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Frye Leads Dirtbags to Upset of No. 2 Cal Poly

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All good things must come to an end.

And Josh Frye finally had his scoreless streak snapped at 30.2 innings pitched, but by the time Cal Poly (36-6, 12-2) got to the 6-foot-7 senior Saturday afternoon at Blair Field, Long Beach State already had the game in hand.

The Dirtbags (19-21, 6-5) scored six runs (only three earned runs) off starter Justin Calomeni to chase him from the game in the fourth inning. And when Frye did allow two runs to score, Long Beach immediately answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 7-2 victory to even the series with the Mustangs.

Frye needed just 100 pitches over eight innings to earn his fourth win. He allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) while tying his career high with six strikeouts.

Here’s Josh Frye talking about what he’s done to make the most of his opportunity in the starting rotation:

For the second day in a row, Long Beach State grabbed an early 2-0 lead. And it appeared Cal Poly would quickly rally back for the second straight day. The Mustangs got back-to-back singles to lead off the second inning and were prepared to end the shutout early with men on the corners, but Frye bowed his neck, striking out a pair and getting a lazy fly to end the threat.

Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley talks about Frye’s performance and how big that second-inning stop was for the Dirtbags:

Rather than being satisfied with a 2-0 lead, the Dirtbags put another run on the board in the third when Ino Patron followed Garrett Hampson’s two-out double with an RBI single. The next time up Long Beach added three more runs with the assistance of two dropped flyballs and an off-the-mark throw to the plate with the infield drawn in.

That was more than enough for Frye.

Following the game, Ino Patron, who finished the day 4-for-5 and surpassed Jason Giambi and Dan Twiss to move to No. 6 on Long Beach State’s career hits list, talked about the offense’s aggressive approach against Cal Poly and about the joy of seeing his fellow senior succeed on the mound:

Patron was one of four Dirtbags with multiple hits. Cameron Pongs continued his strong weekend, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Garrett Hampson reached four times, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs and two walks. For the Mustangs, Nick Torres’ 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI was the highlight of the day.

Check out the top photos CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling took from Blair Field:

  • Josh Frye improved to 4-0.  (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Josh Frye improved to 4-0. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Mark Mathias fires home. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Mark Mathias fires home. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Cameron Pongs slides in before Chris Hoo's tag. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Cameron Pongs slides in before Chris Hoo's tag. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Tim Wise snags a popup in foul territory. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Tim Wise snags a popup in foul territory. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Ino Patron knocked four hits Saturday. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Ino Patron knocked four hits Saturday. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Justin Calomeni was chased in the fourth inning. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Justin Calomeni was chased in the fourth inning. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Mark Mathias applies the tag to Cameron Pongs. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Mark Mathias applies the tag to Cameron Pongs. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Colton Vaughn throws on the run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Colton Vaughn throws on the run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Johnny Bekakis dives back to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Johnny Bekakis dives back to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Josh Frye ran his scoreless streak to 30.2 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Josh Frye ran his scoreless streak to 30.2 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Mark Mathis throws to first after a nice diving stop. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Mark Mathis throws to first after a nice diving stop. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Garrett Hampson rips a double. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Garrett Hampson rips a double. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Bryan Granger slings a sidearm offering. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Bryan Granger slings a sidearm offering. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Nick Torres drops a deep flyball. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Nick Torres drops a deep flyball. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Johnny Bekakis is hosed at 2B. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Johnny Bekakis is hosed at 2B. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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  • Angel Perea

    KEEPING THOUGHTFULLY HONEST: The Dirtbags wiping of a top rank Cal Poly team demonstrates that they are for real! The 49ers are a young up-coming team and will be returing to its winning traditions in the near future!

  • Angel Perea

    FOLLOW UP: It would be helpful to report the 49ers 7-2 final score which is not mentioned above!