UPDATED at 9:20pm on May 9th
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Cal State Fullerton appears to be close to a resolution in the investigation of head baseball coach Rick Vanderhook.
According to a CBD source close to the situation, there was a meeting Thursday featuring Fullerton administrative members, including “all the university VPs,” that should bring a resolution to the situation involving Vanderhook, who has been on paid administrative leave since April 17.
While the meeting and the outcome was said to be “super top secret,” it is believed, if Vanderhook is cleared, he could be back as soon as today when the Titans take on UC Riverside at 7:00 p.m. PST on ESPN3/WatchESPN.
The only two Southern California teams that seem secure in the postseason matched up for the second week in a row with No. 27 Pepperdine traveling to No. 7 Cal Poly this time. A familiar middle-of-the-lineup face who had been struggling seems to be back in the groove as he led his team to a victory.
It only took one swing in the UCLA/Fullerton game and Michael Cederoth had an unusual outing as he tried to lead San Diego State to a win at Long Beach State. Cederoth also tried to trim the national saves lead on Sam Moore, but Moore got into Irvine’s game at San Diego even though the ‘Eaters jumped out to a 13-2 lead.
That plus more in Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from San Diego and UCLA:
The Long Beach/Fullerton rivalry started off with plenty of drama courtesy of a 1-0 game. But whose way did it go? And could No. 4 Cal Poly rebound from its three-game losing streak? Find out below.
That plus more, including how a dropped flyball changed the Pepperdine/LMU opener in Friday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Irvine and Northridge
With UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Cal State Northridge not having lights at their fields, it opens up the possibility of being able to catch multiple games in one day when those teams play at home and then other Southern California squads host night games.
But not having lights also opens up the possibility of games being suspended, postponed or even called due to darkness. That was the case on Tuesday when UCLA visited Santa Barbara and ended up going into extra innings where the game came to a completely unsatisfactory conclusion after 12 innings.
That plus more in Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Fullerton, Pepperdine and LMU:
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 27 today. Ole Miss junior outfielder Auston Bousfield was named National Hitter of the Week, while Cal State Fullerton sophomore right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
In the Big West, runs were at a premium on Sunday. It was either early first inning runs that proved to be the difference or late-inning heroics that determined the outcome. See which teams scored early or completed a late-inning rally to finish off the weekend.
All that plus more in Sunday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Long Beach State, Fullerton & San Diego State: Continue reading
UCLA faced a nightmare inning late on Saturday while Fullerton saw the resurrection of its offense. A pair of doubleheaders in NorCal featured tight games while Josh Frye tried to maintain his scoreless streak while facing the No. 2 team in the country.
All that plus more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Long Beach State, Fullerton & San Diego State: Continue reading
Thomas Eshelman went 10 innings without allowing a run, but would that be enough for the anemic offense of Cal State Fullerton? Cal Poly and Long Beach State were tied 3-3 heading into the eighth inning, but who took the victory? And how about San Diego State falling behind to lowly San Jose State in the 11th inning only to stage a dramatic two-out rally.
All that plus more in Friday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Fullerton & the Thursday matchup at UCLA: Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Rain was pouring down, drenching everything at Goodwin Field Friday night.
Cal State Fullerton’s players were doing the dreaded task of putting the tarp on the field. Yet, there was nothing but smiles on the Titans’ faces.
After a rough two weeks that featured a pair of Big West series losses, a 16-inning loss at Fresno State on Wednesday and their head coach being under an administrative investigation, the Titans finally had something to smile about.
For 21.1 straight innings, Cal State Fullerton (19-17, 4-6) had been held scoreless. But with two outs and a pair of runners on base, Tanner Pinkston grounded one up the middle and Jared Deacon raced home from second base to give the Titans a 1-0 win over Hawai’i (15-23, 3-10) in 10 innings.
As embattled head coach Rick Vanderhook sits at home awaiting his fate to be decided by an administrative investigation, his Cal State Fullerton Titans continue to slide farther and farther.
The Titans (18-17, 3-6) lost their sixth in a row Wednesday night. Managing only six hits in the final 12 innings, Fullerton suffered a deflating 2-1 loss in 16 innings at Fresno State as questions, rumors and conjecture continue to swirl about the program and stable leadership still seems missing.