Pitchers Duel Evens Series With Long Beach State

Junior right-hander Spencer Koopmans scattered just five hits over six shutout innings on Saturday in a pitchers duel against Long Beach State at Dobbins Stadium.
 
Junior right-hander Spencer Koopmans scattered just five hits over six shutout innings on Saturday in a pitchers duel against Long Beach State at Dobbins Stadium.
 

April 12, 2014

Box Score

DAVIS, Calif. -- Long Beach State right-hander Josh Frye combined with two teammates on a two-hit shutout and the 49ers plated a pair of late runs to win a pitchers duel at Dobbins Stadium by the score of 2-0 over UC Davis in front of a season-high Picnic Day crowd of 1,511 on Saturday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Aggies to 15-16 overall and 2-6 in the Big West, ending a six-game home winning streak. Long Beach State improved to 16-17 overall and 3-2 in conference play, evening the series at one game apiece with Sunday's rubber game looming at 1 p.m.

After banging out a season-high 18 hits just 24 hours earlier, UC Davis was only able to manage singles in the first and fourth innings by Seth Batty and Adam Young, respectively, as Frye (2-0) allowed just five baserunners on the day for the 49ers -- only one of those reaching second base -- walking a pair and striking out six.

Junior right-hander Spencer Koopmans was stellar in his start for the Aggies, but was stuck with the no decision, matching zeros with Frye through six innings of work, scattering just five hits and stranding nine Long Beach State base runners -- five of those in scoring position. Freshman left-hander Orlando Razo (1-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing a run on two walks and a hit batter in one-third of an inning.

Freshman Justin Mullins pitched well to keep his team in it, throwing the final 2.2 innings, allowing an unearned run with two strikeouts.

Long Beach State left the bases loaded in the first and had runners in scoring position in the second, fifth, and sixth innings, but were unable to push across a run until the seventh. Colton Vaughn led off with a walk, was sacrificed over, stole third and remained there are Michael Hill was hit by a pitch and Garrett Hampson walked to load the bases.


 

 

Mullins came in and got Richard Prigatano to hit a high chopper that was mishandled at the second base bag, allowing Vaughn to come home for the 1-0 lead. With the bases still full, Mullins worked out of the jam, getting a strikeout and a force at second to end the inning.

The visitors pushed across their second run in the eighth, again without the benefit of a hit, as Johnny Bekakis reached on an error, stole second, and was sacrificed to third. That brought Vaughn to the plate who executed a perfect squeeze, plating Bekakis for the final 2-0 score.

Kyle Friedrichs then came on to log his sixth save of the year, retiring UC Davis in order in the ninth.

Vaughn finished 2-for-2 for Long Beach State to lead all hitters as neither team managed a hit after his single in the fifth. The three 49ers pitchers combined to retired the final 17 Aggie hitters, including a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play to end the fourth.

Long Beach State 2, UC Davis 0 (Apr 12, 2014 at Davis, Calif.)
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Long Beach State.... 000 000 110 - 2 5 0 (16-17, 3-2 BIG WEST)
UC Davis................. 000 000 000 - 0 2 2 (15-16, 2-6 BIG WEST)
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Pitchers: Long Beach State - Frye, Josh; Provencher, Ty(8); Friedrichs, Kyle(9) and Hutting, Eric. UC Davis - Koopmans, Spencer; Razo, Orlando(7); Mullins, Justin(7) and Brann, Spencer.
Win-Frye, Josh(2-0) Save-Friedrichs, Kyle(6) Loss-Razo, Orlando(1-3) T-2:46 A-1511