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No. 12 Dirtbags Host Series vs. CSUN Starting Thursday

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Thursday, April 13
No. 12 Long Beach State vs. CSUN
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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Friday, April 14
No. 12 Long Beach State vs. CSUN
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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Saturday, April 15
No. 12 Long Beach State vs. CSUN
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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LAST TIME OUT
• Long Beach State improved its home record to 12-1 and ran its winning streak to six with a three-game sweep of UC Riverside last weekend. The Beach remains tied atop the Big West standings with Cal State Fullerton, as both teams are 5-1 in conference play entering the weekend.
• All three Dirtbags starters delivered quality starts against the Highlanders, going at least 7.0 innings and not allowing more than one run. The starting trio of Darren McCaughan, John Sheaks and Dave Smith combined to throw 22.2 innings, allowing just one run on nine hits with two walks and 21 strikeouts.
• The Dirtbags recorded a pair of shutouts in the weekend sweep, ranking fourth in the nation in that department with six shutouts on the season. All six have come at Blair Field and two have come against ranked teams in TCU and Cal State Fullerton.
• While pitching was the main story of the weekend, junior INF/OF Lucas Tancas did plenty of damage as well, picking up Big West Player of the Week honors for his standout play in the UCR sweep. Tancas hit .667 in the series vs. the Highlanders, going 8-for-12 with two home runs, two doubles and five RBIs. He is the team's leading hitter at .364 on the season and is a two-time Player of the Week. With Brock Lundquist winning the week prior, the award has gone to a Dirtbag in three of the last four weeks.

SCOUTING THE MATADORS
• CSUN enters the weekend at .500 in conference play after winning two out of three at home over UC Santa Barbara. The Matadors earned a 10-8 walk-off win in the rubber match thanks to a three-run home run from 3B Nolan Bumstead. CSUN's marquee moment from this season was a series win on the road at then-No. 14 Vanderbilt.
• Junior OF Kevin Riley leads the Matadors offensively with a .317 batting average and a team-high seven home runs. He has also driven in 27 runs and is slugging a remarkable .600 on the season. Junior CF Justin Toerner is hitting .305 and junior C/DH Albee Weiss has a team-best 29 RBIs on the season to go along with six home runs.
• Junior RHP Tei Vanderford has established himself as the ace of the CSUN pitching staff, posting a 4-3 record in eight starts with a team-best 2.83 ERA this season. Senior RHP Conner O'Neil is the main arm out of the bullpen with 16 appearances and four saves. He is 3-3 in relief with a 2.96 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.
• Long Beach State won the first two games of the series last year in Northridge, sweeping a Saturday doubleheader. LBSU RHP Darren McCaughan had a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings in game two as the Dirtbags won that game 12-0. CSUN was able to salvage the Sunday game thanks to six scoreless innings from RHP Andrew Weston.

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, 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.
• Starting out the 2017 season, Long Beach State had 10 former players on Opening Day MLB rosters, tying with Arizona State for the most of any college or university. The former Dirtbags who started the season on big league rosters is: Bryan Shaw (Cleveland), Jason Vargas (Kansas City), Danny Espinosa (Los Angeles (AL)), Jared Hughes (Milwaukee), Jered Weaver (San Diego), Nick Vincent (Seattle), Matt Duffy (Tampa Bay), Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay), Troy Tulowitzki (Toronto), and Marco Estrada (Toronto).

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

 

 

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