@ UCLA 8 – UNLV 7 (11 innings)
@ Arizona 4 – New Mexico 1
@ Cal State Fullerton 10 – ASU 9
@ Cal 10 – Cal Poly 8
San Diego State 6 – @ USC 3
@ WSU 9 – Gonzaga 8
@ Portland – Washington (rained out)
(Los Angeles, CA) – UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday evening, leading the Bruins past UNLV, 8-7, after having shut down the Rebels on the mound in his collegiate pitching debut. Crawford (1-0) earned the victory in relief, striking out four hitters in 2.2 scoreless innings.
With the bases empty in the bottom of the 11th, Crawford initiated the Bruins’ rally with a two-out double to left-center. UNLV’s Thomas Whitsett (2-2) intentionally walked first baseman Casey Haerther, who finished the evening 2-for-4 with one run and two walks. Pinch-hitter Mickey Weisser stepped to the plate and lined an 0-and-2 count pitch into center field, allowing Crawford to score from second base and igniting a jubilant celebration at home plate.
UCLA (20-16) led by a 5-0 margin after six innings, as right-hander Garett Claypool shut down the Rebels. Claypool limited UNLV to three hits in a career-high six scoreless innings and exited the ballgame with a 5-0 lead.
UNLV (18-21) clawed its way back into the contest, scoring on a solo homer by first baseman Xavier Scruggs in the seventh inning before adding three runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings.
The Rebels’ lineup chased four UCLA relief pitchers before Crawford stepped to the mound, making his collegiate pitching debut in the top of the ninth inning with runners at second and third and just one out. Crawford fanned Scruggs on a full-count offering before surrendering the game-tying single to third baseman Braden Walker. One at-bat later, UNLV’s Michael Brenly lined a pitch off Crawford’s right foot, and the ball deflected to Bruin third baseman Jermaine Curtis, who threw across the diamond for the final out of the inning.
Neither team pushed a run across the plate in the 10th inning. In the top of the 11th, Scruggs reached third base on a throwing error by Curtis, allowing the Rebels’ first baseman to advance to third. Crawford induced Walker to fly out to right field, ending the Rebels’ final threat.
Scruggs, who belted his team-leading 15th home run earlier in the evening, finished the ballgame going 3-for-6 with two runs and a game-high three RBI.
Bruin second baseman Alden Carrithers recorded his fifth four-hit effort of the season – the seventh of his career – to lead UCLA at the plate. Carrithers went 4-for-6 with two runs, and right fielder Gabe Cohen went 2-for-5 with his team-leading seventh home run of the season.
UCLA scored its first run in the bottom of the first. Carrithers led off the frame with a double off the center field wall and scored on a two-out single to center by designated hitter Cody Decker.
The Bruins added two more runs in the second to claim a 3-0 lead. Left fielder Brady Dolan led off the inning with a walk, stole second and moved to third base on a fielder’s choice by Carrithers. After third baseman Jermaine Curtis drew a walk to load the bases, Crawford lined a single into left field, scoring both Dolan and Carrithers.
UCLA built on its lead in the bottom of the third, as Cohen belted a two-out, two-run homer to left field. After Scruggs’ solo home run in the seventh, the Bruins added their sixth run of the evening in the seventh inning.
UNLV’s late rally included three singles and two walks in the eighth inning and two doubles and three singles in the ninth.
The Bruins return to action at Washington, playing a three-game Pac-10 series beginning Friday, April 25. Game time at Husky Ballpark is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Game Notes: UCLA improved to 3-2 this season in extra-inning games…Alden Carrithers leads the Bruins with 18 multi-hit games this season…Casey Haerther extended his season-long nine game hit streak…UCLA has won each of its last seven games against UNLV (and 12 of the last 13 meetings)…UCLA used a season-high six pitchers in the extra-inning win; UNLV used seven pitchers.
(Tucson, AZ) – Brad Glenn continued his recent hot streak at the plate and right-hander Mike Colla turned in a third straight solid start to lead Arizona to a 4-1 win over New Mexico at Kindall Field on Tuesday.
The victory was Arizona’s 11th straight and improved the Wildcats to 26-11 on the year. New Mexico fell to 27-15 overall with the loss.
Glenn, who finished the game 3 for 4 with three two-out RBI, swatted a two-run homer in the first to stake the Cats to an early lead and then added a run-scoring single in the fifth. Glenn’s home run was his eighth of the season and his seventh in his last 14 games played.
Since bottoming out with a season-low .192 batting average against Indiana State on April 11, Glenn has been on fire in UA’s last eight games played. The junior third baseman has collected at least one hit in seven of eight contests and is batting .438 (11 for 32) with four homers, 11 RBI and nine runs scored during the tear.
Glenn’s offensive fireworks on Tuesday were enough for Colla (4-2), as the junior went six strong innings to pick up his fourth win of the year. He allowed just one run on five hits and finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Dating back to UA’s contest at San Diego State on April 8, Colla is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his last three starts. He has recorded 18 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings of work during the stretch, and has allowed the opposition to hit just .186 off of him.
Relief ace Daniel Schlereth worked the seventh and eighth and closer Jason Stoffel wrapped things up in the ninth for his Pac-10-leading eighth save of the season. The duo combined to strike out the final six UNM batters in the game.
Lobo left-hander John Hesketh (2-4) was charged with the loss after allowing all four runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He struck out two and walked three on the night.
Arizona and New Mexico will wrap up their two-game midweek series on Wednesday at noon. Right-hander Grayson Adams is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.
Arizona went error-free for a third consecutive game and has now gone 37 consecutive innings without being charged with a defensive miscue dating back to the final 10 innings of last Friday’s 12-inning win over Washington State … The Wildcats improved to 23-4 this season when hitting at least one home run in a game.
(Fullerton, CA) – No. 15 Cal State Fullerton’s Christian Colon drove home Gary Brown with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Titans upset the No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils, 10-9, in a non-conference baseball game at Goodwin Field Tuesday night.
Colon’s second straight game-winning hit lifts the Titans to their fourth straight victory and an overall record of 24-13. The Sun Devils drop their sixth game in their last 10 and drop to 31-7.
Brown’s second hit of the night was laced into the right field corner off Ike Davis with one out in the bottom of the ninth, setting up chances for Josh Fellhauer and Colon to drive in the winner. With the infield in, Fellhauer chopped a grounder to first base, but not soft enough to score Brown from third. Colon, however, got the job done with a sharp single between third and short, easily scoring the speedy Brown with the winning run.
Davis (4-1) picked up the loss, pitching just one inning after playing first base the first eight innings.
Adam Jorgenson pitched the final 2.1 innings and notched a win instead of a save as the Titans lost a 9-6 lead they held into the seventh inning. Jorgenson came on to record the final out of the seventh inning after the Sun Devils cut the deficit to 9-7 off Michael Morrison. Jorgenson then allowed the tying runs to score in the eighth courtesy of an RBI-double by Kiel Roling and an RBI-single by Jason Kipnis. The Titan righthander then set Arizona State down in order, picking up two of his three strikeouts in the top of the ninth.
The Titans had to overcome a great hitting ball club in ASU, as the Sun Devils jumped out to a 5-0 lead off starter Travis Kelly in the first inning. With one out, six consecutive Arizona State batters reached base, with five of them scoring to knock out Kelly after just nine batters. A Davis double, a Matt Newman single, a Raoul Torrez safety squeeze bunt and a two-run Greg Bordes double accounted for the runs in the first.
Fullerton fought back with three runs in the first and three runs in the second to take a 6-5 lead. Corey Jones’ RBI-single and Jared Clark’s two-run double cut the Sun Devil lead to 5-3 after one. Then Brown’s third home run of the year, a two-run shot, knotted the game at five, as he drove a Josh Satow pitch out over the left field wall. After one-out singles by Colon and Erik Komatsu, Jones drove home his second run of the game giving the Titans a one-run lead after two.
Satow lasted five innings and gave up seven runs on eight Titan hits, striking out three and walking five.
The Titans broke a 6-6 tie by plating three runs in the sixth inning off Satow and reliever Dustin Brader. Fellhauer led off the frame with a walk, which was the end for Satow. Colon then sac-bunted Fellhauer to second, setting up Jones’ third RBI of the night, as he singled to right driving home Fellhauer with two outs. Clark was hit by a pitch then both he and Jones scored as designated hitter Brian Wilson connected on a Brader offering, to the right field corner that went for a two-run triple. Coming into the game Brader’s ERA was 0.56.
Both teams pounded out 12 hits on the evening with Fullerton’s Colon and Jones and Arizona State’s Kipnis picking up a game-high three hits. Jones led all players with a trio of RBI on the night as well.
A small strike zone by home plate umpire Heath Jones may have contributed to 18 walks on the night, nine by each team. Only ASU’s Davis among eight pitchers finished the game without a walk.
Kelly (.2), Jason Dovel (2.2), Morrison (3.1) and Jorgenson (2.1) saw time on the hill for Fullerton, while Satow (5.0), Brader (1.0), Jason Franzblau (1.2) and Davis (1.0) pitched for Arizona State. Franzblau was the only pitcher on the night who did not allow a run.
The two teams will lock horns Wednesday night in the second and final meeting between the teams in the regular season. Game time will be 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field with southpaw Kevin Rath (0-0, 4.15 ERA) scheduled to start for Cal State Fullerton.
(Berkeley, CA) – Down 7-1, the No. 7 ranked California baseball team made an impressive comeback, defeating Cal Poly, 10-8, Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears had yielded five runs in the top of the fourth inning, but rallied to score nine runs in the next four innings, including a five-run sixth inning. Cal improved to 27-10-2 overall and the Mustangs fell to 17-20.
The Bears pounded out 14 hits and received a strong relief performance from sophomore left-hander Chris Petrini (3-2), who came into the game in the fifth inning and threw 3.1 innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Junior right-hander Matt Gorgen earned his Pac-10-leading eighth save by getting the final three outs in the top of the ninth (1.0 inning, no hits, one strikeout).
Offensively, junior left fielder Charlie Cutler had three hits (3-for-5, double, RBI); and junior center fielder Michael Capbarat (2-for-5, RBI), junior first baseman David Cooper (2-for-5, double, RBI), senior second baseman Josh Satin (2-for-2, home run) and sophomore right fielder Blake Smith (2-for-5, double, RBI) had two hits apiece. Sophomore designated hitter Brett Jackson and sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson added two RBI apiece as well.
Cal Poly had started the day’s scoring by notching two runs in the top of the first off of Cal starter Todd Fitzgerald on Brent Morel’s two-run single. The Bears made the score 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the second inning on Tonneson’s RBI single off of Mustang starter DJ Mauldin (4.0 innings, seven hits, three runs, one walk, two strikeouts).
Cal Poly then jumped ahead, 7-1, with five runs in the top of the fourth, with key plays being a controversial double by Wes Dorrell (Cal thought the ball was caught by Capbarat after deflecting off of Cutler’s mitt), and a two-run single by Morel.
Cal mounted its comeback with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Capbarat and an RBI single by Cutler. The Bears added a run in the fifth on Satin’s lead-off homer – his 13th roundtripper of the year.
Cal finally exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth off of Cal Poly relievers Derrick Saito and Mark DeVincenzi (1-1, 0.2 innings, two hits, three runs, two earned runs, one walk) with the big hits being an RBI double by Cooper, a sacrifice fly by Tonneson and an RBI single by Smith. Cal got its 10th run in the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Jackson. In the top of the ninth the Mustangs made the final score, 10-8, on Logan Schafer’s sacrifice fly.
The Bears next continue Pac-10 play when it travels to Arizona State for a three-game series, beginning Friday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Cal Poly: None.
Cal: Satin, solo home run in the fifth inning.
(Los Angeles, CA) – Pat Colwell’s bases-loaded double in the top of the ninth broke a 2-2 deadlock and turned what had been a frustrating evening into a 6-3 win over USC Tuesday evening at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. Colwell’s timely hit complemented an excellent pitching performance by sophomore Nate Solow (3-5), who scattered six hits and struck out six over eight-plus innings to pick up his third win of the season.
The win ended a brief two-game losing skid for the Aztecs, who improved to 24-17. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Trojans as they saw their record drop to 19-20.
USC opened the scoring in the third when Roberto Lopez’s two-out fly ball to right field was lost in the twilight sky by Colwell and fell behind him for a triple. A walk to Nick Buss was followed by a triple down the right field line off the bat of Grant Green to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
San Diego State cut the deficit in half in the next frame as Troy Hanzawa led off with a triple to center and came home on an RBI single by Nick Romero. SDSU proceeded to load the bases with no outs, but could not push another run across. The inability to bring home another run in the inning was a sign of things to come.
While Solow held the Trojans at bay on only one hit and a pair of walks over the next five innings, the Aztecs could not take advantage of several golden scoring opportunities. In the sixth and seventh innings, they loaded the bases with one out, but came up empty each time. In the eighth, SDSU again put three men on with one out, but this time a two-out bases-loaded walk forced in the tying run to make it a 2-2 contest.
In the top of the ninth, it looked like more of the same as SDSU put runners on first and second with no outs on back-to-back singles by Garett Green and Brandon Glover. When the throw from third on Brett Tanos’ sacrifice bunt attempt was misplayed by Trojan first baseman Derek Perren, Green was thrown out at home attempting to score. An intentional walk to Erik Castro loaded the bases with one out, but Cameron Johnson’s grounder to third was turned into a force out at the plate for the second out of the inning.
Just when it appeared the Aztecs were to be turned away again, Colwell laced a pitch from closer Robert Stock to the wall in left center field, clearing the bases and giving SDSU a 5-2 lead. Brandon Decker then laced a double down the right line to bring Colwell home from second. Stock, who gave up SDSU’s final five runs (four earned) took the loss to even his record at 1-1.
Even with the Aztecs holding a 6-2 lead, the drama was far from over. Solow began the bottom of ninth inning by giving up a single and double to put Trojan runners on second and third. SDSU then brought on James McLaughlin, who retired pinch hitter Keith Castillo on a called third strike. However, the Aztec right-hander hit Joe De Pinto to load the bases and bring the potential tying run to the plate with one out.
A ground out to second base brought home one run to make it a 6-3 contest before another hit batter loaded the bases again. But McLaughlin closed out the contest by getting Nick Buss to foul out to Nick Romero at third as he recorded his second save of the year.
Troy Hanzawa finished the night with three hits (single, double, triple) while Garett Green also had three safeties (all singles). Brandon Decker contributed a single, double and two RBI while Colwell had two hits including the game-winner in the ninth that accounted for his three RBI.
Up next for San Diego State is a return to Mountain West Conference play as it hosts league-leading TCU for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m. (PDT) at Tony Gwynn Stadium. That game will feature the top two pitchers in the league in SDSU’s Stephen Strasburg (5-1, 1.73) and TCU’s Tyler Lockwood (4-0, 1.80).
(Pullman, WA) – Travis Coulter’s two-out single scored Shea Vucinich to cap a three-run ninth inning and Washington State defeated Gonzaga 9-8 in a nonconference baseball game, Tuesday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
The Cougars (20-18) entered their final at bat trailing 8-6. With one out, Greg Lagreid singled and Alex Burg singled to move pinch runner Simi Reynolds to second. Matt Fanelli moved both runners up with a ground out to first base. Vucinich followed with a double to the gap in left center off Brandon Harmon (2-6) that tied the game 8-8 and set up Coulter’s heroics.
“We haven’t had many breaks lately and our guys could have quit,” WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. “It was a good way for us to break our losing streak after the close games we have let get away.”
After Gonzaga (23-17) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, WSU answered with three runs in its half of the frame. Scott Suttmeier extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a one-out single and moved to third on an infield hit by Paul Gran. After Jim Murphy struck out, Jared Prince delivered a two-run triple and came into score on a double by Lagreid.
The Bulldogs tied the game on a two-run home run by Drew Heid in the second and chased Cougar starter Prince with a three-run third to take a 6-3 lead.
Burg hit a solo home run in the fourth and the Cougars tied the game in the seventh on run-scoring singles by Lagreid and Burg.
Gonzaga took an 8-6 lead in the eighth on a RBI-single by Evan Wells off Steve Kost and a wild pitch by James Wise that allowed Heid to score.
Ross Humes (3-3), the seventh pitcher of the game for the Cougars shut out the Bulldogs in the ninth inning to pick up the win.
WSU opens a three-game series with San Jose State beginning Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Pullman.
(Seattle, WA) – Washington’s baseball game, scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 at Portland, has been called off due to a rain-soaked field and forecasts for more rain in Portland tomorrow. Whether or not the game will be made up at a later date has yet to be determined.
The Huskies are scheduled to visit Portland one more time on Tuesday, May 6. If a makeup date is schedule, it will be posted here at gohuskies.com.
With Tuesday’s game called off, the next action for the Huskies comes this weekend when UCLA comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series this weekend. Friday’s game starts at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, first pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m. and Sunday’s game gets underway at 1:00 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live on KKNW AM-1150 as well as on the Dawg Channel here at gohuskies.com.