As embattled head coach Rick Vanderhook sits at home awaiting his fate to be decided by an administrative investigation, his Cal State Fullerton Titans continue to slide farther and farther.
The Titans (18-17, 3-6) lost their sixth in a row Wednesday night. Managing only six hits in the final 12 innings, Fullerton suffered a deflating 2-1 loss in 16 innings at Fresno State as questions, rumors and conjecture continue to swirl about the program and stable leadership still seems missing.
In college baseball, starting catchers often get the mid-week games off to rest their legs in preparation for the more important weekend series, especially during the conference season, but with an extra day of rest thanks to the Easter schedule, Shane Zeile was behind the plate for UCLA on Tuesday.
He proved to be a difference maker in the Bruins’ matchup with Loyola Marymount and afterwards his coach lauded high praise on him, calling Zeile one of the top catchers in the country.
Check out how Zeile impacted the game, what else Savage had to say about him and get the full roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action. We’ve got you covered with photo galleries from San Diego State, USC and UCLA:
Cal State Fullerton and USC both ended lengthy conference series droughts. But only one team did it in a positive fashion. Fittingly, UC Santa Barbara/Long Beach State and San Diego State/UC Irvine concluded their series with yet another tight game in each series finale.
Check out that plus much more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Pepperdine, Irvine and Northridge:
There were three walk-off wins, but the most impressive performance came in a game that ended with neither team scoring a run the final eight innings. There were also two relievers that were lights out for a combined 10.1 innings.
Find out which pitchers were throwing up zero after zero in Friday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Pepperdine, Irvine and Northridge:
Eric Hutting of Long Beach State hit a walk off double last night in a 3-2 victory over UC Santa Barbara. Hutting had been struggling this year with a .220 batting average without an RBI heading into the game. Continue reading
Rick Vanderhook didn’t travel with the team to San Luis Obispo and probably wouldn’t have liked what he saw had he went anyway. The nation’s top two closers, Sam Moore and Michael Cederoth, ended up deciding a game. See who came out on top.
But two unlikely heroes headline Thursday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Northridge and Long Beach State:
UPDATE #2: April 17th at 9:02pm ET
After losing to UC Santa Barbara last Sunday, Vanderhook told Shotgun Spratling:
“They’re a soft group and if they keep doing what they’re doing, they’re going to be the first team from Fullerton not to play in the postseason in 26 years.”
UPDATE #1: April 17th at 8:24pm ET
We have spoken to many sources around the Cal-State Fullerton program that stated Vanderhook’s post game punishment was excessive. It included berating players while having extensive running. One of the sources stated to us that this was “Bobby Knight” level stuff. We will update with more information as we investigate it.
Rick Vanderhook has been placed on administrative leave.
“Effective today, Cal State Fullerton’s head coach Rick Vanderhook has been placed on paid administrative leave. The university has received allegations that it is obligated to review.”
As always, we will be all over this with coverage from Shotgun Spratling and myself.
Both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have both been strong defensively and are among the top West Coast Conference teams, despite having to rely on a pair of freshmen shortstops.
But rather than being bothered by being thrust into the fire, Manny Jefferson and David Fletcher have thrived under the pressures of being regular starters for regional contenders just a season removed from high school ball. Both players made major contributions with the glove on Tuesday.
That plus more in a roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action along with photo galleries from Northridge and LMU:
UCLA had two more important cogs get bitten by the injury bug, but could the Bruins still pull out a series win with a victory at Arizona? Long Beach State also had a rubber match, but the biggest rubber match took place at Caesar Uyesaka stadium beween Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara.
That plus more in a roundup of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action along with photo galleries:
Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara matched up in a wacky contest that featured a Thomas Eshelman walk, a Joey Epperson strikeout, 18 runs and no resolution. There was a resolution at Dedeaux Field even though it took 13 innings.
That plus more in a roundup of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from three of the matchups: