May 15, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Eleventh-ranked Long Beach State evened the season series with the Lions after posting a 21-2 victory Tuesday afternoon at Page Stadium. LMU (22-33-1) had taken the contest with the Dirtbags (35-14) at Blair Field in April.
The non-conference match-up marked the season finale for the Lions, who saw 21 players make an appearance in Tuesday's game. Among the notables were seniors Blake Feaser and Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, both dressing for their final game in a Lion uniform. Feaser made his only appearance of the season after having surgery in 2006, while Ruvalcaba made his first career start.
Other seniors playing their final game included Elvis Herrera, DeAndre Miller, and Taylor Shoop. Sunday starter Daniel Macias ended his LMU career on a high note just days ago, throwing a complete game gem against Portland to secure the WCC series win.
But the 11th-ranked Dirtbags did all the celebrating Tuesday, scoring 21 runs on 24 hits including a 5-for-6 effort by center fielder Chris Nelson. Third baseman Jason Tweedy went 4-for-5 with six RBI.
Long Beach State led 1-0 until the fourth inning, when took a 5-0 lead after a three-run home run by Tweedy. Kip Masuda scored the fourth run of the frame on a fielder's choice ball.
The Dirtbags went on to score in five straight innings, including a six spot in the eighth, thanks in part to an A.J. Pinocchio grand slam.
The Lions scored both of their runs in the fifth inning off of relievers Vance Worley and Russ Lowell. A single by Joe Zeller and a fielder's choice ball from T.J. Bernardy plated Miller and Justin Bunkis. Miller had singled to start the inning, and Bunkis had been hit by a pitch from Lowell.
Relievers Daniel Wolford, Adam Wilk, and Andre Lamontagne held LMU scoreless for the final four frames. Starter Omar Arif (5-5) earned the win after tossing the first three innings for the Dirtbags.
Ruvalcaba (0-1) suffered the loss for LMU after being charged with four earned runs on five hits in his three innings of work.
Miller and Eric Farris each went 2-for-4 for the Lions.