Photos Courtesy of David Cohen.
With a pair of teams entering on five-game winning streaks and a pair of aces on the mound, a close contest was expected, but a back-and-forth extra inning affair assured the UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge fans got their money’s worth Friday Night at Anteater Ballpark.
Taylor Sparks’ 11th inning walk-off single gave Irvine a 4-3 win, but it only came after Northridge tied the game in the eighth inning, escaped jams in the eighth and ninth, took a 10th inning lead only to give the run back and have to get out of another Anteaters threat. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Sean Silva had the best performance of his short USC career as he combined with Brent Wheatley for a one-hitter to best Arizona State ace Trevor Williams. Behind the stellar pitching, the Trojans manufactured a 5-0 win Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
Silva, a junior college transfer from Fresno City College, shut down the No. 15 Sun Devils through six innings — his longest outing in a USC uniform. He picked up his first win as a Trojan after he allowed only one hit, one walk and two hit batsmen while striking out four. Wheatley followed Silva with three scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the season. Continue reading
Here are some of the top photos from this past weekend’s matchup between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels. Vanderbilt swept the three game SEC series to up their record to 29-4 and 11-1 in SEC play while Ole Miss is now 23-9 and 4-8 in conference play.
Battle of the Bump
Pitching was the dominant factor for the Commodores and the Rebels this weekend, with all three games won by only a point or two.
Friday starters Bobby Wahl and Kevin Ziomek both shined in a much-anticipated pitcher’s duel. Ziomek earned the win, allowing only 1 run on three hits, with four walks and three strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Wahl gave up one unearned run on five hits and six walks, recording eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Loyola Marymount knocked around Gonzaga ace Marco Gonzales, both literally and figuratively, for nine hits and seven runs in a 7-4 win Thursday afternoon at Page Stadium.
The Lions (12-13, 4-3) used 11 hits, led by Tommy Cheek’s career-high four knocks, to pick up their fourth win in five games. But the biggest hit may have been the one to Gonzales. Entering the sixth inning, Gonzales had retired 12 of the previous 13 hitters. After a Cheek leadoff single, Tanner Donnels sent a screamer right back where it came from, nailing Gonzales on the outside of his left leg just above the knee. Continue reading
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Nate Ring knocked a career-high five hits and the Cal State Northridge pitching staff held the first five batters in San Diego’s lineup to a combined 1-for-21 in an 8-4 victory Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field.
The Matadors (11-12) picked up their fifth straight win thanks to a solid start from Brandon Warner, who did not factor in the decision despite not allowing a hit until the fifth inning, and a resilient lineup.
After a controversial interference call, on a squeeze bunt attempt and errant throw that hit the runner, negated two Northridge runs and helped San Diego (16-9) escape a bases loaded jam without a run scoring, the Toreros immediately put two runs on the board to tie the game 2-2 and seemed to have stolen all the momentum.
But the Matadors didn’t cower or fade. Continue reading
The Vanderbilt Commodores took two out of three games over the weekend against the Florida Gators. Here are some of the best photos from the weekend set. Continue reading
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Two weeks ago, Kyle Ferramola was a junior college transfer struggling to get any time out of the bullpen because of control issues. Having seen some power from him during a fall batting practice for pitchers, Cal State Northridge head coach Matt Curtis decided to throw him into the batting groups to see what he could do.
With other designated hitter options struggling, Ferramola worked his way into the starting lineup Friday night. He went 2 for 3 with a two-run triple and a walk. The strong performance earned him another start in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader with Utah Valley and Ferramola went off.
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — A Chester Pak two-run single in the third inning proved to be the difference as Cal State Northridge defeated Utah Valley 4-3 Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Matador Field.
The Matadors (8-12) held a 4-0 lead until the sixth inning when starter Calvin Copping ran into trouble. Copping hit a batter, gave up a Baltimore chop single and walked a batter to load the bases. After two runs scored against reliever Oscar Sandoval, Michael Coates entered with the bases loaded.
Coates’ first pitch went to the backstop, cutting the lead to 4-3, but following a walk, Coates got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat and keep Northridge ahead.
Josh Goossen-Brown recorded the final three outs to close it out and collect his third save. Goosen-Brown also had two hits and an RBI. He played a part in the Matadors’ first run as well. After Goossen-Brown reached on an error that kept the inning alive, Nate Ring delivered an RBI single.
In the third inning, Kyle Attl executed a hit-and-run beautifully to put runners on the corners with no outs. Miles Williams struck out, but Goossen-Brown laid down a bunt single when the pitcher slipped. Two batters later, Pak delivered a hit into right field that scored two.
Check out the 17-shot photo gallery from Saturday’s first game:
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Thomas Eshelman allowed only one hit in seven innings as No. 8 Cal State Fullerton took the first game of a non-conference series with rival Long Beach State, 6-0, Friday night at Blair Field.
Fullerton (18-3) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen jumped all over a hanging slider and deposited it over the left field wall. Continue reading
MALIBU, Calif — Maybe it was the luck of the Irish coming in the form of the green St. Patrick’s Day hats being worn by Pepperdine?
Down to their final out, the Waves (10-9, 2-1) got a game-tying home run from Kolten Yamaguchi and a walk-off single from Drew Hacker three batters later to defeat Loyola Marymount 4-3 and take the opening West Coast Conference series Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Loyola Marymount (8-12, 1-2) took a 3-0 lead against Pepperdine starter Aaron Brown in the third inning. Matt Lowenstein singled home a run after Brown walked two batters. Following a fielder’s choice, Colton Plaia doubled to right-centerfield to bring home two more runs.
Pepperdine got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Amezquita hit a two-out solo home run to left field. The Waves scratched out a run in the fifth inning with the assistance of a wild pitch after two infield singles and a sacrifice bunt.
After two hitless innings of relief by Carlos Fuentes, Dahlson got the first two batters to pop out, but his first pitch to Yamaguchi was a high fastball that Yamaguchi roped on a line just over the wall in right field.
Ranny Lowe walked and Cody Nulph reached when a high throw from shortstop David Edwards pulled Cullen Mahoney off the base, setting the table for Hacker. The sophomore second baseman lined a 2-2 pitch right back up the middle and Zac Fujimoto’s throw was up the third base line, allowing Lowe to slide in with the winning run.
Check out the 22-shot photo gallery from Sunday’s thrilling rubber match: