Dirtbags Lead 5-4 In Rain-Suspended Game With North Carolina Continuing Tomorrow
June 1, 2014
Gainesville, Fla. - Long Beach State's Michael Hill gave the Dirtbags a crucial advantage against North Carolina, hitting a sixth-inning home run to give Long Beach State a 5-4 lead in a rain-marred contest that was suspended in the 7th inning. Play will resume at Noon ET Monday.
Long Beach State jumped out to an early lead, as Garrett Hampson worked a walk against Tar Heels starter Zac Gallen, and Patron made him pay by pulling a home run to right field to spot the Dirtbags a two-run lead.
North Carolina answered back with a two-run homer of their own by Skye Bolt, and then took the lead in the third inning. With runners on the corners, Korey Dunbar dropped down a perfect suicide squeeze, as Alex Raburn came home just in front of the ball on a flip from Patron at first base.
The senior continued to force the issue for the Dirtbags, coming through again with two runners in scoring position, placing The Beach back in front with a two-run single in the top of the third inning.
North Carolina once again tied the score by pushing across a run in the bottom half, tying the game before a lengthy rain delay, lasting three hours and 23 minutes.
When play resumed, Kyle Friedrichs got the final out of the fourth inning, and cruising through two more frames while Hill's solo shot gave the Dirtbags the lead.
Opening the top of the seventh, Hampson hit a one-out single, and Patron ripped a comebacker up the middle before the skies opened again, halting play after 51 minutes. Two hours, 29 minutes later with no letup play was moved to Monday, beginning at Noon.
NCAA Tournament baseball games are played under the "halted game" rule, stipulating that no game can be shortened for weather. The College of Charleston awaits the winner of the UNC/LBSU contest, to begin 55 minutes after the conclusion of today's game.
In all, the Tar Heels and Dirtbags spent 8 hours and 15 minutes at McKethan Stadium following first pitch, with more to come in an epic postseason game.