Dirtbags stick it to Longhorns late

first_imgEspinosa enjoyed the mobbing he took. “I was going nuts,” he said. “I loved it.” Indeed, emotions were running high. But perhaps none higher than those of McMurray. He had not played the past two seasons because of shoulder surgery. Batting for DH Chris Lopez with the bases full and two out, he ripped a line drive into right field, the tying runs coming home in the names of Matt Cline and Robert Perry. “It means a lot,” McMurray said. “I have been waiting a real long time to get my opportunity again. I didn’t know if I was going to play again. It’s just nice to get out on the field and get a shot.” LONG BEACH – Texas had Long Beach State right where it wanted. The Longhorns had received two long home runs from Kyle Russell and Joseph Krebs had pitched splendidly in long relief on the way to a two-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. But the Dirtbags (3-1) rallied, chased Krebs and got a two-run pinch single from Bobby McMurray to tie the score, then Danny Espinosa hit a game-winning single to right field to score pinch-runner T.J. Mittelstaedt as LBSU came back to defeat the No. 7-ranked Longhorns, 7-6, before 2,015 delirious fans at Blair Field. After his clutch hit, Espinosa was mobbed by his teammates between first and second base. “I wanted to be up there,” said Espinosa, a sophomore shortstop. “I was telling the guys in the dugout, `Put me up there. I want to be up there.’ And just to be able to do that, pump my teammates up and know that we’re the best team.” center_img McMurray wasn’t surprised his team rallied for the win. “This team has a lot of character,” he said. “I think more so this year than most years. We just have really good team chemistry and it shows a lot.” As for Krebs, he came in with a 1.42 ERA in two appearances. He entered the ninth having pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief, giving up just one run. But he gave up a one-out infield single to Cline and hit Perry with a pitch. Krebs was relieved by Adrian Alaniz (1-1), who hit Brandon Godfrey with a pitch to load the bases. Jason Corder then flied out for the second out before McMurray came through with his hit. Austin Wood relieved Alaniz and gave up the game-winner to Espinosa. Dustin Rasco (1-0) picked up the win for the Dirtbags with three innings of solid relief. He gave up one earned run on one hit. Texas (2-3) drew first blood. With Bradley Suttle on first via a leadoff single in the second inning, Russell hit his first HR, a long two-out, two-run shot over the 400-foot sign in dead center off of Vance Worley. The game went back and forth from there. LBSU got one back in the bottom of the inning and took a 3-2 lead in the third only to have Texas tie it in the fourth. The Dirtbags went back ahead 4-3, but the Longhorns rallied for a 6-4 lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img