LBSU Evens Series with Extra-Inning Win at Fullerton
The Dirtbags grabbed a 10th inning win on Lucas Tancas’ RBI single to score Jarren Duran.
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Dirtbags created a playoff atmosphere on Friday night at Goodwin Field, capturing a 2-1 win in 10 innings over rivals Cal State Fullerton. Lucas Tancas’ RBI single scored Jarren Duran for the game-winning run as LBSU evened the weekend series. Long Beach State improved to 36-17-1 overall and 19-4 in Big West games while Fullerton dropped to 34-20 and 15-8 in conference games.
Duran and Daniel Jackson each had two-hit games at the top of the lineup to help spark the offense, but it was a pitching battle throughout. LBSU starter Darren McCaughan worked 5.0 innings, allowing three hits and one run on a solo home run from Hunter Cullen in the bottom of the fifth. Josh Advocate worked two scoreless innings of relief, followed by Zak Baayoun’s scoreless eighth. Closer Chris Rivera worked the final two innings with a pair of strikeouts to earn his first win of the season.
The Dirtbags got on the board first in the top of the fifth as David Banuelos led off the inning with a double that one-hopped off the wall in right center. With two outs, Duran lined a 3-2 pitch into center field to bring home the run and give Long Beach the 1-0 edge. After Cullen’s homer tied the game, the teams remained deadlocked until LBSU broke through in the 10th.
Before reaching extra innings, however, Tancas made probably the best defensive play of the season for the Dirtbags. The junior made a spectacular diving grab in the left field corner to start the bottom of the eighth inning, denying Niko Pacheco of at least a double.
It was then Tancas’ turn to come through at the plate in the 10th, as Duran and Jackson singled on consecutive pitches to start a one-out rally. Up came Tancas, who grounded a 2-0 pitch sharply past a diving third baseman and into left field, allowing Duran to score the winning run easily.
LBSU will look to win its final series of the year on Saturday as senior RHP Dave Smith (8-1, 1.70 ERA) will get the start, facing off with Fullerton RHP Colton Eastman (0-0, 2.45 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
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