CSULB: 7 USC: 1
Senior right fielder Matt Hibbert has been lost amongst the talent and youthfulness of many of the Long Beach State players. On April 26th at Dedeaux field, however, Hibbert made sure he was not forgotten. Hibbert had a career high four hits against the Trojans, and led the Dirtbags to a huge 7-1 victory over USC. First baseman Ino Patron went 2-4 on the night with one RBI, while three USC errors led to four runs for the Dirtbags.
The Dirtbags went to their stable of pitchers, six to be precise, all of them combining to hold USC to just one run on five hits. Austin Boyle made his first start of the season, going just two innings, allowing one run on three hits. Nate Underwood earned his second win of the season, tossing two innings allowing no runs on one hit.
This win is very big for the Dirtbags heading into the home stretch of the season. The great offensive production, pitching, and the spark from a veteran player could perhaps inspire this team to make a late post season run. With the talent they possess, the Dirtbags could be a headache for many teams if they can somehow squeeze their way into the playoffs.