NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The Matadors of Cal State Northridge swept a doubleheader over Northwestern Saturday afternoon at Matador Field. Northridge came from behind to tie both contests before winning each in its final at bat, including an extra inning walk-off.
In the first game, the Matadors fell behind 3-1 before rallying to tie the game in the fifth inning when Tommy Simis singled home a pair of runs. Northridge scored the game-winning run the next inning when Adam Berry knocked in his second run of the afternoon.
But the story of the seven-inning game was starting pitcher Alex Muren. The junior right-hander struggled with his command early, allowing five walks and walking in a run in the third inning, but the Northwestern Wildcats managed only one base hit — a single by Nick Linne to lead off the fourth inning. Continue reading
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cal left-hander Justin Jones said when he warmed up in the bullpen he felt the best he’s felt since he was sidelined during last year’s College World Series with strained bicep. That didn’t transfer to the game mound, however.
Jones never found a rhythm and lasted only three innings. The projected early round draft pick only gave up three hits, but he allowed four runs thanks to three walks, two hit batters and three wild pitches.
After scoring four off Jones, Long Beach State tacked on single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and held on for a 7-4 win Friday night at Blair Field. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Junior right-hander Joey Wagman was stellar on the mound, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing only three hits to help lead Cal Poly to an easy 9-1 victory over Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon at Page Stadium.
Wagnman improved to 2-0 on the season after he gave up only three hits and three walks. He displayed a great mix of his four-pitch arsenal and the Mustang bats gave him plenty support.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The USC Trojans knocked 12 hits on their way to a 4-2 win against Long Beach State Tuesday night at Blair Field. Matt Foat led the way with three hits while Garrett Stubbs, Jake Hernandez and Garrett Houts each had multi-hit games as well. The win moves USC to 4-0 on the season — the first time the Trojans have started 4-0 start since 2005. That year, coincidentally, is the last time USC made the NCAA Tournament.
LOS ANGELES — It had already been a rough weekend for the Jacksonville Dolphins after losing the first two games to USC. It only got worse in the bottom of the eighth inning of the series finale Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. With two outs, USC designated hitter Brandon Garcia hit a high pop up to the left side.
Shortstop Ethan Loosen, third baseman Jimmy Appleby and left fielder Jonathan Murphy converged in shallow left field. But instead of a simple third out to the eighth inning, the ball bounced out of Loosen’s glove. It didn’t end there though. The ball was picked up and fired in the direction of first base…where no one was at. Continue reading
MALIBU, Calif — Pepperdine’s Joe Sever beat out a bases loaded infield single for the game-winning RBI and freshman Aaron Brown pitched around a leadoff single to close the door in the eighth inning as the Waves defeated No. 19 Oklahoma 7-6 in a travel curfew shortened game Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
After both teams had agreed before the game that no inning would start after 2:00 PM, the back-and-forth affair was called in the middle of the 7th inning just after 2:05 PM. Continue reading
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine evened the weekend series with No. 19 Oklahoma Saturday afternoon shutting out the Sooners (1-1) for the first time since April 2010. The Waves (1-1) got a strong pitching performance from sophomore Scott Frazier, who pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out six batters.
Frazier got plenty of run support after Pepperdine was able to chase starter Jonathan Gray after only 2 2/3. Gray allowed only two hits, but walked six batters. Continue reading