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SoCal Roundup: Portland Upsets UCLA, 1-0

A very intriguing Opening Day with several tight, nail-biting games making the first day of college baseball action in Southern California one to remember.

We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus three photo galleries from around the Southland.

Portland 1, #9 UCLA 0

Travis Radke and the Portland bullpen outdueled new UCLA Friday starter James Kaprielian (5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Shane Zeile had two of the Bruins’ four hits. Worse than the loss was the bad news delivered after the game:

The bad news is Kevin Kramer will miss the rest of the year with the UCLA Bruins.

Loyola Marymount 2, Utah Valley 1

What a debut from two-way freshman Tyler Cohen. In LMU’s first game under the lights, Cohen drove in one of the Lions’ runs with an RBI double, stole a base and scored the other run. Oh yeah…he came on in the ninth inning with a runner on and locked down the victory to pick up his first collegiate save. Colin Welmon (1-0) was his normal reliable self: 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 K.

USC 4, Northwestern 3 (11 innings)

USC took an eighth inning lead, blew it in the ninth and stranded runners in the 9th and 10th innings before finally getting the winning run across in the 11th. The Trojans walked-off when Northwestern made an errant throw home with the bases loaded.

St. John’s 2, Pepperdine 0

Senior starter Corey Miller took a tough-luck loss for the Waves. He went eight innings, allowed three hits, one walk and an unearned run while striking out seven. Pepperdine left 10 men on base.

Here are some photos from CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling:

  • An errant throw set up St. John's go-ahead run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    An errant throw set up St. John's go-ahead run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Zach Lauricella is thrown out after rounding first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Zach Lauricella is thrown out after rounding first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Zach Lauricella is patted by the ump after being called out. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Zach Lauricella is patted by the ump after being called out. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Corey Miller took the tough-luck loss. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Corey Miller took the tough-luck loss. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Robert Wayman throws to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Robert Wayman throws to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Joey Christopher got the win in relief. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Joey Christopher got the win in relief. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Robert Wayman tries to say he's safe while Hutton Moyer shows the ball. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Robert Wayman tries to say he's safe while Hutton Moyer shows the ball. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Starter James Lomangino greets Michael Donadio after he scores. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Starter James Lomangino greets Michael Donadio after he scores. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Aaron Barnett takes off for third. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Aaron Barnett takes off for third. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Centerfielder Dan Roland makes a diving catch. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Centerfielder Dan Roland makes a diving catch. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Aaron Brown gets in just under Jarred Mederos tag. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Aaron Brown gets in just under Jarred Mederos tag. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • James Lomangino pitched five scoreless for the Red Storm. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    James Lomangino pitched five scoreless for the Red Storm. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Corey Miller fields his position. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Corey Miller fields his position. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Zach Lauricella looks for guidance after striking out. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Zach Lauricella looks for guidance after striking out. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Freshman Brandon Caruso misses a bunt badly. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Freshman Brandon Caruso misses a bunt badly. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Robert Wayman gets a ball on the hop. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Robert Wayman gets a ball on the hop. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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Bethune-Cookman 2, Cal State Northridge 1

The Matadors apparently forgot to bring their bats to Florida. They managed only four hits. Pepperdine senior transfer Ranny Lowe had one of those hits, but also took the Golden Sombrero with 4 K. Jerry Keel (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) took the loss.

San Jose State 6, San Diego State 4

Flamethrower Michael Cederoth only made it 3.2 innings ( 5 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 6 K). The Aztecs got two on in the ninth inning, but their best two hitters, Greg Allen and Tim Zier, couldn’t do anything.

#1 Cal State Fullerton 11, Washington State 0

Thomas Eshelman (1-0) picked up right where he left off last season, dominating an experienced Cougars’ lineup: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K. Freshman Phil Bickford showed his electric stuff with two scoreless innings. Greg Velazquez led the 17-hit Titan attack, going 3-for-3 with a homer, a walk and 4 RBI.

Here are a few photos from CBD photographer David Cohen:

  • Jake Jefferies Leaps at a Looper
    Fullerton's second baseman, Jake Jefferies, just misses a soft line drive hit by Tylor Stieb in the first inning Photo By David Cohen
  • Washington State University Set to face Cal St Fullerton
    Washington State University Set to face Cal St Fullerton Photo By David Cohen
  • Scott Simon Throws Two Innings
    Washington State's starting pitcher, Scott Simon, was no match for No 1 Fullerton. Photo By David Cohen
  • Greg Velazquez Knocks One Out
    Fullerton's Greg Velazquez, hits his first home run of the season Photo By David Cohen
  • Greg Velazquez Celebrates
    Greg Velazquez celebrates his first home run of the 2014 season. Photo By David Cohen
  • Thomas Eshelman
    Fullerton's starting pitcher, Thomas Eshelman, over powered Washington State allowing only 3 hit, striking out 8 over 7 innings Photo By David Cohen
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San Diego 2, New Mexico 2 (game suspended)

The Toreros and Lobos will resume their season opener in the bottom of the third inning tomorrow before playing their previously scheduled Saturday contest. The game had to be called because of visibility issues caused by a large bank of fog.

Fresno State 2, UC Irvine 0 (10 innings)

Andrew Morales was fantastic once again. He struck out eight in seven innings (4 H, 0 R), but the ‘Eaters couldn’t do anything against Fresno ace Jordan Brink and the Bulldogs’ bullpen. UC Irvine had only three hits, but left the winning run on base in the 7th, 8th, 9th and left another man in the 10th.

UC Riverside 10, San Francisco 2

The Highlanders collected a 10-2 win over San Francisco, beating solid starter Abe Bobb. Jacob Smigelski (6 IP, 2 ER) got the win while last year’s Friday starter, Dylan Stuart, pitched two scoreless innings of relief. UCR’s offense had 16 hits with six players recording multiple hits. Francisco Tellez had two doubles, three hits total and four RBI.

#10 Vanderbilt 5, Long Beach State 2

The Dirtbags took an early lead on stud right-hander Tyler Beede, but it was short lived. Beede (5 IP, H, UER, BB, 7 K) allowed only a bunt single. Three of Long Beach’s five hits were of the bunt variety. Like last year’s series against Vandy, Long Beach struggled in the field: 3 errors led to 3 unearned runs.

Here are some photos from CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling:

  • Tyler Beede settled after allowing a run in the 1st inning. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Tyler Beede settled after allowing a run in the 1st inning. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Garrett Hampson dives into second base as Dansby Swanson applies the tag. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Garrett Hampson dives into second base as Dansby Swanson applies the tag. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • John Norwood questions the fog. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    John Norwood questions the fog. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Brian Miller pitch seems to come straight from the fog. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Brian Miller pitch seems to come straight from the fog. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Garrett Hampson attempts a bush punt. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Garrett Hampson attempts a bush punt. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Garrett Hampson's push bunt is successful. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Garrett Hampson's push bunt is successful. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Vince Conde catches a pop up. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Vince Conde catches a pop up. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Garrett Hampson had an up-and-down debut. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Garrett Hampson had an up-and-down debut. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Tyler Beede has 7 K in 5 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Tyler Beede has 7 K in 5 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Vince Conde throws across his body. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Vince Conde throws across his body. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Nick Sabo allowed 1 ER in 5.2 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Nick Sabo allowed 1 ER in 5.2 IP. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Chris Harvey behind the dish. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Chris Harvey behind the dish. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Garrett Hampson dives back. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
    Garrett Hampson dives back. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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