Dirtbags smack CSUN with 12 hits Sunday.
Greg Bergeron and Dan Ricabal bring opposite perspectives to Dirtbags.
Former head coach was terminated due to unspecified violence in the work place.
The Dirtbags wanted a fresh start in their conference-opening series at No. 22 UC Irvine this weekend, but were met familiar disappointment instead. Long Beach was swept by the Anteaters (21-5, 5-1 Big West) in three games.
When Ryan Day talks about the Dirtbags, he starts talking a mile a minute; a habit that shows the new Director of Baseball Operations’ excitement for the baseball team’s upcoming season. “[Day] brings a passion and a work ethic that will certainly aid us in his area of job responsibilities,” head coach Troy Buckley said via LBSU athletics. “Being a former collegiate coach is of great value and we are looking forward to his input.” Day replaces Geno Deangelis and takes the director position at a time of high-expectations for the Dirtbags. Although the team has had regular season success, it has run into playoff trouble and failed to advance to the College World Series in recent years. “It’s a reality, we haven't overcome the hump of getting to [the championship] in Omaha, and that’s what the goal is,” Day said. “We want to put it in our guys’ heads, the law of attraction; they have to expect and see themselves going there.” While his responsibilities are wide-ranging, he will focus heavily on recruitment, a historical strength for the Dirtbags. His experience as a pitching coach, camp coordinator, and assistant recruiting coordinator at Concordia University should help him maintain a
One of the many upcoming renovation plans at Blair Field will be the installation of new stadium lights according to Long Beach State officials. The project was announced in 2009, but didn’t break ground until three years ago and will not be finished until next year. “We are looking forward to having new lights at Blair Field and feel it is another step that is necessary in the enhancement of this historic site,” head coach Troy Buckley said. The grand total to install the new lights will be $1 million, according to Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Rob Clark. Other renovations have already been made to the stadium such as moving in the outfield wall, putting new padding along the backstop and revamping the team’s locker room. The bullpen was also fixed and renamed after Jered Weaver, the 10-year MLB veteran with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and LBSU alum who donated $500,000 to his alma mater. Previous renovations consisted of upgrading and naming the Troy and Danyll Tulowitzki hitting house, adding a live stream to home games with three different camera angles and installing new restrooms. “The renovations at Blair have been very enjoyable and we are certainly