Jeff Yamaguchi falls down trying to field a bunt.

CBD Gallery: Long Beach Sweeps LMU After Four-Run Two-Out Rally in 8th

Jeff Yamaguchi falls down trying to field a bunt.LONG BEACH, Calif. — Long Beach State scored four runs in its final at bat Monday night at Blair Field to sweep the series against Loyola Marymount.

The Dirtbags trailed 5-3 and had nothing going in the eighth inning after their first two batters fouled out and struck out. But pinch hitter Jonathan Kim walked on four pitches and Jeff McNeil, also pinch hitting singled to right field, prompting LMU to summon “Everyday Aaron” Griffin from the bullpen.

After a passed ball allowed McNeil to move to second, Johnny Bekakis hit a nubber between the mound and second base. Cullen Mahoney fielded the slow roller. Not having a play on the speedy Bekakis, he faked to first and had McNeil dead to rights going home.

But Mahoney couldn’t make the throw home because the umpire was in the way, unintentionally shielding him from a direct throw to the plate. Mahoney, instead, had to run an off-tackle bootleg around the umpire before firing home late, allowing McNeil to score the tying run. Bekakis took second on the throw and scored the game-winning run on an Ino Patron single to centerfield following a pitching change.

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Check out the 20-shot photo gallery from Monday night’s Long Beach State/Loyola Marymount matchup below:

  • Zac Fujimoto had a career-high four RBI.
  • Chaz Meadows makes a diving stop at second base.
  • Chaz Meadows throws to first to complete the diving play.
  • Shon Roe pops a bunt straight up.
  • Jeff Yamaguchi falls down trying to field a bunt.
  • Jason Gill can't believe the umpire's call.
  • Shawn Stuart allowed five runs in 5 2/3 IP.
  • Chaz Meadows barely gets back before Cullen Mahoney's tag.
  • Jeff Yamaguchi's diving attempt isn't enough.
  • Zac Fujimoto comes across to score.
  • Richard Prigatano can't get a handle on the ball.
  • John Lally allowed three runs in five innings.
  • Kellen Hoime fields a chopper in front of the plate.
  • Mitchell Esser can't catch a deep drive to LF.
  • Shon Roe tags out Matt Duffy after he strayed to far.
  • Scott 'Shark' Harkin displays the shark fin after a double.
  • Zac Fujimoto steals second base.
  • Cullen Mahoney throws to first after knocking a ball down.
  • Scott Harkin slides in around the tag attempt of Hoime.
  • Alex Guthrie fields a bunt attempt.
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