Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Avila Continues Hot Streak, Dirtbags Beat San Diego State 3-1

Juan Avila slides safely into third base for his first triple of the season
Photo Courtesy of LBSU Athletics

Juan Avila has continued his assault at the plate. One game after registering one of the best games of his LBSU career, Avila followed it up in a huge 3-1 victory over the Aztecs. Despite the solid production, Avila is staying mum on his recent performance, "I'm just trying to do what I can to help my team win" he said. Avila's offensive breakout is a welcome sight for the Dirtbags now, and for the future.

Junior center fielder and lead-off hitter Brennan Metzger set the tone against the Aztecs going 1-3 with a two RBI double. Avila went 2-4 with a single and a triple, while scoring twice. The other RBI came from left fielder Jeff McNeil, who was 1-4 in the game.

While the Dirtbags had a decent day at the plate, two Long Beach State Freshman dominated from the mound.

Jake Stassi and Ryan Strufing pitched six combined innings, allowing no hits, while striking out three Aztecs. Strufing earned the first victory of his Dirtbag career. Jon Maciel, Nate Underwood, and Eddie Magallon ensured the victory for Long Beach in the last three innings, with Magallon earning his seventh save of the season.

This was a non-conference game for the Dirtbags, they improved their overall record to 15-12, while they stayed idle in the Big West at 2-1.

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