It is rare that a two-way player can dominate both on the mound and with the bat, but on Sunday, a pair of lefty SoCal studs did just that. Louie Lechich and Aaron Brown lifted their teams to shutout wins to cap off impressive weekends for a pair of West Coast Conference contenders.
At Dedeaux Field, crosstown rivals USC and UCLA squared off in front of a packed house for a dramatic back-and-forth contest that included a blown save from All-American David Berg, but who came out on top?
That plus all of Sunday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from USC, Pepperdine and UC Riverside: Continue reading
Staying close to home was a common theme for the SoCal midweek matchups for all but one team, which had one heck of a road trip just to get to their Tuesday matchup.
San Diego and San Diego State renewed their rivalry while USC faced off with former Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie. And LMU didn’t even have to travel east of Interstate 405 as the Lions faced off with yet another Pac-12 club.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the games with photo galleries from UC Irvine, Pepperdine and UCLA: Continue reading
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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 24 on our countdown is Arizona junior RHP Matthew Troupe. The Chaminade College Prep alumnus originally was a highly regarded high school catcher but became a pitcher late in his collegiate career. As a senior, he went 5-2 record and a 1.00 ERA while striking out 91, allowing just 19 walks and limited opponents to a .157 batting average. He was selected in the by the New York Yankees with the 539th overall pick in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Continue reading
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona baseball program, in conjunction with the Pac-12 Conference, has announced the schedule and television information for the upcoming 2014 season.
The 55-game regular season slate includes 38 home games at Hi Corbett Field and 17 away contests. The Wildcats will have an unprecedented 19 television appearances, with 17 airing on the Pac-12 Networks and two broadcasts on ESPNU. Continue reading
We continue the countdown today with number 60, Arizona SS Kevin Newman. In his freshman campaign with the Wildcats, Newman was named the starting shortstop and played in all 55 games in the 2013 schedule. The slick handed infielder finished an impressive rookie season with a .336 batting average which was good for 4th on the team and No. 11 in the PAC-12. Newman also collected 73 hits and 42 RBI which was good for 3rd in the Wildcats lineup. Defensively, Newman had an outstanding season as a rookie. He finished the 2013 season with a .975 fielding percentage and collected a team-leading 164 assists and helped the Wildcats turn 45 double plays. Additionally, Newman was the only freshman position player named to the PAC-12 All-Conference team. Continue reading
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball coach Andy Lopez continues to do well in his recovery from open heart surgery earlier this month. He has announced a complete and full return to all coaching duties beginning with the start of preseason practices Jan. 15, 2014. Continue reading
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TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head baseball coach Andy Lopez underwent triple bypass heart surgery Monday at a local hospital. Lopez is being held in intensive care following the operation.
“We are all thrilled to hear that Andy’s surgery went well,” Vice President for Athletics Greg Byrne said. “He is receiving great care from the medical team, and we all wish him a complete and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to him and his family as he begins the recovery process.”
Lopez’s family is appreciative of the outpouring of support received in recent days, but respectfully asks for no visitors at the hospital.
Washington State at Oregon State
The final series of the Pac-12 for Oregon State and Washington State takes place at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. The Beavers hold a two game lead atop the conference with a three-game series against the Cougars left on the schedule. Washington State comes into the weekend with a 22-30 record. They are 8-19 in the Pac-12. The Cougars were swept by rival Washington last weekend, and then defeated Portland 1-0 during the midweek game. Oregon State, ranked No. 3 by the NCWBA, holds a 43-9 overall record. They are 22-5 in the Pac-12. The Beavers are coming off winning the series at Oregon last weekend. The Beavers and Ducks were also slated to play a midweek game, but it was cancelled due to the weather. With the win last weekend, the Beavers pretty much wrapped up a national seed and put themselves in perfect position to win the Pac-12.
Series Prediction: Oregon State sweeps Washington State.
Oregon State at Stanford
Oregon State traveled to Stanford over the weekend and delivered a knockout blow to the Cardinal’s chances of playing in the postseason. In game one on Friday, Oregon State defeated Stanford 7-3. The Beavers tagged Appel to the tune of five earned runs in five innings. Appel also had five walks. Beaver starter Matt Boyd picked up his 10th win of the year after pitching 6 and 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Right fielder Dylan Davis knocked in three RBI, while second baseman Andy Peterson had three hits to lead the Beavers.