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Long Beach State Hosts Rival Cal State Fullerton in All-Big West Super Regional

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Friday, June 9
Long Beach State vs. Cal State Fullerton
Time: 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
Listen: KBeach Radio | Live Stats

Saturday, June 10
Long Beach State vs. Cal State Fullerton
Time: 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
Listen: KBeach Radio | Live Stats

Sunday, June 11 (If Necessary)
Long Beach State vs. Cal State Fullerton
Time: 12 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
Location: Long Beach, Calif. (Blair Field)
Listen: KBeach Radio | Live Stats


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

REGIONAL RECAP
• Long Beach State was able to win the Long Beach Regional by working through the loser's bracket, winning its final three games of the regional over San Diego State and Texas. LBSU's pitching was key, holding opposing batters to just a .198 average during its five regional games.
• Senior Dave Smith was one of the stars on the mound for the Dirtbags, tossing a complete game shutout in the opening game against SDSU. It was Smith's first career complete game, and he allowed just five hits while needing only 98 pitches to go the distance. Smith then started Monday's winner-take-all Game 7, tossing 4.0 innings of shutout ball, allowing just one baserunner to Texas in LBSU's 2-1 win.
• Sophomore 2B Jarren Duran was the offensive star of the regional, hitting .429 with a team-best six RBIs. He was also 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts and laid down three sacrifice bunts. He had four multi-hit games in the Regional, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He also had two go-ahead, two-out RBIs in Sunday night's win over Texas, including the game-winning hit in the eighth inning.
• During Duran's postseason career, including last season's Coral Gables Regional, Duran is 15-for-38 (.395) with three doubles, three triples, his only career home run, and eight RBIs.
• Long Beach State has now won 10 of its last 12 games, with six of those wins coming by just one run. The Dirtbags are 10-4 in one-run games.
• This is the first postseason meeting between Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton. It's also the first time two Big West teams have met in a Super Regional.

BANNY BEING BANNY
• Junior catcher David Banuelos has pulled in some legitimate postseason accolades in the past week, making some Long Beach State history in the process. He was named one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the best catcher in college baseball. He will go to Wichita, Kan. along with the other two finalists on June 29 for the awards banquet.
• On Thursday of this week, Banuelos was also named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, becoming the first Dirtbags player since Neil Jamison in 2005 to earn First Team All-America recognition. He's the first Dirtbag to receive First Team All-American status from Baseball America since Jered Weaver in 2004.

FINISHING STRONG
• The Dirtbags won their final 10 series to finish the regular season, running away with the Big West Championship. Long Beach State won 20 conference games for the first time since 1998, winning LBSU's first Big West title since 2008.
• LBSU won the final two games of a three-game series at rivals Cal State Fullerton, improving to 5-1 against the Titans this year after sweeping a non-conference series at Blair Field in March.
• Sophomore Chris Rivera finished off both of LBSU's wins in Fullerton, working 2.0 innings of relief to earn the win on Friday, then shutting the door on Saturday's 1-0 win to pick up his 11th save of the campaign.

All-BIG WEST HONORS
• A record 11 Dirtbags players, along with head coach Troy Buckley, were recognized on this year's All-Big West teams. Buckley was named the Big West Coach of the Year for the first time in his career, one of three major award wins for the Dirtbags.
• Junior RHP Darren McCaughan was named Big West Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, after going 8-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 15 starts for the Beach. He had a pair of shutouts and four complete games on the year, striking out 94 batters in 108.1 innings pitched.
• His battery mate, junior catcher David Banuelos, was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Year. A Dirtbag has now won this award two years running after SS Garrett Hampson received the honor in 2016. Banuelos threw out 17 of the 28 potential basestealers against him, allowing just a 39.3 percent success rate on stolen base tries.
• Joining McCaughan and Banuelos on the first team were 3B Ramsey Romano and RP Josh Advocate. LBSU had five players named Second Team All-Big West: 2B Jarren Duran, RF Brock Lundquist, LF Lucas Tancas, SP Dave Smith and closer Chris Rivera. Rounding out the list of Dirtbags were 1B Daniel Jackson and SS Laine Huffman as Honorable Mention selections.

POSTSEASON PROFILE
• This is the 22nd postseason appearance for Long Beach State and second in as many seasons. LBSU went to the Coral Gables Regional in 2016, going 2-2 with both losses coming to host and regional winner Miami (FL).
• Long Beach State last hosted an NCAA Regional in 2008, welcoming in San Diego, California, and eventual national champion Fresno State.
• Senior Daniel Jackson will be playing in his third NCAA Regional for the Dirtbags, going back to his freshman year in 2014 when LBSU was the Gainesville Regional. He will become the first Dirtbags player to appear in three NCAA Regionals since Brandon Godfrey from 2005-08.

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.
• 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 Dirtbags have had 14 former players in the major leagues this year, with Carle, Peterson, Adam Wilk (Mets/Twins), and Vance Worley (Marlins) joining the original 10 from Opening Day.

The Last Meeting
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May 27, 2017
Fullerton, Calif.
Dirtbags Shut Out Fullerton to Close Regular Season
The Dirtbags picked up their 19th shutout win of the season in Saturday’s rubber match with No. 14 Cal State Fullerton, winning 1-0 at Goodwin Field. That gives No. 7 Long Beach State 10 straight series wins to end the season, heading into Monday’s NCAA Selection Show at 9 a.m. PT on ESPN2.


 

 

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