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Dirtbags Continue Tour of SEC at No. 8 Texas A&M

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Friday, March 9
Long Beach State at No. 8 Texas A&M
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT
Location: Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (College Station, Tex.)
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Saturday, March 10
Long Beach State at No. 8 Texas A&M
Time: 12 p.m. PT
Location: Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (College Station, Tex.)
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Sunday, March 11
Long Beach State at No. 8 Texas A&M
Time: 10 a.m. PT
Location: Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (College Station, Tex.)
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LAST TIME OUT
• The Dirtbags earned a come-from-behind 4-3 win over No. 10 Vanderbilt on Wednesday night. LBSU was hitless entering the seventh inning, trailing 3-1, but scored three runs on four hits to take the lead for good. The Dirtbags had just one hit leave the infield in the game, and Chris Jimenez's two-out, two-run single to first base was the key moment in the rally to put Long Beach State in the lead.
• LBSU took one of three from No. 9 Ole Miss last weekend, winning game one of the series for the third weekend in a row. Jarren Duran had three hits in the win and also had two of LBSU's six stolen bases in that game.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES
• Texas A&M has played all of its games in its home state this season, and 11 of the 14 have been played at Blue Bell Park. The Aggies' only setback was a 4-2 loss to Louisiana Tech at the Frisco College Baseball Classic in Frisco, Tex. Since the loss, A&M has won four straight games including a 7-6 win in 11 innings against Northwestern State on Wednesday.
• Sophomore LF Logan Foster leads the team with a .404 average and 17 RBIs. He is one of six regular starters hitting .333 or better on the season, leading an Aggies offense that has outscored opponents 107-42 so far this season. Freshman CF and leadoff hitter Zach DeLoach is hitting .389 with a team-leading 21 hits and has a .704 slugging percentage thanks in large part to his four triples.
• Texas A&M's weekend starters have been dominant this season, each boasting an ERA under 2.00. They've allowed just 10 total runs in 52.1 innings pitched, with 60 strikeouts compared to just 10 walks issued. Junior righthander Nolan Hoffman has made a team-leading seven appearances out of the bullpen this season, striking out 14 batters in 11.2 innings. His ERA remains 0.000 and he's pitched his way to three wins in relief.

PUT TO THE TEST
• Long Beach State is playing one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the nation this season. The Dirtbags are playing three road series against teams that reached the College World Series in 2017 (TCU, Texas A&M, and Cal State Fullerton) all in the first six weeks of the season.
• The team on LBSU's non-conference schedule with the lowest RPI from last season is USC at No. 144, but the Trojans are off to an 8-3 start to the season and earned a 5-1 win over the Dirtbags in the first midweek game of the season.

BOHL DIAMOND AT BLAIR FIELD
• Long Beach State received a multi-million dollar donation during the offseason from longtime supporter Marilyn Bohl. In recognition of her generous gift, , the Dirtbags' home field has been renamed Bohl Diamond at Blair Field.
• Bohl has been actively involved in supporting the Blair Field renovation project for years, and previously gave a one million dollar gift to help kick off the initial phase of the renovations prior to the 2016 season.
• So far, the renovation efforts have included a new outfield fence, the Troy & Danyll Tulowitzki Batting Facility, the Jered Weaver Bullpen, and improvements to the Dirtbags locker room. Future plans include new stadium lighting, improved field drainage, a new multi-purpose team room along the left field line, plus restroom and seating upgrades.

LB IN MLB
• For the eighth consecutive year, Long Beach State had more players in the major leagues than any other college or university. There were 15 former Dirtbags who played in the major leagues in 2017 and the all-time total for Long Beach State is 48 big league representatives.
• There were two former Dirtbags who made their MLB debuts in 2017. First, it was RHP Shane Carle who appeared for the Colorado Rockies on April 14. Later in the season, C Mike Marjama made his debut with the Seattle Mariners on September 3.
• Kansas City Royals lefthander Jason Vargas made his first All-Star Game appearance during the 2017 season. The Dirtbags will be giving away commemorative Vargas bobbleheads prior at the UC Irvine game on April 7.

 

 

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