Hits Keep Coming For Dirtbags in 14-3 Win vs. Cal Poly
LBSU set a new season high for runs (14) and hits (21) in a laugher over Cal Poly on Friday night.
Long Beach, Calif. - Never before in Troy Buckley’s tenure as head coach has the Dirtbags offense produced a better four-game stretch than it’s on right now. Long Beach State (24-16, 7-6 Big West) pounded out 21 hits in a 14-3 win over Cal Poly (25-15, 7-3 Big West) on Friday night at Blair Field, taking the early advantage in a key conference series. The Beach set new season highs in hits and runs, led by an eight-hit, seven-run seventh inning to turn a competitive ballgame into a laugher.
“You can’t expect to get this much consistently from a good team, and (Cal Poly) is a good team,” said Buckley of his team’s offensive outburst. “You take care of it and you enjoy it, but we’ve got to turn around tomorrow and we’re gonna get a different team tomorrow.”
It’s been a while since the Long Beach State offense has produced at this level. Over their last four games, the Dirtbags have scored double-digit runs three times, racking up a total of 41 runs. It’s the most runs scored in a four-game span since the 2010 season, when LBSU scored 42 runs across four games—including, incidentally, a series at Cal Poly.
Friday’s game certainly didn’t start out as a memorable one for Long Beach State, as Cal Poly scored three times in the first inning off starter Chris Mathewson, all on two-out RBIs. The Mustangs actually recorded the first five hits of the game, but were outhit 21-4 from the bottom of the second inning on.
Daniel Jackson set a new career high with four hits, scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs as well. He actually singled twice in the seventh inning as the Dirtbags turned a 6-3 game into a 13-3 blowout. The top five hitters in the batting order all recorded multiple hits on Friday night, with Garrett Hampson posting a pair of hits and three RBIs to match his career high. Four players—Jackson, Jarren Duran, Luke Rasmussen, and David Banuelos—had three or more hits, four players had multiple RBIs, and five players scored multiple runs.
Perhaps the most remarkable offensive stat of the night was that the over their final two turns to bat, in the seventh and eighth innings, the Dirtbags recorded 12 hits, which is just one shy of their previous season high of 13.
On the mound, Mathewson settled down after the first inning and despite allowing eight hits and five walks in just 5.2 innings, he stranded eight Mustangs on base, with Austin McGeorge stranding two more of his runners in the sixth. Mathewson also had eight strikeouts and improved his record to 5-3 thanks to the offensive outburst. The bullpen also did its job, covering 3.1 scoreless innings allowing just a hit and a walk with five strikeouts.
LBSU will look to stay hot tomorrow afternoon as Darren McCaughan (6-1, 2.59 ERA) takes the hill against Erich Uelman (5-0, 3.26 ERA) for a 2 p.m. start at Blair Field.
NOTES: A total of 15 position players made an appearance, either as a pinch hitter, pinch runner, or defensive substitution … Freshman Jacob Hughey, who has exclusively pitched for LBSU, got his first career plate appearance in the bottom of the eight and poked a single to right center … Rasmussen extended his hitting streak to six games with a double and two singles … In those six games, Rasmussen is hitting .462 (12-for-26) with seven RBIs and six doubles and six runs scored … Every starter who received at least two plate appearances recorded a hit … LBSU’s first five batters in the seventh inning all recorded a base hit … LBSU’s all-time record for hits in a game is 30, at Nevada on Apr. 17, 1998.
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