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Dirtbags Host Loyola Marymount Tuesday Evening



April 30, 2013

Long Beach, Calif. -

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Leading Off
Long Beach State finishes off a four-game homestand Tuesday by hosting Loyola Marymount in a 6 p.m. contest at Blair Field. The Dirtbags will then travel to Cal State Fullerton for the Big West half of their annual series with the No. 4 Titans. First pitch on Friday of that series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday's game has been moved to 8 p.m., to accommodate ESPNU, who will be broadcasting the game, while the series ends Sunday at 1 p.m. All Dirtbag games can be followed through live audio or live statistics at www.longbeachstate.com.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State1
Loyola Marymount4
March 12, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif.
Dirtbags Drop Another Game 4-1 At Loyola Marymount
Richard Prigatano and Eric Hutting hit back-to-back doubles to get Long Beach State on the board in the fifth inning, but the Dirtbags only had one other hit in a 4-1 loss at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday.

The Bright Lights
Long Beach State will play its first game on national television this season on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton, which has been moved to 8 p.m. ESPNU will carry the game, with Roxy Bernstein calling the action while Paul Lo Duca will provide analysis.

Rallying Back
Long Beach State picked up late leads against Cal Poly to take two out of three games this past week against the No. 18 Mustangs after routing No. 7 UCLA 11-1 to start the week. After losing the opener against Cal Poly, Jake Stassi allowed just two runs over 6.1 innings, and Juan Avila drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Dirtbags a late 3-2 win. The next day, the Dirtbags trailed early, but took a brief 4-3 lead, and came back once more behind Avila's bat, as the senior cracked a grand slam, the first of the season for Long Beach State. That gave LBSU a 8-5 lead, and the team held on for a 9-5 victory to take the series.

Scouting Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount enters the week with a similar record to Long Beach State, one game under .500 at 21-22. However, the Lions are riding a wave of huge success on Tuesdays, as senior Matt Florer threw a no-hitter his last time out, shutting down the Lions in an effectively wild performance, walking five but also striking out five in LMU's second no-hitter ever. Tommy Cheek leads the offense with a .315 batting average. The Dirtbags lead the all-time series with LMU 84-47-2, but lost this season's meeting at Page Stadium 4-1 in the last meeting between the teams.

Sabo's Big Week
Sophomore left-hander Nick Sabo was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week after helping the Dirtbags win in two games against ranked opponents in the last week. Getting the start on Tuesday against No. 7 UCLA, Sabo rose to the challenge with his best start of the season. Matching a career-high with five innings pitched, Sabo earned the win over the Bruins, scattering three hits with no runs allowed in an 11-1 rout at UCLA. Then on Sunday against No. 18 Cal Poly, Sabo entered the game in the third inning in relief with the bases loaded and one-out with the Dirtbags trailing 3-0. With a shallow fly ball and a popout, Sabo got Long Beach State out of the inning and threw three more scoreless innings as the Dirtbags rallied to defeat Cal Poly 9-5.

Offensive Minded
Long Beach State is hitting .306 in Big West play, second-best in the league, and has a balanced lineup that will hope to continue to have success in the absence of junior Michael Hill, who will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle. Taking over at shortstop is leadoff hitter Jeff McNeil, who rose to the 6th toughest to strike out in the nation this week, and leads the team with 56 hits and a .337 batting average. Two other active players are batting over .300 in sophomore Richard Prigatano (.307) and junior Ino Patron (.301), while Juan Avila has returned from injury and is hitting .328 in Big West play. Also having an improved season in the Big West is center fielder Colby Brenner, who is hitting .321, while another player who has stepped up is second baseman Colton Vaughn, hitting .277 in 20 games played since joining the regulars midway through the year.

Scouting Loyola Marymount
Loyola Marymount enters the week with a similar record to Long Beach State, one game under .500 at 21-22. However, the Lions are riding a wave of huge success on Tuesdays, as senior Matt Florer threw a no-hitter his last time out, shutting down the Lions in an effectively wild performance, walking five but also striking out five in LMU's second no-hitter ever. Tommy Cheek leads the offense with a .315 batting average. The Dirtbags lead the all-time series with LMU 84-47-2, but lost this season's meeting at Page Stadium 4-1 in the last meeting between the teams.

Sabo's Big Week
Sophomore left-hander Nick Sabo was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week after helping the Dirtbags win in two games against ranked opponents in the last week. Getting the start on Tuesday against No. 7 UCLA, Sabo rose to the challenge with his best start of the season. Matching a career-high with five innings pitched, Sabo earned the win over the Bruins, scattering three hits with no runs allowed in an 11-1 rout at UCLA. Then on Sunday against No. 18 Cal Poly, Sabo entered the game in the third inning in relief with the bases loaded and one-out with the Dirtbags trailing 3-0. With a shallow fly ball and a popout, Sabo got Long Beach State out of the inning and threw three more scoreless innings as the Dirtbags rallied to defeat Cal Poly 9-5.

Offensive Minded
Long Beach State is hitting .306 in Big West play, second-best in the league, and has a balanced lineup that will hope to continue to have success in the absence of junior Michael Hill, who will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle. Taking over at shortstop is leadoff hitter Jeff McNeil, who rose to the 6th toughest to strike out in the nation this week, and leads the team with 56 hits and a .337 batting average. Two other active players are batting over .300 in sophomore Richard Prigatano (.307) and junior Ino Patron (.301), while Juan Avila has returned from injury and is hitting .328 in Big West play. Also having an improved season in the Big West is center fielder Colby Brenner, who is hitting .321, while another player who has stepped up is second baseman Colton Vaughn, hitting .277 in 20 games played since joining the regulars midway through the year.

 

 

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