Sabo Is Lights Out And Bats Light It Up In 12-2 Win
Nick Sabo shut down UCR for 8 innings, allowing one run on two hits.
May 18, 2014
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Nick Sabo was light-out through eight innings on the mound and the offense exploded behind him for a 12-2 Long Beach State win on Sunday. Eight Dirtbags had multiple hits, led by Richard Prigatano’s 3-for-4 day at the plate, and all nine in the batting order had a hit in the rout.
Sabo went eight strong innings on the mound to get his fourth win of the season. He limited the Highlander offense to just two hits and a run through eight frames. He also struck out four while issuing a couple of walks.
Sabo was given a four run lead in the first two innings and went right after the UC Riverside offense. He faced just one batter above the minimum through the first five innings.
Meanwhile, the Dirtbags (29-24, 14-7 Big West) caught fire at the plate to support Sabo’s effort. Michael Hill drove in the first run in the first with a sacrifice fly but the Dirtbags were nowhere near done. They would plate 12 runs on 18 hits in the game.
Four singles and an error in the second plated three more runs for a 4-0 Dirtbag lead and the Beach never looked back. They continued to hit around and nearly went through the lineup six times in the game in a season-high run output.
The Dirtbags put up a three-spot two more times in the game with three runs in the fourth and the sixth. Two more came across in the seventh.
Prigatano was 3-for-4 at the plate with a run batted in and two runs scored. Johnny Bekakis had a two-RBI double in the fourth inning and Hill drove in a second run with a single in the seventh. Daniel Jackson took over the designated hitter duties on Sunday and was 2-for-4 with an RBI double – the first double of his career.
UC Riverside (24-26, 11-10 Big West) added a second run in the ninth inning with a pinch hit solo homer from freshman Vince Fernandez. UCR sent six pitchers to the mound in the game.
The Dirtbags have a chance to climb up to second place in the Big West next week with UC Irvine coming into Blair Field to wrap up the regular season. The three-game series opens up on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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