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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Texas State and Texas got together for a Fall Scrimmage yesterday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Texas State won the scrimmage 2-1 in a predetermined 14 inning game. You can check out a full photo gallery below. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Texas State vs Texas (Fall Ball)
After being eliminated in a close game by NC State in the NCAA Regional early last June, the Commodores are back with something to prove. They bounced back from a 1-7 start in 2011 to finish 35-28, then won six more games in the postseason. This year, with that experience under their belts and an impressive recruiting class, the Commodores are hoping for bigger and better things. Continue reading SEC Fall Checkin: Vanderbilt
FULLERTON, Calif. — It was their final shot to show their stuff, put together a dynamic performance and impress the Team USA coaching staff.
But the USA Baseball Under 18 trials team underwhelmed Tuesday evening at Goodwin Field, falling 5-4 to the Southern California 17U NTIS in Team USA’s last game before final cuts would be made and the official roster was set later that night.
The U18 National trials team dropped its first game since reporting to Southern California for four exhibition games with scout and NTIS (National Team Identification Series) teams to help determine the final U18 roster that will represent USA Baseball in the 2012 IBAF 18U/AAA World Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
UCLA commit Brady Aiken, who did not make the final squad, struggled on the mound for Team USA, allowing three runs in the first. Jonah Arenado gave the Southern California team an early lead with a bases-clearing double after Aiken walked a batter, allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases.
While the Team USA players were trying to impress, it was Arenado that likely caught the eye of the scouts and college coaches in attendance. Arenado finished 2-for-4 with four RBI after blasting a no-doubt homer off the screen beyond the left field fence on the first pitch by reliever Joe DeMers in the sixth inning.
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