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No. 7 Long Beach State Closes Home Slate vs. Hawai’i

Friday, May 19
No. 7 Long Beach State vs. Hawai’i
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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Saturday, May 20
No. 7 Long Beach State vs. Hawai’i
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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Sunday, May 21
No. 7 Long Beach State vs. Hawai’i
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
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LAST TIME OUT
• Long Beach State took two of three games from Minnesota in its final non-conference action of the season. LBSU has now won its last eight weekend series, going 10-4-1 in road games since the start of conference play.
• LBSU survived a pitcher’s duel on Friday as Darren McCaughan went 7.1 innings to pick up the win and Chris Rivera earned a four-out save, his eighth of the season. The Golden Gophers stranded the bases loaded in the eighth inning as Rivera got a groundout on a 3-2 pitch to preserve the Long Beach lead.
• The Dirtbags won Sunday’s rubber match with persistent offense, scoring in each of the first six innings on their way to a 9-1 win. Senior Dave Smith was solid again, allowing just one run in seven innings to pick up his seventh win of the year.
Lucas Tancas had another productive week at the plate, going 6-for-12 with a monster three-run home run in Saturday’s game, giving him nine homers on the year to lead the team. He also drove in four runs, scored five and stole a base in the series.

SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WARRIORS
• Hawai’i sits right in the middle of the Big West standings at 8-10 in conference play, coming off a series loss at home against UC Irvine. The Rainbow Warriors do have the third-best record in the conference, checking in at 26-19 on the season.
• Earlier this season, UH played at Long Beach State’s most recent opponent, winning both games on the road against Minnesota. As part of a four-game swing in Minneapolis, Hawai’i faced the Golden Gophers twice, winning 11-2 and 4-0, respectively.
• Junior CF and leadoff man Dylan Vchulek leads the Warriors with a .317 batting average and 12 stolen bases, while senior 3B Josh Rojas has a team-best .533 slugging percentage with five home runs and 23 RBIs. Rojas will miss Friday’s series opener due to a suspension following his ejection from UH’s last game vs. UC Irvine.
• Hawai’i boasts a solid pitching staff, led by Friday starter Brendan Hornung, who has four complete games this season to sit just 0.1 IP behind Darren McCaughan for the conference lead in innings pitched this season. Hornung is 6-4 with a 2.94 ERA, recording 80 strikeouts with just 15 walks.
• LBSU won last season’s series against the Rainbow Warriors, winning the final two games in Honolulu. The Dirtbags lead the all-time series with Hawai’i, 12-7.

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 47 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
Long Beach State4
Hawai'i3
May 8, 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii
McGeorge Solid in Relief, Dirtbags Win Series at Hawai’i
Long Beach State pulled out a close one on Sunday afternoon, scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning to pull out a 4-3 win in Honolulu. Austin McGeorge pitched four scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win and Garrett Hampson recorded his 200th career hit in the series-clinching victory.


 

 

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