Juan Avila hit his sixth home run of his career in the final game of the season.
May 25, 2013
Irvine, Calif. - Tied with two outs in the ninth inning, Zack Belanger was able to extend the game with a base hit, and Colby Brenner came through with a triple off the wall in right field to give the Dirtbags a 3-2 win in the season finale at UC Irvine. Senior Juan Avila closed his career with another strong game, going 2-for-4 with a home run, his second of the year.
Avila got the Dirtbags started in the top of the first, cracking a solo home run to put Long Beach State on top 1-0. UC Irvine answered back in the bottom of the same inning, however, as Connor Spencer doubled and then came home on an RBI single from Taylor Sparks.
The Anteaters then threatened again in the second inning, loading the bases with a hit, a walk and a hit batter with just one out in the inning. David Hill was able to get an infield fly, and after a hit batter put UCI in the lead 2-1, snared a comebacker to end the inning.
Anteaters starter Andrew Morales settled in, pitching five scoreless innings after the Avila home run, but David Hill and Ryan Millison also kept UC Irvine off the board until the Dirtbags could tie the game in the seventh. Ino Patron doubled off of Morales, and Eric Hutting followed with a base hit up the middle to bring home Patron and even the score at 2-2.
Millison closed out his appearance with another out in the eighth inning, and then Jon Maciel worked through some trouble to keep the Anteaters off of the board once more. Belanger and Brenner then combined to give the Dirtbags the lead, and Maciel set down UCI in order in the ninth to seal the win for Long Beach State.
Long Beach State finishes the season with a 29-27 overall record, the third consecutive winning season under Troy Buckley, and with a 15-12 mark in the Big West.
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