With the Mountain West and West Coast Conference tournaments starting up Wednesday and Thursday and crucial weekend series to wrap up the regular season for the Big West and Pac-12, very few midweek games were on the slate this week.
But one game presented a pair of college baseball traditional powers squaring off in a huge bubble battle as the history-rich programs of USC and Cal State Fullerton played with RPI rankings on the line.
The game started in favor of one squad, but made a drastic turn with the assistance of a player nicknamed “Bubbles.”
Find out who came out ahead between the Trojans and Titans and hear the calls from a dramatic final inning in Riverside that featured a pair of home runs. Also, check out photo galleries from all three midweek games.
Timmy Robinson wasn’t on the roster the last time USC defeated crosstown rival UCLA. He was still in high school. But the sophomore outfielder blasted a three-run homer in the first inning to help the Trojans end a nine-game losing streak to their crosstown rivals with a 10-0 victory Thursday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Continue reading
Cal State Fullerton and USC both ended lengthy conference series droughts. But only one team did it in a positive fashion. Fittingly, UC Santa Barbara/Long Beach State and San Diego State/UC Irvine concluded their series with yet another tight game in each series finale.
Check out that plus much more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Pepperdine, Irvine and Northridge:
The Utes struck out 17 times as a team and couldn’t muster a single hit for eighth consecutive innings, but somehow Utah (11-19, 2-11) was able to pull out a 3-2 victory over USC (15-17, 4-9) to open the series at Dedeaux Field Friday night. Continue reading
Rod Dedeaux would have been 100 years old on Monday. Unfortunately, the famous USC baseball coach died in January 2006 after complications from a stroke.
Otherwise, the architect of the college baseball’s most dominant program would still be calling everyone “Tiger” and still be everyone’s friend.
On Sunday, the University of Southern California honored Rod Dedeaux with a statue of the former Trojans’ skipper holding his arm up above his head with his hat held to the sky, forever tipping his cap to those that enter the gates at Dedeaux Field.
“I think it’s fitting that the first thing fans will see when they walk in is Rod Dedeaux,” current USC head coach Dan Hubbs said.
It’s Valentine’s Day!
Who cares? Unless your sweetie is taking you to the ballfield, we definitely don’t.
That’s because it’s Opening Day! The college baseball season officially kicks off today.
To get you ready for the opening weekend of Southern California baseball action, we’ve got where the teams will be playing along with an Around the Horn preview of series to watch.
And in this opening weekend preview, you’ll also get the preseason version of Shotgun’s SoCal Squad, your All-Southern California Team.
Teams wil be trying to start strong to open the season and there is an opportunity for teams to makes some noise. Long Beach State hosts Vanderbilt while No. 1 ranked Cal State Fullerton will welcome a Washington State squad that has a lot of potential.
LOS ANGELES — On its list of preseason All-American, Baseball America listed Oklahoma lefty starter Dillon Overton as a third team member. A young, hungry USC team didn’t care on Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
Playing through a steady drizzle until the late innings, the Trojans (7-6) smacked Overton around for 13 hits and five runs in a 5-3 victory to open the Dodgertown Classic.
Oklahoma scored three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead, but USC scraped together a run in the fifth inning and then used four consecutive hits to put together a two-out rally in its next at bat. Senior Adam Landecker’s single scored a pair of runs that put the Trojans up 4-3.
Landecker, returning from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the last week of action, provided the final score of the game with his third run-scoring hit and fourth RBI on an eighth inning single to score Greg Zebrack.
LOS ANGELES — The USC Trojans rallied for the second straight time to pull off a late-inning victory, defeating Loyola Marymount 2-1 Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field.
LMU put together three singles in the top of the seventh inning taking a 1-0 lead on Mitchell Esser’s nubber that barely made it past the home plate dirt cut out. But USC quickly responded with a single run that came when Adam Landecker doubled home Kevin Swick.
In the eighth inning, it was all the new guys. Penn transfer Greg Zebrack singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Freshman Vahn Bozoian knocked home the game-winning run with a single to left field.
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
LOS ANGELES–Former USC All-American pitcher Dan Hubbs, who was the pitching coach at California the past 12 years, has been named the Trojans’ pitching coach and associate head coach, USC head coach Frank Cruz announced today (July 11).
“We are delighted to welcome Dan Hubbs back to the USC baseball program,” said Cruz. “He did an outstanding job developing his pitching staffs at California and we know he’ll do the same thing for us at USC. Continue reading