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
LOS ANGELES — Kris Bryant entered the postgame press conference with tears in his eyes. San Diego’s All-American slugger of legendary tales and heroic triumphs this season had been revealed to be a mortal man.
Like all players, Bryant saw his career come to a close. And like most, it ended in tears of sadness rather than glory.
Grant Watson stymied the probable top three draft pick and his Torero teammates as UCLA defeated San Diego 6-0 in Sunday night’s Los Angeles Regional championship game to advance to the Super Regionals for the fourth time in the last seven years. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Troy Conyers came on in relief and picked up his third win of the season while also delivering a big two-run single to help lead San Diego past Cal Poly, 8-5, in a Los Angeles Regional elimination game Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
San Diego (37-24) and Cal Poly (40-19) battled back and forth until the fifth inning when AJ Robinson scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. The Toreros plated four runs in the sixth inning despite Conyers’ two-run single being the only hit in the inning. Continue reading
San Diego 6, San Diego State 3
LOS ANGELES — Dylan Covey put together his best start of the season to lead San Diego past rival San Diego State, 6-3, in an elimination game in the Los Angeles Regional Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
San Diego fell behind 2-0, but rallied for five runs in the fifth inning with redshirt senior Austin Green striking the big blow. After San Diego State starter Michael Cederoth walked in a run, Philip Walby entered to pitch. Green greeted him with a two-run liner through the left side. Continue reading
Nick Torres saw the pitch hit Kevin Williams’ bat. He saw the ball go up in the air and knew it was coming his way.
The only problem was the Cal Poly right fielder didn’t know where the ball was. He lost it in the dusk sky and poor lighting of Jackie Robinson Stadium…and the bases happened to be loaded.
Williams raced around to third base with a bases-clearing triple before Torres could locate the ball that landed just shy of the warning track. Continue reading
San Diego State opened the season by ruining San Diego’s grand opening of its brand new $13.8 million stadium, Fowler Park. The Aztecs wanted to finish the season in the same fashion when the two teams met Saturday afternoon in an elimination game of the Los Angeles Regional.
Instead, it was the Toreros that got the satisfaction of putting out their city rival. Dylan Covey produced his strongest outing of the season to lead San Diego to a 6-3 win at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Continue reading
Cal Poly 9, San Diego 2
LOS ANGELES — Joey Wagman pitched eight strong innings, allowing only one hit after the fourth inning to pick up his school record 13th win of the season as Cal Poly defeated San Diego (35-24) by a 9-2 score Friday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Mustangs (40-17) took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning after Wagman escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the top half of the inning. After a nine-pitch sixth inning from Wagman, the offense exploded for six runs, highlighted by two-run singles from Brian Mundell and Jimmy Allen. Continue reading
Joey Wagman was on the ropes. His team was trailing 2-1 Friday afternoon in the first game of the Los Angeles Regional.
He was in danger of allowing San Diego to open up the game. To start the sixth inning, Wagman, Cal Poly’s ace, walked the No. 8 hitter and then threw away a potential double play ball.
He stepped off the mound to compose himself as the nation’s premier slugger, San Diego’s Kris Bryant, strolled to the plate. Continue reading
Adam Plutko was unsure about the middle innings, but knew his experience carried him through the sixth and severth innings. The veteran right hander tossed seven innings, allowing only one earned run to collect his fifth career postseason victory — setting a school record for No. 10 UCLA.
The Bruins (40-17) defeated San Diego State 5-3 in the opening round of NCAA Regional action at Jackie Robinson Stadium Friday night. UCLA now advances to play Cal Poly at 6 p.m. Saturday evening after the Mustangs defeated San Diego earlier in the day. Continue reading
Los Angeles will the site of one of the most intriguing regionals this season. All four teams are within a couple hours drive, so they know each other, at least in passing, and their fans will have the opportunity to come out and show their support.
It also could be one of the most competitive regionals with light-hitting UCLA hosting and three lower-seeds that each have the talent to compete with the Bruins. But UCLA has the pedigree, having finished in the top three of the Pac-12 eight consecutive years. The Bruins also have the experience having advanced to the College World Series in two of the last three seasons. Continue reading