varela went eight innings for UCR, struck out six, walked three and hit three more. He gave up five runs and was charged with the loss.
The Dirtbags and Highlanders will meet for the rubber match tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
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