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CBD Visit: Matadors Show Resiliency, Limit Kris Bryant in 8-4 Win

Nate Ring was on base all game.NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Cal State Northridge outfielder Nate Ring collected five hits while the pitching staff held Golden Spikes candidate Kris Bryant 0-for-5 for only the second time in his collegiate career as the Matadors defeated San Diego 8-4 Tuesday afternoon at Matador Field.

Northridge (11-12) won its fifth consecutive game with Ring knocking four singles and a two-run double in the seventh inning that put the Matadors ahead for good.

Playing its fifth game in five days, San Diego (16-9) struggled offensively as Bryant and the first five hitters in the Toreros’ lineup combined to go 1-for-21. Northridge starter Brandon Warner (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K) and a combination of five relievers held Bryant hitless for only the fifth time this season and stopped his 26-game streak of reaching base at least once that dated back to the final weekend of last season.

The Matadors scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away from San Diego after it had tied the game with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Louis Cohen picked up the win while Anthony Cortez picked up his first collegiate save after he was called on to face Bryant with two on and two out in the ninth inning. Cortez got Bryant to strikeout on a pitch low and away.
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CBD Visit: CSUN Gets Pair of One-Run Victories in Doubleheader Sweep

Kyle Ferramola hit two homers.NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Kyle Ferramola, a pitcher inserted into the designated hitter role for the first time Friday to inject some power, did just that in Cal State Northridge’s 5-4 win in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Utah Valley Saturday afternoon.

In his second career start, Ferramola hit two solo home runs, including a shot that proved to be the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth after Utah Valley (9-15) had tied the game with two runs in the top half of the inning.

Northridge (9-12) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, spurred by a Houdini act by Ryan Raslowsky after he was caught in a rundown between third base and home. Raslowsky went wide avoiding Utah Valley’s tag attempt and was called safe by umpire Johnny Pineda, much to the dismay of the Wolverines’ coaches, players and fans.

The Wolverines tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but Raslowsky hit a leadoff triple in the fifth and scored on a Kyle Attl single. Ferramola hit his first collegiate home run in the sixth inning. He initially received the silent treatment from his teammates after returning to the dugout, before they erupted in celebration.

Utah Valley tied the game again in the eighth inning with the help of two walks and two passed balls, but Ferramola’s second bomb pushed the Matadors ahead for good.

In the first game, Northridge took another one-run contest, 4-3, as it held off a late rally by the Wolverines in the sixth inning of a scheduled seven inning contest. Utah Valley loaded the bases with one out and scored a pair of runs on a walk and an errant throw.

Reliever Michael Coates was brought in to put out the fire. After allowing a run on a wild pitch on his initial offering, Coates stranded the tying and go-ahead runs with an infield pop and groundout. He turned the ball over to Josh Goossen-Brown, who collected the first of his two saves on the day, with a hitless seventh inning.

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CBD Visit: Lorenzen Powers Titans as Eshelman Deals Gem

Michael Lorenzen powered the Fullerton attack.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton freshman Thomas Eshelman needed only 62 pitches to get through seven innings as he shut down rival Long Beach State in a 5-0 non-conference win Friday night at Blair Field.

Michael Lorenzen provided the offense, knocking a solo home run in the second inning to put Fullerton ahead (for good since Eshelman and reliever JD Davis only allowed two Long Beach baserunners). Lorenzen also doubled deep to left-centerfield.

Carlos Lopez brought in a run in the third inning with an RBI single over the shortstop’s head. Chad Wallach made it 3-0 after he scored on an error in the seventh and the Titans blew open the game with three runs in the eighth inning. Keegan Dale got an RBI with a bases loaded walk and Austin Diemer completed the scoring with a two-run single.

But Eshelman was the story as he pitched seven innings, allowing only one baserunner on a low-lining flare by Eric Hutting, younger brother to Fullerton’s Anthony. Eshelman picked up the win to improve to 5-1 while JD Davis had two strong innings out of the bullpen (see That’s Filthy section). Continue reading

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CBD Visit: Yamaguchi, Hacker Ninth Inning Heroics Lead Waves to 4-3 Win

Pepperdine dogpiles Drew Hacker.

MALIBU, Calif. — Sometimes all it takes is one good swing to turn a series around. Kolten Yamaguchi provided that swing for Pepperdine on an overcast Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Down to its final out, trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Yamaguchi laced the first pitch he saw from Loyola Marymount closer Bret Dahlson. Yamaguchi’s line shot scraped over the right field wall for a game-tying home run. Continue reading

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CBD Visit: Trojans Gift Game to Oregon With 6 Errors

Kevin Swick attacks a chopper.

LOS ANGELES —  No. 16 Oregon took an 8-4 victory Saturday afternoon at USC’s Dedeaux Field. The Ducks took advantage of six USC errors, including four in the game-changing six-run eighth inning. The Trojans have now lost five straight and eight of nine.

After allowing Oregon (15-5, 2-0) to take a 2-0 lead with unearned runs in the fifth and sixth inning, USC (7-11, 0-2) struck for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, chasing Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe. Bobby Stahal, who finished with three hits in his first career start, started the inning with a single and eventually came around to score on an Adam Landecker sacrifice fly. USC then got a walk and four consecutive singles to score three runs with two outs. Continue reading

CBD Visit: Yamaguchi, Langlois Power Pepperdine Past USC

Mat Snider picked up the win.

LOS ANGELES — Pepperdine scored five runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and eventually take a 9-4 victory at USC’s Dedeaux Field Tuesday night. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Waves.

Kolten Yamaguchi smacked a two-run homer to break the 3-3 tie and put the Waves ahead. After freshman reliever loaded the bases later in the inning, Bryan Langlois cleared them with a double that one-hopped the right field wall.

An inning later Yamaguchi struck again with his second career home run on a hanging changeup from Shane Gonzales.

USC threatened in the eighth inning as erratic Alex Najera walked a batter, hit two batters and threw two wild pitches, allowing one run to score, but before the Trojans could trim the lead further, Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez went to closer Michael Swanner. Swanner stranded both runners and finished off the game, striking out three of the six batters he faced. Continue reading

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CBD Visit: UCLA Takes Dodgertown Classic With 6-1 Win Over USC

Grant Watson improved to 3-0.

LOS ANGELES — Grant Watson needed only 77 pitches to pick up his third win of the season as No. 12 UCLA  defeated crosstown rival USC 6-1 Sunday afternoon in the Dodgertown Classic at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Watson went seven innings, allowing only three hits and one run. He struck out three and didn’t allow a walk. The USC pitching staff was a direct contrast, giving up nine walks and two hit batsmen to go along with 10 hits allowed.

However, USC was able to tie the game briefly in the sixth inning on a solo home run from Vahn Bozoian and kept the game close until the eighth inning due to UCLA’s inability to drive in runners. In total, the Bruins stranded 14 runners. But it was the six they brought home that mattered. Continue reading

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CBD Visit: DeFilippis Provides Irish Walk-Off Winner in First At Bat

Notre Dame celebrates while Oklahoma walks off the field.

LOS ANGELES — No. 22 Notre Dame rallied for the tying run in the ninth inning and the game-winning run in the 11th inning to defeat No. 17 Oklahoma in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon in the Dodgertown Classic at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Fighting Irish (10-3) fell behind 4-2 after Garrettt Carey hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, but as they did all day, the Irish fought back. Eric Jagielo responded to Carey’s blast with his own two-run no-doubter to even the score.

Oklahoma (12-4) got on top once again after Hector Lorenzana hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, but reliever junior college transfer Billy Waltrip couldn’t nail down his first career save in the final frame. He allowed a pinch hit double, couldn’t catch a popped up bunt with a diving attempt and then walked a batter to load the bases with no outs for Notre Dame’s 3-4-5 hitters.

Waltrip got Jagielo to pop out, but Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game and send it to extra innings after Waltrip got a groundout to end the inning. Continue reading

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CBD Visit: Trojans Knock Around Oklahoma’s Dillon Overton

Timmy Robinson celebrates.LOS ANGELES — On its list of preseason All-American, Baseball America listed Oklahoma lefty starter Dillon Overton as a third team member. A young, hungry USC team didn’t care on Friday night at Dedeaux Field.

Playing through a steady drizzle until the late innings, the Trojans (7-6) smacked Overton around for 13 hits and five runs in a 5-3 victory to open the Dodgertown Classic.

Oklahoma scored three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead, but USC scraped together a run in the fifth inning and then used four consecutive hits to put together a two-out rally in its next at bat. Senior Adam Landecker’s single scored a pair of runs that put the Trojans up 4-3.

Landecker, returning from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the last week of action, provided the final score of the game with his third run-scoring hit and fourth RBI on an eighth inning single to score Greg Zebrack.

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USC 1B Dante Flores Out 6-8 Weeks

Dante Flores is out 6-8 weeks.

As I first reported last night on Twitter, USC first baseman Dante Flores is expected to be out six to eight weeks after going under the knife to remove a fractured hamate bone in his wrist today.

USC’s No. 3 hitter this season, Flores was coming off the best game of the season when he suffered the injury. In USC’s 4-1 win over Long Beach State last Tuesday, the 5-foot-10, 160 pound sophomore went 3 for 4 with his first home run and his third stolen base of the season. He also scored two runs. He traveled with the team to Fresno State over the weekend but did not play.

Though only a sophomore, Flores is one of the Trojans most experienced hitters after starting 41 games last year as a true freshman. He batted .310 with 22 runs scored and 19 RBI last season. He also hit five doubles, two triples and two home runs. Flores was off to a strong start this season, batting .355 with a .412 on base percentage.

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