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.
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.”
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?
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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.
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
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.
SAN DIEGO — Royce Bolinger’s feet flew up in the air as he slid six to eight feet across the grass in centerfield at Cunningham Stadium. The second inning line drive San Diego’s Victor Rasor-Thompson had hit was firmly in his glove throughout the entirety of Bolinger’s dive. But as he pushed himself to his feet, the ball shot out of his glove and rolled toward the infield.
Though Bolinger had controlled the ball throughout the catch and the entire Gonzaga (20-9, 3-3) team was already headed toward the first base dugout, the umpires ruled there was no catch. Bolinger stared at the umpires with his arms in the air. Left fielder Brock Slavin retrieved the ball, his glove in his hand rather than on it after he removed it, also thinking the inning was over.
Instead of a spectacular inning-ending catch, Rasor-Thompson was credited with an RBI-double and scored on a Louie Lechich single to tie the game 2-2.
With the help of the controversial call that Gonzaga coach Mark Machtolf vehemently argued for nearly five minutes, No. 21 San Diego (25-8, 7-2) defeated the Bulldogs 5-3 Saturday afternoon to win the important West Coast Conference Series. Continue reading