Category Archives: Interviews with Coaches

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SoCal Roundup: Walk-Off Winners

Three games came down to the wire and required walk-off wins — two to help a pair of SoCal squads wrap up a series win and one to crush the heart of the opponent after a valiant comeback.

UCLA went for a sweep while USC tried to win its first Pac-12 series. Cal State Fullerton tried to rebound after being shutout Saturday night and something must be in the water in San Diego — a day after the Toreros put up 18 runs their crosstown rivals matched the output.

All of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action, including some photos and video interviews from UC Santa Barbara’s dramatic 3-2 battle with Wichita State: Continue reading

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Cameron Neff Shuts Down No. 8 Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. — St. Mary’s head coach Eric Valenzuela after his team’s 6-0 win at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton Friday night at Goodwin Field:

Freshman Cameron Neff said he had some nerves, pitching against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton in front of what Valenzuela posited might have been the biggest crowd Neff has ever seen. If he did, he sure didn’t show it.

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Hoosiers Scrap Out 11th Inning Win at Long Beach

On Long Beach Little League Day at Blair Field, there was some Little League defense early on as the two teams combined for six errors on the day. The game’s first two runs were unearned and a Long Beach State mental error helped set up the eventual game-winning run.

Indiana scored first in the fourth inning. Kyle Schwarber had been thrown out at the plate after he got a bad read at second base, initially breaking back on a Sam Travis line drive to right field. But Travis was able to score from second base on a ball hit in the deep 6-hole. Garrett Hampson ranged over to glove the ball and fired to first, but Ino Patron inexplicably muffed the catch at first base.

Another miscue by Schwarber allowed the Dirtbags to even it up in the sixth inning. Richard Prigatano led off with a single to right field, but Schwarber allowed the ball to scoot by him and Prigatano sauntered into third. He scored one batter later when Patron lined a single to even it up.

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LMU Outlasts Cal State Northridge in 13 Innings

When San Francisco beat Cal State Fullerton in a 19-inning contest earlier this year, the game lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes. On Wednesday night at Page Stadium, Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge battled for a full 45 minutes longer, despite only needing 13 innings to decide a victor.

But on the 453rd pitch of the night, LMU cleanup hitter Tanner Donnels sharply chopped a ball to first base. William Colantono bobbled the ball and fired home late, allowing David Fletcher to slide in with the winning run to give the LMU Lions a 12-11 win in the bottom of the 13th.

“The first pitch I saw, I just tried to take a good swing to it,” Donnels said.  “I barreled it up pretty good and I was lucky enough that the first baseman bobbled it a little bit and we got the win.”

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CBD Visit: Washington State Knocks Off No. 1 Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. — Jason Monda is supposed to be one of the run producers in the middle of Washington State’s lineup after the senior led the team with 40 RBI last season. Against No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, Monda had started the season 0-for-8.

He was 0-for-5 Saturday when he came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the 11th inning. Continue reading

Interview with UConn’s James Penders

UConnTeamPicSmallChris Jones of WHUSports, the official student radio station of UConn has an interview with Huskies head baseball coach Jim Penders previewing the 2014 season. They discuss the expectations for the team during 2014 and the injury to number 1 pitcher Carson Cross. You can check out the interview below.

James Penders Interview

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Lelo Prado talks 2014 South Florida Baseball

LeloPradoUSFLelo Prado, the head coach of the South Florida Bulls, recently sat down with Eric Lopez of SportsTalkFlorida.com to take a look at his 2014 squad. Prado’s squad is entering the newly formed AAC conference which contains former Big East members and some Conference USA teams. You can listen to the interview below.

Lelo Prado Interview