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First-Place Dirtbags Host Cal Poly in Key Big West Series

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Friday, May 5
No. 8 Long Beach State vs. Cal Poly
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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Saturday, May 6
No. 8 Long Beach State vs. Cal Poly
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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Sunday, May 7
No. 8 Long Beach State vs. Cal Poly
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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LAST TIME OUT
• Long Beach State settled for its first tie in nearly two decades on Tuesday at San Diego. The game was called after 10 innings due to curfew restrictions at Fowler Park, ending the contest with a 9-9 final. It was LBSU's first tie since the 1998 season and kept both teams with identical 28-14-1 records on the year.
• San Diego native Ramsey Romano had a great game, starting out with hits in his first four at bats, scoring twice and driving in the game's first run in the first inning. Luke Rasmussen had a pair of RBI singles and Brooks Stotler hit a double and a triple and had two RBIs on the night.
• Senior C Joey Notch had the best offensive game of his Dirtbags career, going 2/4 with the first three RBIs of his career.
• The Dirtbags totaled 14 hits as a team, making it the fourth straight game with double-digit hits and the seventh in the last eight contests. During that eight-game stretch, Long Beach State has compiled an impressive 104 hits, averaging 13 per game.

SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
• Cal Poly has been a much improved team since the start of Big West play, sitting in second place in the conference with an 8-4 mark while holding the tiebreaker over Cal State Fullerton. The Mustangs won their last Big West series while hosting the Titans, winning the final two games by scores of 13-6 and 8-4.
• Last weekend, Cal Poly played a tight non-conference series at UCLA, losing two out of three despite outscoring the Bruins, 11-10, in the series.
• Sophomore CF Alex McKenna leads the Mustangs offensively with a .372 batting average along with team-bests in home runs (5), RBIs (28), and stolen bases (12-for-18). Senior 1B Michael Sanderford is a .350 hitter this season and freshman 3B Bradlee Beesley is hitting at a .333 clip.
• Leading the pitching staff is sophomore RHP Spencer Howard. The Saturday starter has a 4-1 record with a 2.24 ERA, striking out 64 batters in 56.1 innings. Sophomore RHP Michael Clark has been terrific out of the bullpen, boasting a 4-0 record and eight saves with a 1.60 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched. Opposing batters are hitting just .181 against him.
• LBSU is hosting Cal Poly at Blair Field for the second consecutive season. In last year's series, the Dirtbags picked up a sweep of the Mustangs by a combined margin of 20-4.

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).
• 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.

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

The Last Meeting
Cal Poly1
Long Beach State4
May 1, 2016
Long Beach, Calif.
Brown Keeps Cal Poly Down as Dirtbags Complete Sweep
Long Beach State finally finished off a sweep on Sunday afternoon, winning the finale with Cal Poly by a 4-1 score. Tanner Brown went 8.2 innings and Chris Rivera secured his 13th save to lock down a fifth consecutive win for the Dirtbags, matching their longest winning streak of the season.


 

 

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