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Dirtbags Face Saturday Doubleheader vs. Pepperdine, Grand Canyon

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Saturday, March 18
Long Beach State at Pepperdine
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Malibu, Calif. (Eddy D. Field Stadium)
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Saturday, March 18
Long Beach State vs. Grand Canyon
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Malibu, Calif. (Eddy D. Field Stadium)
Listen: KBeach Radio | Live Stats

• The Dirtbags went 2-0 in midweek action, picking up of its best wins of the season on Tuesday vs. No. 3 TCU, before defeating Washington State in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night.
• Five LBSU pitchers combined to shut out one of the best offenses in the nation, holding TCU to just five hits while recording a season-high 15 strikeouts. It was the second shutout of the year for the Dirtbags, who scored three times in the fourth and four times in the eighth to secure an impressive 7-0 win.
Luke Rasmussen delivered a ninth-inning, walk-off single to beat Washington State the next night in an 8-7 thriller. The Dirtbags trailed 7-4 in the sixth inning, but scored the final four runs to walk off with the win, despite stranding 15 runners on base.

• Pepperdine improved to 8-7 on Friday with a 1-0 win over Grand Canyon in 12 innings. 3B Nick Costello delivered the walk-off single with one out in the 12th to give the Waves the win.
• This weekend's play will conclude a seven-game homestand for Pepperdine, which saw the Waves get swept by visiting California. Pepperdine has a 5-3 home record on the season, led by a sweep of Saint Joseph's on opening weekend.
• Freshman INF Quincy McAfee is Pepperdine's leading hitter with a .288 average and a team-best nine RBIs. Junior 1B/DH Ben Rodriguez leads the Waves with 11 runs scored to go with eight RBIs. • Expected starter Max Gamboa is 1-2 in his four starts this season with a 5.18 ERA. He has allowed 26 hits and 15 runs in 24.1 innings with a team-leading 30 strikeouts.
• Long Beach State holds a 69-62-2 edge all-time in the series with Pepperdine.

• Grand Canyon enters Saturday's games at 5-10, coming off the extra innings loss to Pepperdine on Friday. The Antelopes opened the season with a series win over then-No. 22 Oklahoma State, but then lost their next five games, all on the road.
• Sophomore INF Austin Bull is a .365 hitter on the year, leading the team with 23 hits. Junior INF Ian Evans is the team leader with 13 RBIs and nine walks.
• Expected starter Jake Repavich has made four starts this year and is 1-1 with a 3.96 ERA. He has thrown 25.0 innings, allowing 29 hits and 11 runs with 20 strikeouts. Of his 29 hits surrendered, 11 have gone for extra bases.
• The Dirtbags are 5-1 all-time against Grand Canyon, and this will be the first meeting since a three-game series in 1994.

• 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.

• 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, shortstop 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.

• 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.

• The OFFICIAL nickname of the Long Beach State baseball program is the Dirtbags.



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