Photos Courtesy of David Cohen.
UC Santa Barbara busted out with six runs to break a scoreless tie in the ninth inning Friday afternoon at Matador Field. The Gauchos (26-20, 11-8) took a 6-1 win in the series opener at Cal State Northridge in a crucial Big West series for both ball clubs.
After Northridge closer Josh Goossen-Brown got a lineout and allowed a 1-2 single to Tyler Kuresa to start the ninth inning, he lost his control. He threw only one more strike to the final five batters he faced.
Cameron Newell singled on a 3-1 pitch. Marc Venning was hit by a 2-0 pitch, loading the bases. Luke Swenson broke the scoreless tie with a four-pitch walk. Jackson Morrow singled home two runs on a 1-0 pitch and Goossen-Brown hit Joey Epperson with his final pitch in a 2-0 count.
The Gauchos added three more runs after Goossen-Brown’s departure with Brandon Trinkwon delivering a two-run single and coming around to score on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Nate Ring knocked a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning to get the Matadors (30-19, 14-5) on the board, but it was too little, too late. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Santa Barbara Scores Six in Ninth to Take Pitcher’s Duel
The Texas Longhorns defeated Kansas State on Saturday by a score of 6-3. Leading the Longhorns was Erich Weiss who went 2-4 with two RBI while Dillon Peters got the win pitching 5.1 innings giving up two runs. You can check out a photo gallery below. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Kansas State at Texas
FULLERTON, Calif. — No. 4 Cal State Fullerton defeated rival Long Beach State, 3-2, behind freshman starter Thomas Eshelman Friday night at Goodwin Field. Eshelman picked up his eighth win of the season, going seven strong innings, including wriggling out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out the side.
In the fifth inning of a 2-1 game, Colton Vaughn led off with a triple that got hung up in the right field corner. Eshelman struck out Colby Brenner but hit Jeff McNeil. After McNeil advanced to second on a wild pitch, Eshelman showed his maturity pitching with an open base.
He attacked Jeff Yamaguchi early in the count getting a 1-2 count. Yamaguchi then spoiled a pair of pitches with foul balls. With two runners on and first base unoccupied, Eshelman was going for the strikeout. He tried to get Yamaguchi to strikeout on a breaking ball in the dirt. Instead of the K, Eshelman threw three consecutive balls, something that’s happened only a handful of times this season. Yamaguchi walked to load the bases for Juan Avila and Ino Patron — two of Long Beach’s hottest hitters.
But they were not hot on this night as Eshleman struck them both out to end the threat and rob the Dirtbags (21-22, 9-7) of a huge opportunity to swipe the momentum. Austin Kingsolver followed with a leadoff home run high off the netting behind the right field fence to put Fullerton (37-7, 13-3) up 3-1. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Eshelman Bests Dirtbags, 3-2
LOS ANGELES — Freshman Cody Poteet pitched a career-high six innings and had a career-high five strikeouts as UCLA took an 8-1 win against UC Irvine Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Kevin Kramer delivered the big blow in a five-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach. After the first three batters singled and Brian Carroll took a bases-loaded walk to bring home a run, Irvine (28-13) went to Sam Moore, its fifth of six pitchers. Kramer greeted the freshman by smacking his second offering toward left-centerfield.
Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Poteet Pitches Bruins Past Irvine, 8-1
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jeff McNeil is Mr. Versatilty for Long Beach State. He does a little bit of everything for the Dirtbags(19-21, 8-6), including now taking over the shortstop role after previously playing centerfield and second base. But his biggest impact has been as a spark plug at the top of the lineup.
Though he went hitless for the first time in 10 games, McNeil beat out a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning that led to the winning run scoring two batters later as Long Beach defeated Cal Poly 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Blair Field. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Dirtbags Get Late Run for 3-2 Win
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Davis closer Max Cordy had already unleashed a wild pitch while attempting to intentionally walk a batter, so UC Irvine couldn’t risk trying a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the ninth inning. Instead, with runners on the corners, pinch hitter Ryan Cooper was called on to put down a safety squeeze.
But Cooper laid down a great bunt and pinch runner Justin Castro got a great read. Castro sprinted down the line and slid into UC Davis catcher Izaak Silva, who blocked the plate expertly. However, Castro was able to slip his foot through the five-hole and tapped the corner of home plate with his tippy toe to give Irvine a 5-4 walk-off win Friday night at Anteater Ballpark.
Castro ran for Jerry McClanahan at first base after McClanahan drew a leadoff walk. Castro moved to second on a Scott Gottschling sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on Cordy’s intentional walk throw that went over the head of Silva and all the way to the backstop. After Kris Paulino’s intentional pass was completed, Cooper was sent to the plate to pinch hit despite not having a hit since March 8 (0-for-24).
Cooper still doesn’t have a hit, but he does have a walk-off game-winner to his credit. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Irvine Squeezes Out 5-4 Win Over Davis
LOS ANGELES — Loyola Marymount left-handed pitcher Matt Florer is going to ache all over when he wakes up Wednesday morning. His teachers will have to forgive him if he sleeps in and is running a little behind.
He is going to be sore…probably real sore after throwing 134 pitches, but Matt Florer is also going to have a cheek-to-cheek smile beaming across his face after he threw a complete game no-hitter, the first by an LMU pitcher since 1980, in a 5-0 win over Cal State Northridge Tuesday afternoon at George Page Stadium.
Florer had only started twice this season. Last week, in a start against USC, he pitched two innings. It was his longest outing of the season. He had only thrown 13 1/3 innings this year and the longest outing of his career was only five innings in a midweek start last season.
So how did Jason Gill get nine innings of no-hit ball from a reliever thrust into the midweek starter spot due to injury? Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Matt Florer Throws No-Hitter in 5-0 LMU Win
MALIBU, Calif. — Aaron Brown pitched his first career complete game and the Pepperdine offense knocked 13 hits as the Waves salvaged a 10-5 win against Gonzaga Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
After Gonzaga (26-11-1, 13-5) held the Waves to only three runs in the first two games of the series, Pepperdine (21-17, 9-6) was able to knock around Bulldogs starter Zack Abbruzza, chasing him after 2 2/3 innings.
Gonzaga took the early lead manufacturing runs in the first and second innings, but Pepperdine responded in the second inning thanks to the hustle of Ranny Lowe, who beat out a two-out chopper to shortstop with runners on the corners to score a run and keep the inning alive. Drew Hacker followed with an RBI single to tie the game. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Pepperdine Salvages 10-4 Win Against Zags
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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 CBD Photo Gallery: Irvine Wins Wild Affair With Walk-Off in 11th
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 CBD Photo Gallery: Silva, Wheatley Combine to One-Hit #15 Arizona State