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LBSU Takes First Big West Road Trip to CSUN

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Friday, April 13
Long Beach State at CSUN
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Matador Field
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Saturday, April 14
Long Beach State at CSUN
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Matador Field
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Sunday, April 15
Long Beach State at CSUN
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Matador Field
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LAST TIME OUT
• Long Beach State dropped its opening Big West series against UC Irvine as the offense scored just three times in the three-game set. LBSU earned a 1-0 shutout in game two thanks to a brilliant start from Clayton Andrews, who went a career-best 8.0 innings, and even worked into the ninth looking for the complete game shutout.
• Andrews matched his career high with 11 strikeouts against the Anteaters, earning him Big West Pitcher of the Week honors. He is the first player in Big West history (going back to 1987) to win Player and Pitcher of the Week honors during the same season, accomplishing each feat just two weeks apart.
• In midweek action, LBSU beat its fourth different ranked team this season, handing No. 17 UCLA a 5-2 defeat. The Dirtbags got a great start from Jacob Hughey, who also had a pair of hits and three RBIs as Long Beach State held off the Bruins for a quality win.

SCOUTING THE MATADORS
• CSUN opened the season at 8-3 before going on a 10-game losing streak in March. The Matadors have recovered to win their first two conference series (vs. Cal Poly and at UC Riverside), sitting in a tie for first place in the Big West standings.
• Junior C Trevor Casanova leads CSUN with a .375 batting average, and is one of three Matadors hitting .313 or better. Senior LF Albee Weiss has an impressive 13 home runs to lead the Matadors and has also driven in 41 runs this season.
• The pitching staff has struggled for the Matadors this season, posting a staff ERA north of 5.00 earned runs per game and allowing 326 hits in 283.1 innings pitched.
• The Dirtbags won the first two games of last year's series with CSUN at Blair Field before the Matadors salvaged the series finale, 8-5. LBSU has not lost a series against CSUN during the Troy Buckley era. The last series win for the Matadors over LBSU was in 2010 when CSUN swept a three-game set in Northridge.

HUGHEY AND THE NEWS
• Redshirt sophomore Jacob Hughey rewrote the Dirtbags record books at Fresno State, leading LBSU to a 24-10 wins going 6-for-7 at the plate with six runs scored and five RBIs. All were career highs and the performance came in just his fourth career start as a hitter. The LHP/1B has been a true dual-threat player for LBSU this season.
• Hughey's six hits tied Jaron Madison for the program record for hits in a game, set back in 1998. Hughey also became the first Dirtbags player ever to score six runs in a game.
• On the mound, Hughey made his first start of the season Apr. 10 against No. 17 UCLA, racking up career highs in innings (6.0) and strikeouts (7) as LBSU dropped the Bruins, 5-2. Hughey also had a pair of hits and three RBIs in the win.

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.

 

 

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