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Long Beach State Dirtbags Can’t Catch Nevada

The Long Beach State Dirtbags fell behind for the sixth time this season on Saturday night at Bohl Diamond at Blair Field, and lost for the sixth time this season 5-3 to Nevada.

The Dirtbags (0-6) got seniors Laine Huffman and John Sheaks back into the lineup, and that was the best news for the home team. Sheaks allowed four runs on three hits in his first start in almost 20 months.

Huffman got LBSU on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a clean RBI single that scored Brooks Stotler, but the Dirtbags were already trailing 3-0 after the rough start for Sheaks.

Chase Luttrell drove in the second run for LBSU in the first inning, and came home on a wild pitch in the fourth to cap the scoring.

The Dirtbags couldn’t find any more offense while junior Zak Baayoun covered 6.2 innings in relief of Sheaks, allowing one run on two hits with six strikeouts.


LBSU will start freshman LHP Alfredo Ruiz (0-1, 3.86 ERA) against Nevada (5-1) in the series finale today at 1 p.m.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.