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.”
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
Michael Cederoth to the bullpen
When San Diego State flamethrower Michael Cederoth sat at the podium following the Aztecs’ season-ending loss to rival San Diego in the Los Angeles Regional, in which he walked five batters, he vowed to correct his control issues:
“In the beginning, it was probably my best start I’ve had all year, but of course, bad habits tend to catch up to me,” Cederoth said. “Five walks obviously showed up in five runs, and I take that to heart, and I know for a fact that’s not going to happen next year.”
But when San Diego State opened the season at San Jose State, the junior walked four and gave up five runs (three earned) throwing 93 pitches in 3.2 innings, prompting the Aztecs’ coaching staff to reassess the best way to use the 6’6″, 215-pound hurler with the tantalizing fastball that routinely was hitting triple digits in the aforementioned season finale last year.
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine wanted an insurance run.
Leading 3-2, the Anteaters got a leadoff walk from Grant Palmer to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Head coach Mike Gillespie had Chris Rabago sacrifice Palmer to second base to set up preseason All-Americans Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer, who combined for 159 hits and 85 RBI in 55 games last season.
All Sparks or Spencer needed was to knock a base hit. But instead, Sparks racked up his seventh strikeout in four games and Spencer grounded out to end the inning — and continued the Sparks/Spencer First Hit Watch that is now a combined 31 at bats deep. Two All-Americans now 0-for-31.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Jason Monda is supposed to be one of the run producers in the middle of Washington State’s lineup after the senior led the team with 40 RBI last season. Against No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, Monda had started the season 0-for-8.
He was 0-for-5 Saturday when he came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the 11th inning. Continue reading
Last weekend I attended the Texas vs. Texas State fall scrimmage. Texas had played the previous day against Lamar and lost a rain-shortened scrimmage. Texas State, a new member of the Sun Belt conference, travelled 30 miles north to Austin to take on the Longhorns.
Fall games are a little different than the regular season in that the coaches are really trying to see all of the guys play in a game situation, so I saw a Texas lineup that featured 3 designated hitters and a Texas State pitching rotation that featured 12 pitchers in 12 innings. Continue reading
The Futures League hosted their third annual All-Star game on Thursday evening in Pittsfield MA at Wahconah Park. Team Massachusetts took advantage of three second inning walks to score two runs and defeat Team New England 2-0. Here are some of the best pics from the game. Continue reading
Laconia, NH—The NECBL East All-Star Team defeated the NECBL West All-Star Team 2-1 in the 20th New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on Sunday July 21st at Robbie Mills Field in Laconia NH. Continue reading
Photos Courtesy of David Cohen.
FULLERTON, Calif. — When there’s a trip to the College World Series on the line, sometime all it takes is one strong inning. UCLA scored three runs in the first inning and rode it all the way to Omaha as the Bruins defeated Cal State Fullerton 3-0 Saturday night at Goodwin Field to take the Fullerton (CA) Super Regional.
The three runs were plenty for veteran starter Nick Vander Tuig, who picked up his 12th win of the season after pitching out of jams for 6 1/3 innings. Continue reading
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kansas State made No. 3 national seed Oregon State’s pitchers work for every out.
The Wildcats took pitches, fouled pitches off and denied OSU anything resembling an easy inning for most of Saturday’s opener of the Corvallis Super Regional. Continue reading