Dirtbags Stay Alive, Beat San Diego State 7-4
LBSU kept its season alive with a 7-4 win over San Diego State in an elimination game on Sunday afternoon.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - In a must-win situation on Sunday afternoon, the Dirtbags came through with a 7-4 victory over San Diego State (42-21) to stay alive in the Long Beach Regional. Long Beach State (39-18-1) fell behind 2-0 in the first, but scored five unanswered runs and held on for the win. LBSU will have a rematch with Texas at 7 p.m., looking to force a winner-take-all championship game on Monday night.
Jarren Duran had a pair of RBIs, Daniel Jackson had three hits, and Lucas Tancas also recorded a multi-hit game as the top of the order was strong. Those three batters combined to hit .500 in the game, scoring three runs and driving in three. Luke Rasmussen had a pair of runs scored to pace the offense in that category.
John Sheaks picked up the win, going 6.0 innings allowing four runs on eight hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning. He settled in nicely, however, posting five straight scoreless innings to allow the Dirtbags to take the lead.
LBSU scored five unanswered runs in innings 2-4 and never relinquished the lead. Duran got LBSU on the board with a two-run single in the second to score Brooks Stotler and Rasmussen. In the third inning, three SDSU errors led to a pair of Dirtbags runs, capped by an RBI single from David Banuelos. Duran set the table for another run in the fourth, leading off with a double down the left field line. Later came in to score on a Tancas RBI single to make it 5-2.
SDSU scored twice in the seventh to pull within a run, but the LBSU bullpen came up huge. Freshman Zak Baayoun came in with two runners on and no outs and recorded a four-pitch strikeout. Then with the score 5-4 and runners at first and second, Eli Villalobos and Banuelos made one of the biggest plays of the day. Villalobos struck out Chase Calabuig looking on a 3-2 pitch, with Banuelos firing down to third base to easily catch Tyler Adkison stealing for a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play to end the inning.
LBSU got two insurance runs in the ninth on RBI singles from Rasmussen and Garrett Nelson. That gave Villalobos plenty of breathing room to pick up his third save of the season as he worked the final 2.2 innings of the game.
The Dirtbags will send RHP Tyler Radcliffe to the mound to take on RHP Kyle Johnston in another must-win game for Long Beach. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Blair Field.
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