Long Beach State Visits San Diego State for Midweek Showdown
LBSU will make the return trip down to San Diego to face San Diego State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21
Long Beach State at San Diego State
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn Stadium)
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LAST TIME OUT
Long Beach State won both games of a Saturday doubleheader in Malibu, defeating Pepperdine and Grand Canyon. Dirtbags pitchers surrendered just two runs on seven hits combined in the two games, extending LBSU's winning streak to a season-best four games.
Junior Darren McCaughan had his best outing of the season in a 2-1 win over Pepperdine. The reigning Big West Pitcher of the Year celebrated his 21st birthday with a two-hit, complete game effort against Pepperdine. McCaughan allowed just three baserunners in the game and retired the final 21 Waves batters in a row to finish off the second complete game of his career.
Lucas Tancas earned Big West Player of the Week honors for his solid play last week. The redshirt junior started the week by hitting the first two triples of his career in a win over No. 3 TCU, then capped the weekend with a three-hit, three-run performance against Grand Canyon, establishing new career highs in both categories. It is the first weekly award of his career and the first for LBSU this season.
3B Ramsey Romano extended his hitting streak to 13 games over the weekend, recording two hits against Pepperdine, then an eighth inning single against Grand Canyon. Romano now leads the team with eight multi-hit games on the season and is batting a team-best .369.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State is coming off a series win over UNLV, when the Aztecs scored 23 runs in the final two games to come back and take the series. Junior OF Tyler Adkison went 7-for-9 in those two games with a pair of home runs and eight combined RBIs.
Adkison leads SDSU offensively with a whopping .537 batting average, which would be good for second in the nation if he had enough at bats to qualify. Adkison has 22 hits in 41 ABs this year, leading the team with six home runs and 21 RBIs in just 12 starts.
SDSU's offense is in the Top 30 in the nation in batting average, hits and doubles, with six players batting .300 or better. 3B Andrew Brown is hitting .371, SS Danny Sheehan is at .329 and DH Andrew Martinez is hitting .328. 2B Alan Trejo is at a .318 clip and is 5/5 on stolen base attempts, and 1B Jordan Verdon is batting .308 on the season.
RHP Ray Lambert is expected to make his first start on Tuesday night, after appearing four times out of the bullpen. He is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA this season, working 3.1 innings with four walks allowed and two strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitting just .182 off him this season.
These teams met on Feb. 28 at Blair Field, with SDSU winning, 6-2. Sheehan and Verdon each had three hits in the game for the Aztecs, who were helped by three Dirtbags errors. Starting LHP Jacob Erickson worked four scoreless innings to earn the win for the Aztecs, who had four extra-base hits in the win, compared to none for LBSU.
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.
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.
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.
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