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SoCal Roundup: Best Catcher in the Country?

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:

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2014 NCAA Regional Projections (April 22nd)

The 2014 College Baseball season is in full swing but it is never too early to take a look at the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament. These are our latest look at the projections at what the tournament bracket will look like if the tournament started today. All questions and comments can be discussed in the section below the post. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Zero After Zero

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:

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SoCal Roundup: Pitcher BOMB

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:

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Justin Blood and Sean Newcomb turning around Hartford Program

In three years, Sean Newcomb has done a lot for the Hartford baseball program.

His pitching perfection started earlier this season with a 0.00 ERA through his first six starts. This has brought on intense media attention while having MLB scouts to campus to the Hawks’ (18-14 overall, 6-2 America East) games, giving the program a boost in attention and his teammates who had not yet reached scouts’ radars a chance to grab their eye. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Frosh SS Web Gems

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:

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2014 NCAA Regional Projections (April 15th)

The 2014 College Baseball season is in full swing but it is never too early to take a look at the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament. These are our latest look at the projections at what the tournament bracket will look like if the tournament started today. All questions and comments can be discussed in the section below the post. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Bruins Lose Two More

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:

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Inside the WCC: Lechich recovers from Saturday’s loss with a gem

PORTLAND, Ore. – Louie Lechich shrugged off a ninth-inning disaster on Saturday to lead San Diego to a West Coast Conference series victory over Portland on Sunday at Joe Ertz Field.

Lechich, in the game to close a 9-8 victory on Saturday, was one strike away from a save with no runners on. What followed was an NCAA-contender’s worst nightmare. Portland rallied for a 10-9 victory and the Pilots had an opportunity to win the series entering Sunday. Continue reading