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Long Beach State beats Wichita State 4-1

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 12:06 a.m.

Wichita State at Long Beach State

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Blair Field, Long Beach, Calif.

Records: WSU 11-6, LBSU 7-11

Radio: KNSS. 1330-AM

Michael Hill trippled in two runs in the eighth to lift host Long Beach State to a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over Wichita State on Friday night.

The Shockers started an eight-game road trip with just third loss in the past 14 games. The win enabled the Dirt Bags to snap a six-game losing streak.

WSU starter Cale Elam pitched out of trouble in first five innings, including a bases-loaded jam in the first. Through five innings Elam stranded nine Long Beach baserunners, six in scoring position.

Meanwhile, Long Beach starter Shane Carle retired the first 10 Shockers he faced before Taylor Doggett hit a one-out single in the fourth. Casey Gillaspie hit a drive to center that Long Beach centerfielder Colby Brenner let go through his legs, allowing Doggett to score. Gillaspie wound up at third with one out. Tyler Baker struck out and Erik Harbutz grounded out to end the inning.

Long Beach State, which scored all its runs with two outs, tied it in the sixth. Jonathan Serven singled — Long Beach’s fourth infield hit of the game — sacrificed to third with two outs and scored on Jeff McNeil’s single.

In the eighth, pinch-hitter Zack Rivera hit a one-out single and pinch-hitter Josh Guerra drew a two-out walk. McNeil got his fourth hit of the game, scoring Rivera, setting the stage for Hill’s triple, his fourth of the season.

The Shockers will send Kris Gardner (1-1, 4.91) to the mound today to face Jake Stassi (0-1, 6.00).

Wichita Stateabrhbibbsoavg
Mucha rf400001.224
Doggett cf411002.349
Gillaspie 1b201021.339
Baker c301001..313
Kihle pr000000.333
Harbutz 3b400002.333
Bayliff dh401000.326
Green lf300002.357
Parker ss300000.302
Dearman 2b300000.256
Totals3013029
Long Beach State
McNeil 2b514200.297
Hill ss502201.346
Yamaguchi 1b501001.279
Pragatano rf300012.261
Patron lf301011.239
Hutting c401001.220
Serven 3b411000.278
Fulkerson dh300001.000
Rivera dh111000.280
Guerrra 010010.129
DeGoti 2b000000.125
Totals33411437

Wichita State0001000001
Long Beach St.00000103x4

E — Mucha, Brenner, Hill. LOB — WSU 5,, LBS 11. 2B — Hutting (4). 3B — Hill (4). S — Baker, Brenner. SB — Mucha (5), Hill 2, Yamaguchi (3). CS — Bayliff.

Wichita StateiphrerbbSoera
Elam6811272.85
Minnis L,1-12333104.74
Wichita State
Carle7310171.42
Frye W,1,11000012.34
Maciel S,21100115.25

HBP — Brenner (by Elam). Umpires — Brad Hungerford, home; Bill Barnes, first; Rob Hansen, third. T — 2:36. A — 843.

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