CORVALLIS, Ore. – Austin Pettibone lifted UC Santa Barbara on his shoulders, delivering three pitches for strikes and keeping Texas A&M off-balance for 7 2/3 innings in the Corvallis Regional. The Gauchos responded to his efforts, providing enough offense for a 6-4 victory in their postseason appearance since 2001.
For A&M, workhorse ace Daniel Mengden wasn’t his usual efficient self, lasting just one out into the fourth. He gave up six hits, five runs – four earned – and three walks in front of 1,783 baseball fans at Goss Stadium. Continue reading Gauchos hold off Texas A&M in Corvallis Regional opener
Photos Courtesy of David Cohen.
It’s hard to overlook J.D. Davis on the ballfield. The sophomore is an imposing 6-foot-3, 215 pounds.
However, on the Cal State Fullerton roster, Davis is just another cog in the machine. He contributes on the mound, but Davis isn’t one of the three lights out weekend rotation starting pitchers. While he is a two-way player, he isn’t an All-American stud likely to go in the first or second round of the MLB Draft this year. And though he has home run power, he didn’t hit back-to-back walk-off homers this year.
Instead, Davis is just another key run producer in the middle of the lineup for a top five team primed to make a run at Omaha. On Thursday afternoon, Davis made his contribution in a big way, leading No. 3 Fullerton (46-8, 21-4) to a 5-2 win in the opener of the final Big West series of the season at Cal State Northridge’s Matador Field.
Davis crushed a two-run homer in the third inning to put the Titans ahead for good and he finished off the game with a quick 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Koby Gauna got the start for Fullerton as typical opening game starter Thomas Eshelman was rested with the Titans having already locked up the Big West title last weekend. Gauna made the most of the opportunity, going seven strong innings for the win. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: J.D. Davis Powers Fullerton Win
(2)Binghamton defeated (3)UAlbany 9-0 in game two of the America East championship. Jake Lambert started on the mound for the Bearcats pitching a complete game shut-out allowing two hits through nine innings. Shaun McGraw (3 for 4) had a great game for the Bearcats scoring three times, along with Brian Ruby (1 for 2) scored twice and picking up two RBIs. Other notable hitters include Zach Blanden (1 for 4) picking up one RBI, David Schanz (0 for 4) picking up an RBI, Daniel Nevares (1 for 5) scoring once and picking up an RBI, Jake Thomas (0 for 4) scoring one run, Nick Pancerella (0 for 2) picking up an RBI, and last John Howell (0 for 4) and Bill Bereszniewicz (0 for 2) scored once each. Continue reading America East Tournament Game 2: Binghamton shutouts Albany 9-0
Maine off to a fast start
Lowell, MA– (1)Maine defeated (4)Stony Brook 7-0 in game 1 of the the America East championship. Tommy Lawrence was on the hill for the Black Bears and pitched a complete game shut-out giving up only two hits throughout the game. Eric White (2 for 4) was great for Maine scoring twice and picking up four RBIs to go along with his homerun in the fifth inning. Other standouts include Alex Calbick (2 for 3) who picked up one RBI and scored twice, Troy Black (2 for 4) scored twice, Michael Fransoso (2 for 4) scored once, and Scott Heath (2 for 2) who picked up two RBIs. Maine scored all of their runs in the first and fifth innings. Continue reading America East Conference Tournament Game 1: Maine defeats Stony Brook 7-0
LOS ANGELES — Around Southern California, several teams are seeing their NCAA Tournament hopes dwindle, stretch runs wind down and some seasons outright ending. But not UCLA.
The Bruins keep trucking on, winning one tight game after another. They have won 11 of 13, including sweeping their last three weekend series. On Tuesday evening, the Bruins (38-15) kept things rolling, improving to 15-1 in one-run games this season with a 2-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara (31-23) at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Freshman Cody Poteet, who has been an extreme pitcher as of recent — either pitching really well or not making it through an entire inning, allowed only one hit and one run in six strong innings.
“I think he showed everybody how good he’s going to be,” UCLA head coach John Savage said. “He could have gone out there in the seventh inning. He had 72 pitches in six innings and that’s pretty pitch efficient. I was excited by what we saw from Poteet tonight.” Continue reading CBD Visit: Bruins Put Gauchos On The Ropes
FULLERTON, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton fifth-year senior Carlos Lopez really didn’t want to ground into a double play in his final regular season at bat at Goodwin Field.
With the tying run on second and a man on first with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Lopez wanted to try to drive a pitch. If he didn’t get a hit, he wanted to give the next man a chance. But most importantly, he didn’t want to end the game with a double play.
Lopez did end the game, but instead of hitting into a double play, he did the improbable — walloping a 1-1 changeup from Evan Brock high over the right field fence for his second walk-off home run in as many days.
Lopez’s dramatic blast gave Fullerton (45-8, 20-4) a 7-5 victory and a series sweep of Big West rival UC Irvine (31-20, 13-11). The win combined with Cal Poly’s sweep of Cal State Northridge gave the Titans their fourth consecutive Big West title and 27th conference championship in 39 years. It also earned Fullerton the conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Carlos Lopez Hits Walk-Off Homer Again
The Army Black Knights continued their dominance of the Patriot League by sweeping the Holy Cross Crusaders on Sunday afternoon by scores of 9-4 and 5-4. The wins by the Black Knights give them their sixth Patriot League title under Joe Sottalano as they have now made the NCAA Tournament in back to back seasons for the first time since they completed the feat in the 2004 and 2005. Continue reading CBD Visit: Army sweeps Holy Cross to Win Patriot League Championship
LOS ANGELES — David Berg’s first career save was of the three-inning variety. It sent UCLA to the College World Series last season.
While it wasn’t a postseason performance, Berg faced a tough situation on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. Facing off with the Bruins’ rival, Berg collected his longest save of the season on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field to give UCLA a 7-6 victory and a Pac-12 series win.
Berg entered in the seventh inning of a 7-6 game with the tying run 90 feet away and quelled the USC rally. The Trojans had scored three runs against relievers Cody Poteet and Zack Weiss to trim away a 7-3 lead.
“It was 7-3 and then all of a sudden it was 7-6. I don’t like using him in the seventh,” UCLA head coach John Savage said, “but we felt with two outs and runners at first and third, we felt we had to go to our guy.”
As he has done all season, Berg shut the door, using his stellar defense to his benefit. With runners on the corners, Berg got one of USC’s hottest hitters, Greg Zebrack, to hit a hard grounder to the hole on the left side where shortstop Pat Valaika made yet another solid play, cutting the ball off and firing to first to nab Zebrack by a step.
USC was able to get the tying run in scoring position in the eighth inning, but Berg was able to induce two more grounders to Valaika, who made a pair of solid plays — charging a slow hopper up the middle and backhanding a short hop in the hole — and UCLA was out of the inning. The sidewinding closer finished off the 2 1/3 innings save for his 15th save of the season tying the UCLA school record that was set last season by Scott Griggs. He also pushed his scoreless streak to 33 1/3 innings, dating back to March 30. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Berg at 33 1/3 Scoreless As Bruins Best USC 7-6
LOS ANGELES — It isn’t an otherworldly being the Ghostbusters are chasing. It isn’t a crazed swamp creature that ends up on your front lawn. But the turf monster is something all ballplayers fear for it can strike at any moment and when it does, there’s usually little that can be done.
Even a senior playing a rivalry game on the day of his graduation isn’t immune. The turf monster reared its ugly head and took a bite out of USC second baseman Adam Landecker helping UCLA to a 2-1 victory Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
Landecker became a turf monster victim with two runners on base in the ninth inning of a tie game. The runners took off running as Brent Wheatley delivered a pitch to Kevin Kramer, who hit a hard grounder to Landecker’s right. Landecker slid to stop the ball and tried to pop up to his feet. When he did, a huge sod patch gave way and popped up with him.
The senior appeared to lose his balance as he tried to rise to his feet with the earth giving way while he simultaneously tried to pull the ball from his glove. Instead the ball shot out of his glove to his side. The botch was all speedy pinch runner Brett Urabe needed to get home with the winning run. All-American closer David Berg pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to lower his ERA to 0.63 and record his 14th save of the season. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Turf Monster Helps Bruins to 2-1 Win
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Kris Bryant’s nation-leading 29th home run and an 11-3, sixth-inning lead were not enough for San Diego on Tuesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex. UC Riverside rallied from an eight-run deficit to take a 12-11 victory in ten innings. And with the win, the Highlanders may have played spoiler for San Diego’s chances to receive an at large selection in the NCAA Tournament.
Devyn Bolasky scored in six consecutive plate appearances, including tallying the game-tying run in the ninth inning and the game-winner in the 10th inning. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Riverside Rallies From Eight-Run Deficit