College baseball: Long Beach State runs into trouble and falls to Texas in regional play

The second-guessing could last eons for Long Beach State.

Some aggressive baserunning twice backfired for the Dirtbags in the 10th inning Saturday night at Blair Field in an NCAA baseball tournament regional against Texas, extending a game that might have otherwise ended there.

The second-seeded Longhorns capitalized in the 12th inning, scoring two runs for a 5-3 victory that sent the top-seeded Dirtbags into an elimination game Sunday afternoon against San Diego State.

Travis Jones’ two-out, two-run single to left field off Dirtbags closer Chris Rivera broke the deadlock and gave Texas (39-22) a second consecutive victory in the regional. The Longhorns will play the winner of the Long Beach State-San Diego State game at 7 p.m. Sunday, with a chance to advance to a super regional against Cal State Fullerton should they prevail.

Long Beach State (38-18-1) ran itself out of two potential chances to win in the 10th inning. Luke Rasmussen, who was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, raced to second on an errant pickoff throw but was thrown out trying to go all the way to third base.

Jarren Duran then laced a ball that skipped past Texas left fielder Austin Todd and rolled all the way to the wall. Duran tried to circle the bases on the play but was called out after the relay throw from third baseman Ryan Reynolds arrived just before Duran touched home plate.

Long Beach State looked like it might be on the way to winning the game in the bottom of the ninth inning when the Dirtbags put a runner on second with two out and pinch-hitter Alex Muzzi hit a liner to shallow right field. But Texas right fielder Patrick Mathis charged in to make a diving catch and send the game into extra innings.

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