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 CBD Photo Gallery: 12 Walks & Lorenzen’s Big Day Push Fullerton Past USC
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).
Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Big 5th Inning Propels Stanford to Series Win at UCLA
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 CBD Photo Gallery: Tarpley Buckles Down on Beavers, USC Wins Series
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.
Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Crosby Slaught Outduels Riverside Ace Orozco
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.
Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Triggs’ Gem Spoiled By UC Santa Barbara
IRVINE, Calif. — When an extra base is given, you take it.
UC Irvine did exactly that — over and over and over again — in Tuesday night’s 10-5 win against San Diego State at Anteater Ballpark. Every time the Aztecs (18-21) overthrew a cutoff man or unsuccessfully tried to get a lead runner, Irvine (19-14) took advantage.
“That’s a game I think we could have won if we execute,” San Diego State head coach Tony Gwynn said. “We pitched horribly. We didn’t execute very well. We didn’t play good defense. We made a couple of mental mistakes that ended up costing us three runs. You’re just not going to win games like that at the college level.”
Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Extra Bases Give ‘Eaters 10-5 Win Against SDSU
MALIBU, Calif. — Portland defeated Pepperdine 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Pilots scored the winning run when Cody Lenahan singled to centerfield and Turner Gill raced home from second base to beat Matt Gelalich’s throw.
But just how close was play at the plate?
See for yourself: Continue reading Just How Close Was Portland’s Winning Run Sunday at Pepperdine?
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine second baseman Joe Sever had done everything all game for the Waves. But as he ran toward home plate in the bottom of the tenth inning Sunday afternoon, the only thing he could do is hope for a booted ball or an errant throw.
With Tony Cooper on first base and Sever on third with one out in the tenth, Sam Meyer ht a grounder to second base. Instead of the error Sever hoped for, Portland’s Cody Lenahan started the tailor-made 4-6-3 double play to end the game and give the Pilots a 4-3, extra-inning victory at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Portland Takes Series Finale in 10th Inning
IRVINE, Calif. — After nearly being no-hit in the series opener, Cal State Fullerton’s bats woke up as the Titans (22-12, 6-2) pounded 18 hits to earn a 13-2 win and a split of Saturday’s doubleheader with rival UC Irvine.
Fullerton chased Irvine starter Crosby Slaught during a seven-run second inning that was highlighted by Clay Williamson’s three-run triple on the first batter after Slaught’s departure. The Titans added three runs in the third inning to make it 11-0. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Rivals Irvine/Fullerton Split Doubleheader
LOS ANGELES — San Francisco ace Kyle Zimmer didn’t have his best stuff Saturday afternoon, but it was enough to get a 13-9 win over Loyola Marymount at Page Stadium.
Zimmer (3-3) had probably his worst outing of the season, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and three walks. But the Dons offense supplied Zimmer an early cushion and plenty of support as the Dons (15-22, 2-5) knocked 17 hits.
Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Kyle Zimmer Gets Win Despite Struggles