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SoCal Roundup: No. 1 Fullerton Upended

It only took until Day Two for the list of undefeated Southern California teams to trim to just one (not including UC Santa Barbara, who has yet to play).

But the team with a still unblemished record is not No. 1 Cal State Fullerton or fellow top 10 squad, UCLA. Instead it is the USC Trojans, who have needed 26 innings to determine a pair of games with Northwestern.

USC isn’t the only team playing extra baseball early on. Five of the SoCal games went into extra innings this afternoon.

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

Washington State 9, #1 Cal State Fullerton 7 (11 innings)

The Titans clawed back from a 7-3 deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning, but in the ninth inning when Fullerton had an opportunity to collect a walk-off win after J.D. Davis tripled with one out, the Titans couldn’t get the job done.

Instead, the Cougars got out of the jam and took a 9-7 victory when senior Jason Monda singled through the left side to score two runs. Davis had four hits, including a pair of triples and a homer, three runs and an RBI.

Check out a photo gallery of the game from CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling:

  • Ian Sigdal, Cameron Frost and Nick Tanielu celebrate the go-ahead runs.
    Ian Sigdal, Cameron Frost and Nick Tanielu celebrate the go-ahead runs.
  • Koby Gauna was pumped after back-to-back K.
    Koby Gauna was pumped after back-to-back K.
  • Washington State head coach Donnie Marbut displays  his disdain for a call.
    Washington State head coach Donnie Marbut displays his disdain for a call.
  • Tyler Stieb takes off from first.
    Tyler Stieb takes off from first.
  • Tanner Chleborad has the flow bouncing.
    Tanner Chleborad has the flow bouncing.
  • J.D. Davis had four hits (2 3B, HR).
    J.D. Davis had four hits (2 3B, HR).
  • Trace Tam Sing bobbles a ball.
    Trace Tam Sing bobbles a ball.
  • Jared Deacon.
    Jared Deacon.
  • Collin Slaybaugh lays down a drag bunt.
    Collin Slaybaugh lays down a drag bunt.
  • Timmy Richards makes a stop at shortstop.
    Timmy Richards makes a stop at shortstop.
  • Ben Roberts fires a ball in.
    Ben Roberts fires a ball in.
  • J.D. Davis hustles to third for his second triple.
    J.D. Davis hustles to third for his second triple.
  • Jacob Schroeder slings a pitch.
    Jacob Schroeder slings a pitch.
  • Koby Gauna took a tough loss.
    Koby Gauna took a tough loss.
  • Nick Tanielu speeds home.
    Nick Tanielu speeds home.
  • Jeff Jefferies had one of Fullerton's three errors.
    Jeff Jefferies had one of Fullerton's three errors.
  • Collin Slaybaugh blocks a ball in the dirt.
    Collin Slaybaugh blocks a ball in the dirt.
  • J.D. Davis makes a play at third base.
    J.D. Davis makes a play at third base.
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USC 2, Northwestern 1 (15 innings)

The USC bullpen, which was much-maligned last season, pitched nine shutout innings (three by freshman Joe Paschke, five from Nigel Nootbaar) in relief of senior Bob Wheatley (6 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 3K). Freshman Joe Corrigan finally ended the game with a sacrifice fly to score Dante Flores in the 15th. Reliever James Guillen now leads the nation in wins, having picked up the W in both of the Trojans’ extra-inning affairs this weekend.

Pepperdine 8, St. John’s 4

Pepperdine got in the win column behind a strong outing from sophomore Jackson McClelland: 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 2 K. The Waves scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Brad Anderson homered and Austin Barrett collected three hits for the second straight game.

Utah Valley 5, Loyola Marymount 3

Tyler Cohen showed that he is still a freshman on Saturday. A day after doing a little bit of everything, Cohen’s errant throw in the ninth inning allowed the winning runs to score for Utah Valley. LMU’s middle infield David duo of David Fletcher and David Edwards had five hits and three stolen bases in the loss. Kade Andrus was 3-for-3 with a 2B, HR, 2 RBI and a SB for Utah Valley.

Cal State Northridge 2, Bethune-Cookman 1 (11 innnings)

New head coach Greg Moore got his first career win thanks to a Chester Pak RBI single in the 11th inning after Alexis Mercado hit a two-out double. Pak reached three times. Shay Maltese  with 3.2 scoreless innings to get the win after Brycen Rutherford worked around four hits & five walks to only allow one run in 6.2 innings.

San Diego 6, New Mexico 4 (Gm 1)

In a resumption of Friday night’s fog-suspended game, San Diego used Johnny Wholestaff to pick up its first win of the season. Lucas Long picked up the win with two scoreless innings. Connor Joe and Cal State Northridge transfer Josh Goosen-Brown both homered and drove in two runs.

 

New Mexico 3, San Diego 2 (11 innings) (Gm 2)

In a game dominated by the Lobos, San Diego had an opportunity to steal a win. Andrew Daniel led off the ninth inning with a solo home run to tie the game — one of only three USD hits on the day. The Toreros then loaded the bases, but pinch hitter Hunter Mercado-Hood couldn’t get the run across. New Mexico scored the go-ahead run without getting the ball out of the infield in the 11th.

Here’s some photos from the action by CBD photographer David Cohen:

  • Josh Goosen- Brown talks with his former teammate Kyle Attl
    Transfer Player Josh Goosen- Brown talks with his former teammate Kyle Attl (Washington Nationals minor league prospect) before game 2. Photo by David Cohen
  • Troy Conyers, gave the Torero's 3 strong innings
    USD Pitcher Troy Conyers, gave the Torero's 3 strong innings allowing 3 runs on 1 hit, striking out 3 and walking only . Photo by David Cohen
  • Austin Bailey, takes a grounder
    USD's second baseman, Austin Bailey, takes a grounder. Photo by David Cohen
  • Colton Thomson, pitched a strong 5.1 innings
    UNM Pitcher, Colton Thomson, pitched a strong 5.1 innings allowing only 1 hit, walking 3, striking out 2 and 1 run. Photo by David Cohen
  • Louie Lechich Turns to Run Out Grounder
    Louie Lechich turns to run out grounder Photo by David Cohen
  • Jared Holley turns 2
    New Mexico's Jared Holley turns 2 for the Lobo's. Photo by David Cohen
  • Connor Joe congratulates Pitcher, Troy Conyers
    USD Catcher Connor Joe congratulates Pitcher, Troy Conyers after striking out the side in the 2nd inning. Photo by David Cohen
  • Andre Vigil Makes a Play at Third
    New Mexico's third baseman, Andre Vigil kept USD at bay making a number of play on the hot corner. Photo by David Cohen
  • Aaron Siple Tracks Down Fly Ball
    New Mexico's Aaron Siple tracks done a fly ball Photo by David Cohen
  • Josh Goosen-Brown takes a swing
    Josh Goosen-Brown takes a swing. Josh hit one out is the 4th inning of game 1 Photo by David Cohen
  • Colton Waltner
    USD catcher, Colton Waltner, plays a swinging bunt to put a stop to a New Mexico threat. Photo by David Cohen
  • Andrew Daniel
    USD's Andrew Daniel rounds 3rd base after tieing the game with a solo homerun in the bottom of the 9th Photo by David Cohen
  • Andrew Daniel Celebrates With Goose
    Andrew Daniel celebrates with Josh Goosen-Brown after tieing the game Photo by David Cohen
  • A.J. Carman Earns the Win
    A.J. Carman is congrated by catcher, Alex Real after picking up the win in the 11th inning Photo by David Cohen
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Fresno State 8, UC Irvine 7 (13 innings)

For the second straight game, Irvine and Fresno State went to extra innings, like USC/Northwestern. And like the USC/Northwestern series, the win went to the team in red. The Bulldogs took a 7-6 lead in the 12th inning, but the ‘Eaters responded with a run to keep the game going. But they couldn’t do the same the next inning, despite a leadoff double by Chris Rabago. Grant Palmer had three hits and two runs for Irvine. Kevin Viers had four hits and two RBI for Fresno State.

#9 UCLA 12, Portland 1

A day after being shutout, the UCLA offense exploded for 12 runs. Brian Carroll set the table, reaching base all five plate appearances. Chris Keck had three runs and four hits, including a double and a triple. Grant Watson was tremendous: 7 IP, 3 H, UER, BB, 8 K.

San Francisco 6, UC Riverside 3

Nick Vilter homered and Francisco Tellez had another two hits and an RBI, but UC Riverside stranded 13 runners. Starter Ben Doucette didn’t make it through the fifth inning (9 H, 5 ER)

#10 Vanderbilt 6, Long Beach State 0

Vandy dominated throughout on Saturday to take the series. Jared Miller picked up the win: 6 IP, H, 0 R, 4 K. Carson Fulmer got the 3-inning save (2 H, 5 K). Michael Hill had two of Long Beach’s three hits.

San Diego State 5, San Jose State 3

The Aztecs picked up their first win. Starter Mike Robards (6.2 IP, 2 ER) picked up the win while Bubba Derby pitched the final 2.1 innings for the save. Ty France and Brad Haynal both had two RBI for San Diego State, but the top of the lineup (Greg Allen, Tim Zier, Ryan Muno) are now a combined 3-for-27 this year.