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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Cal State Northridge (21-25) rode a wave of offense to its 21st victory Wednesday, notching three consecutive doubles in the fourth and cruising to a 4-2 victory over UNLV (20-24). The Northridge pitching effort returned to form behind a strong start from Drew Muren, who tossed five shutout frames before handing off to Davin Tate and the rest of the bullpen.
Muren wrapped us his first career shutout appearance in the fifth by facing just four batters and also posted two perfect innings. The freshman right-hander only got into any real trouble in the second, when Jesse Wight smacked a leadoff double for the Rebels. Muren, however, promptly picked him off and struck out the second man of the inning. Muren then surrendered a single and a walk before getting a fly out to finish the inning. Continue reading
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Titans Shut Down Waves, 9-1
Fullerton, Calif. – Erik Komatsu and Jared Clark each had 3 hits and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday night to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 9-1 non-conference baseball victory over visiting Pepperdine.
The Titans improved to 30-16 and reached the 30-win mark for the 34th time in their 34-year Div. I history while Pepperdine fell to 28-16. Fullerton‘s win avenged a 13-2 loss in Malibu on March 18 to lefthander Robert Dickmann (3-5), who took the loss Tuesday after allowing 4 runs in 4 innings.
Freshman lefthander Kevin Rath (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory after allowing only 1 run and 4 hits in 4 innings. Michael Morrison (3 IP), Jason Dovel (1 IP) and Ryan Ackland (1 IP) combined to pitch 5 innings of scoreless relief. The Titans turned three double plays and Rath picked off a pair of runners to thwart the Waves’ offense.
Fresno State at Long Beach State
Fresno State ventured to Long Beach, CA to take on the Long Beach State Dirtbags in a non-conference game. The Bulldogs fell 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs and Dirtbags combined to use 15 pitchers in the game with no pitcher recording more than three innings of work. The Dogs recorded five hits but scored their only run in the top of the ninth. The Dirtbags scored in the second and the deciding run in the fourth. The Bulldogs fall to 28-24 overall while LBSU improves to 28-17.
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Friday #7 UC Irvine 4 @ CS Northridge 1
Saturday UCI 1, CSN 0
Sunday UCI 1, CSN 4
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Cal State Northridge (20-24, 6-12) dispatched UC Irvine (30-12, 8-7) 4-1 Sunday, ending a seven-game slide to the ‘Eaters that started in 2006. Northridge avoided the sweep and claimed its 20th win, giving the program its first 20-win season since 2006 and its second since winning the Big West title in 2002.
Ryan Juarez made his third outstanding start in a row on the day and continued what has been the Matadors’ best weekend for starting pitching. Juarez wiggled out of trouble in the first after two walks and an error in the field and settled down considerably after that, handling the ‘Eaters easily in the second and third. A leadoff double bit him in the fourth as Francis Larson came around to score on a balk and a ground out, but Juarez retired the side in order in the fifth and came out unscathed in the sixth and seventh.
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UC Irvine Sweeps New Mexico, 12-1
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Dillon Bell led the Anteaters with a career-high five RBI and Daniel Bibona held the Lobos to a one run as UC Irvine swept New Mexico, 12-1, Sunday at Isotopes Park. Ollie Linton and Ryan Fisher added three RBI apiece as UCI improved to 28-10 overall
Bell was 3 for 5 on the day, including his second home run of the series to pace a 17-hit attack against the Lobos. Linton also led the club, going 4 for 5 while Fisher was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Ben Orloff extended his hitting streak to a team-high 13 games, batting 3 for 4 and Casey Stevenson added three hits, batting 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
New Mexico scored its lone run in the bottom of the first on Mike Brownstein’s solo home run off Bibona.
The Anteaters took a 2-1 lead in the third on Bell’s two-run single to right to score Eric Deragisch and Linton. UC Irvine added five runs in the fifth with a leadoff home run by Linton and a two-run round-tripper by Bell to highlight the frame.
UC Irvine Wins Series Over New Mexico With 11-6 Decision
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Dillon Bell and Josh Tavelli combined for six RBI to lead UC Irvine to a series win over New Mexico with an 11-6 decision Saturday at Isotopes Park. Centerfielder Ollie Linton recorded a stolen base to become UCI’s single-season record holder with 29 as the Anteaters improved to 27-10 overall.
New Mexico (27-18) took an early 2-0 lead on Ian Hollick’s solo home run in the first and an RBI single by Scott Gracey in the second. However, the Anteaters tied the game in the top of the third on Linton’s run-scoring single to plate Bell, who had led off the inning with a double, and a sacrifice fly by Eric Deragisch.
Eric Deragisch Clutch as No. 11 UC Irvine Defeats New Mexico 5-3
ALBUQUERQUE, NM. — Eric Deragisch drove in the game-tying and game-winning runs to lead No. 11 UC Irvine past New Mexico, 5-3, Friday at Isotope Park. The win lifted the Anteaters to 26-10 overall while the Lobos fell to 27-18 on the season.
Deragisch was 3 for 4 with two runs batted in while Francis Larson also drove in a pair of runs on 1 for 4 hitting. Ollie Linton paced the team, going 4 for 5 with three runs scored while Ben Orloff continued his hot hitting, batting 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Sitting in the stands watching both games unfold, I had to wonder…was the six plus hour travel time by bus, playing out-of-state against a top 20 team in Cal State Fullerton, that has gotten the best of ASU over the past few seasons or just the fact that Arizona State needed to change their downward ways. Any which way you look at it, this midweek two game series was inspiring!
You need to look no further than 19 total runs for ASU and 18 for CSF in two games.
(Fullerton, CA) – It required extra innings on Wednesday night at Goodwin Field, but this time it was Arizona State that pushed across a pair of runs in the final inning to defeat Cal State Fullerton 10 to 8, and earn a split in the two game mid-week series. There was plenty of offense early, but as the temperature cooled on Wednesday night, so did the bats. After ASU pushed across a single run in the top of the sixth to tie the game up, it was nothing but zeros until the top of the tenth. After two fly balls to the outfield retired the first two Sun Devils, a walk and a pair of plunked batters loaded the bases up for sophomore Raoul Torrez. Having struck out already four times earlier in the evening, Raoul didn’t wait and slapped the first pitch he saw through the middle, bringing home the winning as well as an insurance run.
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Justin Bloxom pounded a full-count, two-out pitch over the left centerfield wall for a two-run walk-off home run as Kansas State defeated 11th-ranked UC Irvine, 9-7, Wednesday night at Tointon Family Stadium. With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 19-21 on the season, while the Anteaters dropped to 25-10.