Long Beach fails to get first win of the season against USC

The Long Beach State women’s basketball team was unable to leave this Veterans Day with a win after dropping its second match of the season 86-50 against USC. “A higher caliber team makes us better. I saw a lot of good things tonight, but obviously there’s a lot of things we need to work on,” head coach Jeff Cammon said. From the get-go scoring was hard to come by for Long Beach (0-2) as the first quarter ended with USC up 23-8 led by USC’s Aliyah Mazyk raining in 3-of-4 shots from behind the arc. After turning the ball over and clearly getting frustrated, sophomore guard Shanaijah Davison slammed the scorers table while walking back to the bench in fumes. Aside from the ankle-shattering crossover sending her defender to the floor, Davison was unable to get much going in the first half, going 0-for-6 with one made free throw. Seeing that there was no remedy in sight for Davison’s struggles, Cammon turned to freshman freshman guard Kianna Hamilton-Fisher to energize the team. “She’s going to be a big part of what we do in the future,” Cammon said. “This is basketball, this is sports, and you’re going to have tough

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LBSU upsets No. 11 UCLA in midweek game

Tensions were high for the Long Beach State Dirtbags as the team held a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth against No.11 UCLA. The Bruins managed to score a run to get on the board, following it up with a bases loaded situation and zero outs. Head coach Troy Buckley quickly made a pitching change by plugging in sophomore Dylan Spacke, who went on to strike out three straight UCLA batters for the last midweek game of the season for Long Beach.   Spacke earned his third save of the season as Long Beach upset No. 11 UCLA, 5-1, in a nonconference game Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. This is the second time this season that the Dirtbags have defeated the Bruins. Long Beach (22-26, 7-8 Big West) junior outfielder Brooks Stotler started the rally by hitting a single up the middle. Following Stotler at bat, junior second baseman Jarren Duran forced UCLA pitcher Jack Ralston to walk while the Dirtbags had runners on first and second base with no outs. Long Beach took advantage as freshman Leonard Jones laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Stotler and Duran in scoring positions. Two-way player Jacob Hughey singled

Long Beach State’s Jacob Hughey throws six innings and drives in three to beat No. 17 UCLA

Long Beach State junior Clayton Andrews, a talent on both the mound and as a position player, has won Big West Conference player and pitcher of the week for the Dirtbags this season. On Tuesday against No. 17 UCLA, fellow junior Jacob Hughey got in on the “two-way” action after throwing six innings and driving in three to lead the Dirtbags to a 5-2 victory at Blair Field. “I’m just trying to play like Clayton Andrews,” Hughey said after the impressive performance. Hughey has mostly served as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Dirtbags lately, but took to the mound because of how thin the pitching staff has been spread this season. “It helped the team out as far as saving arms,” Hughey said. “It saves some of our guys for a conference series this weekend and I was just happy I could help the team.” LBSU (13-20) was quick to forget its recent offensive struggles after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Junior Brooks Stotler worked a 1-out walk against Bruins’ starter Jack Ralston and was driven in on a triple by Jarren Duran in the next at bat. Duran used

LBSU men’s volleyball beats No. 2 UCLA to stay No. 1

LOS ANGELES — The two best volleyball teams in the country squared off for the second time in five days Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion. No. 1 Long Beach State men’s volleyball team edged out No. 2 UCLA in a nail biting four set match. LBSU (14-0) came into the match just five days after taking down UCLA (14-3) in a similar four set fashion in front of a record-setting crowd at home. The 49ers were able to overcome a second set loss and defeat the Bruins 25-21, 23-25 25-19, 25-21. Long Beach silenced the crowd early on by easily taking the first set 25-21. The teams would trade five point runs in the second set, forcing both teams to use all of its timeouts before either team reached 20 points. Momentum was on the Bruins’ side, and a late run from senior outside hitter JT Hatch ended the second set to even the match. In typical Long Beach fashion, the core three juniors stepped in. Outside hitter TJ DeFalco, opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and setter Josh Tuaniga took over and brought Long Beach to victory in the final two sets. “[Long Beach State] challenges you to figure out where you

LBSU baseball will travel to the desert to play Arizona State in weekend series

An emerging pitching staff and improved offense will lead the Long Beach State baseball team into Phoenix to take on No. 21 Arizona State for a three-game series starting Friday night. The Dirtbags (8-4) rank 13th in the country in earned run average and fifth in strikeouts per inning. Freshman right-hander Darren McCaughan said he was confident the team’s pitching performance would continue away from home. “We’ve taken it to the teams out here at Blair Field,” McCaughan said. “Now it’s our first time really on the road. We have a young team so we will see how we can handle it.” Freshman right-hander Chris Mathewson earned Big West Pitcher of the Week after throwing seven no-hit innings against Wichita State. He said he was looking forward to this weekend’s matchup against the Sun Devils (7-4). The Dirtbags crushed the Sun Devils 11-0 at home on Feb. 21 in last year’s lone matchup. This year’s showdown will take place in Phoenix starting at 5:30 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. LBSU head coach Troy Buckley said it would be good for the team to head out on the road to get out of their comfort zone. “It’s our first road weekend,

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