Senior Juan Avila led the Dirtbags with three hits Saturday.
Senior Juan Avila leads the Dirtbags with three hits on the day.
Long Beach State wins the series; earns three wins in four games against ranked teams this week.
Long Beach State plays four games against ranked teams this week.
David Hill earns third win of the season.
Long Beach State (2012): Earned Honorable Mention All-Big West honors at a new position, third base ... Started and played in all but one game in 2012 ... Made 44 starts at third base and 10 in right field ... Batted cleanup 32 times, the most on the team ... Finished the season third on the team in batting average at .288 ... Tied for the team lead with two home runs ... Second in both doubles (10) and RBI (30) ... Stole seven bases and posted an OBP of .364 ... 3-for-4 with a double in the series opener against Cal (2/24) ... Scored twice and drove in a pair in a 3-for-5 day at Oregon (3/4) ... Went 2-for-3 in a win over Arizona State (3/10) ... Plunked twice and stole a career high pair of bases at Wichita State (3/23) ... Drove in three runs on 2-for-4 hitting at Cal Poly (3/30) ... Matched that feat with a pair of sacrifice flies and an RBI single at UC Riverside (4/7) ... Had multi-hit games on back-to-back days win a pair of wins over UC Irvine (4/21, 4/22) ... Hit a three-run home run at Cal State Northridge (4/27) ... Started an eight game hitting streak, the third longest of the season, against Loyola Marymount (5/5) ... Hit another three-run bomb at LMU, part of a 2-for-4 day (5/6) ... Set a career high with four hits at UC Davis, scoring a pair of runs (5/11) ... Had six hits in the season's final series against Cal State Fullerton, ending the year with a three-game hitting streak (5/27).
(2011): Played in 43 games and started 30, primarily in right field ... Second on the team with a pair of home runs ... Had a slugging percentage of .396, the highest on the team ... Finished the season with four doubles and three triples along with the two homers ... Was plunked 10 times, which tied for second on the team ... Also walked seven times ... Had a huge series at Pacific to snap out of an early-season slump ... Went 2-for-6 in the first game of the series (4/1) ... Finished a double short of the cycle two games later, going 4-for-4 with two home runs and a triple with three runs scored at Pacific (4/3) ... Those two games were the start of a season-high six-game hitting streak ... Went 2-for-4 in a 4-3 win over Cal Poly (4/30) ... Made four hits over the course of the final series of the season ... Was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a triple at UC Irvine in an 8-6 victory (5/28) ... Had a double in the season finale against the Anteaters (5/29).
(2010): Played in 26 games and started in 12 as a true freshman ... Hit .231 with 12 hits and three doubles ... Made six starts as a designated hitter and six starts in the outfield ... In the first game of the Oregon State double-header, made a career-high two hits with a double and an RBI (3/27) ... Had a three-game hitting streak in the middle of the season, starting three games at DH (4/10-4/23) ... Finished the season with an active four-game hitting streak, going 1-for-3 in the season finale against UC Irvine (5/30).
High School: A three-year letterwinner at Narbonne High School ... Won the Marine League championship all three seasons ... A three-time first-team Marine League selection ... hit .330 with 22 RBI as a sophomore ... Followed that up with a junior year where he hit .490 with 7 home runs, 22 doubles and 32 RBI ... Co-MVP of the of the Marine League in 2008 ... hit .488 with five home runs, 17 doubles and 27 RBI in his final season ... Again named the Marine League Co-MVP and was named a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American as a senior.
Personal: Born in Harbor City, Calif. ... Parents are Juan and Irma Avila ... An Honor Roll student at Narbonne ... Also recruited by Fresno State, UCLA, USC and UC Irvine ... Majoring in communications.