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No. 12 Dirtbags Visit UC Irvine for Black & Blue Weekend Series

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Friday, April 21
No. 12 Long Beach State at UC Irvine
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Ballpark)
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Saturday, April 22
No. 12 Long Beach State at UC Irvine
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Ballpark)
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Sunday, April 23
No. 12 Long Beach State at UC Irvine
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Ballpark)
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• The Dirtbags suffered a 2-1 defeat at UCLA in 11 innings on Tuesday night, losing on a walk-off sacrifice fly from the Bruins. It is the third loss in extra innings this season for LBSU, all coming on the road against Pac-12 opponents. Previous extra-inning losses came at USC and at Arizona State.
• Junior AJ Jones posted another strong start, going 6.0 innings and allowing just one run on three hits. A solo home run in the fifth inning was the only damage against him, as he lowered his ERA to 2.16 on the season.
• Offensively, Daniel Jackson recorded his first three-hit game of the season with a pair of doubles and a single. That extended the senior's hitting streak to 10 games, the second-longest of the season for a Dirtbags hitter.
• During his 10-game hitting streak, Jackson has raised his batting average from .253 to .285. He is a team-best 13-for-35 (.371) over those 10 contests with five RBIs, eight runs scored, four doubles and six walks.

• UC Irvine enters the weekend on a bit of a slide, losing nine of their last 11 ballgames. Included in that stretch is a seven-game losing streak containing a sweep on the road against Oregon. The Anteaters did bust out for a big 14-3 win in their Tuesday contest with USC, smacking 15 hits and seeing six different players record multi-RBI games.
• Junior Keston Hiura is one of the best offensive weapons in the country, much less the Big West. He leads the conference in several offensive categories: batting average (.423), runs (32), hits (52), slugging percentage (.748), on-base percentage (.535), doubles (17), walks (26), and others. The Preseason All-American also has seven home runs and 31 RBIs on the season.
• Along with Hiura, senior SS Mikey Duarte (.350), senior OF Evan Cassolato (.336) and sophomore OF Jake Hazard (.310) are also over the .300 mark this year.
• Pitching has been an issue for UCI this season, with a 6.12 team ERA. Reliever Calvin Faucher does have nine saves to lead the Big West, but also sports a 1-4 record in 17 appearances with a 5.40 ERA.
• The Dirtbags won the first two games of last year's series with UC Irvine, winning the first two games at Blair Field before the Anteaters won the Sunday rubber match, 7-2.

• 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.
• 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).
• On Apr. 14, former Dirtbags pitcher Shane Carle was called up to the Colorado Rockies, making his MLB debut the same day in San Francisco. Carle became the 47th former LBSU player to reach the big leagues. Interestingly, Shane Peterson was called up to the Tampa Bay Rays earlier in the day and hit a two-run home run in his first at bat.

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



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