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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES — Coming off its first two losses, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton showed a sense of urgency early and often against USC Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field. The Titans (11-2) scored eight runs in the first two innings enroute to an 11-4 win.
A makeshift USC lineup, decimated by injuries, struggled to put together hits against Fullerton starter Koby Gauna, who picked up his second win of the season. Gauna allowed only three hits and no walks in five scoreless innings before the game turned into a playing-time scrimmage where everyone got an opportunity.
The Titans had no such trouble against Trojans starter Brent Wheatley. They scored three runs in the first inning and added five more in the second inning, chasing Wheatley (7 runs, 6 earned runs on 7 hits) after only an inning and a third.
FULLERTON, Calif. — It’s always better to travel home after a win, even if you’ve already lost the series. The No. 14 Oregon Ducks will be able to hold their heads a little higher as they travel home Sunday night after a 9-1 victory.
The Ducks (8-3) were able to take the series finale with No. 17 Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field, handing the Titans their first loss of the season.
Two early errors allowed Oregon to jump out to a 3-0 lead and Fullerton (10-1) was unable to get anything going against freshman Cole Irvin. He improved to 3-0, scattering eight hits over seven innings. Irvin allowed one run as he struck out three while only walking one.
Ryan Hambright led the Ducks offensive attack with three hits and three RBI. Ryon Healy, Brett Thomas, Shaun Chase and J.J. Altobelli all recorded multi-hit games as Oregon knocked 14 hits. Continue reading
IRVINE, Calif. — Dominique Taylor hit a walk-off single deep to left field to give UC Irvine an 8-7 victory and a doubleheader sweep of Portland Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
The Anteaters (9-2) blew a 3-0 lead, but rallied with four runs in the ninth inning to take both games of Saturday’s double dip. Pinpoint lefty Matt Whitehouse pitched a three-hit complete game in the first game.
Taylor provided the offensive support in the first game as well. He hit a two-run triple into the left-centerfield gap in the third inning. Ronnie Shaeffer singled home Taylor two batters later. It was all the support Whitehouse needed.