May 23, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Long Beach State left no doubt as the offense exploded for 10 runs to clinch the Black & Blue series win with a 10-1 victory over UC Irvine on Friday. Eight different Dirtbags had at least a hit in the game while Ino Patron and Richard Prigatano each drove in two runs.
Prigatano’s two RBI came in the first inning to help the Dirtbags (31-24, 16-7 Big West) jump out to the early 3-0 lead. After a walk and single put two on with one out, Prigatano ripped a double down the left field line to drive in both runs. He later scored when UCI committed its first of three errors in the contest.
That would be all Josh Frye needed in support but the Dirtbags were nowhere near done. With the win, Frye completed his undefeated regular season on the hill. The Dirtbags are 9-0 when Frye has started the game. He is 8-0 with one no-decision and an undefeated 7-0 in Big West games. He owns a slim 1.51 ERA this season.
The only run Frye would allow through his eight innings came in the top of the second when Jonathan Munoz scored on Ryan Cooper’s groundout. Frye would go on to pitch out of a jam in the fourth as he forced UCI (35-21, 15-8 Big West) to strand at least one runner in every inning except the third.
UCI loaded the bases with one out in the fourth after Frye plunked Evan Cassolato with a pitch. However, Frye got a big strikeout in the next at bat and followed it up with an inning ending grounder to third. The Anteaters would load the bases again in the ninth against Kyle Friedrich but left them that way as Friedrichs got the strikeout to end the game.
Frye struck out six and allowed just six hits. However, he walked a pair of Anteaters and hit three more.
The Dirtbags continued to add to their lead throughout the game as they scored at least a run in six different innings. Patron’s triple in the second plated Vaughn to get the run back from the top half. Patron plated Vaughn again in the fourth with a groundout.
Eric Hutting doubled in a run in the fifth and two more came across in the seventh. Michael Hill added the final two runs in the eighth when he tripled in Garrett Hampson and scored on Bekakis’ single.
The Dirtbags will wrap up the regular season tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the finale against UC Irvine. The Dirtbags’ 10 seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game.
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