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Dave Smith, Long Beach State

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Dirtbags Throw Off With Success

Postseason

LONG BEACH, Calif. — “When you start the regional, you try to win the regional. Not win a game,” said Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley.

Buckley chose to go with Sunday starter Dave Smith in the Dirtbags’ Long Beach Regional opener against San Diego State and save staff ace Darren McCaughan for the second day.

Buckley wanted to give McCaughan an extra day of rest after he has thrown 223 innings the last two years. He and pitching coach Dan Ricabal also felt Smith matched up well against the Aztecs with his ability to pound the lower[…]

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