Saturday, April 23, 2011

UC Santa Barbara Takes Series from Dirtbags

Ino Patron hits a two run homerun
Photo Courtesy of LBSU Athletics

Series Overview:
Game 1 - L 5-3

Game 2 - L 7-2

Game 3 - W 6-2

Long Beach State suffered two more losses on the season at the hands of UC Santa Barbara. Despite the two losses, and the series loss, the Dirtbags have a lot of positive things that they can take away from the games against UCSB

Game 1 -

The first game of the series was a pitching duel between the Dirtbags ace Andrew Gagnon (4-5), and UCSB pitcher Jesse Meaux. Gagnon and Meaux both pitched complete games, Gagnon allowing five runs (all unearned) on five hits and Meax allowing three runs on 10 hits. The defense behind Gagnon let him down, two key errors led to all five runs UCSB ended up scoring.

The Dirtbags amassed 10 hits, but could not capitalize on RBI opportunities. Second baseman Matt Duffy had another solid game going 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Freshman designated hitter Michael Hill, who has seen limited time this season, had two hits on the day. Center fielder Brennan Metzger and first baseman Ino Patron got back on track each with a hit and a run scored.

The loss dropped the Dirtbags to 18-17 overall and 5-5 in the Big West

Game 2 -

More pitching trouble dooms Long Beach State. Shawn Stuart lasted just one inning, allowing four runs on three hits and dropping his record to 2-3 on the season. Such a bad start demoralized a Dirtbags squad that have now lost three straight games. Matt Johnson came on in relief of Stuart and allowed three more runs over three innings. Not all was bad on the mound however, Freshman Ryan Strufing closed out the game with four no hit innings, while striking out two.

The Dirtbag offense was not much better either, scoring just two runs on 10 hits. Over the last three games, Long Beach has had trouble driving in runs, whether it's just a lack of concentration, or bad pitch selection, has yet to be determined. Jeff McNeil had three hits on the day, but an entire team effort is needed to get this offense back on track.

This loss dropped the Dirtbags to 18-18 overall and 5-6 in the Big West

Game 3 -

Ino Patron was the designated hitter Saturday afternoon, and hit is exactly what he did. Long Beach State avoided the series sweep against UCSB behind two homeruns and four RBI from Patron. Center fielder Brennan Metzger and second baseman Matt Duffy each chipped in a RBI each, making this the best offensive performance for the Dirtbags over the last four games.

Branden Pinder pitched a very nice game for the Dirtbags. Pinder tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one walk and struck out six. After a handful of rocky outings, Kyle Friedrichs pitched very effectively for 2 2/3 innings to earn his first save of the season.

The win improved the Dirtbags overall record to 19-18 and their Big West record to 6-6

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