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 CBD Photo Gallery: LMU Takes Down Gonzales & Gonzaga 7-4
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 CBD Photo Gallery: Northridge Wins Battle of the Bullfighters
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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.
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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 CBD Photo Gallery: Eshelman, Davis Hold Long Beach to Two Hits
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.
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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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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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