June 7, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State claimed victory in the Black & Blue Rivalry with UC Irvine in the year-long athletics competition sponsored by Duke's of Huntington Beach, marking the second-consecutive year in which the 49ers have won.
"Intercollegiate athletics is defined by great rivalries and competitions between outstanding universities, and we are proud to have outscored the "Eaters" for the second consecutive year," said Director of Athletics Vic Cegles. "As always it is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our coaches and student-athletes".
With each team tied at 25 points apiece following the conclusion of the baseball series between UC Irvine and Long Beach State, tiebreaker rules went into effect, and Long Beach State was determined as the winner by virtue of its 12 to 10 advantage in overall wins without regard to the extra points awarded for road victories.
The final two wins for Long Beach State came at the Big West Track and Field Championships, where the men's team won the Big West title, while the women finished in front of the Anteaters in fifth place.
"The Black & Blue series is a great rivalry between the two universities," said head track and field coach Andy Sythe. "The fact that both schools have tradition that runs deep, and sports teams that are nationally ranked, really adds to how special winning the series means."
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