Daily 49er

Beach softball takes two from CS Northridge

Danny Lee, Assistant sports editor

April 3, 2009

Filed under Softball, Sports

Game 2 box scoreThe 49er softball team seems to have a knack for snapping long winning streaks. Just four weeks removed from ending No. 5 UCLA's 18-game unbeaten streak, LBSU stopped Cal State Northridge's run at 11 to jump into sole possession of first place in the Big West Conference.The 49ers (23-14, 4-1 Big West) grabbed the second game of the doubleheader, 3-2, behind a complete-game performance from right-hander Taylor Pet...

Dirtbags extend win streak to 6

Matt Moreno, Staff writer

April 2, 2009

Filed under Baseball, Sports

Box scoreIt took some time, but Long Beach State was able to score the runs it needed to secure a win Friday night.The Dirtbags' five-game winning streak was extended to six with a 5-2 victory over the visiting UC Riverside Highlanders at Blair Field.During the streak, LBSU (13-12, 1-0 Big West Conference) has outscored its opponents 57-19 as the Dirtbag offense and pitching staff began to hit their stride. Both continued to perfo...

Knipe to lead Team USA through 2012 Olympics

Knipe to lead Team USA through 2012 Olympics

Tracy McDannald, Sports editor

April 1, 2009

Filed under Men's Volleyball, Sports

The day may have been April Fool's but Team USA wasn't playing a joke on Alan Knipe.The 40-year-old Long Beach State alum and men's volleyball head coach will take a three-year leave of absence to coach ...

Softball splits pair with Aggies on first day of conference action

Danny Lee, Assistant sports editor

March 28, 2009

Filed under Softball

In an afternoon doubleheader dominated by pitchers, the 49er softball team dropped the late game against UC Davis, 2-0, in extra innings despite another strong outing from freshman right-hander Taylor Petty.Petty (8-3) lasted eight innings to post three strikeouts, nine hits and two unearned runs as Long Beach State (20-14, 1-1 Big West Conference) split its first two conference games at home with the Aggies (16-15, 1-1 BWC)....

Softball outlasts UC Davis in 9-inning affair

Danny Lee, Assistant sports editor

March 28, 2009

Filed under Softball

Just one day after dropping a game to UC Davis in extra innings, the Long Beach State softball team found a way to return the favor.Third baseman Jennifer Griffin produced the game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth to lift the 49ers (21-14, 2-1 Big West Conference) to a 4-3 win over the Aggies (16-16, 1-2 BWC) in Sunday's series finale at the 49er Softball Complex.Griffin finished the day going 2-for-3, drove in two and...

Thompson, Dirtbags get pair of firsts

Tucker Savoye and Tucker Savoye

March 28, 2009

Filed under Baseball

Jake Thompson (1-4) was expected to be the Friday starter and the Dirtbags' best pitcher when the season began.He sure looked like it Saturday afternoon at Blair Field.The young sophomore right-hander threw a gem for his first win and the Dirtbags (9-12) won their first series of the year by taking the first two games from UNLV (13-12) at Blair Field.Thompson went eight innings, giving up no runs and just one base hit. He s...

Dirtbags sweep the Rebels

Tucker Savoye, Staff writer

March 28, 2009

Filed under Baseball

The Dirtbags (10-12) came from behind for a big win Sunday afternoon at Blair Field and swept the UNLV Rebels (13-13).The first four hitters in the LBSU lineup – Jonathan Jones, Jordan Casas, Devin Lohman and TJ Mittelstaedt – all had two hits and scored eight runs while driving in seven.Rylan Sandoval hit a two-run homer in the third to give LBSU the lead and the team never looked back.When head coach Mike Weather...

Dirtbags open series with 7-4 win over Rebels

Daniel Ramirez, Assistant sports editor

March 27, 2009

Filed under Baseball, Sports

Despite leaving 14 runners on base, the Dirtbags still managed to score seven runs to get the win Friday night.. Long Beach State (8-12) defeated the University of Nevada Las Vegas, 7-4, in front of 1,141 at Blair Field.Already up one, the Dirtbags pushed their lead to 5-1 when Devin Lohman stroked an RBI single to left bringing Jonathan Jones home.Jones went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two walks and three runs scored.LBSU got some help from Rebels (13-11) catche...