For the second straight game, Long Beach State broke a 1-1 tie with late runs in a 3-1 victory over Wichita State on Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.
Richard Prigatano led off the seventh with a base hit and scored on Colton Vaughn’s two-out single, breaking a 1-1 tie. On Friday, the Dirtbags struck for three runs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.
Of the seventh runs scored by Long Beach State in the first two games of the series, six have come with two outs.
Shocker pitchers, coming into the game averaging eight strikeouts, could muster just two strikeouts, tying a season low.
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Long Beach State scored in the first when Jeff McNeil tripled and scored on Jeff Yamaguchi’s single. It was the only run Long Beach State has scored with less than one out.
WSU tied it in the third when Dayne Parker led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Parker Zimmerman and sped home on Daniel Kihle’s single. With Kihle at third, Taylor Doggett struck out to end the threat.
The Shockers missed a good opportunity to score in the fourth. Casey Gillaspie singled to open the inning and Johnny Coy followed with a single. Erik Harbutz sacrificed them to second and third. Micah Green struck out and Parker grounded out. To that point, WSU had stranded three, all in scoring position.
From the fifth to the end of the game, WSU got only one baserunner to second base, Parker in the seventh. Parker had reached on an error and went to second on Zimmerman’s single.
Ryan Millison, who earned his first save of the season, retired all six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth.
Notes: A. J. Ladwig (2-1, 3.86) will pitch for WSU today against David Hill (0-1, 4.60).… McNeil was hit by a pitch twice by WSU starter Kris Gardner. Long Beach State batters have been hit 33 times. WSU batters have been hit 12 times.… Harbutz went 0 for 3 and is now 0 for 17 career against Long Beach State, having struck out seven times.… Long Beach State pitchers did not allow a walk, the first game this season WSU batters have not walked.… Gillaspie stretched his hitting streak to seven games. During that time, he’s 10 for 26 (.385).… Gardner allowed six hits in seven innings and did not walk a batter, striking out one. Of his 18 pitches, 54 were strikes, a .667 strike-ball ratio.
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E — Hill. LOB — WSU 5, LBS 7. 3B — McNeil (2). S — Zimmerman, Harbutz, Rivera. SB — Buerra (3). CS — Kihle, McNeil.
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HBP — McNeil 2 (by Gardner). Umpires — Bill Barnes, home; Rob Hansen, first; Brad Hungerford, third. T — 2:10. A — 1,004.