IRVINE, Calif. — Taylor Sparks is only hitting .167 on the season, but he came through with the two biggest hits the last two games. A day after blasting a two-run walk-off homer, Sparks had the game-winning hit Saturday afternoon in a six-run eighth inning to help UC Irvine come back to beat Pacific 7-4 at Anteater Ballpark.
Pacific starter Kyle Crawford was cruising through seven innings having allowed only five hits. But after back-to-back singles with one out in the eighth, the Tigers went to the bullpen. Joe Spizzirri got a flyout, but then allowed a double to score a run and then back-to-back runs added another run to make it 4-3.
IRVINE, Calif. — Adam Landecker and James Roberts (pictured left) each had three hits to help USC defeat UC Irvine 5-4 Wednesday night at Anteater Ballpark.
Landecker and Roberts both had errors that allowed runs to score, but they redeemed themselves with six of the 12 hits USC (15-8) knocked.
MALIBU, Calif. — No. 10 Texas A&M dominated both games of a doubleheader, 9-2 and 11-5, Saturday afternoon at Pepperdine’s Eddy D. Field Stadium to get a weekend sweep.
In the first game, Ross Stripling held the Waves to two runs on eight hits and one walk in a complete game effort — the fourth consecutive complete game by the Aggies starters.
MALIBU, Calif. — Michael Wacha bounced back from his worst start of the season, with his best of the year and possibly his career. Wacha led Texas A&M to a 4-0 win over Pepperdine Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
After being roughed up for nine runs, eight earned, in 5 1/3 innings last Friday against Kansas State, Wacha rebounded by nearly throwing a perfect game. The 6-foot-6 junior took a perfect game into the eighth inning and finished with an eight-strikeout, two-hit shutout.
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine barely broke a sweat Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (16-5) dominated Long Beach State 12-2, using two big innings to put the game out of reach early.
Matt Maurer moved to 4-0 on the season with six scoreless innings. He gave up only four hits and two walks while striking out one.
“For me, I just have to come out and throw strikes. I know we’re going to put up runs,” Maurer said. “As you can see, we’re putting up 12, 15 runs a game every time I come out, so as long as I throw strikes and keep the game semi-close, we’re going to win.”
LOS ANGELES — In the first official Pac-12 heavyweight showdown, No. 9 UCLA took the weekend finale Sunday evening to take the series against No. 11 Arizona State.
The Sun Devils (12-7, 1-2) won the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader 4-3 behind seven strong innings of one-run ball from Trevor Williams, who improved to 5-0 on the season. In the second game, it was UCLA freshman Grant Watson (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) that improved to 5-0, propelling the Bruins (15-4, 2-1) to a 4-2 win.
LOS ANGELES — The Utah Utes introduced themselves to Pac-12 conference play with a doubleheader sweep of USC on Friday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Utes (6-11, 2-0) took the first game 1-0 behind a combined three-hitter by Joe Pond and Tyler Wagner, negating a complete game, 11-strikeout effort by USC (12-6, 0-2) ace Andrew Triggs.
LOS ANGELES — In the midst of an eight games in eight days stretch, Indiana starter Joey DeNato was just what the Hoosiers pitching staff needed on Thursday afternoon. The southpaw was lights out, needing only 101 pitches in a complete game 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount at Page Stadium.
DeNato allowed only three hits and one walk to the Lions (5-9) to move to 3-1 on the season.
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Rhode Island scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 10-8 victory over Cal State Northridge Wednesday afternoon at Matador Field.
Northridge (6-8) reliever Cole Hallum couldn’t hold a 4-3 lead, allowing three two-out runs in the seventh inning. The Matadors (8-9) cut Rhode Island’s lead to 6-5 in the bottom half of the inning. Todd Eskelin’s sacrifice fly scored Miles Williams, but pinch runner Chester Pak was stranded at third base as the potential tying run.
LOS ANGELES — Trevor Brown’s three hits and six strong innings from Grant Watson led UCLA to a 7-2 win over rival USC Tuesday night in the Dodgertown Classic held at Dodger Stadium. The win was the Bruins (13-3) 11th consecutive.
Watson allowed one run on seven hits while striking out five Trojans (12-4). The run Watson gave up came in the fourth inning when Garrett Stubbs singled home James Roberts, giving USC a 1-0 lead.