Dirtbags Welcome Washington State for Wednesday Night Contest
After playing 10 of its last 12 games against Top 10 teams, Long Beach State will host Washington State on Wednesday night at Blair Field.
Wednesday, March 14
Long Beach State vs. Washington State
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Bohl Diamond at Blair Field
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Probable Pitching Matchup:
LBSU - LHP Adam Seminaris (0-2, 4.40 ERA)
WSU - LHP A.J. Block (1-0, 2.08 ERA)
LAST TIME OUT
Long Beach State had a tough weekend at No. 8 Texas A&M, dropping all three games to the Aggies. After defeating No. 10 Vanderbilt 4-3 in midweek action, the Dirtbags put up just three runs combined over the weekend. Fortunately, the schedule eases up a bit for Long Beach State after playing 10 of its last 12 games against Top 10 opponents.
Junior Clayton Andrews was strong in the series opener on Wednesday, striking out 10 Aggies while holding them scoreless through the first six innings. Jarren Duran had a hit in every game of the series, including a three-hit performance in the opener. Freshman C/INF Chris Jimenez had an RBI single in game one of the series and leads Long Beach State with nine RBIs on the season. His two-run infield single last Wednesday proved to be the deciding factor in the win over Vanderbilt.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Washington State has played just 12 games this season due to weather. They were forced to cancel a four-game set with Sacramento State in the first weekend in March. Last weekend, Wazzu split a four-game set with LBSU's opening weekend opponent, Saint Mary's.
Junior SS and leadoff hitter Andres Alvarez leads the Cougs with a .298 average and also has a team-best four doubles. Senior Blake Clanton is hitting .364 with a team-best seven RBis, but he's made just five starts on the season and has 22 at-bats on the year.
Sophomore LHP A.J. Block is slated to make his third start of the season. He has allowed seven runs in 8.2 innings, but only two of those were earned. He has nine strikeouts in those 8.2 innings, but he also puts plenty of runners on base. He has surrendered 10 hits, six walks, and has hit four batters.
These teams met last season with Long Beach State coming from behind for an 8-7 victory at Blair Field. Long Beach State holds an 11-6 advantage all-time in the series with Washington State.
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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