It was tough sledding for the Southern California programs this weekend as only the cream of the crop came away with a winning record.
USC and UCLA hosted the Dodgertown Classic, bringing in a pair of ranked squads for competition. San Diego also hosted a tournament at its new Fowler Park, inviting three Northern squads to come down and enjoy the sunshine and quality baseball.
Cal State Fullerton hosted an SEC squad while UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount went on the road to face squads that could vie for the Mountain West and Big 12 championships.
We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:
LOS ANGELES — Grant Watson needed only 77 pitches to pick up his third win of the season as No. 12 UCLA defeated crosstown rival USC 6-1 Sunday afternoon in the Dodgertown Classic at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Watson went seven innings, allowing only three hits and one run. He struck out three and didn’t allow a walk. The USC pitching staff was a direct contrast, giving up nine walks and two hit batsmen to go along with 10 hits allowed.
However, USC was able to tie the game briefly in the sixth inning on a solo home run from Vahn Bozoian and kept the game close until the eighth inning due to UCLA’s inability to drive in runners. In total, the Bruins stranded 14 runners. But it was the six they brought home that mattered. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — In the first official Pac-12 heavyweight showdown, No. 9 UCLA took the weekend finale Sunday evening to take the series against No. 11 Arizona State.
The Sun Devils (12-7, 1-2) won the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader 4-3 behind seven strong innings of one-run ball from Trevor Williams, who improved to 5-0 on the season. In the second game, it was UCLA freshman Grant Watson (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) that improved to 5-0, propelling the Bruins (15-4, 2-1) to a 4-2 win.