Zack Rivera went 3-for-3 but Long Beach State fell 3-1 at UC Santa Barbara to even the Big West opening series. The majority of the scoring came in the first inning as the No. 15 Gauchos (18-7, 1-1 Big West) held on to the narrow lead for the win.
Kyle Friedrichs had a career day and went the distance as he led the Long Beach State Dirtbags to a 2-0 win in the series-opener at No. 15 UC Santa Barbara. It was the first complete game shutout of Friedrichs career and the fourth shutout for the Dirtbags (13-8, 1-0 Big West).
>Big West play begins this weekend as the Dirtbags head up to UC Santa Barbara for a three-game series with the Gauchos. With no lights, at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, all three games will be played in the late afternoon to early evening.
Long Beach State took full advantage of some early miscues to build an early lead and eventually take the series finale 6-1 over visiting Cal State Fullerton. Garrett Hampson went 3-for-4 and scored twice while the Dirtbags pitchers surrendered just one unearned run.