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CBD Photo Gallery: Dirtbags Get Late Run for 3-2 Win

Jeff McNeil attempts a bunt.LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jeff McNeil is Mr. Versatilty for Long Beach State. He does a little bit of everything for the Dirtbags(19-21, 8-6), including now taking over the shortstop role after previously playing centerfield and second base. But his biggest impact has been as a spark plug at the top of the lineup.

Though he went hitless for the first time in 10 games, McNeil beat out a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning that led to the winning run scoring two batters later as Long Beach defeated Cal Poly 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Blair Field. Continue reading

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CBD Interview: McNeil Sparks Dirtbags to 11-1 Win at #9 UCLA

Jeff McNeil reached base four times at UCLA.LOS ANGELES — Being ahead is better than trailing, especially if you can get ahead in the first inning. Putting the opposition in the hole right away can really set the tone for the game and alleviate pressure in the winning team’s dugout.

That’s why Long Beach State second baseman/centerfielder Jeff McNeil has become such a dynamic weapon, which he showed Tuesday night in the Dirtbags’ 11-1 thrashing of No. 9 UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

On March 12, Long Beach State head coach moved Jeff McNeil into the leadoff spot permanently. Since then, McNeil has reached base to open the Dirtbags’ half of the first inning 13 of 22 games. He has come around to score seven runs in the first inning. Continue reading

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SoCal Weekend Wrap: Road Warriors

San Diego State's effort came up just short.

San Diego State’s effort came up short at UNLV.

The SoCal show took to the road with all but one of the 11 Southern California squads playing on the road this weekend. There were some great matchups as three premier conference battles featured top 25 squads and another four series came down to a decisive Sunday showdown.

But for two SoCal squads, the door to the postseason may have slammed shut behind them as they were ushered out by the mighty sweep broom.

We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:

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SoCal Weekend Wrap: Devastating Dirtbag Losses

Rough weekend for Long Beach.

It was a rough weekend for Long Beach State, who had two very disappointing endings. Outside of the Dirtbags’ struggles against rival Cal State Fullerton, it was a very successful weekend in Southern California as SoCal squads won five of the seven other series that were played.

We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:

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CBD Visit: Lorenzen Powers Titans as Eshelman Deals Gem

Michael Lorenzen powered the Fullerton attack.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton freshman Thomas Eshelman needed only 62 pitches to get through seven innings as he shut down rival Long Beach State in a 5-0 non-conference win Friday night at Blair Field.

Michael Lorenzen provided the offense, knocking a solo home run in the second inning to put Fullerton ahead (for good since Eshelman and reliever JD Davis only allowed two Long Beach baserunners). Lorenzen also doubled deep to left-centerfield.

Carlos Lopez brought in a run in the third inning with an RBI single over the shortstop’s head. Chad Wallach made it 3-0 after he scored on an error in the seventh and the Titans blew open the game with three runs in the eighth inning. Keegan Dale got an RBI with a bases loaded walk and Austin Diemer completed the scoring with a two-run single.

But Eshelman was the story as he pitched seven innings, allowing only one baserunner on a low-lining flare by Eric Hutting, younger brother to Fullerton’s Anthony. Eshelman picked up the win to improve to 5-1 while JD Davis had two strong innings out of the bullpen (see That’s Filthy section). Continue reading

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CBD Photo Gallery: Eshelman, Davis Hold Long Beach to Two Hits

Ranny Lowe hustles home.LONG BEACH, Calif. — Thomas Eshelman allowed only one hit in seven innings as No. 8 Cal State Fullerton took the first game of a non-conference series with rival Long Beach State, 6-0, Friday night at Blair Field.

Fullerton (18-3) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen jumped all over a hanging slider and deposited it over the left field wall. Continue reading

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SoCal Weekend Wrap: It’s Kris Bryant’s World

Ranny Lowe scores the winning run.

After a rough weekend overall last week, the Southern California squads bounced back with four series sweeps and a pair of series wins. Pepperdine took a SoCal West Coast Conference matchup with Loyola Marymount in walk-off fashion and Kris Bryant made a claim for Golden Spikes early frontrunner with a monster weekend against BYU.

We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:

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CBD Visit: McNeil Leads Dirtbags Past Wichita State

Jeff McNeil had four hits.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jeff McNeil singled home the tying run in the sixth inning and put Long Beach State ahead with an RBI single in a three-run eighth inning as the Dirtbags defeated Wichita State 4-1 Friday night at Blair Field. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Long Beach State.

Long Beach’s offense has struggled recently, scoring only eight runs and averaging less than five hits during its losing streak, but the Dirtbags knocked 11 hits on Friday. McNeil led the way with four singles and Michael Hill added two hits, including a two-run triple. Continue reading

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CBD Photo Gallery: Dirtbags Snap 6-Game Skid, Beat Shockers 4-1

Tanner Deaman can't make the play.LONG BEACH, Calif. —  Jeff McNeil woke up the comatose Long Beach State offense with a four-hit performance, including driving in the tying and winning runs. The Dirtbags (7-11) snapped a six-game losing streak, beating Wichita State 4-1 Friday night at Blair Field.

During the losing streak, Long Beach had averaged less than five hits per game and had scored only eight runs in six games. On Friday, the Dirtbags were able to get runners on, but couldn’t get the big hit early, stranding seven runners in the first three innings.

McNeil singled up the middle to score Jonathan Serven in the sixth inning tying the game 1-1 and then provided the go-ahead RBI two innings later when he rolled one through the right side allowing Zack Rivera to score. Michael Hill followed McNeil with a two-run triple down the right field line to give the Dirtbags a pair of insurance runs.

Those insurance runs provided a measure of comfort even when Wichita State was able to load the bases with one out in the ninth inning. Newly appointed closer Jon Maciel got out of the jam with a strikeout and a slow roller to second base to end the game and pick up his second save.

Long Beach starting pitcher Shane Carle had his best outing of the season. He threw seven innings, allowing only three hits and an unearned run while striking out seven, but he did not factor into the decision.  Josh Frye (1-1) picked up the win after a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Wichita State reliever Albert Minnis (1-1) took the loss.

Check out the 21-shot photo gallery from Friday night’s tight ball game:

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Southern California Week 4 Power Rankings

There were some major moves since the last power rankings, but not necessarily at the top. Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine both lost back-to-back games for the first time, but did they slide? And with four teams apparently fighting it out to show who can be worse in the recent week or so, who ultimately slides all the way to the bottom?

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