April 15, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Senior Shawn Stuart came through for the Dirtbags once again, striking out seven over seven innings while allowing one run on four hits as Long Beach State finished off a sweep of UC Santa Barbara with a 4-3 win on Sunday.
Junior Matt Duffy was 2-for-3 on the day for the Dirtbags, while Brennan Metzger scored twice, but pitching dominated the first half of Sunday's game. Stuart didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, when a roller hit the bag at third base just fair, while the Dirtbags couldn't get anything going against UCSB's Zak Edgington until the fifth inning.
Metzger drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth to get things going for Long Beach State. Jeff McNeil walked to put two runners on, and then the Dirtbags broke the tie with a single from Richard Prigatano. A double steal moved McNeil and Prigatano into scoring position, and then a sacrifice fly gave the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.
UC Santa Barbara scored one run in the top of the sixth, but the Dirtbags answered back once more in the bottom half with an RBI single from McNeil, and then scored once more in the seventh to provide another insurance run when Kellen Hoime scored following a sacrifice from Ino Patron.
Sophomore Kyle Friedrichs surrendered a couple of infield hits leading to a run in the top of the ninth, but held on to record his fifth save of the season.
With the win, the Dirtbags improve to 16-17, and are now 7-2 in league play and are tied for first place in the Big West with Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos fall to 17-17 and 4-5 in conference after coming tied with Long Beach State.
The sweep over the Gauchos is the first of an opponent by LBSU since the 2009 season, and the first against UCSB at Blair since 1998. The Dirtbags travel to Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, and then return to Blair Field for a three-game series with UC Irvine beginning on Friday, April 20.
- Baseball Camps
- 2016 GameDay Prospect Camp (9th Grade & Up) - Dec. 3
- 2016 Youth Hitting Camps - Dec. 5-26
- 2016 Youth Winter Camp - Dec. 26-30
- 2017 Dirtbags Youth Hitting Camps - Jan. 8-29
- 2017 Dirtbags High School Hitting Camps - Jan. 9 - Feb. 13
- Dirtbag Baseball
- What is a Dirtbag?
- Dirtbags in the Majors
- Team History
- Blair Field
- Ticket Information
- Beach Magazine Feature on Dirtbags in MLB
- Dirtbags Baseball Alumni Video
- MLB.com on Dirtbag Infielders
- Major Leaguers All-Time Gallery
- 1998 CWS Reunion
- Related Links
- Baseball America
- Collegiate Baseball
- Minor League Baseball
- Major Leagues
- USA Baseball
- Media Guides
MLB Postseason Features Handful of Former Dirtbags10/04/2016 - Baseball
Long Beach State will have a handful of former baseball players represented in this year’s ...
Dirtbags Hosting GameDay Prospect Baseball Camps08/29/2016 - Baseball
Baseball players in the 9th grade or higher have the chance to learn the game the “Dirtbags...
Dirtbags Golf Tournament Set For September 19th08/12/2016 - Baseball
The 22nd annual Long Beach State Dirtbags Golf Tournament will be held Sep. 19 at Recreation Park...
McCaughan’s Team USA Experience...07/29/2016 - Baseball
Darren McCaughan has just completed his international tour with the USA Baseball Collegiate...
Dirtbags Hire Dan Ricabal as Pitching Coach07/15/2016 - Baseball
Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley has added pitching coach Dan Ricabal to his staff,...
Marco Estrada Named to American League All-Star...07/05/2016 - Baseball
Former LBSU pitcher Marco Estrada (Toronto Blue Jays) earned his first All-Star Game selection...