Long Beach-Wichita St - 02

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Tanner Deaman can't make the play.LONG BEACH, Calif. —  Jeff McNeil woke up the comatose Long Beach State offense with a four-hit performance, including driving in the tying and winning runs. The Dirtbags (7-11) snapped a six-game losing streak, beating Wichita State 4-1 Friday night at Blair Field.

During the losing streak, Long Beach had averaged less than five hits per game and had scored only eight runs in six games. On Friday, the Dirtbags were able to get runners on, but couldn’t get the big hit early, stranding seven runners in the first three innings.

McNeil singled up the middle to score Jonathan Serven in the sixth inning tying the game 1-1 and then provided the go-ahead RBI two innings later when he rolled one through the right side allowing Zack Rivera to score. Michael Hill followed McNeil with a two-run triple down the right field line to give the Dirtbags a pair of insurance runs.

Those insurance runs provided a measure of comfort even when Wichita State was able to load the bases with one out in the ninth inning. Newly appointed closer Jon Maciel got out of the jam with a strikeout and a slow roller to second base to end the game and pick up his second save.

Long Beach starting pitcher Shane Carle had his best outing of the season. He threw seven innings, allowing only three hits and an unearned run while striking out seven, but he did not factor into the decision.  Josh Frye (1-1) picked up the win after a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Wichita State reliever Albert Minnis (1-1) took the loss.

Check out the 21-shot photo gallery from Friday night’s tight ball game:

  • Tanner Dearman gives full extension.
  • Shane Carle pitched seven innings.
  • Casey Gillaspie lines a single.
  • Long Beach's outfielders chase after the ball.
  • Taylor Doggett is congratulated.
  • Brennan Fulkerson lays down the bunt.
  • Brennan Fulkerson takes off.
  • Micah Green takes a big swing.
  • Jeff McNeil had four hits.
  • Cale Elam took a no decision.
  • Colby Brenner slides into third.
  • Dayne Parker catches a popup.
  • Jeff McNeil runs toward home with the full count.
  • Erik Harburz swings and misses.
  • Ino Patron slides in safely.
  • Cale Elam pitches with runners on.
  • Casey Gillaspie catches a pickoff attempt as Colby Brenner dives in.
  • Taylor Doggett gets the first hit for Wichita State.
  • Colby Brenner hustles to third.
  • Erik Harbutz throws to first.
  • The fog falls upon Blair Field.
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