May 30, 2014
Gainesville, Fla. - Andrew Rohrbachturned away both the heat and the Tar Heels in a masterful performance, pitching 8.1 innings and allowing just one run as the Dirtbags opened up the 2014 postseason with a 6-1 win over North Carolina.
Both starters cruised for three innings, but Long Beach State broke the game open in the fourth inning. Garrett Hampsongot the action started by beating out an infield single for the first hit of the game, and the dam broke.
Hampson moved to second a wild pitch, was advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on an RBI single by Richard Prigatano. Prigatano then stole second, advanced to third on an error, and scored after a walk to Michael Hill on a single from Johnny Bekakis.
Rohrbach was dominant through seven innings, and got through the eighth inning with the help of an outstanding defensive play at third base from Michael Hill. A double by Michael Russell followed by a single from Landon Lassiter ended the shutout, and Rohrbach's day, but the sophomore finished with 8.1 innings pitched, giving up one run on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Ty Provenchercame on and picked up the final two outs to polish off the win for Long Beach State, who won the first game of a regional for the first time since the 2005 season, when the Dirtbags dropped Rhode Island 11-2.
Long Beach State advances to face the winner of tonight's game between Florida and College of Charleston. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on Saturday.
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