Cal Poly was dominating UCLA in the 2013 Los Angeles Regional. But then Matt Imhof’s no hitter was broken up and then after a couple of bloop hits, the shutout was no longer in place. A pitching change followed by a strikeout and a routine flyball should have ended the Bruins’ threat, but instead, Nick Torres lost the ball in the lights. UCLA tied the game and took the lead the next inning. Cal Poly never recovered.
That is what has been on the Mustangs’ minds for the past 12 months. Finally, Cal Poly has its opportunity for redemption. Imhof will likely be on the mound Friday night. Torres will undoubtedly be in right field, but instead of Jackie Robinson Field, Torres will be patrolling the Baggett Stadium grass.
With a 45-10 record and a No. 6 ranking in the NCBWA poll, the Mustangs earned the honor of hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time in Division I program history. They will welcome the Pac-12’s Arizona State, and a pair of California conference champs in Pepperdine and Sacramento State.
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Bakersfield Athletic Director Jeff Konya has announced that head baseball coach Bill Kernen will postpone his recently-announced retirement and continue coaching the Roadrunners baseball program in the 2015 season. Continue reading
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced Tuesday, May 27, that the NM State Athletics Department has terminated the contract of head baseball coach Rocky Ward, effective immediately. Ward served as NM State’s head baseball coach for 16 seasons (1997-00 & 2003-14) tallying a 455-458-2overall record. He also served as an assistant coach for the Aggies in 2001 & 2002.
“We thank Coach Ward for his contributions and support in serving our baseball program over the past 18 years,” Boston said.
NM State will conduct a national search to replace Coach Ward.
With the Mountain West and West Coast Conference tournaments starting up Wednesday and Thursday and crucial weekend series to wrap up the regular season for the Big West and Pac-12, very few midweek games were on the slate this week.
But one game presented a pair of college baseball traditional powers squaring off in a huge bubble battle as the history-rich programs of USC and Cal State Fullerton played with RPI rankings on the line.
The game started in favor of one squad, but made a drastic turn with the assistance of a player nicknamed “Bubbles.”
Find out who came out ahead between the Trojans and Titans and hear the calls from a dramatic final inning in Riverside that featured a pair of home runs. Also, check out photo galleries from all three midweek games.
Shotgun Spratling caught up with Grand Canyon head coach Andy Stankiewicz to check on the development of the program in their first season at Division 1.
The Antelopes have put together quite a successful season at 30-22 that includes a 19-8 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. Despite having the second-best record in the WAC, due to the NCAA-mandated transition period, the ‘Lopes are not allowed to compete in the conference or NCAA Tournament.
Stankiewicz talks about the difficulty of enduring the transition period while having no end-of-the-year postseason potential and about rewarding the players with big-time non-conference matchups, including USC, Kansas, Kansas State, UC Irvine and Washington among others this season with plans to travel to Tennessee, Cal Poly and Oklahoma State in the future:
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Bakersfield head baseball coach Bill Kernen has announced his retirement from college baseball effective at the conclusion of the 2014 season after six seasons at the helm of the Roadrunners.
Kernen, who has led the Roadrunners since the program’s inception in 2009, amassed a 155-168 record while leading the Roadrunners program in the last six seasons. He plans to continue his career as a stage and screen writer while relocating to New York City. Continue reading
The only two Southern California teams that seem secure in the postseason matched up for the second week in a row with No. 27 Pepperdine traveling to No. 7 Cal Poly this time. A familiar middle-of-the-lineup face who had been struggling seems to be back in the groove as he led his team to a victory.
It only took one swing in the UCLA/Fullerton game and Michael Cederoth had an unusual outing as he tried to lead San Diego State to a win at Long Beach State. Cederoth also tried to trim the national saves lead on Sam Moore, but Moore got into Irvine’s game at San Diego even though the ‘Eaters jumped out to a 13-2 lead.
That plus more in Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from San Diego and UCLA:
With UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Cal State Northridge not having lights at their fields, it opens up the possibility of being able to catch multiple games in one day when those teams play at home and then other Southern California squads host night games.
But not having lights also opens up the possibility of games being suspended, postponed or even called due to darkness. That was the case on Tuesday when UCLA visited Santa Barbara and ended up going into extra innings where the game came to a completely unsatisfactory conclusion after 12 innings.
That plus more in Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Fullerton, Pepperdine and LMU:
In college baseball, starting catchers often get the mid-week games off to rest their legs in preparation for the more important weekend series, especially during the conference season, but with an extra day of rest thanks to the Easter schedule, Shane Zeile was behind the plate for UCLA on Tuesday.
He proved to be a difference maker in the Bruins’ matchup with Loyola Marymount and afterwards his coach lauded high praise on him, calling Zeile one of the top catchers in the country.
Check out how Zeile impacted the game, what else Savage had to say about him and get the full roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action. We’ve got you covered with photo galleries from San Diego State, USC and UCLA: