Category Archives: West Coast Conference

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SoCal Roundup: Conference Tourney Time

The Mountain West and West Coast conference tournaments got underway in Las Vegas and Stockton, Calif. How did the Southern California squads perform in tournament action? Find out…

All that plus the Big West teams in action in their final regular season weekend in this Thursday edition of the Southern California College Baseball Roundup.

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SoCal Roundup: First Big West Title

The West Coast Conference regular season title was up for grabs on the final day of regular season play and so were the final two spots in next week’s WCC Tournament. Who would travel to Stockton wouldn’t be determined until a walk-off victory settled it. But was it the San Diego Toreros, sitting at home watching the final games unfold on their computers, or one of the teams in action when it was all settled?

Find out that plus more in Sunday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Cal Poly’s Big West title celebration at Cal State Northridge and UCLA.

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West Coast Conference Still Up For Grabs on Final Day

A lot of potential scenarios have been eliminated since we brought you everything that could potentially happen this weekend in the West Coast Conference, but there are still some things being battled out on the final day.

Pacific has been eliminated and Pepperdine and LMU are locked in, though they are still fighting for the No. 1 seed. But Gonzaga, San Diego and Santa Clara are still vying for the final two spots in the West Coast Conference Tournament.

Here’s how the West Coast Conference shakes out on the final day of regular season action:

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SoCal Roundup: Titles On The Line

Who clinched a spot in their conference tournament and who blew an important win late? Which team is only one win away from doing something for the first time in school history?

Find out that plus more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside.

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SoCal Roundup: Hooky Returns

Cal State Fullerton finally got its head coach back. But would he be able to lead them to a victory against Irvine’s undefeated ace Andrew Morales? Plus, see how the crazy West Coast Conference that we broke down on Friday, is starting to shape itself up

That plus a shutout, some tight games and one offensive slugfest in Friday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine. Continue reading

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What in the West Coast Conference is Going On?

After a three-year hiatus, the West Coast Conference re-established an end-of-the-season battle for supremacy. From 1999 to 2005, the West Coast Conference featured a championship series, pitting the two division champions against one another.

Prior to the 2006 season, with the comings and goings of conference realignment, the conference returned to a single division format, but kept the championship series until 2009.

For three years there was no championship series, but the West Coast Conference re-established a conference tournament at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. last year. The San Diego Toreros won the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, defeating San Francisco, 2-0, in the finale.

But this year neither team  may make the four-squad face-off. San Francisco has already been eliminated with an 11-16 mark and San Diego sits 2.5 games back of first place Pepperdine. The Toreros have already finished their regular-season schedule with a 34-20 record and currently sit in fourth place with a 16-11 mark in conference.

Will that be enough to garner the Toreros a trip to Northern California next weekend? This weekend, San Diego will watch W.tv as three big series determine the outcome of the conference race and who will battle for the title next weekend:

Pepperdine (17-7) at Gonzaga (15-9)

Loyola Marymount (15-9) at Pacific (14-10)

St. Mary’s (eliminated) at Santa Clara (14-10)

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Alamillo Family bonds through Pepperdine Baseball

PepperdineBaseball_thumb.jpgIgnacio Alamillo has been the head landscaper at Pepperdine for the last 22 years in charge of the athletic fields and areas around it.

The main reason that Ignacio wanted to stay with Pepperdine was the dream that one of his two children would eventually attend Pepperdine.

His son George made his dream come through by being accepted to Pepperdine to be a freshman this season. George took it a step further by winning a spot on the baseball team in the fall. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: 35-Win Threshold

Three clubs were sitting with 34 wins and trying to push ahead to the 35-win threshold — a sign of a quality season. But would any of the quads be able to pick up that victory against some quality Southern California midweek opponents?

Find out if anyone was able to get Win #35 in the roundup of all of Tuesday’s Southern California action. Also, check out the three photo galleries with action from Pepperdine, Irvine and Long Beach. Continue reading

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Nick Rossetta Throws Shutout in Relief for Dirtbags

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley planned to pitch by committee on Tuesday, but had no idea he would need to go to his first reliever 11 pitches into the game or that he wouldn’t make another mound visit all night.

Senior reliever Nick Rossetta entered the game and completely shut down a high-powered San Diego offense for nine innings to lead Long Beach to a 6-1 victory at Blair Field.

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SoCal Roundup: Two-Way Face Off on Mom’s Day

Two-way players are becoming more and more rare in the college baseball game, but their value has never been higher with the 11.7 scholarship limit. In Southern California, there have been a number of two-way studs, including Michael Lorenzen last year with Cal State Fullerton.

This year, Pepperdine’s Aaron Brown and San Diego’s Louie Lechich have been dynamic Sunday starters when they aren’t roaming the plains in centerfield and hitting bombs in the middle of their respective teams’ lineups. But who would come out on top when the two duo players faced off with each other? See who helped their squad win the big series rubber match in Malibu.

That plus rubber matches at San Diego State, Cal Poly, USC and Cal State Fullerton. Find out how things shook out on Sunday in Southern California. This Sunday Mother’s Day edition of the roundup includes video of a Gatorade/water bucket shower during an interview and a photo gallery from Santa Barbara. Continue reading