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Long Beach State Dirtbags Beat No. 11 UCLA

The Long Beach State Dirtbags beat No. 11 UCLA for the second time this season on the road Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory. LBSU (22-26) scored all five runs in the fourth inning while and Wilson High alum Tyler Radcliffe picked up the win on the mound. It is the fourth consecutive road victory for the Dirtbags, and the 250th win for coach Troy Buckley.

Designated hitter Jacob Hughey had two hits, and the Millikan High alum also drove in a run as part of the fifth inning. Third baseman Shaq Robinson capped the rally with a three-run home run. Left fielder Tristan Mercadel made a highlight catch to rob a home run in the eighth inning.

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Here’s a look at that incredible catch by Tristan Mercadel in left field to rob the home run! #GoBeach #SCTop10 @tmerc12

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Listen to what @S_Rob2 & @tmerc12 had to say about their performances in tonight’s 5-1 win at UCLA. Shaq with the 3-run HR & Merc with the highlight reel catch to rob a HR! #GoBeach

Freshman Jake Lopez made his first career start and pitched three scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Radcliffe pitched four scoreless innings thanks to two double plays. Sophomore Dylan Spacke recorded three straight strikeouts looking against the 3-4-5 hitters to end the game and leave the bases loaded.

The Dirtbags hosts UC Santa Barbara this weekend.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.