In college baseball, starting catchers often get the mid-week games off to rest their legs in preparation for the more important weekend series, especially during the conference season, but with an extra day of rest thanks to the Easter schedule, Shane Zeile was behind the plate for UCLA on Tuesday.
He proved to be a difference maker in the Bruins’ matchup with Loyola Marymount and afterwards his coach lauded high praise on him, calling Zeile one of the top catchers in the country.
Check out how Zeile impacted the game, what else Savage had to say about him and get the full roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action. We’ve got you covered with photo galleries from San Diego State, USC and UCLA:
When San Francisco beat Cal State Fullerton in a 19-inning contest earlier this year, the game lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes. On Wednesday night at Page Stadium, Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge battled for a full 45 minutes longer, despite only needing 13 innings to decide a victor.
But on the 453rd pitch of the night, LMU cleanup hitter Tanner Donnels sharply chopped a ball to first base. William Colantono bobbled the ball and fired home late, allowing David Fletcher to slide in with the winning run to give the LMU Lions a 12-11 win in the bottom of the 13th.
“The first pitch I saw, I just tried to take a good swing to it,” Donnels said. “I barreled it up pretty good and I was lucky enough that the first baseman bobbled it a little bit and we got the win.”
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.
MALIBU, Calif. — Sometimes all it takes is one good swing to turn a series around. Kolten Yamaguchi provided that swing for Pepperdine on an overcast Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Down to its final out, trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Yamaguchi laced the first pitch he saw from Loyola Marymount closer Bret Dahlson. Yamaguchi’s line shot scraped over the right field wall for a game-tying home run. Continue reading
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Loyola Marymount misplayed two fly balls that went for triples and fluffed a potential double play ground ball in an 8-5 loss to UC Riverside Wednesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
The first misplayed triple led to two runs in the second inning rather than being the third out and the error in the third inning could have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, Riverside scored three runs in the inning to take a 6-3 lead that they would not relent.
LOS ANGELES — Former Major League second baseman Chuck Knoblauch’s career effectively came to an end when a mental hurdle prevented him from making the short throw from his position to first base.
USC’s Dante Flores is currently facing the same mental battle. After making his first error of the season late in a game at Washington State a week and a half ago, Flores has struggled throwing to first base, making two crucial 12th inning throwing errors Tuesday night in USC’s 8-5 loss to Loyola Marymount.
LOS ANGELES — Loyola Marymount manufactured nine runs on 11 hits in a 9-4 win over St. Mary’s to open the West Coast Conference schedule Friday afternoon at Page Stadium.
Colin Welmon moved to 4-1 on the season with eight effective innings while Matt Lowenstein and Colton Plaia both delivered two singles and an extra base hit. Plaia’s extra base knock was a two-run homer, helping him finish the game with five RBI.
LOS ANGELES — The Indiana Hoosiers held Loyola Marymount to only three hits in a 3-1 win Thursday afternoon at Page Stadium. The Lions have struggled throughout the season on offense.
After the game, I talked with head coach Jason Gill, who called the Lions’ hitting woes “a disease.” Gill talked about the offensive woes as well as the reasoning behind having Aaron Griffin in the bullpen: Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton scored the final five runs Wednesday night at Goodwin Field to take a 6-2 win over Loyola Marymount. It wasn’t pretty, but the Titans won their fourth consecutive game to improve to 5-3 on the season.
After the game we talked to each team’s head coaches, who were both disappointed with the way their teams played. Continue reading