Category Archives: Big West

UC-Irvine’s Mike Gillespie named NCBWA Coach of the Year

MikeGillespieOMAHA – One of college baseballs most accomplished skippers, UC Irvine’s Mike Gillespie, was tabbed as the 2014 National College Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year by the association at a national media conference on Saturday, June 14, at TD Ameritrade Park. Gillespie is the seventh recipient of the annual award that is voted upon by the NCBWA Board of Directors. Continue reading

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2014 Stillwater Super Regional: UC Irvine 1 Oklahoma State 0

STILLWATER, Okla. — A first-inning run stood up and Andrew Morales pitched a complete-game gem to lift UC Irvine over Oklahoma State, 1-0, Saturday night as the Anteaters won the Stillwater Super Regional and earned a berth in the College World Series. Continue reading

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Super Regional Friday Roundup: Death By Small Ball

Two wins. That’s all it takes. Two wins during the Super Regional round punches a ticket for a team to advance to the ultimate college baseball destination…Omaha.

For eight squads, that first win was within grasp on Friday. See who took the early advantage on the left side of the bracket:

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UC-Riverside Doug Smith Retires

UC-RiversideSchedulePhotoRiverside—UC Riverside Baseball Coach Doug Smith announced today that he is retiring after nearly 40 years with the program including the last 10 as the team’s head coach. Highlanders Pitching Coach Bobby Applegate has been named the team’s interim head coach, and a national search for Coach Smith’s fulltime replacement will begin immediately.

“I’ve been honored and privileged to be a part of UC Riverside and the Highlanders baseball program for 36 years,” said Smith, “and during that time I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great mentors, great peers, and great student-athletes. I have been a very lucky man. I look forward to continuing my relationship with UC Riverside Athletics, this time as a fan and supporter.” Continue reading

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2014 Corvallis Regional: Day 4 Recap

Corvallis, Ore. – Andrew Morales and Evan Manarino combined for 7.2 innings on short rest as UC Irvine defeated No. 1 overall seed Oregon State 4-2 in the finale of the Corvallis Regional.

The Anteaters (39-23) play Oklahoma State in the Super Regionals in Stillwater, Okla., next. Oregon State (45-14) fell short at home in front of 3,435 baseball fans. Continue reading

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2014 San Luis Obispo Regional Day 3 Recap – Pepperdine Wins

Cal Poly 5, Sacramento State 4

John Schuknecht is congratulated.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly knocked around Sacramento State starter Justin Dillon for five runs in four innings and held on for a 6-5 victory.

Zack Zehner rocketed a solo homer in the second inning to put the Mustangs (47-11) up 2-0 and John Schuknecht provided a two-run double in the fourth inning to make it 5-1.

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2014 Corvallis Regional: Day 3 Recap

Oregon State 6 UNLV 1

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior Ben Wetzler pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Oregon State eliminated UNLV 6-1 on Sunday to remain in contention for the Corvallis Regional title.

Wetzler struck out 10 and raised his record to 12-1 with his school-record 36th career victory. He is 8-0 with a 0.66 ERA in eight home starts and has not allowed more than two runs in any outing. Continue reading

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2014 Stillwater Regional: Day 3 Recap

Cal State Fullerton 4 Nebraska 3

STILLWATER, Okla. - Grahamm Wiest went eight solid innings and Cal State Fullerton capitalized on a number of mistakes as they eliminated No. 19 Nebraska 4-3 Sunday afternoon in an elimination game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Continue reading