Both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have both been strong defensively and are among the top West Coast Conference teams, despite having to rely on a pair of freshmen shortstops.
But rather than being bothered by being thrust into the fire, Manny Jefferson and David Fletcher have thrived under the pressures of being regular starters for regional contenders just a season removed from high school ball. Both players made major contributions with the glove on Tuesday.
That plus more in a roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action along with photo galleries from Northridge and LMU:
There were only five games on the Southern California slate Tuesday night, but there was still plenty of action. San Diego State tried to announce its presence with authority at Fowler Park and take the city rivalry season series for the second year in a row.
USC and UCLA tried to even season series while Taylor Sparks went ya-ya for UC Irvine and Cal Poly’s had a late inning offensive explosion.
All of that in a roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from three of the five matchups:
Long Beach Sate saw the return of an important rotation arm that could give them a boost the rest of the season, though he wouldn’t figure in today’s decision. See who is back on the mound.
Two other familiar faces provided today’s highlights as a pair of seniors that have battled through adversity produced a school hitting record and a first career save.
That plus all of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action with highlights from UCLA and a CBD photo gallery from Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu: Continue reading
There were six games on the Southern California schedule Tuesday afternoon and evening and five of them came down to the wire with four one-run games and a 9-7 battle down in San Diego. Tuesday’s tight-knit action piggy-backed Monday’s walk-off win for San Diego State
A roundup of all SoCal squads that were in action Tuesday with a photo gallery from Monday’s exiciting San Diego State/Purdue matchup:
Staying close to home was a common theme for the SoCal midweek matchups for all but one team, which had one heck of a road trip just to get to their Tuesday matchup.
San Diego and San Diego State renewed their rivalry while USC faced off with former Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie. And LMU didn’t even have to travel east of Interstate 405 as the Lions faced off with yet another Pac-12 club.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the games with photo galleries from UC Irvine, Pepperdine and UCLA: Continue reading
There were five doubleheaders as teams tried to salvage as much playing time as possible after Mother Nature had wiped out several games on Friday and Saturday.
The much-anticipated series between No. 17 Cal Poly and USC finally got underway (and then quickly faced another rain delay). The squads got a pair of nine-inning games in and the results couldn’t have been more different.
One part of UCLA’s team tried to outdo itself for the third day in a row as the Bruins looked to stay unbeaten in the Irish Classic in Cary, NC.
Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside and San Diego State all looked for sweeps, even though that meant swiping both games of a doubleheader for the latter three squads. And Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge both tried to right the ship against Pac-12 opponents.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action in the area:
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine wanted an insurance run.
Leading 3-2, the Anteaters got a leadoff walk from Grant Palmer to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Head coach Mike Gillespie had Chris Rabago sacrifice Palmer to second base to set up preseason All-Americans Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer, who combined for 159 hits and 85 RBI in 55 games last season.
All Sparks or Spencer needed was to knock a base hit. But instead, Sparks racked up his seventh strikeout in four games and Spencer grounded out to end the inning — and continued the Sparks/Spencer First Hit Watch that is now a combined 31 at bats deep. Two All-Americans now 0-for-31.
Today was our first opportunity to see the Southern California teams face off with each other in mid-week action — something that makes the SoCal teams unique.
Rather than playing schools from directional schools or baby small conferences like might happen in other parts of the country, the SoCal coaches match up with each other, creating a great atmosphere and competition.
Unlike last season when Cal State Fullerton started the season 10-0, the Titans look vulnerable after a second sloppy game in four days cost Fullerton at USC.
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DENVER, CO – Bakersfield has been selected as the favorite to win the 2014 Western Athletic Conference regular season baseball crown in a vote by the league’s 10 head coaches.
The Roadrunners received 80 points and eight first place votes after winning a share of last season’s WAC regular season title. The ‘Runners went 37-22 overall last season with an 18-9 mark in the WAC. CSUB went 2-1 at last year’s WAC Tournament.
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.–Bakersfield head baseball coach Bill Kernen announced the 2014 Roadrunner schedule Dec. 9.
The Roadrunners begin the campaign with a three-game series against the defending Horizon League Champion, UW-Milwaukee Feb. 14-16. The ‘Runners will play five teams; UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 18, May 6), Towson University (Feb. 21-23), Cal Poly (Apr. 1, Apr. 15), Oklahoma (away, Apr. 4-6), and Kansas State (away, Apr. 22-23) that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Sooners and the Wildcats were Super Regional participants. Continue reading