Metzger and Kim go 2-for-3 as Dirtbags Squeeze Past LMU

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Brennan Metzger was 2-for-3, including a base hit on a squeeze bunt to score the winning run.

Long Beach State score three runs in the top of the fourth, two coming on a suicide squeeze bunt by Brennan Metzger as the Dirtbags held off LMU at Page Field 3-2. Metzger as well as Jonathan Kim each went 2-for-3 for Long Beach State.

LMU struck first with a solo home run in the first inning on a solo home run from Matt Koch. The Dirtbags would answer back with a trio of runs in the fourth.

Mike Marjama started the inning by drawing a walk, and moved over to third with a wild pitch and a sacrifice, scoring on an RBI single by Jonathan Kim. The Dirtbags then continued to work with small ball, as Michael Hill singled and Royce Murai beat out a bunt to load the bases.

Metzger then dropped down a perfect suicide squeeze down the third base line, bringing home Kim, and on an overthrow of first while trying to get Metzger, Hill was able to come around to give the Dirtbags a 3-1 lead.

Both bullpens had strong outings from there, as junior Matt Johnson took over for the Dirtbags, working 4.1 innings to pick up his first win of the year, while the Lions turned to a pair of pitchers that held Long Beach State scoreless the rest of the way.

LMU added a run in the ninth inning, picking up a run as Matt Lowenstein beat out a game-ending double-play by a step to score a runner from third, but Eddie Magallon induced a popup for the third out to record his fourth save of the season.

Metzger reached in the seventh inning via hit by pitch, the 32nd beaning of his career, moving him into a tie for fifth place in the Long Beach State record books.

Long Beach State remains on the road this weekend, playing a three-game set starting on Friday, March 25 against Stanford at the Sunken Diamond.

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