Long Beach State forces another game with Texas

 

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Jarren Duran hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning and Long Beach State defeated Texas 4-3 on Sunday to force a deciding game on Monday in the Long Beach Regional.

The top-seeded Dirtbags fell 5-3 to Texas in 12 innings on Friday night in the double elimination tournament. Long Beach set up a rematch with Texas with a 7-4 victory over San Diego State earlier Sunday. Duran's two-run single sparked five unanswered runs for the Dirtbags.

The winner will face Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regional. The Titans (37-21) beat Stanford 4-2 on Saturday to advance.

Luke Rasmussen scored on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the second inning to give Long Beach the early lead. Ramsey Romano added an RBI single in the fifth. Texas (39-23) tied it in the bottom half and both teams added a run in the sixth.

Zak Baayoun (3-0) pitched two innings in relief for the win, and Josh Advocate earned his fifth save.

Zane Gurwitz, Bret Boswell and Michael Cantu all drove in runs for the Longhorns with Gurwitz leading with two hits.

Kyle Johnston pitched seven innings for the Longhorns, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Blair Henley took the loss.

On Saturday, Travis Jones hit a two-run single to left in the 12th inning and Texas defeated Long Beach State 5-3 at the Long Beach Regional on Saturday night.

After Long Beach took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning, Boswell hit a solo home run in the top of the second to tie it. Brock Lundquist's homer to right gave Dirtbags back the lead in the home half of the inning.

Boswell's second homer tied it at 2 in the seventh, but Ramsey Romano scored on an error in the bottom half for Long Beach.

Gurwitz's solo home run in the eighth tied it again for the Longhorns.

Long Beach's Jarren Duran attempted an inside-the-park home run with two out in the 10th but he was thrown out at home.

Beau Ridgeway (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

 

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