Dirtbags Host Midweek Clash With LMU
Long Beach State will be hosting its final midweek game of the season on Tuesday, welcoming in the Loyola Marymount Lions for a 6 p.m. contest.
Tuesday, April 17
Long Beach State vs. Loyola Marymount
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Bohl Diamond at Blair Field
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Probable Pitching Matchup:
LBSU – LHP Jacob Hughey (1-0, 3.38 ERA)
LMU – LHP Holden Christian (0-2, 7.77 ERA)
LAST TIME OUT
• LBSU won a crucial road series in Big West play, winning two of three games at CSUN. That wrapped up a 3-1 week for the Dirtbags thanks to a 5-2 win over No. 17 UCLA last Tuesday in Long Beach.
• Redshirt sophomore Jacob Hughey did it all against the Bruins, pitching a career-high 6.0 innings with a career-best seven strikeouts, holding UCLA to just two runs. He also had three RBIs in the game to help lead LBSU to a win over its fourth different ranked opponent this season.
• Long Beach State was then able to win its first Big West series of the season, winning some close games against the Matadors. Junior closer Chris Rivera earned the save in all three wins for the Dirtbags last week, working 1.1 innings in Friday’s win and two full innings in Sunday’s 3-2 victory.
• Freshman catcher Chris Jimenez was a weapon behind the plate for Long Beach in the series, throwing out a total of seven baserunners. The Matadors were 0-for-5 in stolen base attempts against Jimenez, plus had a runner picked off at first and a runner thrown out trying to retreat to third base on the final play of the series.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
• LMU is coming off three straight wins after sweeping West Coast Conference rivals San Francisco last weekend in LA. The Lions allowed ethree runs in all three games of the series and, apropos of nothing, have allowed exactly three runs in six of their last seven wins.
• Sophomore 2B Nick Sogard is hitting a team-best .351 for LMU, adding in 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts. Senior 1B Jamey Smart is a dangerous middle-of-the-order bat with 34 RBIs this season to lead the Lions.
• LMU won the previous meeting with Long Beach State, a 5-4 victory in 10 innings. It remains LBSU’s only extra-inning game of the season. The Lions had 15 hits in that game, compared to just six for the Dirtbags. LMU remains the only team to score a run of Dirtbags closer Chris Rivera this season.
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 in 2017. There were 15 former Dirtbags who played in the major leagues last season, 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.
• Long Beach State began the 2018 season with 10 former players on MLB rosters, with a handful of others waiting in the minor leagues. LBSU’s list of current big leaguers is: Shane Carle (Atlanta), Matt Duffy (Tampa Bay), Marco Estrada (Toronto), Jared Hughes (Cincinnati), Evan Longoria (San Francisco), Mike Marjama (Seattle), Bryan Shaw (Colorado), Troy Tulowitzki (Toronto), Jason Vargas (New York Mets), and Nick Vincent (Seattle).
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