Three games came down to the wire and required walk-off wins — two to help a pair of SoCal squads wrap up a series win and one to crush the heart of the opponent after a valiant comeback.
UCLA went for a sweep while USC tried to win its first Pac-12 series. Cal State Fullerton tried to rebound after being shutout Saturday night and something must be in the water in San Diego — a day after the Toreros put up 18 runs their crosstown rivals matched the output.
All of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action, including some photos and video interviews from UC Santa Barbara’s dramatic 3-2 battle with Wichita State: Continue reading
Cal State Fullerton was shutdown by a freshman. UC Irvine took a pair on the chin. Long Beach State lost in 11 innings. UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge combined to give up 30 runs. Only UC Riverside seemed to escape the Southern California Big West blues on Saturday afternoon.
That plus all of Saturday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton along with video interviews from Long Beach and Fullerton: Continue reading
On Long Beach Little League Day at Blair Field, there was some Little League defense early on as the two teams combined for six errors on the day. The game’s first two runs were unearned and a Long Beach State mental error helped set up the eventual game-winning run.
Indiana scored first in the fourth inning. Kyle Schwarber had been thrown out at the plate after he got a bad read at second base, initially breaking back on a Sam Travis line drive to right field. But Travis was able to score from second base on a ball hit in the deep 6-hole. Garrett Hampson ranged over to glove the ball and fired to first, but Ino Patron inexplicably muffed the catch at first base.
Another miscue by Schwarber allowed the Dirtbags to even it up in the sixth inning. Richard Prigatano led off with a single to right field, but Schwarber allowed the ball to scoot by him and Prigatano sauntered into third. He scored one batter later when Patron lined a single to even it up.
There were some aces that were missing their sharp kitchen utensils on Friday afternoon. Instead of knifing through lineups like they were ripened pears, pitchers like West Virginia’s Harrison Musgrave, Irvine’s Andrew Morales and Fullerton’s Thomas Eshelman struggled to have the success they normally have.
Granted, those three staff aces are still going to give their team a chance to compete every time out, so were their squads able to pick them up when they didn’t have their A+ stuff?
That plus all of Friday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from the last two days at Cal State Northridge, some highlights and clips from Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton: Continue reading
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana right-handed pitcher Ryan Halstead will undergo season-ending knee surgery after suffering an injury during the home opener versus Xavier. Doctors expect a full recovery. Continue reading
Sunday’s action saw Cal Poly get a pivotal series-clinching win in the rubber game over UCLA 9-1. The victory was huge for the Mustangs, who dropped the first game on Friday only to show a lot of character and bounce back with two straight wins on the road to take the series. Offensively Nick Torres and Brian Mundell continued to be the story as the duo combined for five hits and five RBI on the day. Mundell homered in all three games of the series and raised his average to a red-hot .455 on the season. Continue reading
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Rosemont, Ill. – Indiana was the unanimous choice by the conference coaches as the preseason favorite to claim the Big Ten Championship, it was announced on Wednesday. The conference’s coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. The Hoosiers were followed in the preseason poll by No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan State, with Illinois and Michigan tied for fifth.
The Hoosiers return seven of their nine All-Big Ten honorees from last year’s College World Series squad, including third baseman Dustin DeMuth, catcher Kyle Schwarber and first baseman Sam Travis, who were named Big Ten Players to Watch. The trio each earned Preseason All-America accolades from various outlets, with Schwarber being a unanimous pick from Baseball America, College Baseball Newspaper and the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 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 7 on the countdown is Indiana junior Kyle Schwarber. The Middletown, Ohio native attended Middletown High School where he was a four time team MVP. As a senior, he hit .474 with eight homeruns and .643 on-base percentage while driving in 28 and stealing eleven bases. Continue reading
We continue the countdown today with number 63, Indiana third baseman Sam Travis. In his sophomore campaign with the Hoosiers, Travis started all 65 games in a tough Big Ten schedule. During the 2013 season the 6’0” infielder batted an impressive .316 and ranked second in the Big Ten with 22 doubles, 57 RBI, 10 homeruns, 133 total bases and 39 walks. Travis earned a Second Team All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Hoosiers to their first College World Series appearance in program history. Along the way the third baseman earned Most Outstanding Player awards at both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Bloomington Regional. Continue reading
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Baseball program released its 2014 schedule Thursday (Oct. 24), highlighted by 23 home games at Bart Kaufman Field.
In addition to the 24-game Big Ten slate, Indiana is also scheduled to take the field for 29 non-conference tilts versus schools representing 11 different conferences. Continue reading