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College Baseball Roundup : Long Beach Hands UCI Another Big West Loss

UC Irvine left 10 runners stranded and lost, 10-2, to 15th-ranked Cal State Long Beach (34-8, 6-2) in a Big West Conference game Saturday at Long Beach’s Blair Field.

Long Beach center fielder Darrell Sherman went four for five, including a three-run triple in the fourth to give Long Beach a 5-0 lead.

Sherman scored three runs in the game.

Chris Gill, the 49ers’ second baseman, went three for four, all singles, and scored three runs. Starter Kyle Abbott (10-2) pitched five innings, striking out seven and walking three for his 10th victory.

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Greg Hays pitched the final four innings to pick up his 12th save.

UC Irvine scored in the sixth inning on a two-run single by catcher Jon Burger. Al Rodriguez, Freddie Combs and Mike Goodcase each had two hits for the Anteaters (14-23-1, 1-7).

In another conference game:

Nevada Las Vegas 16, Cal State Fullerton 6--Nevada Las Vegas had 13 hits and Cal State Fullerton 11, but the Titans (25-15, 5-3) committed seven errors to make the difference at Roger Barnson Field in Las Vegas.

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Titan first baseman Dave Staton got his 14th home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. He went two for four with one run scored.

Kevin Lofthus, a designated hitter for Las Vegas (28-11, 4-4), extended his hitting streak to 33 games, five shy of the Big West Conference record set last season by Cal State Fullerton’s Brent Mayne.

Lofthus went two for five with a single, a double and two runs scored. Vegas right fielder Shaun Murphy was the game’s top hitter, going four for five with a two-run homer and three singles.


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