While Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State and San Diego and Loyola Marymount were finishing up a pair of rivalry series, USC and UCLA were trying to win rubber matches in a pair of Pac-12 series.
Both of Los Angeles Pac-12 squads needed dramatic comebacks to get the job done. See how they did it below.
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Defense wins championships and it can win or lose rivalry games as well. See whether it was Fullerton or Long Beach’s defense that came away shining. Could San Diego even a crucial WCC series with Loyola Marymount?
And UC Santa Barbara had quite an offensive day, but one impressive Gaucho hit streak did come to an end.
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UC Santa Barbara had to pull off a comeback to take down Wagner, but it was really one man that did almost all the damage — Tyler Kuresa. Find out what he did plus see how two sets of SoCal conference rivals fared against each other as the Big West and WCC’s biggest rivals squared off.
A roundup of all of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action and some bonus material from up the coast at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Continue reading
Three games came down to the wire and required walk-off wins — two to help a pair of SoCal squads wrap up a series win and one to crush the heart of the opponent after a valiant comeback.
UCLA went for a sweep while USC tried to win its first Pac-12 series. Cal State Fullerton tried to rebound after being shutout Saturday night and something must be in the water in San Diego — a day after the Toreros put up 18 runs their crosstown rivals matched the output.
All of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action, including some photos and video interviews from UC Santa Barbara’s dramatic 3-2 battle with Wichita State: Continue reading
Cal State Fullerton was shutdown by a freshman. UC Irvine took a pair on the chin. Long Beach State lost in 11 innings. UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge combined to give up 30 runs. Only UC Riverside seemed to escape the Southern California Big West blues on Saturday afternoon.
That plus all of Saturday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton along with video interviews from Long Beach and Fullerton: Continue reading
There were some aces that were missing their sharp kitchen utensils on Friday afternoon. Instead of knifing through lineups like they were ripened pears, pitchers like West Virginia’s Harrison Musgrave, Irvine’s Andrew Morales and Fullerton’s Thomas Eshelman struggled to have the success they normally have.
Granted, those three staff aces are still going to give their team a chance to compete every time out, so were their squads able to pick them up when they didn’t have their A+ stuff?
That plus all of Friday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from the last two days at Cal State Northridge, some highlights and clips from Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton: 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
Arizona State at Oregon State
Oregon State took two out of three from Arizona State over the weekend. On Friday the Beavers, beyond LHP Matt Boyd, won the opener by a final of 5-0. Boyd went the distance and only allowed one hit. He struck out a career high 11 batters. Outfielder Michael Conforto led the Beavers with three hits, while designated hitter Dylan Davis drove in two RBI. While Boyd’s outing on Friday was impressive, the most outstanding performance of the weekend took place Saturday, as LHP Ryan Kellogg threw a no-hitter in the Sun Devil 4-0 victory. Kellogg struck out three and did not walk a batter. The no-hitter was the first against Oregon State since March 27, 1994 when Lewis and Clark State accomplished the feat. Arizona State had two errors to spoil the perfect game. Four Sun Devils had multi-hit games, while outfielder Jake Peevyhouse drove in two RBI. One of the RBI came on the outfielder’s first home run of the season. On Sunday, the Beavers were able to bounce back and claim the series victory with a 4-3 victory. Neither starter worked past the fifth, while a Michael Conforto sacrifice fly gave the Beavers the lead. The Oregon State bullpen was able to work around walks in the later innings to seal the victory. Continue reading
Oregon State at Arizona
The Oregon State Beavers swept Arizona for the first time in school history. The Beavers, now 19-1 and 3-0 in the Pac-12, took the Friday night game by a score of 6-2. Outfielder Michael Conforto hit a three-run home run and LHP Matt Boyd held Arizona to two hits and two runs through seven innings. Boyd improved to 4-0 on the season. On Saturday, Oregon State pulled off the series win by a final of 4-3. RHP Andrew Moore became the first Pac-12 pitcher to 5-0 this season. The freshman only lasted 5 2/3 innings, but the Beaver bullpen held Arizona scoreless the rest of the way. Designated hitter Dylan Davis and catcher Jake Rodriquez each had two RBI apiece. The Beavers finished off the sweep Sunday afternoon by a final of 8-4. Catcher Jake Rodriquez, who came into the game in the fourth inning as defensive substitution, had a career high five RBI. LHP Ben Wetzler made the start Sunday as he continues to battle back from a bad back. He went 4 1/3 innings while only allowing one run. With the sweep, the Arizona Wildcats fell to 15-8 overall and are now 0-3 in the conference. Continue reading
In preparing for the weekend, I caught up with Oregon State head coach Pat Casey to talk about his thoughts on how the season has gone so far for the Beavers. Oregon State is 8-0 and off to their best start since 1962. “Obviously when you start 8-0, you feel like you did a lot of things well,” Casey said. We played fairly well on the defensive side of the game. I think we could have swung the bats better.” The Beavers enter the weekend with a .297 team batting average, but will look to improve upon that number against a team in Bryant who has only played three games this season. Continue reading