Dirtbags Take On Undefeated USC Tuesday At Blair Field
Tuesday will be the Dirtbags last home game until March 7.
Feb. 24, 2014
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Stadium: Blair Field
MIDWEEK ACTION AT BLAIR
Pac-12 rival USC comes into town on Tuesday for a midweek matchup with the Dirtbags. The undefeated Trojans come in to Blair Field riding high after two walk off wins last weekend and a 6-1 win over Cal State Fullerton last Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Blair Field.
OFFENSE BREAKS OUT
The Dirtbags got the bats going in a big way on Friday with 11 runs on seven hits against nationally-ranked Arizona St. With no score in the third, the Dirtbags exploded for seven runs in the inning. The first three came without a hit but the next four were driven in to finish the big inning. Just how big was the inning? Exactly 25 percent of the Dirtbags' runs this year came in that one inning. With four more runs in the seventh, 46 percent of the Dirtbags run total this year came against Arizona State.
THE OTHER SIDE FRIDAY NIGHT BELONGED TO SABO
While the Dirtbag offense lit up the scoreboard, junior lefty Nick Sabo mowed down the Sun Devils in a career-best performance. Sabo went eight innings, which is seven outs (that's 2.1 innings) further into a game than he ever has in a Dirtbag uniform. He also fanned eight batters for another career-high. His 0.66 ERA is the sixth-lowest of all Big West pitchers as he has allowed just one earned run through 13.2 innings. Nick Rossetta finished off the superb night on the mound with a scoreless ninth to complete the shutout.
PRIGATANO SETS THE TABLE AND DRIVES `EM HOME
Richard Prigatano drove in three of the Dirtbags four runs in the opening weekend and now ranks second on the team with five RBI for the season. While he was the premier run producer against Vanderbilt, he played more of a table-setting role last weekend. He was 2-for-5 on Friday and 2-for-3 with a walk on Saturday while scoring two runs in both games. He also stole three bases on the weekend, swiping third twice against Wright State. Prigatano now leads the team with a .318 batting average and four runs scored as well as four stolen bases.
ESCAPING THE JAM
Dirtbag pitchers kept themselves out of some big trouble this weekend with some big outs that killed potential rallies before they began. Both Wright State and UC Irvine's left on base totals reached double digits last weekend as the pitchers continued to wiggle out of dangerous situation with minimal to no damage. Wright State stranded 10 runners while UC Irvine stranded 13. Arizona State left six on base on Friday.
A RARE TUESDAY NIGHT AT BLAIR
Tuesday night's game against USC will be a rare event for the first couple months of the season. The midweek game will be the Dirtbags only Tuesday home game until April 8 when Long Beach State hosts Loyola Marymount.
DOMINGUES WITH THE FREE PASS
No one on Dirtbags has been better at drawing the free pass than newcomer Zack Domingues. The sophomore transfer has hit leadoff in all five games that he has started, and for good reason. Domingues has drawn seven walks in seven games and been hit by a pitch once. With two hits on Sunday his batting average went up to .136, yet he still gets on base nearly half the time with a .478 on base percentage that ranks 13th in the conference.
PATRON BREAKS OUT, RIDING FOUR-GAME HIT STREAK
Senior Ino Patron just needed a little extra time to get going this season. After an 0-for the series weekend against Vanderbilt, Patron has raised his batting average to .240 and now leads the team with six RBI. A bunt started it all as he drag bunted in his last AB at Pepperdine last Tuesday for a base hit. He followed that up with a 3-for-5 performance on Friday that included a single, a double and a towering home run to right. Over his current four game hit streak, Patron is batting .375 with a .625 slugging percentage.
DIRTBAG FAITHFUL OUT IN FORCE
Dirtbag fans were out in force for the Dirtbags opening weekend series against Vanderbilt. The Dirtbags and Commodores played in front of 1418 on Friday, 1572 on Saturday and 1463 on Sunday for a total of 4,453 fans that passed through Blair Field's gates this weekend. The Dirtbags had another strong showing last weekend to keep their average attendance in the four digit range and among the top-50 most attended college ballparks in the nation.
YES, WE'RE REALLY CALLED THAT
The OFFICIAL nickname of the Long Beach State baseball program is the Dirtbags.
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