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Dirtbags Off To The Islands For Big West Series

Hampson is the first LBSU freshman since Troy Tulowitzki to have 60 hits.

May 7, 2014

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The Last Meeting
Long Beach State3
May 12, 2013
Long Beach, Calif.
Dirtbags Grind To A 3-2 Win Over Rainbows In Series Finale
Jeff McNeil and Juan Avila came through again for the Dirtbags, as Long Beach State scrapped to a 3-2 win in the final game of the series with Hawai'i. McNeil had three hits and two stolen bases, while Avila drove drove in a pair for the Dirtbags.

Friday, May 9
Time: 9:35 p.m. (PT)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Stadium: Murakami Stadium
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Saturday, May 10
Time: 9:35 p.m. (PT)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Stadium: Murakami Stadium
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Sunday, May 11
Time: 4:05 p.m. (PT)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Stadium: Murakami Stadium
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Long Beach State is off to Hawai’i for a three-game set with the Rainbow Warriors this weekend. This will be the Dirtbags first trip across the Pacific Ocean since 2008 and their first trip to the islands since Hawai’i joined the Big West last season. The Dirtbags will be looking for another series win after a successful homestand that included three Big West series wins. The Rainbows come in to the weekend off a nonconference series sweep of the New York Institute of Technology. With the sweep, the Rainbows improved to 19-25 overall; however, they are just 3-12 in the Big West and in last place in the standings.

If you were to look at every lineup card written in Long Beach State baseball history, you would see the name Ino Patron written more times than any other name. Patron started for the 206th time in his career on Tuesday, which passed Chris Gill’s previous school record of 205 starts from 1986-89. He also climbed into fifth for hits in a career with his 216th hit on Tuesday, overtaking Gill in the career hits category. Patron has played in 210 of the 213 games that the Dirtbags have taken the field for since his arrival on campus and started in 206 of those games. In the past four years, Patron has played in 99 percent of the Dirtbags’ games and started in 97 percent. 

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. The Dirtbags had at least one shutout every weekend in the month of April and continued that trend with a shutout in their first game in May.

All-American Dirtbags Troy Tulowitzki was named the National League Player of the Month last week after going on a tear through the first month of the MLB season. Tulowitzki hit .364 in April with a .477 on-base percentage and .727 slugging percentage. He leads the NL with 24 runs scored, ranked third with 22 RBI and fourth with seven homers. He has gotten even hotter in the month of May, raising his batting average to an eye-popping .421 while hitting a couple of more homers and upping his RBI total to 30. Tulowitzki was inducted into Long Beach State’s Hall of Fame last fall and celebrated his induction with a $1 million gift toward upgrades at Blair Field. 

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.

Josh Frye was not in the rotation when the season started. However, he has cemented his role in the rotation as the Dirtbags’ Saturday starter down the home stretch of the season. He has a team-leading 0.97 ERA that ranks second in the Big West and fifth in the nation. His 0.74 WHIP also ranks second in the nation. Frye is 5-0 as the Dirtbags Saturday starter and has a 0.87 ERA in those starts. Before jumping into the rotation, he made seven relief appearances for 11.2 innings with a 1.54 ERA. 

Richard Prigatano was off and running on the basepaths again when he made his return to the lineup on Tuesday. Prigatano took his 16th stolen base of the season at a critical juncture in the game. With LSU down 3-2 in the eighth, Prigatano reached on an error and didn’t wait long to move up to second on his own. As the pitch went to the backstop, Prigatano kept on trucking into third to set up an eventual tying run. His 16 stolen bases are tied for the Big West lead with Cal Poly’s Mark Mathias. His seven stolen bases in Big West games are the most in the conference.

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



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