MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine senior outfielder Chris Amezquita knows how tough it can be to hit a ball out to dead centerfield at Eddy D. Field Stadium. He is the Waves’ top home run hitter, but has seen a number of drives to centerfield quickly run out of steam.
That wasn’t the case on Sunday as Amezquita powered a low-and-away slider over the fence for a three-run homer to help Pepperdine (21-17, 9-6) snap Gonzaga’s 11-game winning streak with a 10-5 victory to keep from being swept by the Bulldogs (26-11-1, 13-5).
Drew Hacker had two hits and four RBI and Ranny Lowe had a pair of RBI infield singles in support of southpaw Aaron Brown, who pitched his first career complete game. Gonzaga was able to manufacture single runs in the first three innings, but Brown settled into a groove in the middle innings. He allowed six hits and only two earned runs as he won his fifth consecutive decision.
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MALIBU, Calif. — Aaron Brown pitched his first career complete game and the Pepperdine offense knocked 13 hits as the Waves salvaged a 10-5 win against Gonzaga Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
After Gonzaga (26-11-1, 13-5) held the Waves to only three runs in the first two games of the series, Pepperdine (21-17, 9-6) was able to knock around Bulldogs starter Zack Abbruzza, chasing him after 2 2/3 innings.
Gonzaga took the early lead manufacturing runs in the first and second innings, but Pepperdine responded in the second inning thanks to the hustle of Ranny Lowe, who beat out a two-out chopper to shortstop with runners on the corners to score a run and keep the inning alive. Drew Hacker followed with an RBI single to tie the game. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: Pepperdine Salvages 10-4 Win Against Zags
LOS ANGELES — Sometimes matchups don’t live up to their expectations. What looked likely to be a pitcher’s duel between a pair of the West Coast Conferences top aces turned into a barrage of line drives Friday afternoon at George Page Stadium.
With Loyola Marymount ace Colin Welmon, who entered with a 0.62 ERA, and Gonzaga two-way stud Marco Gonzales facing off on the mound, a quick, low-scoring affair seemed to be in order, but neither pitcher had their best stuff and both struggled to miss bats.
It ended up being the LMU offense that prevailed. The Lions (12-13, 4-3) scored five unanswered runs against Gonzales after , tying the game in the sixth inning and chasing Gonzales in the seventh, to take a 7-4 victory to open the conference series.
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LOS ANGELES — Loyola Marymount knocked around Gonzaga ace Marco Gonzales, both literally and figuratively, for nine hits and seven runs in a 7-4 win Thursday afternoon at Page Stadium.
The Lions (12-13, 4-3) used 11 hits, led by Tommy Cheek’s career-high four knocks, to pick up their fourth win in five games. But the biggest hit may have been the one to Gonzales. Entering the sixth inning, Gonzales had retired 12 of the previous 13 hitters. After a Cheek leadoff single, Tanner Donnels sent a screamer right back where it came from, nailing Gonzales on the outside of his left leg just above the knee. Continue reading CBD Photo Gallery: LMU Takes Down Gonzales & Gonzaga 7-4
Here are some of the top performances and highlights on the day. We will be providing daily articles as often as possible this season. If you know of an outstanding performance we might miss, feel free to send us an email by clicking here. Continue reading CBD Around the Horn (March 1st)
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 8 on our Top 100 Countdown is Gonzaga’s Marco Gonzales. The 6’1 left-handed pitcher from Fort Collins, Colorado was selected in the 29th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Continue reading Top 100 Countdown: 8. Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga)
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SAN BRUNO, Calif. — The University of San Diego has been selected to win the 2013 West Coast Conference baseball championship, in a preseason poll of the WCC’s nine head coaches. The Toreros earned six of eight possible first-place votes and 62 overall points in the poll. Last year’s West Coast Conference champion, Pepperdine University, earned 53 points and picked up two first place votes in the annual survey. Continue reading 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
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SPOKANE, Wash. – With the start season on the horizon, the 2013 Gonzaga University baseball team will begin its quest for a West Coast Conference championship as it plays a 54-game slate highlighted by 19 homes games at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field as Bulldog head coach Mark Machtolf released the schedule Tuesday.
“Our schedule is very challenging as always,” Machtolf said. “We are thankful to our administration that gave us the opportunity to go out and play the best teams in the country. We will test ourselves and get ready to compete for the WCC Championship.” Continue reading Gonzaga releases 2013 Schedule
SAN DIEGO — San Diego got a big West Coast Conference series win, taking the rubber match 5-3 over Gonzaga Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
The Toreros (25-8, 7-2) got an outstanding performance from sophomore starting pitcher Dylan Covey. He allowed a pair of runs in the first inning and a second-inning leadoff single before putting the early jitters to bed and tossing an absolute gem.
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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 CBD Photo Gallery: Controversial Call Spurs San Diego Win