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Long Beach Shuts Down Cal Poly for Series Win

LONG BEACH, Calif. — With two outs in the first inning, Long Beach State first baseman Ino Patron hit a hard but seemingly innocuous grounder to first base. But the ball squirted past Tim Wise, allowing Patron to reach. Back-to-back base hits by Richard Prigatano and Michael Hill plated Patron with an unearned run.

That was it.

For the next eight innings, neither No. 2 Cal Poly nor the Dirtbags (20-21, 7-5) could scratch across a run as Long Beach State took a 1-0 victory and the biggest series win in Troy Buckley’s head coaching tenure.

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Frye Leads Dirtbags to Upset of No. 2 Cal Poly

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All good things must come to an end.

And Josh Frye finally had his scoreless streak snapped at 30.2 innings pitched, but by the time Cal Poly (36-6, 12-2) got to the 6-foot-7 senior Saturday afternoon at Blair Field, Long Beach State already had the game in hand.

The Dirtbags (19-21, 6-5) scored six runs (only three earned runs) off starter Justin Calomeni to chase him from the game in the fourth inning. And when Frye did allow two runs to score, Long Beach immediately answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth, taking a 7-2 victory to even the series with the Mustangs.

Frye needed just 100 pitches over eight innings to earn his fourth win. He allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) while tying his career high with six strikeouts.

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Fullerton Snaps 6-Game Losing Streak With Walk-Off

FULLERTON, Calif. — Rain was pouring down, drenching everything at Goodwin Field Friday night.

Cal State Fullerton’s players were doing the dreaded task of putting the tarp on the field. Yet, there was nothing but smiles on the Titans’ faces.

After a rough two weeks that featured a pair of Big West series losses, a 16-inning loss at Fresno State on Wednesday and their head coach being under an administrative investigation, the Titans finally had something to smile about.

For 21.1 straight innings, Cal State Fullerton (19-17, 4-6) had been held scoreless. But with two outs and a pair of runners on base, Tanner Pinkston grounded one up the middle and Jared Deacon raced home from second base to give the Titans a 1-0 win over Hawai’i (15-23, 3-10)  in 10 innings.

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Trojans Snap 9-Game Losing Streak Against UCLA

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

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Kern Shows Bruins’ Ability to Plug Holes

When UCLA’s Nick Kern finally looked up, he was halfway to second base and he noticed the umpire was signaling home run.

“It must have been the adrenaline. I just took off and was looking to get on second base. I saw that it was back-spinning to left field and I didn’t put it together that it had gone over the fence until almost second base.”

Kern barely slowed down as his adrenaline floated him around the bases after his eighth-inning, pinch-hit two-run homer gave the UCLA Bruins a 3-1 lead at Utah last Thursday. Not bad for your first collegiate at bat…especially when you are a pitcher. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Frosh SS Web Gems

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:

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Strahan Career-High Not Enough for USC Against Utah

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

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Fullerton Gets Measure of Retribution Against UCLA

Cal State Fullerton’s season ended last year with UCLA celebrating on the Titans’ home field, having earned a College World Series berth after sweeping the Fullerton Super Regional. Before the game, the Titans’ coaching staff told the players to remember the crushing feeling they had watching the Bruins’ joy.

The Titan players responded, grinding out a 4-3 win over UCLA (18-13) thanks to a three-run fifth inning.

“They dogpiled on our field last year, so it was nice to get a W over them,” junior third baseman Matt Chapman said. “It’s just another game, but it definitely had a little bit of redemption in it.” Continue reading

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Cal Poly Improves to 18-3 With Win Over Cal

I took my first trip up to the Central Coast of California to get another look at Cal Poly southpaw Matt Imhof against a Pac-12 lineup (the Mustangs’ third series against Pac-12 competition). Behind three hits from Mark Mathias, Cal Poly took a 4-1 victory over California at Baggett Stadium Friday night.

Imhof didn’t dazzle (despite striking out the side in the first), but he was still very good, striking out nine and allowing only one run on three hits and four walks in 7.2 innings. He only got stronger as the game progressed — four of the final five outs he recorded were strikeouts.

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Matadors WALK Away Victorious

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — “A win is a win…I’ll leave it at that. A win is a win.”

That’s how Cal State Northridge first-year head coach Greg Moore summed up the Matadors’ 1-0 victory over Stony Brook. The Wednesday afternoon affair at Matador Field featured only eight combined hits and a walk-off walk.

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