Long Beach State stands in a tie for second-place after nine games.
Long Beach State faces the Trojans at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field
Long Beach State kicks off the season with its tougest road trip on the schedule.
Catch all of the action as Long Beach State chases after a ninth Big West title.
Senior Brennan Metzger is Long Beach State's first first-team honoree since 2008.
Long Beach State (2012): Earned second-team All-Big West honors as a closer ... Finished with 10 saves, second in the Big West and 45th nationally ... Made a team-high 29 appearances, posting a 1.88 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 10 walks ... Had seven saves in Big West play ... Allowed just eight earned runs over the course of the season ... Made four scoreless appearances to start the season ... Struck out four over 2.2 innings against Cal, a season high in both (2/24) ... Struck out three in 1.2 hitless innings against Arizona State (3/10) ... Took over as the closer at Wichita State, earning his first save with a scoreless inning (3/25) ... Had a two-inning save at UC Riverside, his third of the year (4/6) ... Earned saves in four straight appearances from April 14 to April 24 ... Allowed just one run in those four games ... Three hitless inning in three straight games against UCLA and Loyola Marymount (5/1, 5/5, 5/6) ... Made his 10th save of the season to force a winner take all game against Cal State Fullerton for the Big West championship in the penultimate game of the season (5/26) ... Threw 1.2 hitless innings in the season finale against the Titans (5/27).
(2011): A versatile pitcher that filled many roles out of the bullpen as a freshman ... Posted a 4-2 record with a 3.99 ERA ... Was sixth on the team with 47.1 innings pitched, and was second on the team in appearances with 20 on the season ... Made two starts in 2011 .... Debuted with two innings against Loyola Marymount (2/22) ... Threw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief against Arizona (2/26) ... Made his first start against USC, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing one earned run, striking out a season-high four (3/1)... Pitched two innings of hitless relief in a win over Oregon, earning his first win (3/5)... Made a long relief appearance against Hawaii, striking out three and allowing one run on one hit in 3.1 innings for his second straight win (3/7) ... Threw two hitless innings at Pepperdine in another comeback win for the Dirtbags (3/15) ... Had another lengthy relief appearance with 4.1 innings in relief of a 3.2 inning effort from the starter at UC Davis (4/8) ... Allowed no earned in a three inning appearance at UCLA (4/12) ... Pitched 2.2 innings of relief and allowed just one hit to pick up his first career save at UC Santa Barbara (4/23) ... Earned his third win while throwing a perfect inning at Cal Poly (4/30) ... Made one more start, going 4.0 innings against Pepperdine, striking out three and allowing one run in a no-decision (5/18) ... Picked up his final win against Cal State Northridge, throwing 3.2 hitless innings in a 4-3 win (5/22) ... Scored a key out in Long Beach State's 8-6 win at UC Irvine (5/28).
High School: Played baseball at San Clemente High School ... Led team to a 19-11 record as a senior ... Earned first-team All-South Coast League honors ... Went 8-5 with 70 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched.
Personal: Born in San Diego, Calif. ... Parents are Charles and Rebecca Friedrichs ... Also recruited by USC, San Diego State and Oklahoma State ... Majoring in communications.