LONG BEACH, Calif. – Head coach Troy Buckley and the Long Beach State Dirtbags have put together another challenging schedule for the 2015 season. The Dirtbags 2015 slate features eight opponents who made the postseason in 2014 and two who made the Super Regionals.
Fresh off its first postseason appearance in six years, the Dirtbags will again face one of the toughest schedules in the country as they look to get back into the NCAA Tournament. The eight opponents who made the tournament in 2014 account for 22 games in the 55-game schedule and six of the eight opponents will be played in the nonconference portion of the schedule. Continue reading
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – College of Charleston (44-17) swept through the NCAA Gainesville Regional with three straight victories, including a 4-2 win over Long Beach State (34-26) on Monday, to win the regional and advance to a Super Regional. Continue reading
Long Beach State 5 UNC 4 (Suspended/7th inning)
Gainesville, Fla. – Long Beach State’s Michael Hill gave the Dirtbags a crucial advantage against North Carolina, hitting a sixth-inning home run to give Long Beach State a 5-4 lead in a rain-marred contest that was suspended in the 7th inning. Play will resume at Noon ET Monday. Continue reading
North Carolina 5 Florida 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — North Carolina scored all five of its runs in the third inning after a lengthy rain delay and the third-seeded Tar Heels held on to eliminate No. 2 national seed Florida 5-2 Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Alex Raburn, Tyler Ramirez, Adam Pate and Korey Dunbar all had run-scoring hits in the frame for Carolina, which will face the Long Beach State-College of Charleston loser in an elimination game Sunday at 1 p.m. Continue reading
Long Beach State 6 UNC 1
Gainesville, Fla. – Andrew Rohrbachturned away both the heat and the Tar Heels in a masterful performance, pitching 8.1 innings and allowing just one run as the Dirtbags opened up the 2014 postseason with a 6-1 win over North Carolina.
Both starters cruised for three innings, but Long Beach State broke the game open in the fourth inning. Garrett Hampsongot the action started by beating out an infield single for the first hit of the game, and the dam broke. Continue reading
By: Rudy Jones
No. 1 seed Florida (40-21). 2. Long Beach State (32-24). 3. North Carolina (34-35). 4. College of Charleston (41-17).
- Florida is making its 30th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including its seventh straight under coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
- Long Beach State is making its 20th NCAA Tournament trip, but first since 2008.
- North Carolina is making its 29th NCAA Tournament appearance.
- College of Charleston is in the tournament for the sixth time, including the second as an automatic qualifier.
Have to keep the roundup of the exciting final full day of Southern California action to a minimum tonight as I’m headed out from Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. after the WCC Championship and driving to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Mountain West finale tomorrow.
(Well, I ended up getting booted from Banner Island before I could finish up, so I made a pit stop in Barstow to rest the legs and finish up the SoCal Roundup. I will have more from the WCC Championship later when I arrive and settled in at UNLV.)
But here’s Saturday’s SoCal Roundup complete with photo galleries from Cal State Fullerton and Banner Island Ballpark:
The Mountain West Conference Tournament had a couple of exciting finishes and officially has a team swinging a mean scythe. The West Coast Conference has its championship game participants and it will be a familiar face-off.
Oh…and some guy named Garza happened to throw nine innings without the other team getting a hit and there might have been an upset of the No. 1 team in the country.
All that plus more in a super exciting final Friday regular season edition of the Southern California College Baseball Roundup:
The Mountain West and West Coast conference tournaments got underway in Las Vegas and Stockton, Calif. How did the Southern California squads perform in tournament action? Find out…
All that plus the Big West teams in action in their final regular season weekend in this Thursday edition of the Southern California College Baseball Roundup.