Tigers to stick with strengths vs. UCI
By now, the point has been clearly pushed across.
In case you haven’t heard, the red-hot LSU baseball team will not adapt its style simply because UC Irvine figures to play at a different tempo and with a different approach.
Tigers coach Paul Mainieri beat on the same drum again Wednesday, reiterating what he has said all week.
“Just because they play small ball doesn’t mean we’re going to combat that by playing small ball ourselves,” Mainieri said.
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Fullerton Super Regional Preview
Stanford Regional Coverage
Fullerton Regional Coverage
Both Stanford and Fullerton hosted regionals, but had to work their way out of the loser’s bracket to advance to the Super Regional stage. Cal State Fullerton was swept by Stanford the second weekend of the season. Here’s a recap of how each team fared in their regional, and what to look for this weekend. Continue reading Fullerton Super Regional Preview: Stanford at Cal-State Fullerton
Fullerton 5 UCLA 4
Fullerton decided to go with it’s Friday starter, Brian Wilson. UCLA decided to save ace Tim Murphy to possibly come in late in the game. The decision paid off for Fullerton, and UCLA will have to wait til next season to try and make it to Omaha.
Freshman pitcher Rob Rasmussen was coasting with the help of his defense, including Tim Murphy throwing out the speedy Christian Colon at third after a Brent Dean overthrow on a stolen base attempt. The good times didn’t last though as the Titans were able to put together a two out rally with a couple of 1st and 3rd singles by Christian Colon and Erik Komatsu. After a mound visit Rasmussen was able to get out of the inning on a Jared Clark popup to right. Continue reading Fullerton advances to Super Regionals
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Stanford 9 Pepperdine 7
STANFORD, Calif. – Sean Ratliff’s grand slam, his 20th home run of the season, capped off a six-run fifth inning that provided the Stanford baseball team the boost it needed to pull ahead of Pepperdine and hold it together for a 9-7 victory Monday over the Waves (38-21). The win sends the Cardinal (37-22-2) to the program’s seventh Super Regional appearance next weekend, where it will face the winner of Monday night’s Fullerton Regional final between UCLA and CS Fullerton. The scenario involving the location of next weekend’s Super Regional will be announced by the NCAA Monday night at 8 p.m. PT. Continue reading Stanford advances to the Super Regionals with a 9-7 victory
Fullerton 11 UCLA 8
Gavin Brooks started off the season as UCLA’s #1 starter, and the Bruins thought he could rekindle some of last year’s magic. They we’re wrong, and after using up more of their bullpen than they wanted in this loss to Fullerton, the Bruins are forced into an elimination game in Fullerton, where their 2007 season ended in the Super Regionals.
The Titans offense was stifled for most of their 4-1 victory over Virginia earlier in the day by reliever Matt Packer, but they started a two out rally in the first after Erik Komatsu reached first on a hit by pitch. Komatsu was able to advance to third after Bruin lefty Gavin Brooks missed his first baseman on a pickoff throw. After a four pitch walk to Jared Clark, DH Brian Wilson singled to right, scoring Komatsu and advancing Clark into scoring position. The Titans loaded the bases on a walk to Gary Brown and looked to capitalize, but Joel Weeks lined a 2-2 pitch right to Brandon Crawford to end the inning on a drive that sounded like it broke Weeks’ bat. Brooks threw 32 pitches in the first inning, limiting his longevity. Continue reading Fullerton Regional: UCLA vs Fullerton Regional Final (Game 1)
Fullerton 4 Virginia 1
Cal State Fullerton was looking to rebound in this game after a weak performance against UCLA. Their offense caught fire early against Virginia start Pat McAnaney, and that was all they needed as Titan starter Corey Arbiso only gave up one run, throwing a complete game.
The action got started in the second inning when Pat McAnaney showed some uncharacteristic control issues, handing out free passes to the 6-7-8-9 hitters, beaning Dustin Garneau and Joe Scott. After Gary Brown scored on the bean ball and Josh Fellhauer went down on strikes, Christian Colon came through provided the offense yet again with an RBI single to left. McAnaney got Erik Komatsu to flyout to right, ending the threat with the bases loaded. Continue reading Fullerton Regional: Cal-State Fullerton vs Virginia
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Oral Roberts 8 Nebraska 0
LINCOLN, Neb. — Kelly Minissale had a no-hit effort thru six innings and lasted 8.1 innings as Oral Roberts University defeated Nebraska, 8-0, to stay alive in the NCAA Lincoln Regional and eliminate the Cornhuskers on Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field.
ORU improves to 48-13 and will now play UC-Irvine on Sunday night at 6:05 p.m. The Golden Eagles need to beat the Anteaters twice before advancing to the next round. No. 1 seed Nebraska saw their season come to an end with a 41-16-1 record.
Minissale finished with 8.1 innings of work, allowing just two hits while striking out two to improve to 3-3 on the year.
Continue reading Lincoln Regional Day 3 Recap
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Oral Roberts 8 Eastern Illinois 7 (10 innings)
LINCOLN, Neb. — Brendan Duffy hit the eventual game-winning RBI single in the top of the 10th and T.J. Kelly recorded his 10th save of the year to help lead Oral Roberts University to a 8-7 win over Eastern Illinois in the elimination game of the NCAA Lincoln Regional, Saturday at Hawks Field. Continue reading Lincoln Regional Day 2 Recap
UCLA 11 Fullerton 4
Interview w/Cal State Fullerton President Dr. Milton A. Gordon
Whether or not Jeff Kaplan’s eye was still bothering him, something was definitely off for him tonight at Goodwin Field. Kaplan faced a total of 19 batters over 3 innings, giving up 6 earned while striking out 4.
After Bruin starter Charles Brewer sent the Titan leadoff batters down in order to start the game, the UCLA offense got started when All Pac-10 2B Alden Carrithers was beaned by Titan starter Jeff Kaplan. Kaplan thought he had finished off the inning when with two strikes on Bruin cleanup hitter Casey Hearther, he started back to the dugout on what he and most of the Cal State Fullerton faithful thought was strike 3. Two pitches later, Hearther hit a hanging breaking ball out of the park to right field, giving UCLA the early 2-0 lead. Kaplan then struck out SS Brandon Crawford to end the inning, with Titan fans still yelling at home plate umpire Darrell Arnold over the potential strike three call.
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