Around the Bases
Peterson hits for cycle
as Long Beach blitzes Pepperdine
By Abbey Mastracco
LONG BEACH, Calif. — As Shane Peterson tagged
second after ripping a ball deep into the right field corner in
the bottom of the sixth, Peterson had accomplished the
near-impossible, as the double completed the cycle. Peterson led
severely slumping Long Beach State to a 10-0 rout of No.
26-ranked Pepperdine Tuesday night at Blair Field.
“I never really thought it would happen,”
Peterson said. “I came close my freshman year, I was a double
short. But even tonight, I knew all I needed was a double but I
didn’t really think about it when I was up there.”
The junior first baseman’s feat was the first to
be accomplished in recent Dirtbag history, as no cycles have
been recorded since 1998. (Note: No record of cycles prior to
1998 could be found.)
“Not since I’ve been here,” said head coach Mike
Peterson started off the night with a two-run
homer in the first, just his second on the season. He then
followed up his nearly 400-foot jack with a triple in the third,
reached first with an infield single in the fourth and completed
the cycle with the double in the sixth — a ball hit so deep it
nearly went for another triple.
“I was lucky that tarp was there in right field
to stop the ball,” Peterson said.
Peterson was walked to end the night, finishing 4
for 4 with five RBI and three runs.
The win, in a sense, completed a sort of cycle
for Long Beach State (20-14). Three weeks ago, the Dirtbags were
ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation after a torrid start that
included a stretch of 15 wins in 16 games, and four straight
sweeps in five consecutive series wins. But upon embarking on a
10-game road trip, it all came crashing down, starting in Malibu
where they fell 7-5 to the Waves (23-12).
This time around, the now-unranked Dirtbags
finished what they started.
“I think that now we know something is wrong,”
Peterson said. “Before we were just playing like everything was
good, we were still playing pretty similar. But now, I think we
all need to bear down and make adjustments, and we did that
After forgoing batting practice in favor of extra
fielding time before the game, the Dirtbags wasted no time in
pounding on Waves’ starter Robert Dickman. Peterson’s two-run
shot put the Dirtbags up 3-0 in the first. Again, Peterson came
up big in the fourth, igniting a four-run rally. His double
helped add two in the sixth, and Taylor Krick singled to drive
him in for the 10th run of the night.
The Waves were out-hit two-fold, as four
Pepperdine arms combined to give up 14 hits and issue six walks.
Four Dirtbags recorded multi-hit contests, with Robert Burk
trailing Peterson going 2 for 3 with two RBI. Jonathan Jones and
Steve Tinoco both went 2 for 5, with Jones scoring once and
Chase d’Arnaud, a Long Beach native who prepped
across the street from Blair at Wilson High School, was the only
Wave to record a multi-hit game, as he went 2 for 4 with a
The offensive surge was a stark contrast to the
untimely hitting the Dirtbags have experienced as of late. For a
team that isn’t used to losing, the onslaught has begun to wear
on the Dirtbags.
“It’s almost like he’s looked tired,” Weathers
said of Peterson. “There’s a lot on his shoulders. Danny
[Espinosa] and Shane and some of those other guys, they take it
real personal when we lost like that.”
Brett Lorin, in his fourth start of the season,
who had been shaky at best in two of the right-hander’s three
previous starts, pitched five shutout innings, giving up just
two hits and fanning five, just one shy of his career-high.
Dickman took the loss for
Pepperdine, as he was shelled for five earned on seven hits in
just a little over two innings.