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.
Softball and Women's Track and Field lead the way with six student-athletes honored.
Long Beach State (2012): An honorable mention All-Big West selection as a starting pitcher ... Spent the entire season in the Dirtbags rotation ... Pitched primarily on Saturdays ... Started all 15 games he pitched in ... Tied for the team lead with 7 wins on the season, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.99 ERA ... Ranked eighth in the Big West with a .226 BAA ... Earned the win in his first start of the season, striking out three in 6.2 innings over VCU (2/19) ... Clinched a series win over California, striking out five and allowing one run in 8.0 innings pitched (2/26) ... Named the Big West Pitcher of the Week following that start ... Improved to 3-1 with six scoreless innings at Wichita State, tying a career high with seven strikeouts (3/24) ... Won fourth game of the year in a 7.0 inning outing at UC Riverside, a 5-4 win (4/6) ... Didn't allow a hit in a four-inning start against UCSB, but walked a career-high five (4/14) ... Rebounded with a six inning start at Cal State Northridge, improving to 5-2 (4/29) ... Won a second straight start, giving up two runs in 6.1 innings at Loyola Marymount (5/6) ... Had his best start of his career against No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, allowing one run and striking out six, nearly finishing a complete game in a 5-1 win over the Titans to force a winner-take-all final game of the season (5/26) ... An Academic All-Big West Honoree.
(2011): Earned a spot in Long Beach State's rotation as a true freshman ... Made nine starts on the year, and finished the season starting on Saturdays ... Ended the season with a 3-2 record and a 4.70 ERA ... Threw 53.2 innings, fourth-most on the team ... Made first four appearances out of the bullpen ... Threw a scoreless inning at CS Fullerton in the season opener (2/19) ... Struck out three Titans in his second appearance (2/21) ... Made first start against Hawaii, striking out six over 4.2 innings (3/7) ... Set a career high with six innings pitched at Pepperdine in a no-decision (3/15) ... Pitched out of the bullpen through April ... Pitched three innings of no-hit relief against San Diego State to earn his first win of the season (4/5) ... Grabbed another win in his next outing, a 1.1 inning appearance against UC Davis (4/10) ... Moved to the rotation in May, getting his fifth start against Cal Poly, striking out four and allowing no earned runs over 5.2 innings to get his third win (5/1) ... Tossed 4.2 shutout innings against CS Northridge, allowing four hits (5/21) ... Finished the season with a 4.1 inning outing against UC Irvine (5/28).
High School: A two-sport athlete at Niwot, lettering in both baseball and basketball ... A two-time all-conference selection in basketball ... Ranks third all-time in three-pointers made at Niwot ... An all-conference pick as a senior in baseball ... Over three seasons at Niwot, posted a 16-3 record with 144 strikeouts.
Personal: Born in Omaha, Neb. ... Parents are Russ and Lorie Strufing ... An honor roll student at Niwot HS ... Also recruited by Oregon, Nebraska, Michigan, Hawaii and Baylor ... Majoring in criminal justice.