Here is your Pac-10 Recap for February 21st.
Game 1: Arizona State 13 Wisconsin Milwaukee 5
TEMPE, Ariz. – Six home runs, including two each from Jason Kipnis and Carlos Ramirez, helped the No. 6 Arizona State University baseball team to a 13-5 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the opening game of a doubleheader Saturday at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improved to 2-0 on the season with the win.
Kipnis went 3-3 with two walks, as he has reached base in all 10 of his plate appearances in the first two games of the season. Ramirez also had three hits, and his two home runs were the first two of his Sun Devil career. Kole Calhoun and Abe Ruiz also hit their first career home runs in the victory.
Mike Leake started on the mound and earned the victory, going six innings and allowing just two hits and one run with seven strikeouts. Tony Annino and Jake Borup, both making their collegiate debuts, combined to pitch the last three innings.
Game 2: Arizona State 14 Wisconsin Milwaukee 1
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 6 Arizona State University baseball team finished off a sweep of a doubleheader with a 14-1 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday in front of a crowd of 2,786 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improve to 3-0 on the season with the victory, and it was their third straight game scoring more than 10 runs and collecting more than 10 hits.
Jason Kipnis had three hits while Carlos Ramirez and Zack MacPhee each had three RBI. Kipnis and Ramirez each hit solo home runs in the win, giving them both three home runs on the day.
Seth Blair gave the Sun Devils their third straight effective start on the mound. He went six innings and allowed just two hits and one unearned run while striking out eight to earn the victory. R.J. Preach did not allow a hit in one inning of relief, and Jeeter Ishida, the 16th Sun Devil to make his collegiate debut this weekend, finished off the game with two shutout innings.
Game 1: Vanderbilt 12 Stanford 9
STANFORD, Calif. – A night after erasing a 5-0 deficit to win, No. 5 Stanford (1-1) nearly rallied from a 12-1 hole before dropping a 12-9 decision to visiting Vanderbilt (1-1) in the first game of a doubleheader at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.
Vanderbilt pounded out 17 hits, and scored at least one run in the third through seventh innings. The Commodores belted three home runs, including a grand slam off the bat of Jason Esposito in the fifth. Curt Casali hit a solo homer, while Brian Harris connected on a two-run shot.
Trailing 12-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, Stanford erupted for seven runs. Joey August and Kellen McColl delivered sacrifice flies, with McColl picking up his first collegiate RBI. The big hit came from Adam Gaylord, who cleared the bases with a two-out, three run double that brought the Cardinal within 12-8.
Game 2: Stanford 6 Vanderbilt 5
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 5 Stanford (2-1) scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 5-3 deficit and defeat visiting Vanderbilt (1-2), 6-5 in the second game of a doubleheader at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The Commodores jumped out to a 12-1 lead and held on for a 12-9 victory in the opener.
GAME TWO RECAP
Trailing 5-3 with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth, Stanford sophomore second baseman Colin Walsh delivered a double into left-center field that initially scored a pair of runs. However, the relay throw from Vanderbilt center fielder Alex Hilliard short-hopped his cutoff man for a throwing error that allowed pinch-runner David Giuliani to score all the way from first base with the go-ahead run. The Cardinal loaded the bases with one out, as Toby Gerhart singled, Joey August reached on a dropped fly ball and Christian Griffiths walked.
Cardinal closer Drew Storen (1-0), making his first appearance of the season, struck out a career-high five over the final 2.1 innings to earn the win. The sophomore right-hander escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh, and although he yielded a run in the eighth, he slammed the door with an emphatic, one-two-three ninth that featured strikeouts of the final two hitters.
Washington 11 Fresno 4
FRESNO, Calif. – Senior starter Tyler Cheney held Fresno State to one run on two hits over his five innings as the Washington baseball team beat the Bulldogs, 11-4, Saturday at Beiden Field in the second game of a three-game series.
Cheney, a lefty from Richland, picked up the win as the UW squared the series with the defending national champions at one win apiece. Sophomore Forrest Snow held the Bulldogs hitless over his three innings.
Second baseman Doug Cherry led the UW offense, finishing with four runs batted in on 3-for-6 hitting.
The Huskies (1-1) notched five hits to post three runs in the top of the second inning. After singles from Brett Wilcox and Julien Pollard, Jake Rife lined a ball to shallow center. Fresno State center fielder Gavin Hedstrom made a diving attempt, but came up empty with the ball rolling all the way to the track. Rife ended up at third with a two-run triple. He scored on a single from David Bentrott, giving the UW a 3-0 lead.
UCLA 5 UC-Davis 2
LOS ANGELES – Freshman right-hander Gerrit Cole recorded seven strikeouts in six innings, allowing just one run and one hit, to lead the No. 12 UCLA baseball team past UC Davis, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Cole (1-0) recorded the win in his first collegiate start, making 83 pitches through six innings. He retired eight consecutive hitters from the first through third innings and faced no more than four batters in any single frame.
UC Davis’ left-hander Andy Suiter (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs off three hits and six walks in two innings.
Sacramento State 10 Arizona 7
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, including four on a Dillon Baird grand slam, but it was not enough to overcome visiting Sacramento State, which prevailed 10-7 at Jerry Kindall Field on Saturday night.
Defensive miscues were the story of the game early and often for the Wildcats, as they committed six in the first three innings of the game and eight overall. Seven unearned runs allowed were too much for an Arizona team that struggled to put hits together throughout the game as it stranded nine runners.
Arizona starter Matt Veltmann allowed three first inning runs – all unearned – as the Hornets jumped on the Wildcats early.
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Oregon State 14 Tennessee 4
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Oregon State baseball team came out in the second game of a three-game series at Tennessee Saturday, posting eight runs in the ninth for a 14-4 rout of the host Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Ryan Ortiz was 3-for-6 to lead the 13-hit Beaver attack, which saw Stefen Romero hit his first career home run and drive in three and Joey Wong finish with two hits for the second straight game. After being down 3-0 after the first four innings, the Beavers came on strong, outscoring Tennessee, 14-1, the rest of the way, posting at least one run in each of the last five innings.
“This was a very good offensive day,” head coach Pat Casey said. “The runs came late, but they came, and supported good outings from Tyler (Waldron) and Jorge (Reyes).
Southern Cal 4 Long Beach State 0
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Junior right-hander Kevin Couture (Coronado/Coronado HS) threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out a career-high 10 batters Saturday as the USC Trojans shut out the Long Beach State 49ers, 4-0. The Trojans (2-0) scored all four runs in the eighth, thanks to RBI singles from Mike O’Neill and Hector Rabago and a two-run single by Robert Stock.
Long Beach State starter Jake Thompson matched Couture in a pitchers’ duel, throwing seven shutout innings of his own and giving up only three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Couture allowed only one walk and hit three batters, but did not allow a runner past second base during his performance.
Manny McElroy (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs. He walked Joe De Pinto and pinch hitter Shane Boras to lead off the Trojan half of the eighth. Greg Zebrack then lifted a fly ball to right that moved De Pinto to third before O’Neill and Rabago hit back-to-back singles. Grant Green advanced O’Neill and Rabago to second and third with a ground ball back to the pitcher, followed by Stock’s two-run hit up the middle.
Game 1: St. Mary’s 6 Oregon 3
Game 2: St. Mary’s 4 Oregon 2
Moraga, CA – Saint Mary’s improved to 2-1 following a two-game sweep on Saturday afternoon versus Oregon (1-2) on the strength of the Gaels’ starting pitching and timely hitting. Scott Schneider and Taylor Reid each picked up wins, while Troy Channing clubbed his first collegiate homerun.
In game one Schneider was on cruise control, pitching seven complete innings, scattering seven hits, and giving up three earned runs, while walking none and striking out eight. The first three innings were uneventful for the Ducks, being retired almost in order. Schneider did give up a two-run homerun in the top of the fourth to Oregon’s right fielder Jett Hart to tie the score at 2-2.
First baseman Anthony Aliotti made sure that the score would not remain tied for long, as he connected for his second career homerun following a leadoff walk to Justin Fazio, the long fly ball to deep right center put the Gaels up for good 4-2.
Game 1: UC-Riverside 6 Cal 5
Game 2: UC-Riverside 5 Cal 2
UC Riverside (2-1) bounced back from a season-opening 8-7 loss to Cal Friday, with a pair of wins against the Bears (1-2) in a Saturday double header.
Freshman Matt Andriese got the start in the first game and threw five innings of five-hit ball, but four of those hits came in the second inning when the Bears hung a four-spot on the board. That erased a 2-0 UCR lead the Highlanders manufactured in the first off of a Carl Uhl single, a balk, an error, a walk and a wild pitch. UC Riverside tied the game in the top of the fourth when they loaded the bases scoring one run on an RBI single from Uhl.