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Week-Long Road Trip Starts In Wichita
Senior Michael Hill celebrates a triple in last week's 4-1 win over Wright State.

Senior Michael Hill celebrates a triple in last week's 4-1 win over Wright State.

Feb. 26, 2014

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Game 1: Friday, Feb. 28
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Eck Stadium
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Game 2: Friday, Feb. 28
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Eck Stadium
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The Last Meeting
Wichita State4
Long Beach State5
March 17, 2013
Long Beach, Calif.
Dirtbags Complete Sweep Of Wichita State With 5-4 Win
After a leadoff walk, closer Jon Maciel picked up a strikeout, and Jeff McNeil and Michael Hill capped an outstanding series for both with McNeil making a glove flip to Hill, who completed Long Beach State's third double play of the game to finish off Wichita State 5-4 in the final game of the series.

Game 1: Saturday, Mar. 1
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Stadium: Eck Stadium
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The Long Beach State Dirtbags will look to ride the momentum of their 2-1 victory over USC into a week-long road trip, starting at Wichita St. The Dirtbags will head out to Wichita, Kan. for a three-game set and then head straight to Tucson, Ariz. for two midweek games against Arizona. The Shockers come into the series at 6-2.

The weather forecast for Wichita this weekend isn't quite the ideal for baseball. With temperatures expected to drop into the single digits by Sunday, the Dirtbags and Shockers are already planning adjustments to this weekend's schedule. The two teams are now planning to play a doubleheader on Friday with the temperatures expecting to top out in the 50s although there is a chance of rain. The temperature will drop significantly on Saturday with Thursday's forecast calling for a high of 33 degrees. The teams plan to play one game on Saturday. Be sure to follow @LBDirtbags on twitter for up to date information on any schedule changes as the weekend progresses.

Blair Field was rocking on Tuesday with 2,697 fans on hand to watch their Dirtbags do battle against USC. The crowd was the biggest since the Dirtbags took on Cal State Fullerton in a "winner-take-all" game to end the 2012 season, but where does it stand in the storied history of the Dirtbags and Blair Field? The 2,697 in attendance made up the largest midweek crowd in the history of the Dirtbags at Blair Field. It ranks as the 14th highest attendance in the Dirtbags overall history at Blair. Six of those top-14 games feature the LBSU-USC matchup, including each of the top-4. Dirtbag fans have been out in force this season with over 9,000 people flocking through the gates of Blair Field in the first six home games. Currently, the average crowd at Blair Field is 1,546.

While the Dirtbag offense lit up the scoreboard last Firday, 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.

Three true freshman made their way on to Coach Buckley's lineup card on Tuesday and all three came through in thrilling freshman. Cody Marshall and Daniel Jackson completed a freshmen battery in the field with shortstop Garrett Hampson making his eighth start in as many games at shortstop. Marshall delivered a solid seven-inning performance on the mound to keep the Dirtbags tied at 1-1 with USC. Jackson came through in the eighth with his first collegiate hit that would eventually turn into the winning run. Hampson joined the all freshmen party with the game-winning RBI-single later in the eighth inning. 

Cody Marshall delivered a quality start for the Dirtbags on Tuesday, completing seven innings while allowing just one run. He didn't get the decision in the Dirtbags thrilling 2-1 win but gave a star performance as he struck out two and did not issue a walk in his first college start. He also impressed in his Dirtbag debut against Vanderbilt when he surrendered just one run through 4.1 innings. 

The Dirtbags seem to have found some magic during the nighttime hours at Blair Field. They have outscored their opponents 15-6 over three night games at Blair this year while the pitching staff sports a 1.00 ERA. Nick Sabo and Cody Marshall have each given a quality start during a night game at Blair Field and Sabo has just a 0.66 ERA through two starts. 

The road has not treated the Dirtbags kindly in their two games away from Blair Field. The Dirtbags fell at Pepperdine 6-3 in heartbreaking fashion and 7-2 at UC Irvine. While the small sample size has not yielded results, the Dirtbags have a chance to turn things around with their next five games away from home.