Troy Buckley is doing everything he can to change the fortunes of his beleaguered Long Beach State Dirtbags. On Sunday, the head coach wore a uniform top in the dugout for the first time since he was an assistant coach under Mike Weathers.
It didn’t work.
The Dirtbags (12-20, 1-2) dropped the Big West series to UC Irvine (17-13, 3-3) at Bohl Diamond at Blair Field with an 8-0 defeat. LBSU went 2-for-14 with runners on base, and stranded five in scoring position. The Dirtbags only scored three runs in the series.
“We actually had better at bats, but with runners in scoring position we reverted back,” Buckley said. “It’s been that way most of the year, and that snowballs.”
Clayton Andrews, Jacob Hughey and Leonard Jones each had two hits for the Dirtbags. Starting pitcher Tyler Radcliffe didn’t get out of the third inning after giving up four hits and two runs, and reliever Adam Seminaris gave up three runs in three innings. All four Dirtbags pitchers gave up a run, while three UCI pitchers only surrendered one walk.
This is the 13th time that LBSU has been held to one or no runs this season.