Long Beach State beats Wichita State 4-1

03/16/2013 12:06 AM

03/16/2013 12:06 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 State ab r h bi bb so avg
Mucha rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .224
Doggett cf 4 1 1 0 0 2 .349
Gillaspie 1b 2 0 1 0 2 1 .339
Baker c 3 0 1 0 0 1 ..313
Kihle pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Harbutz 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .333
Bayliff dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 .326
Green lf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .357
Parker ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .302
Dearman 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Totals 30 1 3 0 2 9
Long Beach State
McNeil 2b 5 1 4 2 0 0 .297
Hill ss 5 0 2 2 0 1 .346
Yamaguchi 1b 5 0 1 0 0 1 .279
Pragatano rf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .261
Patron lf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .239
Hutting c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .220
Serven 3b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .278
Fulkerson dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Rivera dh 1 1 1 0 0 0 .280
Guerrra 0 1 0 0 1 0 .129
DeGoti 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
Totals 33 4 11 4 3 7
Wichita State 000 100 000 1
Long Beach St. 000 001 03x 4

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 State ip h r er bb So era
Elam 6 8 1 1 2 7 2.85
Minnis L,1-1 2 3 3 3 1 0 4.74
Wichita State
Carle 7 3 1 0 1 7 1.42
Frye W,1,1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2.34
Maciel S,2 1 1 0 0 1 1 5.25

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

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