While midweek games in other parts of the country often feature teams better suited for sticky flyers handed out late at night outside bars, midweek games in Southern California are always an opportunity for matchups worthy of being plastered on billboards and marquees.
This week featured three top notch marquee matchups with low-scoring, strong-pitching UCLA and UC Irvine playing, the WCC and Big West favorites facing off when San Diego hosted No. 8 Cal State Fullerton and a pair of upstarts in the two conferences battling each other when Pepperdine travelled up to UC Santa Barbara.
Both of the featured Big West/WCC matchups had a late opportunity for redemption that was cashed in. A roundup of all those games and the rest of the SoCal squads in action with photo galleries from UCLA and Northridge:
Make sure to check out CBD photographer David Cohen’s photo gallery at the bottom.
NORTHRIDGE, Calif — Cal State Northridge entered the week with the nation’s best fielding percentage, fielding at a .987 clip, but that might not be the case when next week’s rankings are released. The Matadors (7-11) committed three errors Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field, including a pair by third baseman Nicolas Osuna in the first inning that helped San Diego State baseball rush out to an early lead that would never be tested.
The Aztecs (12-4) handily won 12-0, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before Northridge ever got an opportunity to swing the sticks in the first inning. Tim Zier knocked a two-run homer over the left field wall after Greg Allen walked to lead off the game. A pair of singles and a pair of Osuna errors assisted San Diego State with another pair of runs.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending March 9 today. Oklahoma junior catcher/first baseman Mac James was named National Hitter of the Week, while Miami senior right-handed pitcher Javi Salas was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. Continue reading
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DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 17th year with its 2014 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 17-June 26 (weekly through June 10) following the 68th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park. Continue reading
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five teams recorded multiple wins over the weekend during a slate of games that featured seven extra inning contests, a win over the defending national champions, and action across the country from the Northeast across to California.
Memphis retained the best overall record in the conference at 12-3 after a wild series with Central Arkansas despite a 1-2 record. The Tigers went 17 innings in the opener, failing to rally for a victory after starter Jon Reed pitched 8.2 innings without allowing an earned run. They followed that with 14 more innings the next day, winning on a walk-off single by Jake Little. Continue reading
All-American closer David Berg allowed an inherited runner to score in the seventh inning, blew a save in the eighth inning and let two runners reach in the ninth after UCLA (8-7) had retaken the lead on a Christoph Bono RBI single in the top half of the inning, but Berg locked up the 6-5 win with a foul out and a fielder’s choice. Continue reading
It is rare that a two-way player can dominate both on the mound and with the bat, but on Sunday, a pair of lefty SoCal studs did just that. Louie Lechich and Aaron Brown lifted their teams to shutout wins to cap off impressive weekends for a pair of West Coast Conference contenders.
At Dedeaux Field, crosstown rivals USC and UCLA squared off in front of a packed house for a dramatic back-and-forth contest that included a blown save from All-American David Berg, but who came out on top?
That plus all of Sunday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from USC, Pepperdine and UC Riverside: Continue reading
Jace Fry Pitches a No-Hitter & Then The Beavs Get Offensive
Oregon State Beaver fans were treated to an exemplary day of baseball at Goss Stadium on Saturday, March 8th. The fifth ranked Oregon State Beavers faced off against Northern Illinois in the weekend series. Continue reading
UAB (13-3, 2-1)-MTSU (5-9, 1-2)
Game 1 – UAB: 3 MTSU: 4. WP – Cody Tollison LP – Cory Eller SV – Paul Mittura. MTSU starting pitcher Zac Curtis went 7.2 innings, only allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks, while matching a career-high with 10 strikeouts. UAB starter Chase Mallard gave up his first and second runs of the season, ending his consecutive innings scoreless streak at 26. In all, Mallard lasted 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 8. MTSU first baseman Trent Miller was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored in the game. With the game tied at two apiece going to the top of the 9th, the Blue Raiders plated one run on a sac fly and another on a wild pitch, which would end up proving to be the game-winning run as UAB got one back in the bottom of the 9th. Continue reading
Western Michigan (7-7)-Maine (4-11), Northeastern (4-8) and Georgetown (3-7)
Game 1 – WMU: 2 Northeastern: 1 (10). WP – Derek Schneider LP – Burcroff. WMU starter Steve Laudicina pitched 8.1 innings, only giving up 1 ER on 6 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 6. Schneider pitched 1.2 innings of relief not allowing a hit or walk, while picking up the win. At the plate for WMU, Andrew Sohn was 1-3 with an RBI. Continue reading