IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine sophomore Matt Whitehouse needed exactly 100 pitches for a complete game 3-1 victory against Portland Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark. The left hander allowed only three hits, keeping the Pilots (3-8) off-balance throughout the game and without a hit until the fifth inning.
UC Irvine (8-2) chased starter Zach Torson in the third inning, putting up three runs, including two on a Dominique Taylor triple to left-centerfield, and that was all Whitehouse needed.
After the Pilots finally got a hit on the board in the fifth inning, Jeff Melby came around to score after a walk and a pair of sacrifices.
Connor Spencer and Ronnie Shaeffer both finished with two hits for Irvine.
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FULLERTON, Calif. — No. 17 Cal State Fullerton remained undefeated beating No. 14 Oregon 8-2 Friday night at Goodwin Field behind a fantastic performance by freshman Thomas Eshelman.
The right-hander struck out six Ducks (7-2) while allowing only four hits in his first collegiate complete game.
Oregon got on the board first with a run in the fourth inning on a Ryon Healy RBI double, but Fullerton (9-0) answered back when Anthony Hutting singled home a run in the bottom half of the frame.
Fullerton took a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning. After Chad Wallach led off with a single, the Titans scored three runs without the benefit of a hit, taking advantage of two walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball.
The Titans tacked on four unearned runs in the next inning thanks to a two-out grounder that went through second baseman Aaron Payne’s legs. That was more than Eshelman needed as he finished off the 95-pitch complete game retiring nine of the final ten batters he faced.
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LOS ANGELES — Brent Wheatley pitched 6 1/3 innings to pick up his first collegiate win as USC defeated Long Beach State 4-1 Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.
Wheatley combined with relievers Sean Silva and Sean Adler to pitch a four-hitter.
Long Beach State (5-4) had opportunities thanks to five walks and three hit batsmen by Trojan trio, including getting the first two men on base in the fourth and ninth innings and having the bases loaded in the seventh inning. But the Dirtbags couldn’t come up with the big hits when needed, leaving 11 men on base.
USC (5-3) also struggled to capitalize, stranding 10 men on base, but it scraped together enough runs to get the victory. Dante Flores led the way with three hits, including taking Long Beach starter Nick Sabo deep in the third inning — Flores’ first collegiate home run against a southpaw.
Leading 2-1 thanks to Flores’ shot, the Trojans eventually added two insurance runs in the seventh inning when Vahn Bozoian and James Roberts scored RBI with a bases-loaded walk and a bases-loaded hit by pitch.
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SAN DIEGO — Brandon Jackson pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings of middle relief Sunday afternoon to help Oregon State finish off a four-game sweep of San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Beavers (8-0) scored five runs in the first three innings against San Diego State freshman Cody Thompson, who was making his first collegiate start, and rode the quick start to a 7-1 victory.
Jeff Hendrix singled home two runs in the first inning. Kavin Keyes doubled home a pair of runs in the third inning. And Andy Peterson added a pair of RBI for the Beavers. In total, Oregon State had 14 hits with six players recording multiple hits.
The Aztecs (3-4) struggled offensively once again against the Beavers. While it tied a series-high with seven hits, San Diego State grounded into three double plays and stranded eight runners. The Aztecs scored only two runs on 22 hits during the four-game weekend set.
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SAN DIEGO — Following up a trip to Omaha isn’t easy, but Kent State didn’t expect it to take this long to get its first win. Finally in their seventh game of the season the Golden Flashes (1-6) got into the win column.
Kent State took the second game of a doubleheader at San Diego’s Fowler Park 9-5 after dropping the first game 18-11. Justin Wagler and Zarley Zalewski both homered as the Golden Flashes jumped out to a 6-1 lead against San Diego (2-4) starter Max MacNabb.
From there, Kent State just answered every San Diego threat with runs of its own. When the Toreros scored a run in the fifth inning, the Golden Flashes scored one the next half inning. They did it again the next inning. San Diego trimmed the lead to 7-5, but Kent State answered with two runs.
Taylor Williams got the win. He allowed eight hits and five runs (three earned) in seven innings, but he dominated San Diego’s top offensive threats Louis Lechich, Kris Bryant and Dillon Haupt. Six of Williams eight strikeouts were due to the trio, including giving Bryant the hat trick.
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SAN DIEGO — After having only eight runs and 24 hits in its first four games, San Diego exploded for 18 runs on 17 hits in an 18-11 hit fest in the first game of a doubleheader against Kent State Saturday afternoon at Fowler Park.
The Toreros (2-3) scored five runs in the first two innings against starter Casey Wilson. They busted the game wide open with eight runs in the fifth inning as reliever Spencer Bryant allowed six runs without recording an out.
San Diego continued to put runs on the board against Kent State (0-6), scoring in six of its eight at bats, enroute to the most runs since San Diego beat Minnesota 22-1 in the 2010 regionals.
Dylan Covey was solid allowing only three hits and three walks in five innings, but four San Diego errors in the game pushed his pitch count up. Kent State was able to hit around the Toreros relievers, but never really threatened.
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SAN DIEGO — Oregon State scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. It was all the run support Matt Boyd needed to take a 2-0 victory over San Diego State Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Beavers (6-0) had only one hit against San Diego State (3-2) starter Philip Walby through seven innings, but leadoff hitter Max Gordon started the eighth inning by slicing a single down the left line. After a sacrifice moved him to second, Walby was able to get Oregon State stud Michael Conforto to roll over a pitch to second base. Gordon moved up to third base and came home to score when Danny Hayes singled into right field to break the tie.
An error moved Hayes to third base where the third hit of the inning, a double by Dylan Davis, put the Beavers up by two runs — an insurmountable lead for either team with the quality starting pitching — and ended Walby’s evening (7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K).
As good as Walby was through seven innings, Oregon State veteran southpaw Matt Boyd proved he was just a notch better on this night. Boyd (8 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K) picked up his second victory of the season.
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LOS ANGELES — USC (2-2) got its second consecutive come-from-behind victory Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans scored runs in the seventh and eighth innings to eek out a 2-1 win over visiting Loyola Marymount (2-2).
After LMU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh when Kevin Garcia scored on a dribbler 10 feet down the third base line, USC responded by manufacturing a run in the seventh inning to score Kevin Swick.
In the eighth inning, the Trojans took advantage of a pair of hard-hit balls Garcia couldn’t come up with at third base to take the lead and the victory.
Neither starting pitcher, Patrick McGrath (6 IP, 6 H, BB, 3 K) for LMU and Brent Wheatley (5 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K) for USC, allowed a run, leaving the game to be decided by the bullpens. Nigel Nootbaar picked up the win while freshman Kyle Davis picked up his first career save.
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No. 22 Cal State Fullerton continued its winning ways, taking both games of a doubleheader against Nebraska Saturday at Goodwin Field.
The Titans took the first game 10-5 thanks to back-to-back three run innings after Nebraska had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh. Senior Anthony Hutting struck the big blow with a pinch-hit two-run homer. Five different Titans had multi-hit performances in the first game, including Michael Lorenzen, who homered and scored three runs.
In the nightcap, Fullerton scored twice in the first inning, which was one more run than freshman Justin Garza needed in his debut. Garza pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while striking out six. The Titans’ hitters didn’t need to, but they provided nine runs of support to take a 9-0 win.
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Cal State Fullerton opened the season with a 3-2 victory against USC thanks to a stellar performance from freshman starting pitcher Thomas Eshelman. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits and two unearned runs.
USC took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, but the Titans answered back with two runs in the bottom half. Fullerton turned the ball over to relievers Willie Kuhl and Michael Lorenzen, who didn’t allow a baserunnner in the final three frames.
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