Freshman Garrett Hampson comes into Tuesday on a three game hit streak.
March 3, 2014
Game 1: Tuesday, Mar. 4
Time: 5 p.m. (PT)
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Stadium: Hi Corbett Stadium
Game 2: Wednesday, Mar. 5
Time: 12 p.m. (PT)
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Stadium: Hi Corbett Stadium
The Long Beach State Dirtbags head back West to take on Arizona in two games this week at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats come in to the Tuesday/Wednesday series at 6-5 overall after getting swept by Seton Hall last weekend. The two games will complete the Dirtbags longest road trip of the year, which started in Wichita, Kan. last weekend.
DIRTBAGS SPLIT WITH SHOCKERS
A planned three-game series in Wichita, Kan. wasn't completed due to freezing temperatures but the teams were able to complete a doubleheader on Friday night. In the first game, the Dirtbags trailed the entire way until tying up the game at 4-4 with three runs in the eighth. However, the Shockers delivered the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4. In the back end of the twinbill, the Dirtbags hung up a five-spot in one inning and cruised to a 7-0 win behind Andrew Rohrbach.
ROHRBACH NAMED LBSU'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Andrew Rohrbach was selected as Long Beach State's Athlete of the Week after a dominant performance in the Dirtbags 7-0 win at Wichita State. Rohrbach went the distance to get the complete game shutout in the Dirtbags first road win of the year. It was also Rohrbach's first win as a Dirtbag on the mound for the Beach. He fanned nine batters and scattered just four hits while allowing four walks in the win.
SHUTOUTS AND SHUT DOWNS
There is no doubt that pitching has a been a strength of the Long Beach State program in recent years. This year, the Dirtbags have their team ERA at 3.50 through the first 10 games after a rough start against Vanderbilt. The pitching has been spectacular in the Dirtbags four wins so far this year. Dirtbag starters have given up exactly one run in the four games that the Dirtbags have won. Nick Sabo went eight scoreless in the Dirtbags first win, Rohrbach went five scoreless in their second win, Cody Marshall gave up one early run to USC in their third win, and Rohrbach completed the CG SO in the fourth. In their wins the Dirtbags are outscoring their opponents 24-2.
WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT ROHRBACH
It seems as though transfer Andrew Rohrbach has settled nicely into his mid weekend role for the Dirtbags. After an abbreviated outing in his first start against Vanderbilt, Rohrbach has yet to surrender a run. He went five scoreless against Wright State and nine scoreless against Wichita State. He has lowered his ERA to 2.70 with a 1-1 record and a no-decision against Wright State.
MARSHALL IS QUALITY
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 NOT-SO-FRIENDLY ROAD
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 had a chance to turn things around over the weekend and into this week. Another heartbreaking loss kicked off the road trip but a statement win of 7-0 on Friday could have turned a corner for the Beach.
DOMINGUES WITH THE FREE PASS
No one on the 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 nine walks in seven games and been hit by a pitch once. He gets on base at a .417 clip, which leads the team. He also is tied for the lead in the Big West with his nine walks this year.
HAMPSON WITH A BIG WEEK
Freshman Garrett Hampson is riding a modest three-game hit streak coming into the short series at Arizona. He had two hits in both games of the doubleheader at Wichita State and had what proved to be the game-winning hit against USC in the bottom of the eighth. He has boosted his batting average to .289 and has scored seven times, which both lead the Dirtbag squad.
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The OFFICIAL nickname of the Long Beach State baseball program is the Dirtbags.
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