LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Another gem from Josh Frye was backed by a 13-hit day at the plate as Long Beach State beat No. 2 Cal Poly, 7-2, to even the series. Ino Patron had a career day at the plate with four hits while also driving in a pair. He was one of four Dirtbags to have multiple hits in the game.
Frye extended his scoreless streak to 30 innings before Cal Poly (36-6, 12-2 Big West) finally broke through for a pair of runs. Frye pitched out of trouble in the second when the Mustangs had runners on first and third with no outs to help him reach the 30-inning mark.
After a single put runners on the corners, Frye struck out the next two batters looking and got an inning ending fly ball into right. The shutdown inning came on the heels of Long Beach State taking another early lead.
Colby Brenner walked to lead off the inning and went around to third when Garrett Hampson singled to left on a hit-and-run play. Patron hit his first of four singles on the day to score Brenner and Hampson scored on Richard Prigatano’s sacrifice fly to right.
Patron drove in Hampson in the third with another single to put the Dirtbags (19-21, 6-5 Big West) up 3-0 in the game. Hampson doubled to left to set up the scoring opportunity.
After allowing the two hits in the second, Frye sat down the next 13 batters he faced in order as the Dirtbags jumped out to a big lead. A couple of Mustang errors in the outfield in the fourth helped along the Dirtbags to three runs in the inning. Cameron Pongs continued his tear at the plate with an RBI single and later came in to score on a Colton Vaughn grounder. A wild pitch accounted for the third run of the inning.
Pongs ended the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, duplicating his day at the plate on Friday. He is now 6-for-8 in the series.
Frye’s streak of 13 batters in a row retired was snapped in the sixth along with his scoreless streak of 30 innings. Jordan Ellis’ one-out double was immediately cashed in by Nick Torres’ single up the middle. Torres later scored on a passed ball as Zack Zehner walked.
That was the only walk of the game issued by Frye as he went eight strong innings and allowed just six hits while also striking out six. He has won each of his last four starts and the Dirtbags have won all five games that the senior has started on the mound. Kyle Friedrichs closed out the ninth with a couple of strikeouts.
Justin Calomeni took the loss on the mound after lasting only 3.1 innings and allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits.