Hughes, also entering his junior campaign, posted an 8-3 record for Long Beach State last year, and finished with a 2.83 ERA. Long Beach State will begin its regular season Feb. 3 against USC Baseball America’s preseason No. 17 team at 6:30 p.m. at Blair Field, and will also take on the Trojans on Feb. 5 at home, sandwiching a Feb. 4 game at USC. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Also on the Dirtbags schedule are a road series at Baseball America preseason No. 1 and defending College World Series champion Texas; two series with Big West Conference rival and Baseball America preseason No. 5 Cal State Fullerton; and games against Baseball America preseason No. 7 Rice and No. 11 Pepperdine. Leadoff Weekend, from Jan. 26-28, will include a dinner, golf tournament, old-timers game and pro alumni game. “When we start on January 9, we’ll see how quickly our guys come together, especially the new players, and run with what they learned in the fall,” Dirtbags coach Mike Weathers said in a school press release. “With how tough our preseason schedule is, I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting going, and seeing where we are at.” :Information for this report provided by the Long Beach State Sports Information Office. The Long Beach State baseball team, coming off a 37-22 season last year, is rated No. 22 in Baseball America’s preseason poll. The Dirtbags have 23 newcomers after advancing to NCAA regional play last season at Blair Field. Baseball America also named Dirtbags infielder Evan Longoria to its preseason All-America first team, and right-handed pitcher Jared Hughes to its third team. Longoria, set to begin his junior season, hit .320 for the Dirtbags last season, scored 34 runs and drove in 30 runs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!