Newcomers lead Dirtbags to victory

first_img(818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Winning is obviously the best part,” Long Beach State coach Mike Weathers said. “But getting to see so many guys this weekend was also nice.” The Dirtbags (2-1) used seven true freshmen in the three-game series against a USC lineup that didn’t have any starters back in the same positions from a year ago and featured eight newcomers throughout the weekend. The questions about the newcomers were quickly put out of the way, and the initial answers were more pleasing for LongBeach State. In a matchup of teams loaded with youth and uncertainty, Long Beach State put many of its newcomers to use in defeating USC 5-1 Sunday at Dedeaux Field in the deciding game of the season-opening series. center_img Senior left-hander Omar Arif (1-0) got the win in his Long Beach State debut. Arif, a transfer from Texas Christian, where he was a reliever, was on a tight pitch count, but held USC to twohits in four shutout innings in the start against Trojans newcomer Anthony Vasquez. Vasquez (0-1), a sophomore transfer from Texas A&M who had started in the outfield during the Trojans’ first three games, went six innings. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts. The biggest blow of the afternoon came from one of the few established Dirtbags. Shortstop Danny Espinosa, lastyear’s BigWest Conference Freshman of the Year, hit a three-run homer on the first pitch from USC reliever Shawn Olsen to cap the scoring in the seventh inning. Designated hitter J.J. Owen, who was 2 for 3, was the only USC player with multiple hits. [email protected] last_img

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