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Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara win NCAA regional openers

Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara win NCAA regional openers

Chris Mathewson gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings, leadoff batter Jarren Duran doubled and tripled, and the Dirtbags (37-20) defeated Florida Atlantic, 5-1, in the first game of the Coral Gables (Fla.) Regional. 

Mathewson (8-5) struck out four and walked two for the Dirtbags, who will play either Stetson or Miami on Saturday night in a winners’ bracket matchup in the double-elimination event. Daniel Jackson, Luke Rasmussen and Garrett Hampson also had two hits apiece for Long Beach State. 

Esteban Puerta homered in the seventh inning for Florida Atlantic. David McKay (3-6) took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) and six hits in five...

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