LOS ANGELES — Arizona State forced UCLA starter James Kaprielian to throw 41 pitches in the first inning, scoring two runs on an error after loading the bases with no outs. But head coach Tim Esmay thought the Sun Devils (13-11, 3-4) could have easily put together a five- or six-run inning in the situation.
In the next frame, Arizona State added a run on a solo homer by Colby Woodmansee that appeared to get an extra boost over the left field wall when it bounced out of the glove of a leaping Ty Moore. But that would be the extent of the Sun Devils’ offense as Kaprielian settled in and got stronger as the game progressed, leading UCLA to a 7-3 victory Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay talks about the Sun Devils not fully capitalizing on early opportunities when they had Kaprielian on the ropes. He also discusses starter Brett Lilek’s short outing and bouncing back the rest of the weekend: Continue reading
A number of Southern California squads had obstacles to overcome on Friday, but some were able to find a way to win, which is the name of the game once you get to this point in the season.
San Diego had a pair of heavily offensive innings, but was it enough on the road at San Francisco? UCLA and Arizona State’s aces struggled out of the gate, but one got better and led his team to victory. Find out who survived the battle.
UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State had their offenses get shut down, but one team was able to find a way to win. And Cal State Fullerton was on the road at Wichita State and without offensive leader Matt Chapman. Could the Titans get Thomas Eshelman enough offensive support?
All of that plus more in a roundup of all of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from Cal State Northridge/Long Beach State and ASU/UCLA:
Here is a photo gallery from this past weekend’s Arizona State and Oregon State series in Corvallis, Oregon. The Sun Devils won two out of three games in the matchup. Here are some of the best pictures. Continue reading
Wrapping up the weekend action Baylor fought back to get a massive 5-4 win over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. After working around an error that led to two runs in the opening frame, starter Austin Stone settled in to throw six strong innings and lead the Bears to the win. Josh Michalec came on and shut the door in the 9th to earn his 6th save of the season to preserve the Bears victory. Previously dropping Friday’s game 11-0, Baylor showed impressive resolve earning back-to-back one-run wins over one of the top teams in the country. The win comes at a pivotal time for the Bears, who have played a difficult schedule thus far and begin Big 12 play next weekend against Texas Tech. Continue reading
There was some impressive pitching in Southern California Saturday. Four shutouts were thrown with Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly getting in on the action as they both evened big series.
San Diego and Cal State Northridge both swept doubleheaders while UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount dropped heartbreakers. UC Irvine got a big win over a ranked squad.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area: Continue reading
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You can just hear the sound of the paperboy of yonder past hocking the latest edition.
On Friday night, Cal State Fullerton and San Francisco needed a special edition. The Titans and Dons set a new Goodwin Field record for the longest game played.
USC continued its walk-off magic, UCLA got the first win in a big regional rematch with Cal Poly and Long Beach State broke out the whooping stick.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area:
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a polling of the Pac-12’s baseball coaches, defending Conference champion OREGON STATE has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference title again this season. The Cardinal received nine of 10 possible first-place votes and 98 points. Oregon State finished the 2013 campaign with a 52-12 record and advanced to the College World Series where they finished the year tied for third. The Beavers, led by preseason All-Americans Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis, Andrew Moore, Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz, enter the season as a consensus top-5 team in the national rankings. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 22 on our countdown is Arizona State sophomore RHP Ryan Burr from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and Highlands Ranch High School. He was named a two-time All-Colorado and All-State Aflac All-American selection while also being named Rawlings First Team All-American. He had a combined 1.70 ERA and had 95+ strikeouts in consecutive seasons. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 33rd round (1026th overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft but decided to head to Arizona State instead. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily kicks off our countdown to the start of the 2014 College Baseball season by checking in on the top 100 players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 91with Arizona State LHP pitcher Brett Lilek. In his freshman campaign with the Sun Devils, Lilek made 10 appearances, including one start where he threw a season-high five innings and struck out a season-high six in his first career start, a win over then No. 2 Arkansas. He earned Scholar Baller honors in spring of 2013 which recognizes exceptional academic performance. Continue reading
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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona State University baseball program will begin the final season at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark on Feb. 14 against Baylor. The 2014 schedule, announced by head coach Tim Esmay, features seven programs who made the postseason last year, including defending national champion UCLA, College World Series participant Oregon State and super regional team Oklahoma. Continue reading