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Rice Faces Touch Challenge in Houston College Classic

The Matchups
Rice is coming off a weekend sweep over Purdue followed by a mid-week loss to Sam Houston State; meanwhile, the Longhorns are coming off a series victory over Stanford, and they picked up a mid-week win over UT-Pan America. TCU picked up three wins last weekend in a tournament that included BYU, Texas A&M Corpus Christ, and UTSA, but then they dropped their mid-week game 10-2 to Texas Arlington. The Red Raiders started out the year winning three-out-four against then ranked #3 Indiana. They then went on to sweep a three-game series over Oral Roberts and picked up a mid-week win over BYU. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: 1,000 For Gillespie

Mike Gillespie has seen just about everything this game has to offer after 20 years at USC and currently in his seventh season as the head man at UC Irvine. On Sunday, he saw something very familiar that got him to a new plateau. “Skip” reached a milestone, picking up his 1,000th career Division I victory.

While Gillespie saw his ‘Eaters win, they didn’t quite do it in the dramatic fashion that USC and Pepperdine pulled off to get sweeps against inferior foes. Big rubber matches between UCLA/Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton/San Francisco turned into dominant one-sided performances.

We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from Northridge and the big series finale at UCLA: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Shutout City

There was some impressive pitching in Southern California Saturday. Four shutouts were thrown with Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly getting in on the action as they both evened big series.

San Diego and Cal State Northridge both swept doubleheaders while UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount dropped heartbreakers. UC Irvine got a big win over a ranked squad.

We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Extra! Extra!

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!”

You can just hear the sound of the paperboy of yonder past hocking the latest edition.

On Friday night, Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco needed a special edition. The Titans and Dons set a new Goodwin Field record for the longest game played.

USC continued its walk-off magic, UCLA got the first win in a big regional rematch with Cal Poly and Long Beach State broke out the whooping stick.

We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area:

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SoCal Weekend Preview: Retribution or Repeat

To get you ready for the second weekend of Southern California baseball action, we’ve got your Around the Horn preview of series to watch with a huge regional rematch, a southpaw showdown, two teams trying to make different types of statements and a couple of squads in dire need of some hits.

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2014 Top 100 Countdown: 15. Brandon Finnegan (TCU)

TCU Baseball vs Cal State FullertonCollege Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!

Number 15 on our countdown is TCU junior LHP Brandon Finnegan. The Fort Worth, Texas native attended Southwest High School where he was a three year letter winner. He was drafted in the 45th round by the Texas Rangers but decided to head to TCU. Continue reading

NCBWA Releases 2014 Preseason Division I Poll – Cal State Fullerton No. 1

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ncbwa_frontDALLAS – Cal State Fullerton has been selected No. 1 nationally in the 17th annual 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Division I preseason poll. It’s the second NCBWA preseason No. 1 ranking for the Titans, along with the 2005 season.  Cal State Fullerton is among 12 different schools to hold down the initial post since the NCBWA Division I polls began in 1998.

Head Coach Rick Vanderhook guided the Titans to a final mark of 51-10 and the ’13 Big West Conference championship (the school’s 27th in all conferences since 1975). Fullerton was ranked as high as second in last season’s NCBWA surveys and closed the year in 10th place nationally. Cal State Fullerton is paced by a pair of preseason All-American starting pitchers in Thomas Eshelman, a sophomore who was 12-3 with a 1.48 ERA, 17 starts, 115 2/3 innings pitched, and 83 strikeouts as a freshman; and sophomore Justin Garza who was 12-0 with a 2.03 ERA, 17 starts, 115 innings of work, and 95 strikeouts as a consensus Freshman All-America hurler (along with Eshelman) in 2013.
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2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 29. Kevin Cron (TCU)

KevinCronTCUCollege Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!

Number 29 on our countdown is junior Kevin Cron from TCU. The Phoenix, Arizona native attended Mountain Pointe, High School where he was a three year letter winner. As a senior, he hit a single-season state record 27 home runs with a .560 average and driving in 65 runs. He was picked in the third round by the Seattle Mariners but decided to head to college to play for the TCU Horned Frogs.  Continue reading

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2014 Top 100 Countdown: 33. Ross Kivett (Kansas State)

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College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the season with our 2014 Top 100 College Baseball Players. Today, we continue the countdown at number 33 with Kansas State senior Ross Kivett. The Broadview Heights, Ohio native attended St. Edward High School where he was a three year letterwinner under Dan Allie. As a high school senior, he hit .485 (47-for-97) with 10 doubles, two triples, 16 RBI and 16 steals bringing his team to the high school championship. Continue reading