FULLERTON, Calif. — Coach George Horton’s squads have always been known for their pitching, strong defense, putting pressure on the defense and the ability to take advantage of other teams’ mistakes. On Friday night at Goodwin Field, it was the school that he formerly coached that did all those things to Horton’s Oregon team.
Thomas Eshelman pitched his first collegiate complete game and improved to 3-0 as Cal State Fullerton’s Friday night ace as the No. 17 Titans (9-0) knocked off No. 14 Oregon by a score of 8-2 despite only six hits.
Eshelman was lights out, allowing only four hits and two runs in the nine-inning, 95-pitch effort. Senior Anthony Hutting led the offensive support for the freshman. Hutting singled home a run in the fourth inning to tie the game and hit an inside-the-park home run two innings later. Fullerton scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings — three runs on one hit in the fifth inning and four unearned runs in the sixth.
College Baseball Daily contributor Seth Bernstein recently caught up with Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki after the Irish swept the Tulane Green Wave over the weekend to move their record to 5-1. They play this weekend in the Irish Baseball Classic in Cary, NC against UMass, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Rhode Island. Bernstein also catches up with Dan Slania who has two saves in three appearances while holding batters to a .133 batting average against. You can check out both audio interviews below. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — USC pitchers Brent Wheatley, Sean Silva and Sean Adler combined for a four-hitter in a 4-1 victory over Long Beach State Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.
Wheatley pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing just one earned run on four hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. He struck out four before handing the ball to the lefty Sean duo of Silva and Adler, who pitched the final 2 2/3 innings without giving up a hit.
Dante Flores provided the pop for the Trojans (5-3). He hit a solo home run in the third inning to give USC a 2-1 lead it would never relinquish. Flores finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
SAN DIEGO — San Diego State knew playing a top 10 team early in the season would be tough challenge, but the Aztecs didn’t expect to be completely shut down.
That was the case, however, as No. 6 Oregon State finished off a dominant four-game sweep with a 7-1 victory on Sunday. The Beavers improved to 8-0 outscoring San Diego State (3-4) by a 22-2 margin in the series.
Oregon State’s starting pitching had been the main Aztec bane in the first three games of the series with Dan Child, Matt Boyd and Andrew Moore allowing just 14 hits and one run in 22 innings of work. But on Sunday it was relievers Brandon Jackson and Scott Schultz.
After starter Clay Bauer went 1 2/3 innings, right-handed sidearmer Jackson gave the Beavers 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits. He was followed by three scoreless frames of Schultz, who picked up his second save of the season.
Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said Bauer was scheduled to pitch up to two innings and then turn the ball over to lefty Tyler Painton, but with back-to-back right-handed batters due up, he called Jackson’s number first. With Jackson rolling through the middle innings, Casey left him in the game.
“He just kept getting guys out. We didn’t have it planned,” Casey said. “We didn’t have it scripted. We were actually going to go to the lefty, but Brandon just kept throwing the ball where he needed to and got some big double plays.”
SAN DIEGO — Behind 8 1/3 shutout innings from senior southpaw Matt Boyd, No. 6 Oregon State took a 2-0 victory over San Diego State Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Aztecs starter Philip Walby matched Boyd pitch for pitch until Oregon State (6-0) was able to put together a two-out rally in the eighth inning. Danny Hayes singled home Max Gordon and later scored on a Dylan Davis double to provide all the scoring for the game.
San Diego State (3-2) had its chances, but couldn’t get to Boyd. The Aztecs botched an opportunity in the third inning when they had runners on the corners with no outs (see The Game Changer below). They also put together a two-out rally in the seventh inning to load the bases, but after a mound visit, Boyd got Avondre Bollar to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
LOS ANGELES — The USC Trojans rallied for the second straight time to pull off a late-inning victory, defeating Loyola Marymount 2-1 Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field.
LMU put together three singles in the top of the seventh inning taking a 1-0 lead on Mitchell Esser’s nubber that barely made it past the home plate dirt cut out. But USC quickly responded with a single run that came when Adam Landecker doubled home Kevin Swick.
In the eighth inning, it was all the new guys. Penn transfer Greg Zebrack singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Freshman Vahn Bozoian knocked home the game-winning run with a single to left field.
FULLERTON, Calif. — The Cal State Fullerton Titans stayed perfect on the season slugging their way to a doubleheader sweep of Nebraska Saturday at Goodwin Field. Fullerton (3-0) pounded out 24 hits in the pair of games.
The Titans took the first game 10-5 behind the sticks of J.D. Davis and Jared Deacon and walked away with the 9-0 victory in the second game, allowing only four hits in the game.
CBD Contributor and GT play by play man Nolan Alexander recently previewed the 2013 Yellow Jackets squad which is coming off a 38-26 campaign while going 12-18 in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets ended up getting hot at the right time by winning the 2012 ACC Baseball Tournament to receive the conference’s autobid to the NCAA tournament. You can check out the full audio interview below which includes head coach Danny Hall and players. Continue reading
CBD contributor Seth Bernstein recently caught up with Northwestern head baseball coach Paul Stevens who is entering his 26th season in charge of the Wildcats program. They are coming off a 18-36 season while going 6-18 in Big Ten conference play. Stevens talks with Bernstein about his 2013 squad and some of the storylines for the Wildcats including having the chance to play at Wrigley Field. You can check out the full audio interview below. Continue reading
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