LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Dirtbags topped UC Davis, 10-3, in game two on Friday night to secure their third consecutive series as the season comes to an end. It also marks the twelfth time Long Beach State has scored double-digits this season.
The offense pushed runs across early and often with a run in the second, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two in the seventh before a four-spot in the eighth put them at 10 for the night.
Jack Hammond brought in the first run with an RBI single in the second followed by RBI singles from both Rocco Peppi and Nick Marinconz in the fourth.
The run support was enough through six innings for Graham Osman in his Saturday night start. The southpaw allowed just one run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts before running into trouble in the seventh.
A hit by pitch, three singles, and a walk would give the Aggies two runs and the bases loaded with two outs forcing Osman to turn the ball over to Coach Valenzuela. From one southpaw to another, Sky Wells entered and got a massive strikeout to escape the jam and preserve a one-run lead.
The Folsom native wound up finishing the game, tossing 2.1 near perfect innings with five strikeouts on the night. His only blemish was a two-out walk in the top of the ninth.
The Dirtbag lineup rallied once again in the seventh as Alex Champagne came through with a clutch two-RBI single into right center to provide some much-needed insurance runs.
With a three-run lead, the bats kept things rolling in the bottom of the eighth. After a leadoff double from Hammond, Marinconz connected for his second RBI hit of the night to start a string of four straight Dirtbags registering hits and totaling four runs. The inning was capped off by back-to-back RBI doubles from Kyle Ashworth and Connor Burns to secure the series victory over UC Davis.
The 16 hits is the most since LBSU recorded 17 in their win at Nevada on April 28. In the box score, nine of the 10 that had an official at-bat recorded a hit with five posting multi-hit efforts. Ashworth and Eddie Saldivar led the way each registering three-hit nights.
Long Beach State will play their final game of the season tomorrow night as they go for the sweep of UC Davis. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. with a ceremony honoring the senior class pregame.
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