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
IRVINE, Calif. — Being good isn’t always good enough.
UC Riverside pitcher Eddie Orozco knows that all too well. Orozco pitched his third complete game of the season Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark, but he was outdueled by Crosby Slaught as UC Irvine took a 2-0 win.
Slaught (5-4) allowed only one hit over seven innings, combining with closer Race Parmenter for a two-hit shutout of Riverside (14-22, 4-7) to take the Big West conference series. Orozco (4-5) pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight. For the sixth time this year, the offense provided him with two or fewer runs of support.
LOS ANGELES — Sometimes a couple errors ends up working out. After UC Santa Barbara second baseman Brandon Trinkwon committed two errors that helped lead to a four-run inning, he was replaced by light-hitting freshman Peter Maris.
Batting only .140 on the season when he stepped to the plate in the 12th inning, the 5-foot-9 freshman infielder delivered his first hit since April 1 at the opportune time.
With runners on first and second, Maris laced an RBI single to score Brett Vertigan and give the Gauchos a thrilling 5-4 extra-inning victory at USC’s Dedeaux Field Wednesday night that helped spoil a spectacular performance by USC redshirt senior Andrew Triggs.