May 18, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Johnny Bekakis was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored to stake Long Beach State to a 5-2 lead, and sophomore Kyle Friedrichs finished the job with a tremendous relief appearance, making a four-out save to seal the win and stop a late Pacific rally as the Dirtbags won 5-4.
Bekakis started off the bottom of the first with a double, and came around to score on an RBI single from Brennan Metzger, and Juan Avila, who had been hit by a pitch, scored on an RBI single by Josh Guerra to give the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.
Matt Anderson, who had thrown two solid innings, ran into control issues in the third inning, walking three batters, making an error, and throwing a wild pitch, but with the bases loaded, induced a groundout from Tigers cleanup hitter Riley Drongesen to get out of the inning with only one run scored.
Matt Johnson took over in relief for the Dirtbags, throwing 4.1 innings and allowing just one hit and one run before reaching the eighth inning. In the meantime, Long Beach State had opened a 5-2 lead, putting the leadoff batter on in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and pushing those batters all around to score.
In the eighth, however, after picking up an out, Johnson ended his day with a single, and Eddie Magallon surrendered three hits as the Tigers cut the Long Beach State lead to one with at 5-4. With the tying run at second base and the go-ahead run on at first, the Dirtbags turned to their closer Kyle Friedrichs, who struck out Taylor Murphy on three pitches to end the threat.
Friedrichs surrendered two hits in the ninth but struck out Tigers' star Erik Lockwood, who came into the game hitting .379, to end the game and collect his ninth save of the season. In addition to Bekakis' three hits, both Metzger and Josh Guerra finished the game with two RBI for the Dirtbags to lead the offense.
The Dirtbags return to Blair Field tomorrow for game two against the Tigers at 5:30 p.m. Ryan Strufing will take the hill for Long Beach State, while Mike Hager will get the start for Pacific. The first 1,500 fans in attendance for Saturday's game will receive an exclusive Jered Weaver bobblehead.
- Baseball Camps
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp I - June 19-23
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp II - June 26-30
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp III - July 6-8
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp IV - July 10-14
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp V - July 17-21
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp VI - July 24-28
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp VII - July 31-Aug. 4
- Dirtbags Summer Youth Baseball Camp VIII - Aug. 7-11
- 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
McCaughan Tosses Shutout, Dirtbags Win 4-0 at UCI04/21/2017 - Baseball
No. 12 Long Beach State picked up its eighth shutout of the season thanks to junior Darren...
No. 12 Dirtbags Visit UC Irvine for Black &...04/20/2017 - Baseball
Long Beach State is on the road at UC Irvine this weekend for a Black & Blue Rivalry series...
Dirtbags Fall at UCLA, 2-1, in 11 Innings04/18/2017 - Baseball
No. 12 Long Beach State lost a marathon pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night at UCLA, falling 2-...
No. 12 Long Beach State Visits UCLA on Tuesday ...04/18/2017 - Baseball
The Dirtbags are back on the road Tuesday night, visiting UCLA for a 6 p.m. contest in Los...
CSUN Snaps Dirtbags Winning Streak with 8-5 Win04/15/2017 - Baseball
No. 12 Long Beach State suffered its first loss in over two weeks with an 8-5 setback against...
Former Dirtbag Shane Carle Makes MLB Debut with...04/14/2017 - Baseball
Long Beach State’s Shane Carle, who played for the Dirtbags during the 2013 season, was...