A pair of underrated West Coast squads tried to make statements on Friday. UC Santa Barbara took it to an SEC foe while San Diego was one infield single away from taking down a top 15 team twice in a twinbill.
USC and UCLA got off to troublesome starts in the “No-Longer-Dodgertown-Classic” weekend series against upstarts Houston and Pepperdine. Plus all the other Southern California college baseball action as we’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area:
Four SoCal squads take to the skies for major road trips this weekend with three teams traveling to one side or the other of the Red River. The Big 12′s Baylor and Oklahoma State get a pair of Southern California gems in No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and San Diego while a strong Sam Houston State squad will welcome Cal State Northridge.
Another quality squad from the Lone Star State will make its way to Los Angeles as Houston will make stops at USC, UCLA and Pepperdine as part of the Not-So-Dodgertown Classic (the name is explained below). The Big 12 will also send a team this way as West Virginia makes its second cross-country trip to Southern Cali to participate in the UCR Tournament with the Highlanders and Sacramento State.
But the biggest pepper test (baseball’s version of the litmus) will be UC Santa Barbara’s road trip to Tucson for Arizona’s Hi Corbett Tournament that will feature the home-standing Wildcats and No. 12 Mississippi State.
To get you ready for the Southern California baseball action, we’ve got your schedule and Around the Horn preview of series to watch. Continue reading
As last summer’s baseball season began, Caleb Hamilton had his plans fairly set. He would play alongside Oregon State-bound catcher Logan Ice and then walk-on at Washington.
Then came a phone call after a summer game. The Washington Nationals had drafted the Woodinville, Wash., product. Hamilton began to rethink his options and asked to meet with Oregon State head coach Pat Casey. Continue reading
When San Francisco beat Cal State Fullerton in a 19-inning contest earlier this year, the game lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes. On Wednesday night at Page Stadium, Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge battled for a full 45 minutes longer, despite only needing 13 innings to decide a victor.
But on the 453rd pitch of the night, LMU cleanup hitter Tanner Donnels sharply chopped a ball to first base. William Colantono bobbled the ball and fired home late, allowing David Fletcher to slide in with the winning run to give the LMU Lions a 12-11 win in the bottom of the 13th.
“The first pitch I saw, I just tried to take a good swing to it,” Donnels said. ”I barreled it up pretty good and I was lucky enough that the first baseman bobbled it a little bit and we got the win.”
Staying close to home was a common theme for the SoCal midweek matchups for all but one team, which had one heck of a road trip just to get to their Tuesday matchup.
San Diego and San Diego State renewed their rivalry while USC faced off with former Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie. And LMU didn’t even have to travel east of Interstate 405 as the Lions faced off with yet another Pac-12 club.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the games with photo galleries from UC Irvine, Pepperdine and UCLA: Continue reading
Hello College Baseball Fans,
There is nothing like the start of college baseball season and these first two weeks of the season have already been an experience. Appalachian State is located in the mountains of western North Carolina, which means we are still experiencing every bit of the winter weather. That causes us to have to play a majority of our early-season games on the road much like schools located up north. It seems as if we have been on a bus for weeks with our first 11 games having been away from home. It has been a grind and we as a team are still trying to find our way, but we are fighting hard and have stuck together through all the trials and frustrations. We trust in our preparation and trust in the guys around us and we are so close to fully realizing what this team can be. We believe in each other, know the talent that we possess as a team and are competing to win in all three phases of the game (pitching, hitting and defense). Continue reading
Wright State coach Greg Lovelady, in his first season in charge of the Raiders, listens to the plate talk with 20th-year Oregon State coach Pat Casey and plate umpire Mike Whitty.
As a first-year head coach, Wright State’s Greg Lovelady is taking every opportunity to improve his understanding of the game and management of the ballplayers in his care.
It’s Lovelady’s 10th year overall at Wright State, but his first in charge of everything after nine seasons as Rob Cooper’s assistant. His baseball pedigree includes two national championships (1999, 2001) as a player at Miami, a brief pro career in the Florida Marlins minor league system, and three regional appearances with the Raiders (2006, 2009, 2011). Continue reading
Despite losing 5-2 to Cal on Monday in the final game of the rain-soaked USD Tournament, the San Diego Toreros are off to an 8-2 start this season. The key to the Toreros’ early-season success was a question mark entering the season.
After losing two catchers to the Draft and seeing the departure of three outfielders and two middle infielders that made significant contributions last season, San Diego was supposed to be struggling offensively. Oh yea…they also lost this guy too.
But even without the Golden Spikes Award Winner, Kris Bryant, the Toreros offense continues to roll along. Through Sunday, USD sported the top team batting average and second best slugging percentage in the nation. It was in the top five in on base percentage, home runs per game and were first in scoring after racking up five consecutive double-digit run performances. Granted four of those big offensive outbursts were against Northern Kentucky. But San Diego’s aggressive offensive approach both at the plate and on the bases has resulted in an exciting brand of baseball and success. Continue reading
Another potential top-round talent was also on display at Oregon over the weekend, in Cal State Fullerton’s J.D. Davis.
A 2011 fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay, Davis chose instead to enroll at Cal State Fullerton. Continue reading
Matt Chapman is projected by many to be a top- round selection come June, and over the weekend there was an opportunity to view Chapman in the series at Oregon.
On Friday, Chapman started out by flying out to left field on a pitch he just missed. Continue reading