No. 21 Long Beach State Hands Arkansas 7-1 Los
BY ANDRES FOCIL
LONG BEACH, CALIF. – Two Arkansas errors led to four unearned runs as the Long Beach State 49ers came away with a 7-1 win in game one of a three game set Friday night.
Long Beach starter Abe Alvarez improved to 2-0 after going six and one-third allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Jonathan Richmond dropped to 2-1 after taking the loss for Arkansas after pitching three and one-third allowing six hits and no earned runs.
The Razorbacks dropped to 4-2 on the season, while the 49ers improved to 5-2.
The 49ers got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning. After Razorback starter Jonathan Richmond retired the first two batters, Todd Jennings and Keith Randle each singled. Adam Heether then reached on a fielding error by shortstop Tigger Lyles to load the bases.
Jeremy Reed then ripped a long double to left-centerfield that cleared the bases and gave Long Beach a 3-0 lead.
Long Beach added to its lead in the third inning when Mike Hofius doubled home Paul McAnulty who reached on an error to put the 49ers up 4-0.
The Razorbacks threatened to cut into the Long Beach lead in the top of the fifth. With one out, Nick Pitts and Brett Hagedorn each singled to give the Hogs runners on first and second. Pitts was then retired at third base on a fielder’s choice by Cody Clark which also move Hagedorn to second.
Tigger Lyles then hit a soft single to shortstop to load the bases with two outs. The 49ers ended the scoring threat when Cliff Crouse flied out to short.
Long Beach padded its lead in the bottom of the fifth. McAnulty doubled to left and scored on two wild pitches by Arkansas reliever Layne Berry. Covarrubias then walked and moved to second on a single by Hofius, but was gunned down going to third by right fielder Ryan Fox for the second out of the inning.
The 49ers made it 6-0 on a triple by Jennings that plated Hofius. Todd Jennings then came in to score on a single to right by Kevin Randel to give the 49ers a 7-0 advantage.
The Razorbacks finally touched up Long Beach starter Abe Alvarez for a run in the top of the seventh as Nick Pitts belted his second career long ball over the right field fence to make it a 7-1 game and prevent a Razorback shutout.
The Razorbacks and 49ers continue their series with game two on Saturday at 3:05 Central Time from Blair Field.
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