Dirtbags suffer fourth straight loss in home opener

Something about Calvin Estrada’s body language as he tracked an otherwise routine fly ball to left in a Tuesday night game against University of San Diego didn’t feel right. He took tentative steps toward foul ground with his glove above his head as the ball bounced off the glove and allowed a run to score in the defensively abysmal second inning of the Dirtbags 4-0 loss in their home opener. “We just gotta be more aggressive at the plate,” sophomore catcher Chris Jimenez said. Long Beach State is now 0-4 to start the season. The second inning exploited the liability that is the Dirtbags’ defense. With a runner on first, the Toreros’ Shane McGuire hit a hopper over third base that freshman third baseman Kaden Hogan misplayed. Hogan took a first step in the wrong direction as the ball rolled into the outfield. The error left Toreros at second and third with no outs. Then Estrada’s error scored a run. Pinch Hitter Preston Miller grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring McGuire from third putting the Dirtbags in a 2-0 deficit. “I just gotta throw strikes, hopefully the defense picks me up after those errors,” pitcher Basilio Pacheco said. A ground

By | 2019-04-08T11:46:07+00:00 Feb 19, 2019 | 11:21 pm|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Sports News, Sports Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

Dirtbags suffer sweep in the swamp

The Dirtbags received a rude welcome to the 2019 season this weekend at the hands of No. 3 Florida, which swept Long Beach in a three-game series. Long Beach State had its work cut out in the opening series, having to face one of its toughest opponents of the year. Moreover, the Dirtbags is plagued by injuries, which forced it to field an inexperienced roster against more developed SEC players. “Their freshman are different than our freshman” Dirtbags head coach Troy Buckley said to the Gators’ broadcast Sunday. The Dirtbags scored five runs in the series while allowing 16. They dropped Friday’s game 8-2 followed by a 5-2 loss on Saturday. The getaway game was a 3-1 victory for the Gators. Saturday’s game could have been an upset victory for Long Beach State, but junior starting pitcher Zak Baayoun allowed four runs in the second inning, three of them earned, forcing the offense to fight an uphill battle. Baayoun was tagged with the loss. The Dirtbags hit well with the bases empty as first baseman Dominic Campeau and shortstop Santino Rivera each had two hits. Additionally, sophomore catcher Chris Jimenez reached base three times. However, the Dirtbags failed to hit

By | 2019-04-08T11:58:01+00:00 Feb 17, 2019 | 7:08 pm|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Today|

Injuries shake up Dirtbags’ heading into 2019

The Long Beach State Dirtbags started the 2018 season with injuries and an undermanned pitching staff before ending the year fifth in the Big West. They begin 2019 with the same challenges, and a new roster, making the next few weeks a critical stretch. “Currently we only have eight healthy pitchers, but we have 15 on the board, so we do have some setbacks,” ninth year head coach Troy Buckley said. Redshirt senior ace John Sheaks is among those who have had a difficult recovery from injury. The Tommy John Surgery recipient was slated to return at the start of 2019, but is now expected to be out another three weeks before he sees action. Underclassmen have also fallen victim to injuries. Nick Avila, a junior transfer with a career ERA under 3.4 has been suffering from an oblique injury since January. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Connor Riley missed all of last year after tearing his UCL. Recent setbacks related to nerve inflammation have pushed his return date to the final three weeks of the 2019 season. “[Avila] could be [out] up to six weeks. It’s kind of going to depend on how he heals and gets the progression of some

By | 2019-04-09T14:41:01+00:00 Feb 13, 2019 | 10:26 pm|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Today|Tags: , , |

A new Day for the Dirtbags

When Ryan Day talks about the Dirtbags, he starts talking a mile a minute; a habit that shows the new Director of Baseball Operations’ excitement for the baseball team’s upcoming season. “[Day] brings a passion and a work ethic that will certainly aid us in his area of job responsibilities,” head coach Troy Buckley said via LBSU athletics. “Being a former collegiate coach is of great value and we are looking forward to his input.” Day replaces Geno Deangelis and takes the director position at a time of high-expectations for the Dirtbags. Although the team has had regular season success, it has run into playoff trouble and failed to advance to the College World Series in recent years. “It’s a reality, we haven't overcome the hump of getting to [the championship] in Omaha, and that’s what the goal is,” Day said. “We want to put it in our guys’ heads, the law of attraction; they have to expect and see themselves going there.” While his responsibilities are wide-ranging, he will focus heavily on recruitment, a historical strength for the Dirtbags. His experience as a pitching coach, camp coordinator, and assistant recruiting coordinator at Concordia University should help him maintain a

By | 2018-12-11T17:50:58+00:00 Dec 11, 2018 | 5:50 pm|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Blair Field to receive new lights

One of the many upcoming renovation plans at Blair Field will be the installation of new stadium lights according to Long Beach State officials. The project was announced in 2009, but didn’t break ground until three years ago and will not be finished until next year. “We are looking forward to having new lights at Blair Field and feel it is another step that is necessary in the enhancement of this historic site,” head coach Troy Buckley said. The grand total to install the new lights will be $1 million, according to Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Rob Clark. Other renovations have already been made to the stadium such as moving in the outfield wall, putting new padding along the backstop and revamping the team’s locker room. The bullpen was also fixed and renamed after Jered Weaver, the 10-year MLB veteran with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and LBSU alum who donated $500,000 to his alma mater. Previous renovations consisted of upgrading and naming the Troy and Danyll Tulowitzki hitting house, adding a live stream to home games with three different camera angles and installing new restrooms. “The renovations at Blair have been very enjoyable and we are certainly

By | 2018-10-03T21:07:40+00:00 Oct 3, 2018 | 9:07 pm|Categories: Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Today|Tags: , , |
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