RIVERSIDE, Calif. — When UC Riverside first baseman Vince Gonzalez pulled in to third base with his second stand-up triple of the game, the first thought in his head was that he was one triple shy of the NCAA record.
Gonzalez’s three hits and two RBI and Kevin Davidson’s two hits and three RBI led the Highlanders (17-26) to an 8-5 win against Loyola Marymount (21-22) Wednesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
Gavin Mills picked up his first win of the season with 3 2/3 scoreless innings pitched and Ben Doucette collected his third save of the season, getting the final four outs.
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LONG BEACH, Calif. — Long Beach State scored four runs in its final at bat Monday night at Blair Field to sweep the series against Loyola Marymount.
The Dirtbags trailed 5-3 and had nothing going in the eighth inning after their first two batters fouled out and struck out. But pinch hitter Jonathan Kim walked on four pitches and Jeff McNeil, also pinch hitting singled to right field, prompting LMU to summon “Everyday Aaron” Griffin from the bullpen.
After a passed ball allowed McNeil to move to second, Johnny Bekakis hit a nubber between the mound and second base. Cullen Mahoney fielded the slow roller. Not having a play on the speedy Bekakis, he faked to first and had McNeil dead to rights going home.
LOS ANGELES — In a battle between two teams fighting for a potential NCAA Tournament at-large bid, Washington completed the weekend sweep of USC with a 5-0 win Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
Aided by a pair of USC errors, the Huskies scored four runs on two hits in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie after starters Bobby Wheatley and Jeff Brigham each went a season-high five innings.
Brigham combined with Washington relievers Tyler Kane, Joshua Fredendall and Nick Palewicz to pitch a three-hit shutout. The Trojans managed only 13 hits for the entire weekend.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Long Beach State hadn’t hit the ball well all game. The Dirtbags only runs had come in an inning where they had three infield hits and a grounder that snuck past the glove of a diving defender.
But with the assistance of six walks and a hit by pitch, Long Beach was able to score two runs to tie the game in the ninth inning and got the game-winner in the 10th on a walk-off base on balls to defeat Loyola Marymount 5-4 Saturday evening at Blair Field.
Johnny Bekakis provided the game-tying RBI single in the ninth with two outs and a full count and Jeff Yamaguchi watched Ryan Hawthorne’s 3-1 pitch sail wide with the bases loaded in the 10th.
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MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine used a 12-hit attack, including home runs from Austin Davidson and Sam Meyer, to win 8-3 and even the series with San Francisco at Eddy D. Field Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Scott Frazier picked up his sixth win of the season. He struck out eight San Francisco batters while allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Washington ace Aaron West was brilliant Friday night in the opener of a crucial Pac-12 conference showdown.
The right-handed redshirt junior needed only 91 pitches to carve up the USC lineup in a 7-0 complete game shutout. No USC baserunner reached second base as West allowed only four singles.
He faced only two batters above the minimum, wiping out two of the singles with double plays.
MALIBU, Calif. — San Francisco’s Friday starter pitched like you would expect a likely top 10 draft pick to pitch. However, San Francisco ace Kyle Zimmer, who will almost certainly be one of the top players selected in the MLB amateur draft next month, cheered from the dugout, nursing a hamstring injury.
Abe Bobb was the one dominating on the mound.
Bobb pitched his first career complete game — a four-hitter — in the Dons’ 7-2 victory over Pepperdine at Eddy D. Field Stadium Friday afternoon.
FULLERTON, Calif. — USC head coach Frank Cruz usually leaves all the mound visits and pitching changes to assistant coach Dan Hubbs, so when he strolled to the mound in the sixth inning it was for more than to just bring in another reliever.
When home plate umpire Steve Fritzoni walked to the mound to break up Cruz’s mound visit, Cruz engaged Fritzoni in a spirited discussion. The home fans grumbled about the lengthy trip to the mound, but Cruz wanted an explanation for the umpire’s tight strike zone.
What had Cruz bothered Tuesday night at Goodwin Field? USC’s pitchers, who entered averaging 3.1 walks per game, issued a season-high 12 walks (and hit two batters) in a 4-2 loss to No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (27-14). Three of Fullerton’s four runs reached via base on balls.
USC (22-18) actually outhit the Titans 8-6, but a 12-2 base-on-balls discrepancy and an outstanding performance from preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen was too much for the Trojans to overcome. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — After getting two quick outs to start the fifth inning, No. 12 UCLA forgot how to get an out. No. 13 Stanford batted around, scoring six runs on four hits before the Bruins were able to get Danny Diekoeger out for the second time in the inning.
The Cardinal’s six-run outburst was more than enough. Stanford (28-11, 10-8) took Sunday afternoon’s rubber match at Jackie Robinson Stadium 7-2 over UCLA (28-12, 12-9).
LOS ANGELES — A little rosin can go a long way.
With the pressure of a big rubber match and potentially USC’s at-large bid hopes on the line, starting pitcher Stephen Tarpley was understandably nervous. The freshman was sweating and had trouble getting a firm grip on the ball. He allowed a pair of doubles to deep left-centerfield to the first two hitters of the game and both runners came around to score an early two runs for Oregon State.
But after getting the rosin bag brought to the mound, Tarpley settled in. Continue reading