Long Beach State stormed out to a 6-0 lead after four innings Friday night in support of starter Andrew Gagnon, and the Dirtbags held on to beat No. 12 Stanford 6-3 in Palo Alto.
Gagnon struck out eight batters and allowed two runs over six innings.
Long Beach State got on the board right away in the top of the first inning, as Ino Patron drew a two-out walk and scored when Mike Marjama tripled down the right-field line to give the Dirtbags a 1-0 lead.
The Dirtbags extended their lead with a big inning in the third. Jeff McNeil led off the inning with a base hit, and Brennan Metzger was hit for the 33rd time in his career, tying him with Bobby Crosby in the LBSU record books for fourth place to put a pair of runners on. After Matt Hibbert pushed over both runners with a sacrifice, Patron drove a two-run single up the middle. Another hit by Matt Duffy put Patron in scoring position, and Patron came home on a single by Jonathan Kim, extending the lead to 4-0.
Back-to-back singles by Michael Hill and Kirk Singer got the Dirtbags going once more in the fourth. Both players scored to provide Long Beach State with a 6-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Gagnon, who set a season high with eight strikeouts while allowing six hits. His major trouble came in the fifth inning, when a walk combined with a hit batter put two runners on, and singles from Stephen Piscotty and Eric Smith scored two runs for the Cardinal.
Gagnon got out of the inning, and pitched a hitless sixth to get the game into the hands of the bullpen, which combined for three innings of relief between Kyle Friedrichs, Jon Maciel and Eddie Magallon. Magallon entered in the ninth and retired the side in order to record his fifth save of the season, while Gagnon got the win to improve to 3-3.
Patron finished the day with two runs scored and two RBI.