In attending the Vanderbilt/Oregon series this weekend, the focus shifted towards scouting Vanderbilt. Later this week there will be scouting videos released on Kevin Ziomek, Tyler Beede, and Philip Pfeifer. There will also be mini scouting reports on second baseman Tony Kemp and first baseman Conrad Gregor. Keeping that in mind, the focus on Pac-12 teams in the southern half of the conference is limited. Check out Shotgun Spratling’s SoCal Weekend Wrap for Pac-12 teams in California.
Vanderbilt at Oregon
One of the premiere matchups in the country this weekend was Vanderbilt traveling to Oregon. In game one, Kevin Ziomek threw his second-consecutive complete game in defeating Oregon by the score of 4-1. Ziomek struck out thirteen batters and only allowed two hits. On Saturday, Vanderbilt won the series behind another strong pitching performance from RHP Tyler Beede. Beede went 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven. He only allowed two hits but did walk six. The Commodores scored two late runs to seal the victory 4-2. On Sunday, with the Commodores leading 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Oregon loaded the bases and tied the game on a throwing error from third baseman Vince Conde. Outfielder Scott Heineman delivered a single through the left side to give Oregon a 7-5 lead and the victory.
Vanderbilt (15-2) takes two of three from Oregon (11-5)
Texas State at Oregon State
The Oregon State Beavers continued their winning ways this weekend with a three-game sweep of Texas State. On Friday the Beavers posted a decisive victory 16-4, behind16 hits from the Beaver lineup. Six Beaver started had multiple hits in the win. On Saturday, Oregon State secured the series victory with a 6-3 win. RHP Brandon Jackson held Texas State scoreless for 3 1/3 innings in relief. Catcher Jake Rodriquez led the way for the Beavers with three hits. He also had two RBI. Sunday saw the Beavers complete the sweep by a final of 6-4. Shortstop Tyler Smith belted a three-run home run to left in the bottom of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.
Oregon State (15-0) sweeps Texas State (5-10)
Washington at LSU
The Washington Huskies traveled across the country to take on the No. 3 ranked LSU Tigers over the weekend. The Tigers secured the sweep by scoring 24 runs over the three days. In game one, the Huskies feel by a score of 9-4. The Huskies were held hitless through the first six innings before scoring four runs in the seventh inning. In game two on Saturday, the Tigers secure the series victory behind a two- home run game from Tigers first baseman Mason Katz. He finished the game with five RBI as the Tigers won 8-4. The series finale on Sunday saw LSU complete the sweep by a final score of 7-5. Katz recorded a two-run home run, his third of the series, to even the score at 2-2 in the third inning. From there on, it was all LSU.
LSU (15-1) sweeps Washington (4-11)
Washington State at UTSA
The Washington State Cougars traveled to San Antonio, Texas over the weekend to play UTSA in a four-game series. In game one on Friday, the Cougars secured the victory 6-3. LHP Joe Pistorese went seven innings while striking out six. Pistorese kept Texas State scoreless until the seventh inning. By the time the Road Runners scored in the seventh, the score was already 5-0 Washington State. On Friday, UTSA evened the series at 1-1 with a 12-3 victory in game one of the Saturday double header. The Road Runners scored four runs in the first three innings. In game two, UTSA won a slugfest by the final score of 13-10. Centerfielder John Welborn led the Road Runners with four hits. He knocked in two RBI. In the series finale on Sunday, UTSA scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning on a Rodney Garza RBI double. The final was 4-3.
UTSA (12-5) wins three out of four over Washington State (9-6)
Utah at Saint Mary’s
Utah traveled to California over the weekend to take on Saint Mary’s in a four-game series. In game one, Utah sophomore pitcher Mitch Watrous tied the Utah school record for strikeouts in the 3-1 victory. Watrous struck out 12 batters in eight innings. In the second game, Utah feel by the score of 2-1 after Saint Mary’s scored an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning. On Sunday, Utah guaranteed themselves at least a split of the series with a 14-4 victory. Utah had just eight hits in the game, but was aided by Saint Mary’s three errors, six hit batters, six walks, and a balk. The final game between the two will take place Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.