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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Dirtbags Featured In Baseball America Weekend Recap

From the Baseball America Weekend Recap 5/13-5/15:
College Weekend Recap: 5/13-5/15

by Will Kimmey
May 16, 2005

The cliche goes that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. But winning close means everything in baseball, because it serves as great practice for the postseason by testing a team's resolve.

Florida State and Long Beach State each demonstrated mental toughness in winning stomach-turning tight conference series over the weekend. Florida State swept North Carolina, winning the final two games in their last at-bat to run their season record in one-run games to 9-3. FSU is 7-2 in games decided by two runs. Long Beach State has played 21 games decided by a run, winning 14 of them--including Sunday's 2-1 victory to clinch the series against Cal Poly....

Long Beach State's series with Cal Poly meant just as much [as Florida State's]. After splitting a pair of 4-1 games to open the series, Long Beach State won the clincher 2-1 Sunday to reinforce its 2.24 team ERA as the nation's best. Sophomore righthander Jared Hughes held Cal Poly to a run over the first 5 1/3 innings, handing a 2-1 off to senior righthanders Brian Anderson and Neil Jamison to shut things down.

Winning two of three against the Mustangs moved the Dirtbags into second place in the Big West Conference at 13-5 heading into this weekend's series at top-ranked Cal State Fullerton. Long Beach State remains the only team to defeat Fullerton in a series this season, and that was a nonconference set in which two games were decided by one run and the other was a two-run affair.

A second series win for Long Beach State could lead it to usurp the regional host spot many have pegged for Fullerton. Meanwhile, Florida State could enhance its hopes of serving as a host with a series win at No. 22 North Carolina State. Expect plenty of close games, as Fullerton (11-5) and N.C. State (12-3) have also fared extremely well in games decided by two runs or fewer.
Let the games begin!

posted on 5/17/2005 by Jeff Agnew

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