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No. 8 Dirtbags Face Non-Conference Test at Minnesota

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Friday, May 12
No. 8 Long Beach State at Minnesota
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn. (Siebert Field)
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Saturday, May 13
No. 8 Long Beach State at Minnesota
Time: 12 p.m. PT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn. (Siebert Field)
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Sunday, May 14
No. 8 Long Beach State at Minnesota
Time: 11 a.m. PT
Location: Minneapolis, Minn. (Siebert Field)
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• The Dirtbags won their seventh weekend series in a row by taking two out of three against Cal Poly. In an important Big West showdown, LBSU increased its lead in first place over the Mustangs, and remained two games ahead of Cal State Fullerton in the loss column entering this weekend's non-conference action.
• Junior Darren McCaughan showed why he's the reigning Big West Pitcher of the Year in Friday's contest, dominating Cal Poly in a complete game shutout. The righthander struck out 11 Mustangs, allowing just three hits and a walk as LBSU took the opener, 3-0. It was McCaughan's 20th career victory at Long Beach State, making him just the 10th player in program history to reach that milestone.
• LBSU claimed Sunday's rubber match with multi-RBI games from Ramsey Romano and David Banuelos, plus solid work from the bullpen. After Dave Smith worked around 11 hits in five innings by only surrendering two runs, Tyler Radcliffe delivered three terrific innings of relief and Chris Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth to record his seventh save of the season and 20th of his career.

• Minnesota entered 2017 as the defending Big Ten champions, going 16-7 in conference action a season ago. They finished with a 36-22 overall record and a loss in the College Station Regional. They are currently third in the Big Ten standings this season with a 12-6 conference mark and are 29-15 overall, coming off a sweep victory at Penn State last weekend.
• Junior 1B Toby Hanson is the bat that drives the Gophers offense. He leads the team with 44 RBIs and 21 extra-base hits, posting a .319 batting average. Redshirt freshman left fielder and leadoff man Jordan Kozicky has a team-best batting average of .357 and junior 3B MIcah Coffey isn't far behind, hitting at a .351 clip with 36 RBIs.
• Junior LHP and Friday starter Lucas Gilbreath has been the top starter for the Golden Gophers this season, going 5-0 in his 11 starts with 74 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. Opposing batters are hitting just .167 off the southpaw, who has allowed just 36 hits this year. Out of the bullpen, senior RHP Brian Glowicki has a 2.16 ERA in 23 appearances and leads the nation with 15 saves.
• Long Beach State won its only previous meeting with Minnesota, 7-3, all the way back in 1989.

• 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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