SAN FRANCISCO -- Aaron Leong pitched a complete game four-hitter and scored the game's only run on an error to lift Lowell High-San Francisco over Oakland Tech 1-0 in the first game of the Transbay Baseball Series on Tuesday at San Francisco State.

Leong was completely dominant on the mound, needing only 89 pitches to wrap up a one hour, 35 minute game. The Bulldogs (7-8) never got a runner past second base. Game two of the best-of-three series is Friday at Rickey Henderson Field in Oakland.

"Working on my fastball, locating and hitting my spots is a command game for me," Leong said. "My whole approach when I was pitching was just to keep throwing strikes. Throw strikes and get those outs."

Daniel Dal Pino was a hard-luck loser, allowing just three hits and the unearned run in a six inning complete game. He struck out two and walked two.

"It's always disappointing to lose," Oakland Tech coach Eric Clayton said. "Unearned runs are hard to take. But this is a young team, they're resilient and we'll be back on Friday and we'll fight them again."

Oakland Tech's best chance came in the sixth inning when leadoff hitter Akiro Duey was hit by a pitch -- the only time the Bulldogs got the leadoff man on all afternoon. Duey then stole second base on the first pitch to Ben Fratti despite it being a pitchout.

However, Fratti then hit a pop foul that was caught by Lowell catcher Jacob Simons who then fired to shortstop Elijah Saunders to catch Duey off the base for a double-play.


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The game's only run came in the bottom of the first. Leong led off by drawing a walk. Saunders then laid a bunt down towards third base. Fratti came in and fielded the ball but with Saunders flying down the line, he hurried his throw and it got past first baseman Zhi Mankin. The error allowed Leong to come all the way around to score.

Leong struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. The Cardinals (26-6) can win the best-of-three series with a win on Friday at Henderson Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.