LOS ANGELES — No. 16 Oregon took advantage of six USC errors, including four in a six-run eighth inning that gave the Ducks an 8-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (7-11, 0-2) took a 4-2 lead with a four-run sixth inning. Adam Landecker hit a sacrifice fly to get USC on the scoreboard. A walk and four straight singles scored three runs. After a seven-pitch seventh inning by starter Wyatt Strahan, the Trojans went to Nigel Nootbaar and that’s when things fell apart.
Nootbaar walked the leadoff hitter. After a groundout, back-to-back singles and a throwing error scored a run and put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. An error by shortstop Blake Lacey tied the game. An error by Nootbaar loaded the bases for Scott Heineman, who hit one off the right field wall for a two-run double. The Ducks (15-5, 2-0) tacked on two more with a sac fly and a Ryon Healy RBI single.
Oregon scored six runs on five hits and four errors and never looked back as Garrett Cleavinger and Jimmie Sherfy each pitched a 1-2-3 inning to close out the game.
Strahan was in line for the win after he pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, also unearned, on six hits and four walks. USC’s Bobby Stahal had three hits in his first career collegiate start while Heineman finished three for six with two runs and two RBI.
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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jeff McNeil woke up the comatose Long Beach State offense with a four-hit performance, including driving in the tying and winning runs. The Dirtbags (7-11) snapped a six-game losing streak, beating Wichita State 4-1 Friday night at Blair Field.
During the losing streak, Long Beach had averaged less than five hits per game and had scored only eight runs in six games. On Friday, the Dirtbags were able to get runners on, but couldn’t get the big hit early, stranding seven runners in the first three innings.
McNeil singled up the middle to score Jonathan Serven in the sixth inning tying the game 1-1 and then provided the go-ahead RBI two innings later when he rolled one through the right side allowing Zack Rivera to score. Michael Hill followed McNeil with a two-run triple down the right field line to give the Dirtbags a pair of insurance runs.
Those insurance runs provided a measure of comfort even when Wichita State was able to load the bases with one out in the ninth inning. Newly appointed closer Jon Maciel got out of the jam with a strikeout and a slow roller to second base to end the game and pick up his second save.
Long Beach starting pitcher Shane Carle had his best outing of the season. He threw seven innings, allowing only three hits and an unearned run while striking out seven, but he did not factor into the decision. Josh Frye (1-1) picked up the win after a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Wichita State reliever Albert Minnis (1-1) took the loss.
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LOS ANGELES — Kolten Yamaguchi hit his first two career home runs in subsequent innings to help Pepperdine break a four-game losing streak. The Waves defeated USC 9-4 Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (7-9) have now dropped six of seven after winning six of their previous seven.
USC held a 3-1 lead after four innings. AJ Ramirez had a two-run double in the second inning and James Roberts had an RBI double in the fourth, but Pepperdine (8-8) scored eight runs over the next three innings.
The Waves struck for five of those runs in the sixth inning. Yamaguchi hit a two-run homer that stayed inside the right field foul pole to put the Waves ahead 5-3. They loaded the bases with a single, hit by pitch and walk for Bryan Langlois, who cleared the bases with a double over the right fielder.
Yamaguchi added a deep solo shot to the left of the scoreboard in right-centerfield — an area of the ballpark where few home runs are typically hit — the following inning.
Mat Snider picked up the win with three innings of one-run relief for starter Jackson McClelland. Langlois finished with three hits and four RBI while Yamaguchi had two hits and three RBI.
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LOS ANGELES — The UCLA Bruins took the mythical Dodgertown Classic title after defeating rival USC 6-1 in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Bruins (11-3) finished the weekend 2-1 (and beat Notre Dame, who also finished 2-1) thanks to a tremendous performance from Grant Watson. Watson got through seven innings on only 77 pitches. He allowed only three hits and one run while striking out three to pick up his third win of the season.
UCLA held a 1-0 lead until the sixth inning when Vahn Bozoian tied it up with a long home run to left field. But that was as close to a victory as USC (7-8) would get.
The Bruins quickly responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead. Kevin Kramer struck the big blow with a bases-clearing double after USC reliever Sean Adler allowed an infield hit, walked a batter and hit a batter.
The Bruins added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning on RBI doubles by Pat Valaika and Shane Zeile.
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LOS ANGELES — On the first pitch he’s seen this season, Notre Dame sophomore Kevin DeFilippis one-hopped the left field wall for an 11th inning, 6-5 walk-off victory against No. 17 Oklahoma in the Dodgertown Classic Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Ryan Bull led off the inning with a walk, advanced to third on a passed ball and a deep fly ball before scoring on DeFilippis’ game-winning hit. No. 22 Notre Dame tied the game in the ninth inning before taking the win in extra innings as Oklahoma’s pitching couldn’t hold an early 4-2 lead.
To lead off the ninth, pinch hitter Phil Mosey hit the painted foul line in left field for a leadoff double. After Billy Waltrip couldn’t make a diving catch on a popped up bunt, he walked the bases loaded for the heart of the Fighting Irish lineup. He was able to get stud slugger Eric Jagielo to pop out, but Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Hector Lorenzana had put the Sooners ahead 5-4 in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly after Kolbey Carpenter executed a perfect hit and run to put runners on the corners.
Garrett Carey had a two-run homer that put Oklahoma ahead in the fifth inning, but Jagielo tied it up in the bottom half of the inning with his own two-run blast.
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MALIBU, Calif. — For the second day in a row, Seton Hall’s starting pitching shut down Pepperdine. The Pirates claimed their second win of the season behind 6 1/3 strong innings from Josh Provost Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Provost allowed only four hits through six innings and left with a 2-0 lead after Bryan Langlois singled in the seventh inning on Prevost’s 86th pitch. Langlois advanced to third on a groundout and a wild pitch. Ranny Lowe got the Waves on the board with a dribbler down the line for an infield single.
However, Pepperdine stranded a runner in scoring position in each of the final two frames as Brian Gilbert locked down the save for the Pirates.
Seton Hall took the early lead in the second inning. A wild pitch brought home a run after a pair of singles put runners on the corners. The Pirates added a second run off Waves starter Corey Miller in the sixth inning when Zack Weigel hit a sac fly with the bases loaded.
Miller was able to get out of the jam thanks to a nice running catch in centerfield by Lowe, but Scott Kalamar made the Waves pay for an error in the seventh inning. After Alex Falconi reached on a throwing error, Kalamar doubled just inside first base to give the Pirates an extra insurance run that coach Rob Sheppard said was crucial.
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LOS ANGELES — Oklahoma ace Dillon Overton was hit around for 13 hits and five runs as the No. 17 Sooners were upset by USC 5-3 Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
USC junior lefty Bobby Wheatley allowed only one earned run as he beat Overton, one of the premier southpaw pitchers in the nation. Wheatley was supported by senior infielder Adam Landecker. After missing the last week with a hamstring injury, Landecker had three hits and four RBI in his return.
Oklahoma took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth, but the Trojans responded with a Kevin Swick RBI single. With two outs in the sixth inning, USC strung together four consecutive singles with Landecker driving in two runs to put USC up 4-3.
Landecker added his fourth RBI with a two-out single in the eighth inning to push across an insurance run for Nigel Nootbaar, who pitched the final two innings for his first career save.
For USC, senior Greg Zebrack had two hits and scored two runs while freshmen Blake Lacey and Timmy Robinson both recorded multi-hit performances as well.
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LOS ANGELES — No. 10 Cal State Fullerton rebounded from back-to-back losses with an 11-4 shellacking of USC Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field.
The Titans (11-2) put up a season-high 15 hits and 11 runs, eight of which came in the first two innings, as they dismissed USC (6-6) early and never looked back. Sophomore starter Koby Gauna pitched five scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing only three hits to move to 2-0 this season.
Anthony Hutting and Michael Lorenzen each had three hits and drove in three runs before being removed, along with several of the other starters, by the sixth inning. Hutting hit a two-run homer — his third home run of the season — in his final at bat.
Carlos Lopez had two doubles, scored two runs and had an RBI. Chad Wallach added two hits and two RBI. For the Trojans, Kevin Swick had doubled twice, finishing 3-for-4 with a walk. Greg Zebrack and Timmy Robinson both had multi-hit games as well. Robinson broke out of the 2-for-25 slump that has highlighted his freshman season.
The two teams combined to use 13 pitchers as the game turned into a ‘Johnny Wholestaff’ outing after Fullerton jumped out to a 10-0 lead through four innings.
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FULLERTON, Calif. — No. 14 Oregon handed No. 17 Cal State Fullerton its first loss of the season, scoring a 9-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
The Ducks (8-3) took advantage of two errors by Fullerton (10-1) to open up a 3-0 lead early and tacked on six runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Freshman Cole Irvin picked up his third win with seven solid innings, getting better and better throughout the game. He scattered eight hits and walked only one while striking out three.
Leading 3-1, Ryon Healy and Brett Thomas led off the sixth inning with a pair of doubles to score a run and Ryan Hambright singled home another. The Ducks blew it open in the eighth inning with three runs, highlighted by a Shaun Chase deep solo home run to left field.
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IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to take an 8-7 win against Portland in walk-off fashion Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
After a leadoff walk, Portland went to closer Billy Sahlinger, who allowed only two hits while picking up a save with 2 1/3 innings Friday night. he walked Chris Rabago and pinch hitter Jordan Morrison hit an RBI single through the right side. Sahlinger bobbled a bunt by Ryan Cooper that loaded the bases.
Jeff Stephens then cranked the first pitch he saw into the left-centerfield gap for a two-run double to tie the game. That brought sensational junior college transfer Dominique Taylor. Despite having a base open, Portland elected to face Taylor and he made them pay.
Taylor said Sahlinger tried to attack him exactly the same as he did yesterday, so Taylor was ready today even though he fell behind in the count. When Sahlinger tried to fool him with a fastball after getting ahead with off-speed pitcher, Taylor had in mind what was coming. With two strikes, he hit a drive deep into left field for a game-winning single and was mobbed between first and second base.
The ‘Eaters jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings. Starting pitcher Kyle Hooper had allowed only three hits through the first five innings, but Portland roughed him up for four runs in the sixth.
UC Irvine tied the game 4-4 when Rabago drove in Kris Paulino with a two-out single in the sixth inning, but the Pilots cruised to single runs in each of the next three innings to take a 7-4 lead into the final half inning.
Freshman Ellot Surrey picked up his first collegiate victory thanks to the ninth inning rally.
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