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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Dirtbags Enjoy Coca-Cola Classic

Tuesday, February 14, 2006: Pepperdine 3, Dirtbags 2 story. Box Score. Pepperdine Website.

Friday, February 17, 2006: Dirtbags 11, Lamar 6 story. Box Score. Lamar Website. Long Beach Press-Telegram. Daily Breeze.

Saturday, February 18, 2006: Dirtbags 4, Rice 1 story. Box Score. Rice Website. Daily Breeze. Long Beach Press-Telegram. Houston Chronicle.

Sunday, February 19, 2006: Oklahoma 2, Dirtbags 1 story. Box Score. Oklahoma Website. The Norman Transcript. Long Beach Press-Telegram.

The week/series: Baseball America's Top 25 Tracker.

Things go better with Coke! At least at Rice's Reckling Park. On the week, the Dirtbags were 2-2. After losing last Tuesday to Pepperdine, they traveled to Houston for the Coca-Cola Classis Tournament where they went 2-1 with victories over Lamar and #5 Rice (Baseball America rankings). They lost the finale to Oklahoma. On the week, pitching was excellent, hitting was inconsistent, and defense was...well, not so good.

Pitching: Over 33 innings, the staff allowed just 9 earned runs, for a 2.45 ERA. Andrew Carpenter's effort against Rice on Saturday (3 hits, 8 Ks, 2 BB, 1 run [earned]) merited BWC Pitcher of the Week honors (see below). Donnie Hume notched his 3rd save in the game, going 2.0 innings (2 hits, 1 K, 1 BB) while holding the Owls scoreless. Freshman Vance Worley had his best outing on Sunday, going 6.0 innings and allowing just 2 runs (both earned; 6 hits, 3 Ks, 2 BB). He took the loss when the Beach could muster only 1 run on 7 hits.

Hitting: Hot and cold. Against Pepperdine, the 49ers had 2 runs on 5 hits (5 for 28). On Sunday, it was 7 for 32, and just 1 runs, against Oklahoma. In the game against Rice, the Beach was just 6 for 28 but timely hitting was the key as LBSU scored 4 runs. But it was 11 runs on 16 hits (16 for 37) off Lamar pitching. Evan Longoria hit .538 (7 for 13) on the week, with 6 walks (a 1.000 on base percentage). He earned Player of the Week honors in the Big West (see below). Against Lamar, Scott Bradley went 4 for 5, with 3 RBI.

Fielding: Uncharacteristically, the Dirtbags committed at least 1 error in each of the 4 games, and a total of 7. They were spread around, with errors by 4 different players. Against Lamar, they had 4, leading to 3 unearned runs. On the plus side, no error led to a loss.

Finally, from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:
The Long Beach State baseball team claimed both the Big West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.

Third baseman Evan Longoria was named Player of the Week. He hit .538 in the 49ers' wins over Lamar and Rice in the Coca Cola Classic in Houston. He went 7 for 11 in the three games LBSU played in the tournament and had four walks.

Right-hander Andrew Carpenter was named Pitcher of the Week. He allowed one run and three hits in seven innings Saturday to help the Dirtbags beat fifth-ranked Rice on its own field. He struck out eight and walked two.

posted on 2/21/2006 by Jeff Agnew

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