NCAA postseason berth in doubt as UCR falls to Long Beach

Cameron Yong/HIGHLANDER
Cameron Yong/HIGHLANDER

May 13, 2014

Highlanders 9 – Lions 6

The Highlanders looked to keep their postseason hopes alive this past week as they took on Loyola Marymount on Tuesday and Long Beach State in a three-game weekend series. Things started off perfectly for the Highlanders on Tuesday as the baseball squad recorded a total of 12 hits to earn a 9-6 win against Loyola.

Thomas Walker and Francisco Tellez propelled the Highlanders to victory as both combined for five of the Highlanders’ RBIs. Cody Rogina earned the victory after recording four strikeouts in three innings.

May 16, 2014

Highlanders 8 – Dirtbags 2

UCR came out swinging right out of the gates against Long Beach in their first game of the series. The Highlanders used a three-run first inning to take a commanding lead and never looked back. They went on to score five more times in the game en route to an 8-2 win.

Thanks to Jacob Smigelski’s superb pitching, the Highlanders managed to secure their first victory over the dirtbags in the last six games.

“Smigelski went out (and) really pitched good,” said Highlander coach Doug Smith. “We continued to add on runs so (it was) a good day.

Devyn Bolasky had an equally impressive game with three hits and four runs. At the bottom of the eighth, he went on to hit his first solo home run at UCR.

May 17, 2014

Dirtbags 6 – Highlanders 1

The Highlanders’ bats fell asleep during most of the second game versus the Dirtbags. UCR only recorded a single run after eight hits and went on to lose 6-1.

Long Beach did most of its damage in the fourth as they drove in four runs to take a 4-1 lead. They went on to score two more on the Highlanders to earn the win.

Long Beach’s Josh Frye earned his seventh win of the year and now has a season record of 7-0.

May 18, 2014

Dirtbags 12 – Highlanders 2

UCR could not prevent Long Beach from scoring in the final game of the series. After three runs in the fourth and sixth innings, the Dirtbags completely put the game out of reach for the Highlanders to earn a 12-2 win.

The Highlanders have three games remaining this season. They will take on Grand Canyon on Tuesday before heading to Hawaii for their final games of the season in hopes of earning a playoff berth.

The Highlanders’ bats fell asleep during most of the second game versus the Dirtbags. UCR only recorded a single run after eight hits and went on to lose 6-1.

Long Beach did most of its damage in the fourth as they drove in four runs to take a 4-1 lead. They went on to score two more on the Highlanders to earn the win.

Long Beach’s Josh Frye earned his seventh win of the year and now has a season record of 7-0.

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