La Crosse, Wis. – The Loggers continue their partnership with Long Beach State this summer. Ty Provencher is the newest Dirtbag to don the Logger green and white. Provencher is a right-handed pitcher from Long Beach, California and attended Wilson High School. He is a red-shirt sophomore who is majoring in communications and is the son of Robert and Donna Provencher.
This season with the Dirtbags, Provencher as appeared in 21 games with one start. He has posted a 4-5 record, while his ERA is at 2.03. In those 21 appearances, Ty has earned three saves while logging 40.0 innings. He has given up only ten runs, nine earned, and struck out 23 batters. Opponents are batting .250 against him.
In 2013 with Long Beach, Provencher made 22 appearances, all out of the bullpen. His ERA was 2.33 and earned three victories and added one save. He earned All-Big West Honorable Mention for middle relief. Ty was red-shirted in the 2012 season.
In high school, Ty earned two letters at Wilson High School and was a First-Team All-Moore League selection as a senior.
Long Beach State is 29-24 this season with a couple of former Loggers having a big impact on their season. Josh Frye is having an outstanding senior campaign. Frye is 7-0 with a 1.56 ERA. He has appeared in 15 games and started in eight. Josh also has 45 strikeouts this season and opponents are batting just .192 when facing him. Frye played in La Crosse during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and led the Northwoods League in strikeouts last season with 79.
2012 Logger MVP Richard Prigatano, is second on the team in batting average, hitting .311 with four doubles, four triples, and one home run. He has driven in 40 runs for the Dirtbags and scored 30 times. Richard has also stolen 18 bases.
Johnny Bekakis is also playing well this spring. A member of the 2013 Loggers, Bekakis is third on the team with a .304 batting average while being tied for the team lead with two home runs.
Zack Rivera, also a member of the 2013 Loggers, has played in 26 games and has driven in six runs for the Dirtbags. 2014 marks the fifth-straight year that a Dirtbag has played for La Crosse.
Opening day is just five days away, as the Loggers face the Wisconsin Woodchucks at Copeland Park at 7:05 on May 27th.