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Dirtbags Return Home to Face No. 3 TCU, Washington State

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Tuesday, March 14
Long Beach State vs. No. 3 TCU
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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Wednesday, March 15
Long Beach State vs. Washington State
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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LAST TIME OUT
• Long Beach State had a tough road trip out to Arizona State, losing all three games of the weekend series despite taking a first-inning lead in all three games. The Dirtbags outscored the Sun Devils 11-0 in the first inning during the series, but each time ASU was able to rally back for a win.
• Catcher David Banuelos was hot in the series, going 5-for-9 in the series with a triple and a double. He recorded hits in his first four trips to the plate on Friday night, setting a new career high for hits in a game. He now leads the team with a .390 batting average.
• Senior Daniel Jackson stepped in as the backup catcher on Sunday, making his first appearance behind the plate since May 1, 2015. Jackson had three hits and 4 RBIs in the series while showing his defensive flexibility.

SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS
• Prior to last weekend, TCU was the consensus No. 1 team in the nation. Coming off a third straight College World Series appearance in 2016, the Horned Frogs are once again legitimate national championship contenders. TCU dropped the first two games of their weekend series at UC Irvine to drop to No. 3 in the polls. They were outscored 17-5 by UCI in the first two games of the series before winning Sunday's finale, 16-7.
• The TCU lineup is loaded with talent, including Preseason All-Americans C Evan Skoug, 1B/RHP Luken Baker and 3B Elliott Barzilli. The leading hitter for the Frogs is CF Nolan Brown (.375 AVG, 8 SB), with Baker (.354 AVG, 4 HR, .667 SLG) not far behind. TCU has six hitters with 10+ RBIs on the season and eight different players have hit home runs.
• Expected starter Dalton Horton will be making his third appearance of the season and his second start. He has eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings but has also allowed seven hits and five runs.
• Long Beach State leads the all-time series with TCU, 3-0. This will be the first meeting since LBSU swept a three-game series in 1991 by a combined score of 41-8.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Washington State is off to a 10-4 start to the season thanks to a current seven-game winning streak. Wazzu is coming off consecutive sweeps of Stephen F. Austin and Utah Valley. The latter being a four-game series. The Cougars have scored 7+ runs in each of their last six games, averaging over 8.8 runs per game in that span.
• Junior 3B Shane Matheny leads the Cougar offense with a .425 batting average and a team-best 13 RBIs. An impressive 10 of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases, leading to a whopping .800 slugging percentage so far this season. OF J.J. Hancock (.386) and SS Andres Alvarez (.356) are also top hitters in the WSU lineup.
• The Dirtbags own a 10-6 advantage in the all-time series with the Cougars. The teams last met in 2012 at Blair Field, an 11-1 Washington State win.

BLAIR FIELD RENOVATIONS
• The ongoing improvements at Blair Field took a major step forward during the offseason with the construction of the Troy & Danyll Tulowitzki Batting Facility along the right field side of Blair Field.
• Also constructed during the offseason was the Jered Weaver Bullpen beyond the fence in right field. There was also an update to the Dirtbags locker room which includes new lockers, general maintenance and repairs and new designs and graphics on the interior walls to honor the history of Long Beach State Baseball.
• The renovation efforts began prior to last season with the installation of a new outfield fence. The old dimensions of 348-387-400-387-348 were reduced to a slightly more hitter-friendly 335-380-393-380-330 moving from left to right field. The result was an increase in home runs hit at Blair Field from four in 2015 to 23 last season.

USA BASEBALL
• LBSU head coach Troy Buckley was announced as a pitching coach for the 2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. This will be Coach Buckley's first coaching stint with Team USA, becoming the third straight Dirtbags head coach to work with the Collegiate National Team.
• Buckley will join former Dirtbags head coach and LBSU Hall of Famer Dave Snow as a pitching coach with the Collegiate National Team. Coach Snow worked as a pitching coach last season, and 2017 will be his fifth time coaching with the CNT in his career.
• The Dirtbags have also had a player on each of the past two Collegiate National Teams. In 2015, shorstop Garrett Hampson was selected and last summer Darren McCaughan was a pitcher for Team USA. LBSU has had 12 players selected to the Collegiate National Team in its history.

LB IN MLB
• For the seventh straight year, Long Beach State had more players in the major leagues than any other college or university. There were 13 former Dirtbags who played in the Major Leagues in 2016 and the all-time total for Long Beach State is 46 big league representatives.
• When the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, first base coach Brandon Hyde became the third former Dirtbags player in as many seasons to win a ring. Matt Duffy and the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2014 and Jason Vargas and the Kansas City Royals were World Champions in 2015.
• It was a very productive year for former Dirtbags in the big leagues, led by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada, who was named to his first All-Star Game last season.

WE ARE THE DIRTBAGS
• The OFFICIAL nickname of the Long Beach State baseball program is the Dirtbags.

The Last Meeting
Washington State11
Long Beach State1
March 26, 2012
Long Beach, Calif.
Long Beach State loses to Washington State 11-1
Long Beach State allowed 15 hits and made five errors on Monday, and the result showed on the scoreboard as Washington State defeated the Dirtbags 11-1 at Blair Field.


 

 

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