Tuesday, March 15, 2011

LBSU Pitcher Receives Well-Deserved Honors

LBSU Ace Andrew Gagnon.
Courtesy of LBSU Athletics

Junior starting pitcher Andrew Gagnon was named the Big West Conference pitcher of the week for the second time this season. Gagnon has already faced four ranked opponents this season, and still boasts a stunningly low 2.33 ERA with a record of 3-3
Long Beach State finished their longest road trip of the season this past week with a matchup against Stanford, the 12th ranked team in the nation. In the three game set, the Dirtbags went 1-2, one of the two losses being a close one, 6-5.

The Dirtbags finished their non-conference schedule with a respectable 12-11 record, but it is not where they want to be going into Big West Conference play. Conference play starts April 1st against Pacific up in Stockton. You can see the the full schedule and results here.

Long Beach State's biggest struggle thus far this season has been their lack of offense. In 23 games played, they have only 75 runs scored, 60 runs batted in, one homerun, and a team batting average of .246. Offensive numbers like that spell doom for any baseball club.

The pitching has been nothing short of fantastic. The team ERA is very good at 2.99, the pitching staff also has 177 strikeouts in 211 innings pitched. Opponents are only hitting .244 against the Dirtbag pitching staff, but six homerun's given up are definitely a blip on the radar. Full offensive, defensive, and pitching stats can be found here.

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