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Dirtbags Wrap Up Homestand With San Diego State

Ino Patron could make history on Tuesday.

May 5, 2014

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Tuesday, May 6
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Stadium: Blair Field
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The Last Meeting
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Dirtbags Rally For 4-3 Win In Extra Innings Over San Diego State
Down 3-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, Jeff McNeil started the inning with a double, his third hit of the day, and Long Beach State scored three runs to tie Tuesday's game with San Diego State. The Dirtbags then finished off the comeback in the 11th inning, as Ino Patron's triple set the stage for a literal walk off 4-3 victory.

Long Beach State will put the finishing touches on an eight game homestand with a 6 p.m. game against San Diego State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Dirtbags are looking to stay hot after getting the series win over Cal State Fullerton last weekend. The Aztecs come in with a 32-16 overall record and are fourth in the Mountain West with a 13-11 record. Last weekend, they dropped two of three games in a road series at New Mexico.

Long Beach State has enjoyed its recent homestand as it has been one of the best stretches of the season for the Dirtbags. LBSU is 5-2 during the current homestand with three wins over ranked teams and two big series wins over Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. The Dirtbags strung together a five game win streak during the homestand and one of the most dominant pitching streaks in LBSU history. 

If Ino Patron gets the start as expected on Tuesday, he will make Long Beach State history as the first Dirtbag player to start in 206 games. After the weekend, Patron is tied with Chris Gill for the most starts in LBSU history with 205. He also climbed into a tie with Gill for fifth in career hits when his double in the ninth on Sunday went down as his 215th career hit. Patron has played in 209 of the 212 games that the Dirtbags have taken the field for since his arrival on campus and started in 205 of those games. In the past four years, Patron has played in 98.6 percent of the Dirtbags’ games and started in 96.7 percent. Come Tuesday, his name will be on more lineup than any other player in the history of Long Beach State. 

The last week may be one of the most dominant pitching stretches in Long Beach State history. The Dirtbag pitching staff won four straight games via the shutout. As a staff, the Dirtbags did not allow a run in 41 consecutive innings between Saturday, Apr. 26 and Sunday, May 4. Andrew Rohrbach’s complete game shutout on Friday marked the second time in school history that LBSU posted three straight shutouts. When Josh Frye and Logan Lombana combined for yet another shutout the next day, the Dirtbags moved into territory never touched before at LBSU. Frye and Lombana’s shutout also gave the Dirtbags their 10th shutout of the season, which is also a school and Big West Conference record.

Sophomore Andrew Rohrbach, the Dirtbags Friday night starter, went toe-to-toe with Cal State Fullerton ace Thomas Eshelman and led Long Beach State to Friday’s 1-0 win over their rivals from Orange County. Rohrbach tied a career-high with nine strikeouts without issuing a walk or hitting a batter in his seven hit, complete game shutout. The CG SO was the second of the season for Rohrbach. He improved to 5-1 on the season with the shutout win and lowered his ERA to 2.03 on the year. He is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts in Big West games. Rohrbach’s recognition marks the third week in a row that a Dirtbag has been named on the Big West’s weekly honor roll. Josh Frye took Pitcher of the Week honors two weeks ago and Cameron Pongs was the Hitter of the Week last week. Richard Prigatano was also selected as the Big West’s Hitter of the Week earlier in the season.

Neither Josh Frye nor Tuesday’s starting pitching Ryan Millison were in the rotation when the season started. However, both have cemented their roles in the rotation down the home stretch of the season with a string of impressive starts. Both have sub-one ERAs as starting pitchers. Frye is 5-0 as the Dirtbags Saturday starter with a 0.87 ERA. He ranks second in the Big West and fifth in the nation with a 0.97 ERA this season. His 0.74 WHIP also ranks second in the nation. Millison is 1-0 as a starter but has been solid in all four starts this season. In his starts, he has allowed just two runs (one earned) to score for a 0.43 ERA. He owns a 3-1 record on the season, including his 12 relief appearances, with a 1.35 ERA. Since both of these seniors moved into the rotation, they have combined to throw 65 innings. Together they have a6-0 record and have allowed just five earned runs (seven total runs) to score for a combined 0.69 ERA. 

Long Beach State went nearly two months between midweek wins but captured the 7-0 victory at home over Pepperdine last Wednesday. With the bulk of midweek games being played on the road for the first three months, the Dirtbags struggled to a 3-6 midweek record after starting 3-1. They shook off the losing streak with last Wednesday’s win and improved to 2-1 in home midweek games. They beat previously unbeaten USC on Feb. 25 as well. The Dirtbags will look to keep that magic at home with only two midweek games left this season and both being played at Blair Field.

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



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