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SoCal Roundup: Trojans Take First Loss

There were only four games on Tuesday, but they each featured a pair of Southern California ball clubs. All four turned out to be tight affairs with three decided by one run — including a game that featured a seven-run comeback and another that featured an extra-innings walk-off.

We’ve got your quick roundup of all four games with photo galleries from the dramatic San Diego State/UC Riverside game and the UC Santa Barbara upset of UCLA:

San Diego State 8, UC Riverside 7

UC Riverside (3-5) jumped out to a 7-1 lead after five innings, but San Diego State (6-2) clawed its way back into the game with three runs in the seventh inning, two in the eighth to move them within one run and then two in the ninth inning to take the lead. Ty France doubled home the tying run and then scored on an error by shortstop Austin Roberts.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Highlanders put the tying run on third with one out after a single, sacrifice bunt and passed ball, but Aztecs’ new closer Michael Cederoth struck out Nick Vilter and pinch hitter Robby Witt to end the game.

The teams combined for 31 hits led by Tim Zier‘s four base knocks for SDSU. CJ Saylor added three hits for the Aztecs while Riverside’s Francisco Tellez and David Andriese both had three knocks as well. Cody Thompson picked up the win with two shutout innings. Cederoth is a perfect 2-for-2 in save opportunities.

CBD photographer David Cohen was on hand for the dramatic comeback. Here’s his top photos:

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    Devyn Bolasky connects with one of the 13 hits UCR had Tuesday night against San Diego State. Photo by David Cohen
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    Riverside starter Zach Varela, pitched good enough for the win, allowing only 1 run over 6 innings, but his bullpen allowed 7 unanswered runs in the last 3 innings Photo By David Cohen
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    Ryan Muno hussles down the first base line as the Aztecs collected 18 hits. Photo by David Cohen
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    San DIego States Seby Zavala, keeps the ball in from of him after another Riverside hit. Photo by David Cohen
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    Ty France connects with one of his 2 hits. Photo by David Cohen
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    2nd baseman Tim Zier makes a running catch Photo by David Cohen
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    Cody Hough applies the tag at 3rd. Photo by David Cohen
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    Francisco Tellez scores one of UCR's 7 runs. Photo by David Cohen
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    Ryan Muno makes a catch in foul territory Photo by David Cohen
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    Freshman Orlando Meza throws a scorless inning and a third. Photo by David Cohen
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    Nick Vilter turns 2. Photo by David Cohen
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    Ryan Muno starts off the 9th inning ralley for San Diego. Photo by David Cohen
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    Ty France lines a double in the 9th knocking in the tying run. Photo by David Cohen
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    Pintch runner, Andrew Brown is mobed by his team mates after scoring the tying run in the top of the 9th. Photo by David Cohen
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    Ty France scores the go ahead run. Photo by David Cohen
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    Ty France celebrates wth his teammates. Photo by David Cohen
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    Michael Cederoth earns the save Photo by David Cohen
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    Michael Cederoth and CJ Saylor begin the celebrration after Cederoth struck out the final 2 batters of the game. Photo by David Cohen
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UC Irvine 3, Loyola Marymount 2 (11 innings)

The heartbreak continues for the 2-6 Lions. Through eight innings, pitchers Brandon Horth, Tim Peabody and Bret Dahlson allowed two hits. LMU held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Freshman third baseman/closer Tyler Cohen took over on the mound. With one out, Cohen hit Ryan Cooper, who stole second and advanced on a groundout. Pinch hitter Jonathan Munoz sent the game to extra innings with a two-out, two-strike RBI single through the left side.

Two innings later, UC Irvine (5-3) officially broke the Lions’ heart with three consecutive singles — the last a game-winning RBI single by Evan Cassolato, who was 2-for-3 after entering as a pinch hitter earlier in the game. The Irvine bullpen was outstanding. It didn’t allow a hit in 6.2 innings and didn’t allow a baserunner after the fifth inning.

Long Beach State 2, USC 1

USC (7-1) dropped its first game after the Trojans couldn’t muster yet another last at bat win after a Garrett Hampson RBI single in the eighth inning plated Long Beach State (3-5) pinch runner Colton Vaughn. Cody Marshall pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and an earned run. Ty Provencher picked up the win while Kyle Friedrichs picked up the save with a 1-2-3 final frame. Timmy Robinson and Kevin Swick each had two hits for USC.

UC Santa Barbara 6, #13 UCLA 4

Peter Maris (2-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, SB) and Tyler Kuresa both homered as UC Santa Barbara (4-1) used a pair of three-run innings to down the Bruins. Start around the 1:05 mark and take a look at the nice swing Maris put on his home run (courtesy of Chance Moore):

Shane Zeile and Luke Persico both reached three times for UCLA (4-4), but starting pitcher Grant Dyer allowed five earned runs in 4.1 innings. The Bruins also committed a pair of errors, giving them eight for the season — an average of one per game. UCLA hasn’t averaged an error per game or greater since 2010.

Here’s the top photos from CBD photographer Shotgun Spratling:

  • Peter Maris is greeted following his home run.
    Peter Maris is greeted following his home run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Grant Dyer was tagged with the loss.
    Grant Dyer was tagged with the loss. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Joey Epperson's diving attempt sends the ball toward the umpire.
    Joey Epperson's diving attempt sends the ball toward the umpire. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Jackson Morrow had a hit and a run.
    Jackson Morrow had a hit and a run. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Trent Chatterton turns the double play himself.
    Trent Chatterton turns the double play himself. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Domenic Mazza seems to be forgetting something.
    Domenic Mazza seems to be forgetting something. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Trent Chatterton smothers a pick-off attempt.
    Trent Chatterton smothers a pick-off attempt. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Tyler Kuresa is greeted after his homer by Peter Maris,
    Tyler Kuresa is greeted after his homer by Peter Maris. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Brian Carroll tags from third base.
    Brian Carroll tags from third base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Woody Woodward makes a back-handed play up the middle.
    Woody Woodward makes a back-handed play up the middle. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Woody Woodward throws to first.
    Woody Woodward throws to first. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Woody Woodward tries to take a throw that hits the runner.
    Woody Woodward tries to take a throw that hits the runner. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Peter Maris digs for third base.
    Peter Maris digs for third base. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Luke Persico makes a diving attempt up the middle.
    Luke Persico makes a diving attempt up the middle. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
  • Woody Woodwards and Tyler Kuresa await.
    Woody Woodwards and Tyler Kuresa await. (Photo: Shotgun Spratling)
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