May 23, 2013
Irvine, Calif. - Long Beach State broke out to an early 2-0 lead on the road at UC Irvine, but the Anteaters scored seven runs on eight hits in a short outing from Shane Carle, as the Dirtbags fell at UC Irvine by a final score of 10-4.
Jeff McNeil singled to start the game, as the Dirtbags had a promising start. Colton Vaughn followed with another single, and then Juan Avila followed with a grounder outside of the reach of Chris Rabago, putting the Dirtbags on the board. Vaughn then was able to score on a double play, as Long Beach State opened the game with a 2-0 lead.
The lead didn't last long, however. Shane Carle got Dominique Taylor to fly out, and after a single, picked up the second out of the inning on a groundout from Connor Spencer. Taylor Sparks was able to drive in a run with a base hit, and after moving to third on a steal and a wild pitch, a walk put runners on the corners with two outs. Jerry McClanahan then singled through the left side, the first of six straight singles for the Anteaters, scoring six runs and chasing Carle.
Nick Sabo came on in relief, getting the final out of the first inning, and pitched a scoreless second inning. Two runs came home to score on an RBI double by Rabago and a hit from Spencer, and the Anteaters took a 9-2 lead through three.
UC Irvine added one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning before the Dirtbags pulled back a pair in the top of the seventh. Ino Patron and Zack Rivera hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, and after a groundout moved both into scoring position, Eric Hutting singled to bring home two more and make the score 10-4.
Long Beach State will try to even the series back up on Friday, as the series continues at Anteater Ballpark. Jake Stassi will take the mound, facing UC Irvine's Matt Whitehouse in a battle of southpaws.
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