May 27, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State's Shawn Stuart and Cal State Fullerton's Kenny Matthews battled through six scoreless innings, but a three-run home run from the Titan's JD Davis broke open the game in a 5-1 loss on Sunday.
Stuart, pitching his final game for the Dirtbags, faced one over the minimum over the first five innings, but Matthews matched him each step of the way as zeroes flew up on the scoreboard over the first five innings.
In the top of the seventh, Ivory Thomas led off the inning with a single, and after a stolen base and a groundout moved Thomas to third, a chopper over a drawn-in infield by Michael Lorenzen gave the Titans a 1-0 lead. Lorenzen moved to third on a single by Anthony Hutting, but Stuart popped up Matt Chapman for the second out of the inning. JD Davis turned on a 1-2 pitch in the next at-bat however, hitting a three-run homer that gave the Titans a 4-0 lead.
After Cal State Fullerton added one more run in the top of the eighth inning, Long Beach State pushed across a run of their own in the bottom half. Jonathan Kim picked up a double in a pinch-hit appearance, and after moving to third on a deep fly ball, scored on an error from first baseman Carlos Lopez to break the shutout.
The pitchers carried the day, however. For Stuart, he struck out three with five hits over 6.2 innings, but the homer from Davis capped four runs, all earned against the senior. For Matthews, the left-hander pitched eight innings, allowing one unearned run with three strikeouts and four hits.
Prior to the game, the Dirtbags had a ceremony honoring their seniors: Kim, Stuart, Juan Favela, Matt Johnson, Kellen Hoime and Brennan Metzger. Long Beach State finishes the 2012 campaign with their second-straight winning season under head coach Troy Buckley at 28-27, and finished in third place in the Big West.
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