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.
SAN DIEGO — The high school All-Americans representing the East squad fell 7-6 Sunday night in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
Georgia commit Clint Frazier helped the East squad jump out to an early 6-1 lead. He got the East on the board first with a line drive sacrifice fly in the first inning. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound five-tool outfielder singled, stole a base and scored in the fourth inning on Mississippi State football commit Corder Sandberg’s two run single to right field.
Frazier later added another RBI when he one-hopped the centerfield fence with another laser shot, but it wasn’t enough. The West rallied for six runs in the sixth and seventh innings and the East squandered scoring chances, having two runners thrown out at home plate.
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SAN DIEGO — The West All-Americans scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings Sunday night for a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the East in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
After falling behind early, the West battled back with four runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by USC commit Dominic Smith.
Fellow USC commit Rowdy Tellez struck with two outs in the following inning with a two-strike liner to left field that went under the fielder’s glove for a two-run triple. San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves and Kacy Clemens, a Texas commit, scored on the play and combined to collect the win and save.
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FULLERTON, Calif. — On Cal State Fullerton’s Senior Day, it was nearly junior Matt Orloff who was the hero. With two outs in the ninth inning and the tying run on third base, Orloff rocketed a ball down the third base line that was headed into the left field corner for extra bases.
But UC Riverside third baseman Alex Rubanowitz pivoted with his right foot, pushed off with his left and made a full-extension dive and watched the ball bounce into his glove less than a foot inside the foul line. Rubanowitz sprang to his feet. With his back foot toeing the chalk some five feet behind third base, he fired a strike across the diamond that popped into first baseman Vince Gonzalez’s glove just before Orloff’s foot plodded onto the base.
It was an unpleasant end to Senior Day at Goodwin Field for the Titans (33-18, 15-6). But it was a fitting finish to a tense 1-0 pitcher’s duel between Sunday starters Dylan Stuart and Grahamm Wiest.
FULLERTON, Calif. — After being benched for a couple of games recently, UC Riverside outfielder Phil Holinsworth sent his coach a message.
Riverside head coach Doug Smith said Holinsworth would be in the lineup Sunday after he blasted a pair of two-run homers to lead the Highlanders to a 6-3 upset of No. 8 Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field Saturday evening.
Holinsworth got Riverside on the board quickly with his first two-run shot in the top of the first after leadoff hitter Eddie Young singled. The junior got the rally started in the third inning with a walk and scored on Vince Gonzalez’s double into the left field corner. Gonzalez scored on a Nick Vilter single later in the inning to put Riverside up 4-0.
LOS ANGELES — The Pepperdine Waves pounded out 17 hits and took over first place in the West Coast Conference with a 9-3 win over Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at Page Stadium.
Pepperdine (32-19, 14-6) broke open a 2-2 game with a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by Joe Sever’s three-run home run to left-centerfield. Sever reached base three times, finishing with two hits, two runs and four RBI.
Sever was one of six Waves hitters to record multiple hits led by freshman Austin Davidson’s career-high four knocks. Matt Forgatch had three base hits, including a pair of rocketed doubles that clanged off the Mikos Blue Monster in left field.
LOS ANGELES — An early pitcher’s duel turned into a late blowout as Arizona took the series opener Friday night 11-1 at USC’s Dedeaux Field.
After both teams managed only three hits through five innings, Bobby Brown tripled home a pair of runs in the sixth inning and a crucial error by Matt Foat in the seventh inning (pictured left) allowed Arizona to break open the game. The Wildcats scored nine runs from the sixth through eighth innings.
It was more than enough for starter Kurt Heyer, who allowed one run over eight strong innings to pick up his 10th win of the season. Ben Mount took the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) in six innings.
LOS ANGELES — Floyd Given hit a bases clearing double off the right-centerfield wall and bested himself with a shot over the right field wall. The outfielder affectionately known to his teammates as “Granpappy” reacehd base three times and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI to help Pepperdine defeat Loyola Marymount 6-3 Friday afternoon at Page Stadium.
The win gave Pepperdine (31-19, 13-6) a crucial West Coast Conference win that moved the Waves into a tie for first place with San Diego. With the loss, Loyola Marymount (23-25, 11-8) must now win their final five WCC games and have Pepperdine win two of three next weekend when San Diego plays in Malibu.
MALIBU, Calif. — For the second day in a row, the Pepperdine offense rallied from behind to take down the BYU Cougars. On Saturday, the Waves (28-19, 12-6) trailed 5-2 and 6-4, but a four-run sixth inning propelled them to an 8-7 victory at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win gave Pepperdine a crucial West Coast Conference sweep that moved the Waves into a tie for first place after league-leading San Diego dropped its second straight game to Loyola Marymount.
In the paramount sixth inning, redshirt freshman Bryan Langlois led off with an infield single, reaching on a chopper to third base. Both James Grandpre and Matt Gelalich walked, despite both beginning their at bats trying to sacrifice bunt. Zach Vincej flared a single into centerfield to score a run and Joe Sever tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The UC Irvine baseball team knows it doesn’t have any margin for error for the remainder of the season. Andrew Thurman even said the team needs to win every game the final three weeks of the season to be in contention for an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals.
With that in mind, the Anteaters (28-18, 12-7) did just enough for a come-from-behind 5-3 win Friday afternoon at Matador Field to take the first game of the series against Cal State Northridge (20-24, 7-9).
Thurman battled through a rough three-run second inning to pick up his seventh win of the year and fifth consecutive win since becoming Irvine’s Friday starter. He pitched seven innings, allowing nine hits and three earned runs after allowing only 10 hits and two earned runs in his previous 35 innings over four starts.