A trio of Dirtbags pitchers were drafted Wednesday: Eli Villalobos (14th Round, Marlins), Clayton Andrews (17th Round, Brewers) and Chris Rivera (33rd Round, Cardinals).
Long Beach State had four players named to the 2018 All-Big West baseball squad, led by Clayton Andrews who was a first-team selection as a starting pitcher.
The Dirtbags scored three runs in the seventh inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and give Zak Baayoun a much-deserved win. The sophomore struck out 12 in his first career start as LBSU topped St. Mary’s, 4-1.
Junior closer Chris Rivera was named a Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), earning a spot on the third team.
LBSU took Game 1 of the Long Beach Super Regional, 3-0, earning its 12th shutout win of the season.
Long Beach State (2017): Second Team All-Big West selection … Made 26 appearances out of the bullpen, going 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA while collecting a team-leading 13 saves … That brought his career save total to 26, tying him for second in program history with Josh Alliston and Neil Jamison … Allowed just 21 hits in 34.2 innings while racking up an impressive 47 strikeouts … Led the team in batting average against, allowing opposing batters to hit just .172 against him … Earned his first save of the season with a perfect inning against Fordham (Feb. 25) … Had 10 straight scoreless appearances from Mar. 14-Apr. 24 … Threw 13.2 innings in that span, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out 20 batters and collecting four saves … Included in that stretch was a four-out save at Cal (Mar. 27) in which he struck out four batters, giving head coach Troy Buckley his 200th career win … Pitched a career-high four innings against Texas (June 3) in the Long Beach Regional, throwing 50 pitches in that outing … Closed the door on LBSU’s clinching 2-1 win over Texas (June 5) to win the Long Beach Regional with a scoreless ninth inning … Earned a save in game one of the Long Beach Super Regional by striking out the side against Cal State Fullerton and stranding the bases loaded in the 3-0 win.
Long Beach State (2016): NCBWA Freshman All-America Second Team ... led the Big West with 13 saves, which also tied him for first in the nation among freshmen ... worked 29.1 innings, compiling a 2-2 record and a 4.60 ERA ... did not allow a run in his first seven appearances (8 IP) ... recorded his first save in the second game of the season against Holy Cross (Feb. 20) ... picked up a two-inning save vs. Nebraska (Mar. 5) ... had his first two-strikeout performance at Oklahoma (Mar. 12), recording his first road save of his career ... allowed a three-run, walk-off home run the next day to suffer his first loss against the Sooners ... responded with five straight scoreless outings, recording a save in each contest ... locked down saves in both wins at Cal State Fullerton (Mar. 24, 26), working 2.2 perfect innings combined ... registered 10 saves through LBSU's first 23 games ... pitched two perfect frames in the 11th and 12th innings against UC Irvine (Apr. 15) with a pair of strikeouts, earning his first career victory thanks to a Dirtbags walk-off ... worked a season-high 3.1 innings at LMU (May 17), allowing three hits but no runs while striking out a season-best three batters to earn his second win ... pitched in both meetings with Miami (FL) at the Coral Gables Regional.
Watsonville High School: Led the Wildcats to a Monterey Bay League title as a senior in 2015 ... a two-time league MVP ... named Santa Cruz County Pitcher of the Year as a junior ... set the Tri-County record for strikeouts in a season with 126.
Personal: An honor roll member in high school ... also recruited by Oregon, Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, UC Irvine, St. Mary's and San Jose State ... hobbies include skimboarding ... majoring in Business.
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