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.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Jeremy Martinez says he was fortunate to be one of only two juniors to travel to Colombia as a member of USA Baseball’s Under 18 National Team last summer. The experience opened his eyes to the caliber of players that are competing in the United States and across the globe.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound catcher from Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif. has a short, quick swing and is patient at the plate, displaying his selective strike zone and disciplined approach.
Martinez is a strong defensive catcher that has a lot of experience catching top-notch pitching. He has committed to USC, but was ranked as the top 2013 player in ESPN’s Top 60, grading out with a 94 of 100.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Reese McGuire’s skill set isn’t seen very often. Advanced receiving and throwing ability is rarely seen from younger catchers, especially 17-year olds.
But the 6-foot-1, 190-pound USA Baseball U18 catcher/third baseman breaks the mold. The University of San Diego commit makes catching look like an art form with his mute receiving, Great Wall of China blocking ability, cheetah quick feet and a sniper arm.
McGuire also possesses a quick, left-handed swing and has power potential, especially as he is able to add extra muscle to his frame.
On Tuesday, in a game against the Southern California NTIS (National Team Identification Series) 17 and under team, Reese McGuire reached base in both of his at bats. He singled and scored on an error in the seventh inning. He also had a clean stolen base that was negated by a questionable hitter’s interference call.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Cavan Biggio isn’t your normal teenager and he isn’t having your normal teenage summer. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound upcoming senior from St. Thomas High in Houston, Texas has been on the grind, playing baseball all over the country, and now the world.
The son of former Houston Astros’ great Craig Biggio, Cavan has displayed his talents at showcases, All-Star/All-American games and is currently in Taiwan with the USA Baseball Under 18 National Team.
While the wood bat didn’t fall from the tree, Cavan is a different type of player than his father. Three inches taller than pops, Cavan has more of a slender build than his father. While both hit line drives from gap-to-gap, Cavan projects to have more power.
Cavan has committed to play for the University of Virginia. He is capable of playing second base like his father did most of his career, but he could also wind up at third base or as a corner outfielder.
SAN DIEGO — Maybe San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves was joking. Maybe he was riding the euphoria of scoring the tying run and picking up the win on the mound in Sunday night’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. Or maybe the lanky lefty is just that confident in the potential Toreros’ 2013 recruiting class.
After the West rallied from five runs down for a 7-6 victory, Gonsalves said he believed San Diego could win multiple titles if the 2013 recruiting class all opted to attend school.
“We’re going to bring home a title there,” he said with a smile. “Two out of three years guaranteed.”
While it is unlikely a team that has yet to advance to the Super Regionals would put together two title runs, is it possible Gonsalves could be on to something? Perhaps…just maybe…things could align for the Toreros.
SAN DIEGO — College baseball recruiting is a fickle mistress for coaches and fans alike. Unlike when football and basketball recruits sign a National Letter of Intent, the recruitment doesn’t end. The decision-making process isn’t over for the athlete because players still have the opportunity to sign professionally.
Recruiting rankings mean nothing until players actually arrive on campus and suit up on the field. But that doesn’t mean fans can’t get excited about the prospect of players that have committed. The University of Southern California fans should have a tempered excitement as they hope that the 2013 class makes it campus.
The stars of USC’s potentially dynamic class were on display Sunday night at Petco Park during the Perfect Game All-American Classic. The foursome of Trojan commits (JP Crawford, Dominic Smith, Jeremy Martinez and Rowdy Tellez) combined for five hits, five RBI, two runs and three stolen bases to help spur the West.
After Martinez tied the score early with an RBI single, Smith and Tellez highlighted the West squad’s six-run rally in the sixth and seventh innings. Tellez’s two-run triple in the seventh inning put the West ahead for good.