Category Archives: Pac-12

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Kaprielian Struggles Early, Finishes With Career-High 12 K

LOS ANGELES — Arizona State forced UCLA starter James Kaprielian to throw 41 pitches in the first inning, scoring two runs on an error after loading the bases with no outs. But head coach Tim Esmay thought the Sun Devils (13-11, 3-4)¬†could have easily put together a five- or six-run inning in the situation.

In the next frame, Arizona State added a run on a solo homer by Colby Woodmansee that appeared to get an extra boost over the left field wall when it bounced out of the glove of a leaping Ty Moore. But that would be the extent of the Sun Devils’ offense as Kaprielian settled in and got stronger as the game progressed, leading UCLA to a 7-3 victory Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay talks about the Sun Devils not fully capitalizing on early opportunities when they had Kaprielian on the ropes. He also discusses starter Brett Lilek’s short outing and bouncing back the rest of the weekend: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Finding a Way

A number of Southern California squads had obstacles to overcome on Friday, but some were able to find a way to win, which is the name of the game once you get to this point in the season.

San Diego had a pair of heavily offensive innings, but was it enough on the road at San Francisco? UCLA and Arizona State’s aces struggled out of the gate, but one got better and led his team to victory. Find out who survived the battle.

UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State had their offenses get shut down, but one team was able to find a way to win. And Cal State Fullerton was on the road at Wichita State and without offensive leader Matt Chapman. Could the Titans get Thomas Eshelman enough offensive support?

All of that plus more in a roundup of all of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from Cal State Northridge/Long Beach State and ASU/UCLA:

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SoCal Roundup: Double-Double

Long Beach Sate saw the return of an important rotation arm that could give them a boost the rest of the season, though he wouldn’t figure in today’s decision. See who is back on the mound.

Two other familiar faces provided today’s highlights as a pair of seniors that have battled through adversity produced a school hitting record and a first career save.

That plus all of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action with highlights from UCLA and a CBD photo gallery from Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Pac-12 Comeback Series Wins

While Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State and San Diego and Loyola Marymount were finishing up a pair of rivalry series, USC and UCLA were trying to win rubber matches in a pair of Pac-12 series.

Both of Los Angeles Pac-12 squads needed dramatic comebacks to get the job done. See how they did it below.

That plus all of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from the matchups at Fullerton and San Diego: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Hit Streak Snapped

Defense wins championships and it can win or lose rivalry games as well. See whether it was Fullerton or Long Beach’s defense that came away shining. Could San Diego even a crucial WCC series with Loyola Marymount?

And UC Santa Barbara had quite an offensive day, but one impressive Gaucho hit streak did come to an end.

That plus all of Saturday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from the rivalry matchups in San Diego and Fullerton: Continue reading

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Cal Poly Improves to 18-3 With Win Over Cal

I took my first trip up to the Central Coast of California to get another look at Cal Poly southpaw Matt Imhof against a Pac-12 lineup (the Mustangs’ third series against Pac-12 competition). Behind three hits from Mark Mathias, Cal Poly took a 4-1 victory over California at Baggett Stadium Friday night.

Imhof didn’t dazzle (despite striking out the side in the first), but he was still very good, striking out nine and allowing only one run on three hits and four walks in 7.2 innings. He only got stronger as the game progressed — four of the final five outs he recorded were strikeouts.

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SoCal Roundup: Kuresa-Bombs

UC Santa Barbara had to pull off a comeback to take down Wagner, but it was really one man that did almost all the damage — Tyler Kuresa. Find out what he did plus see how two sets of SoCal conference rivals fared against each other as the Big West and WCC’s biggest rivals squared off.

A roundup of all of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action and some bonus material from up the coast at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Continue reading

Pac-12 Weekend Preview (March 21st-23rd)

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The No.4 ranked Oregon State Beavers (18-3, 3-0) host the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-8, 1-2) this weekend in Corvallis. The Beavers are coming off a conference sweep of Utah last weekend, and are currently riding a 10-game winning streak. The Sun Devils split a two-game series against Wichita State during the week, and are coming off a conference series loss at home against Washington. Arizona State enters the series ranked second in the Pac-12 with a .297 team batting average, while Oregon State is third with a .287 team batting average. The difference in this series will come down to pitching, where the Beavers sit atop the conference with a 1.83 ERA, compared to the eighth ranked Sun Devil team ERA of 3.89. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: One-Run Endeavors

There were six games on the Southern California schedule Tuesday afternoon and evening and five of them came down to the wire with four one-run games and a 9-7 battle down in San Diego. Tuesday’s tight-knit action piggy-backed Monday’s walk-off win for San Diego State

A roundup of all SoCal squads that were in action Tuesday with a photo gallery from Monday’s exiciting San Diego State/Purdue matchup:

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