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Big West Conference Weekend Recap

UC RIVERSIDE vs. COLUMBIA
UCR 14 –
Columbia 5
UCR 6 –
Columbia 4
UCR 15 –
Columbia 5

The UC Riverside Baseball Team completed the three-game sweep of the Columbia Lions with a 15-5 win at the Riverside Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. Carl Uhl drove in five runs on the day and Tony Nix extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning double. The win is the fifth straight for the Highlanders (14-3) and 11th in the past 12 games.
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Big West Recap

CAL POLY SLO vs. SACRAMENTO STATE

Cal Poly 9- Sac 2
Cal Poly 11- Sac 5
Cal Poly 6- Sac 2

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore southpaw Matt Leonard pitched six strong innings and junior left fielder Luke Yoder drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning single as Cal Poly completed a three-game series sweep against Sacramento State with a 6-2 victory in a non-conference baseball game Sunday afternoon before 1,427 in Baggett Stadium.

Coach Larry Lee’s Mustangs extended their winning streak to six games and improved to 6-1 on the year, their best start since going 7-1 to open the 2001 campaign. Sacramento State fell to 1-5.

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Big West Recap for Feb. 20th-22nd

Here is your Big West Recap for this weekend.

LONG BEACH STATE vs. USC

Game #1: USC 5 – LBSU 3
Game #2: USC 4 – LBSU 0
Game #3: LBSU 5 – USC 4

LOS ANGELES – Derek Legg scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth Sunday while Charlie Ruiz threw 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief as the Long Beach State 49ers beat the USC Trojans, 5-4, at Dedeaux Field. The 49ers recorded 13 hits in the game after a combined seven hits in the first two games of the series. Continue reading

CBB Visit: Welcome To the Beach…Now Go Home!

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Even though the geographic region of Southern California is somewhat of college baseball’s mecca, with nationally ranked squads within a thirty minute drive of one another, I was pleasantly surprised to be sitting in traffic on the way to the Dirtbags home opener.  It being February, and the support for both the Long Beach State and USC baseball squads this early in the season was quite surprising.  Obviously, last years season of success for the Dirtbags is still carrying momentum into this season, which brought the biggest crowd in Long Beach State baseball history, what actually looked much bigger from within, a tally of 3, 342 fans at Blair Field. Continue reading

Hanging at the Fullerton Super Regional

Game One Final

June 6, 2008…What makes this day special? This day will always be remembered for a number of reasons. A moment of silence here please! On this day in 1944, the Battle of Normandy (D-Day) began, where 155,000 troops stormed the beaches in France. And don’t forget in 1968, the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. Did you forget? What do you say we move on to lighter but, still historical news? That same fateful day in 1968, Dodgers Hall-of-Famer, Don Drysdale threw his 58th consecutive shutout inning to set a MLB record.

Let’s jump ahead 40 years to today! The start of the 2008 College Baseball Super Regionals.

The Fullerton Super Regional started out on a slow note, especially if you were stuck in the So Cal traffic. The parking lot was packed! Tailgaters from both Stanford and Fullerton littered the lot in their Cardinal and Orange gear, and cans of empty libations.
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Big West Conf. Recap

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Title on the Line in Regular Season Finale
LONG BEACH– Long Beach State’s Bryan Shaw picked up his eighth save, getting the final two outs in the ninth after Jonathan Jones’ two-run double completed a three-run eighth, forcing a Sunday finale for the Big West Championship, following a 8-6 win over No. 6-ranked CS Fullerton (37-18, 16-7 Big West).

LBSU (36-19, 15-8 Big West) sits one game back in the standings, but the winner of Sunday’s game at 1 p.m. will receive the automatic berth in next week’s NCAA Regional. A Fullerton win gives them the title outright, a win by the Dirtbags sets up a co-championship following a back-and-forth game that saw the Titans lead three times.

Shaw’s final two outs were anything but easy, as he got Jared Clark to strikeout with runners on the corners, before Brian Wilson grounded out to even the series. Clark had driven two runs last night and his solo home run in the seventh had given the Titans a 6-5 lead.

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Dirtbags Two-Hit Oregon State 10-0

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Oregon State baseball team lost its final game on its four-game road trip to the Los Angeles area, 10-0, to No. 25 Long Beach State Monday night at Blair Field.

The Beavers managed two hits off five Long Beach State pitchers. Drew George doubled down the left field line in the second and Daniel Robertson singled up the middle in the fifth. Continue reading

West Coast Conference Recap


Six Zags Record Multiple-Hits In 7-4 Victory
Los Angeles, Calif. – The bottom four batters in Gonzaga University’s line-up accounted for 10 of the Bulldogs’ 14 hits Friday as the Zags posted a 7-4 victory over Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Tyson Van Winkle led GU at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and one run scored. The game was the opening contest of a three-game West Coast Conference series with the Lions.

With two games remaining in the season, Gonzaga (29-22 overall, 9-9 WCC) is now one game short of 30-wins. Should the Zags hit the mark, it would mark the second consecutive season with 30-plus wins. It would also mark the first time in27 years that GU has won 30 or more games to back-to-back years. Gonzaga last accomplished the feat during the 1981 and 1982 seasons.

Bulldog starter Matt Fields (8-3) posted an impressive outing to earn the win. The junior threw a perfect game through four innings and did not surrender a hit until the sixth inning, as Fields finished the contest allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out seven over 7.2 innings. CJ McClure earned his second save of the season for GU, allowing only one hit during the final 1.1 frames of the game. LMU (22-31 overall, 6-13 WCC) starter Martin Viramontes (3-6) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits, seven walks, over 6.0 innings.

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Big West Recap

Aggies Take No. 9 UC Irvine In Series Opener
DAVIS, Calif. – Right-handed pitcher Eddie Gamboa did not allow an earned run and struck out a game-high four batters, and senior first baseman Evan Hudson drove home the eventual game-winning run with a two-run single in the eighth inning to lift UC Davis to a 3-1 victory over No. 9 UC Irvine in the series-opening Big West Conference baseball game at Dobbins Stadium Friday afternoon.

With the temperature soaring to over 100 degrees, UC Davis broke a 1-1 tie off Hudson’s RBI’s to improve to 32-19 overall and 11-8 in conference play. The Anteaters drop to 34-15 and 10-9 against conference opponents.

“We knew we’d be in for a fight with (Scott) Gorgen in there,” said Aggie head coach Rex Peters. “You just hope the game is close late and you can get him out of there, and we did that today. Eddie (Gamboa) matched him pitch for pitch. This is a huge win. It helps us tremendously.”

Gamboa pitched 7.1 innings and did not allow an earned run while scattering seven hits and striking out four batters in the no decision. The only UC Irvine run came off a fielding error on the Aggie shortstop in the third inning.

Gorgen, one of the top pitchers in the Big West this season, gave up only one run off three hits through the first 6.2 innings before giving way to the bullpen. The single run was a sacrifice fly from Kyle Mihaylo in the sixth inning.

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USF Falls to St. Mary’s

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SAN FRANCISCO – Senior Matt Lieb homered and San Francisco had the winning run on first base in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t come all the way back, as the Dons (29-21) fall to Saint Mary’s 6-5 in non-conference action at Benedetti Diamond on Wednesday afternoon. The Gaels (23-23-1) evened the season series with USF at two games a piece.

Down 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, USF forged a two out rally, started by Lieb’s pinch hit homerun to right field. Junior third baseman Zach Kim walked and Railey singled to put runners at the corners, but freshman designated hitter Connor Bernatz grounded out to second base to end the threat and the game, 6-5. Continue reading