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.
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — “A win is a win…I’ll leave it at that. A win is a win.”
That’s how Cal State Northridge first-year head coach Greg Moore summed up the Matadors’ 1-0 victory over Stony Brook. The Wednesday afternoon affair at Matador Field featured only eight combined hits and a walk-off walk.
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
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.
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.
Andrew Morales still has not given up an earned run for UC Irvine, but it was a sacrifice that proved to be the difference in the ‘Eaters game. UC Santa Barbara had another strong showing with a split in Tucson, but both ranked SoCal teams struggled to put runs on the board Saturday. Find out how life in Texas has been for a couple of Big West programs.
When USC and UCLA face off on Sunday, they will be looking to not be the only winless team in the “No-Longer-Dodgertown-Classic” weekend series. Plus all the other Southern California college baseball action as we’ve got your quick roundup of all the Southern California action, plus photo galleries from around the area:
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.”
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
Photos Courtesy of David Cohen.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Austin Diemer charged in on Kevin Kramer’s line drive in the 10th inning Friday evening at Goodwin Field. Brian Carroll initially began to sprint from first base toward second but realized the ball was hanging up. He put on the brakes, stopping about 40 feet off first.
As the ball began descended toward the spot Diemer was about to be, Carroll began to return back to first. But he only took two steps before reversing course once more. Diemer tried to catch it straight on with his glove tilted forward rather than turning his glove sideways or attempting a basket catch.
Kramer’s sinking liner hit Dimer’s glove. Instead of sticking in his webbing when he tried to clasp down on the ball, the ball hit the palm of his glove and slipped off the fingertips as Diemer attempted to close the mitt. Carroll and Kramer were unable to take extra bases as the ball fell right behind Diemer, but the “hit,” as it was ruled by the official scorer, set up Eric Filia’s fourth single — a game-winning grounder through the right side. Continue reading
UCLA 6, San Diego 0
LOS ANGELES — Sophomore starter Grant Watson pitched his best game of the season, combining with two relievers for a one-hit shutout of San Diego in the championship game of the Los Angeles Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Watson went seven innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out five to pick up his eighth win of the season. Continue reading