San Diego pulled out a thrilling 7-6 victory over Cal Poly today in 10 innings. The winning hit was delivered by Logan Gelbrich who was pinch hitting for AJ Griffin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth inning. Shane Buschini led the Torero offense by going 2-4 with a homer and 4 RBI’s. Brent Morel led the Cal Poly offense by going 3-5 with 2 RBI’s. Both teams will be at it on Sunday to finish out the series.
The Oregon State Beavers completed the sweep on Saturday of the Vulcans of Hawai’i-Hilo. They were led by a solid pitching performance by Anton Maxwell who pitched 5 innings while surrendering 4 hits and one run in the 10-2 victory. The offense was led by Darwin Barney again with a 2-3 performance while scoring 2 runs and driving 2 in. Oregon State will be off next weekend before heading to Georgia to take on the Dawgs.
CSTV contributer Jean Neuberger checked in with the Ole Miss baseball team as they are preparing for the opener on February 10th against New Orleans. The article focuses on Zack Cozart who was named an All-American in some pre-season publications. The full article is available here.
The University of Hawaii Baseball program came up with a solid 8-1 victory on Friday evening over the Santa Clara Broncos. They were led by a great earlt season start by Ian Harrington who gave them 6.2 innings of one run baseball. The Rainbows were led on offense by Kris Sanchez who went 3-4 with two doubles and two runs. Santa Clara starter Matt Wickswat was roughed up in his 2.2 innings of work while giving up five runs while walking four batters. Broncos senior Kevin Drever went 3-4 and scored the only run.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels knocked off the Wolfpack of Nevada by a 5-4 score on Friday evening. The Wolfpack led 3-0 after six innings but the Gaels put up four runs in the bottom of the seventh and then one in the eigth to pick up the victory. The winning pitcher for the Gaels was Scott Schneider and Taylor Stanton pitched a perfect ninth inning with two K’s to pick up the save. Randy Wells picked up a 2-4 night including a big 2-run single in the seventh inning. Senior catcher Ian Gordon drove in the winning run in the eighth inning to win the game for the Gaels. Ryan Rodriguez started the game for Nevada but tired in the seventh inning where he was responsible for all four runs scored in the inning. Daniel Kastam led the offense with a 2-4 night with 2 RBI’s. The teams return to action on Saturday at 1 pm local time. Brandon Berl will start for the Gaels and Rod Scurry for the Wolfpack in both starters first collegiate starts.
The UNLV Rebels got off to a good start on Friday by knocking off the Cal-State Northridge Matadors by a score of 10-4. Craig Heyer pitched a solid 6.1 innings while giving up seven hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 4 walks, and striking out 6 batters. Xavier Scruggs hit a two run homer in the 6th inning to give the Rebels a 5-1 led at the time. Chuckie Fick started the game for the Matadors by pitching 5.2 innings and surrendering five runs (four earned). Jowen Murray-Thorton led the Matadors on offense by going 2-4 on the afternoon.
The University of San Diego opened the season tonight with a 9-6 victory of Cal Poly. The Toreros were led by a great pitching performance in . He gave them six shutout innings while striking out 13 batters and giving up only one run. Anthony Slama followed Matusz but got destroyed in his one inning of work by giving up 5 runs (3 earned) and committing a balk in the seventh inning. AJ Griffin came in to pitch the last two innings to pick up the save. The only blemish was one hit. The Toreros were led by Jordan Abruzzo who hit a 3 run homer in the sixth inning. Cal Poly was led by Brett Morel who went 2-4 while scoring a single run. The Mustangs starting pitcher DJ Mauldin lasted four innings while giving up five earned runs. The teams continue the series on Saturday at 1 pm local time.
The Oregon State Beavers swept a doubleheader from Hawai’i-Hilo Friday afternoon by taking the first game 17-4 and the second one by 9-3. In game 1, the Beavers were led by Joe Peterson who pitched 5 innings giving up only 1 unearned run. The offensive side was led by lead-off hitter and shortstop Darwin Barney who went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s. In game 2, Daniel Turpen led the pitching by going 4 innings and giving up 5 hits while only surrendering one run. Darwin Barney again led the offense by going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s. Jordan Lennerton also chipped in with a 3-4 performance while scoring 2 runs. They will conclude the series on Saturday at 1:00 PM Hawaii time.
Conference USA is continuing the series of previews today focusing on the Tulane Green Wave. They have been consistently picked to finish second in the conference behind the Rice Owls. The Green Wave are led by Head Coach Rick Jones. They return some big name pitchers including Brandon Gomes and Sean Morgan. They have also added transfer Shooter Hunt from Virginia who was rated as the number 9 prospect in the CCBL this past summer. Tulane also returns second baseman Brad Emaus and Jonny Weiss (BC transfer) are expected to led the offense. Full preview available here.
Bob Keissner checks in with some news and notes on some of the action on the West Coast. He discusses the impact Chad Kreuter is going to have on the Trojan program. Also discussed is how strong the Pepperdine program has become again under Steve Rodriguez. The full article is available here.