LOS ANGELES — “NO DOUBLES!!”
If you’re within earshot of a team’s dugout when it is holding a slim lead late in the game, you are almost guaranteed to hear a coach yell it out as a reminder to the fielders. Corner infielders hug the foul lines and outfielders take a few steps back to try to make sure nothing gets by or over them.
In the ninth inning, USC came out of the “no doubles” defense with the tying run on second base and it ended up costing them a 5-4 loss, according to head coach Frank Cruz.
If the Trojans (17-10, 3-6) end up missing the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight year, they may look back at Thursday night’s 5-4 loss to Cal at Dedeuax Field as the one that got away.
Arizona @ Oregon State
-Arizona took 2/3 from Washington State
-Oregon State swept Cal making them the only Pac-12 team to sweep its conference opener Continue reading
As conference play kicked off over the weekend, the competition level proved just how ultra-competitive of a conference that the Pac-12 already is. Oregon State was the only Pac-12 team to come out of week one unscathed as they swept Cal in their conference opener. This makes them the only team in the conference undefeated in Pac-12 play aside from Stanford who has yet to play a conference game.
Overall Record: 58-25
Collegiate Baseball: Stanford (3), ASU (11), Oregon (15), Arizona (18), USC (21), Cal (25), Oregon State (26), UCLA (28)
NCBWA: Stanford (2), ASU (11), Arizona (14), Oregon (23), Oregon State (24), UCLA (25), Cal (28), USC (29),
Baseball America: Stanford (2), Arizona (7), ASU (11), UCLA (17), Oregon (18) Continue reading
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cal left-hander Justin Jones said when he warmed up in the bullpen he felt the best he’s felt since he was sidelined during last year’s College World Series with strained bicep. That didn’t transfer to the game mound, however.
Jones never found a rhythm and lasted only three innings. The projected early round draft pick only gave up three hits, but he allowed four runs thanks to three walks, two hit batters and three wild pitches.
After scoring four off Jones, Long Beach State tacked on single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and held on for a 7-4 win Friday night at Blair Field. Continue reading
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a polling of the Pac-12’s baseball coaches, STANFORD has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference title this season. The Cardinal received all 10 possible first-place votes and 100 points. Stanford finished the 2011 campaign with a 35-22 record after progressing to NCAA Super Regional play in the postseason. Stanford is ranked in the top five in the preseason polls, including a No. 2 ranking in Baseball America’s preseason top 25 poll. The Cardinal features preseason All-America selections Stephen Piscotty, Mark Appel and Kenny Diekroeger. Continue reading
The Pac-10 saw six teams head to regionals in the 2011 season, with Cal advancing to the College World Series. This year, those same six teams (UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Stanford) have all of the tools to stay towards the front of the pack in the race for the inaugural Pac-12 championship. However, in a conference as strong as the Pac-12, every team has the talent to compete and ultimately vie for the title of conference champions. With strong recruiting classes across the board, the addition of Utah to the conference and some of the top players in the country returning, the Pac-12 will host elite competition week after week, re-establishing itself as a premier conference in college baseball.
The Stanford Cardinal hosted the Northern California College Baseball Media Day yesterday which featured coaches from all six northern California schools including the host Cardinal, Cal, St. Mary’s, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Jose State. You can check out the full video interviews below. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 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 countdown today at number 90 with Cal junior LHP Justin Jones. The 6’2 188 pound lefty out of Oakdale, California had an outstanding high school career at Oakdale High School. As a senior, he went 10-1 with 118 strikeouts and a 0.42 ERA. He was even better as a junior going a perfect 12-0 with 124 strikeouts and a 0.40 ERA. The Chicago White Sox selected him in the seventh round but he decided to head to Berkley to become a member of the Cal squad. Continue reading
BERKELEY – Mike Neu, head baseball coach at Diablo Valley College and former standout at Miami and a Major Leaguer with the Oakland A’s, has been hired as the pitching coach for the University of California it was announced by Cal head coach David Esquer.