Kendall Rogers of Rivals continues his previews of conferences around the country today with the Big West. He believes that the Big West has nothing to worry about this year as they are deeper then usual as Cal-State Fullerton and UC-Irvine are contenders for a CWS bid.
The Long Beach State Dirtbags have released their 2010 schedule. The Dirtbags had a down year in 2009, but The Beach looks to get back on the winning track in 2010. The team will open the season at Blair Field, as they take on Pepperdine (Feb. 19) and Oregon (Feb. 20) before making the trek to Fullerton to battle the Cal State Fullerton Titans (Feb. 21). The Dirtbags will return home for a mid-week game against UCLA (Feb. 23) and then head to The Grand Canyon State for a weekend set against Arizona (Feb. 26-28).
Mike Weathers of Long Beach State announced on Monday the addition of Troy Buckley to his staff for the 2010 campaign. Buckley previously served as an assistant coach for seven seasons starting in 2002. He left Long Beach State to go to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he served as the coordinator of minor league pitching. Buckley had tons of success at Lon Beach State as he oversaw many star pitchers including three straight Big West Pitchers of the Year from 2002-2004.
Head Coach Mike Weathers says the following about the addition: "Obviously, we’re thrilled to have Troy back with the program. He’s our best recruit of the year, I know this was a difficult decision for him, because he was really enjoying his position with the Pirates. However, I think for his family’s sake and for his future that Long Beach State was the right fit for him."
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
MALIBU, Calif. – Jon Strauss has joined the Pepperdine baseball staff as the team’s new pitching coach, head coach Steve Rodriguez announced on Friday. Strauss replaces Sean Kenney, who is now the pitching coach at Maryland.
A Southern California native with close to 15 years of collegiate coaching experience, Strauss completes Rodriguez’s coaching staff for the 2009-10 season. Earlier this week, Rodriguez tabbed former Ohio State standout catcher Joe Wilkins to the volunteer assistant coach position.
“The Pepperdine and Long Beach State baseball programs both have a great history and winning traditions, so I’m confident the transition will be an easy one for Jon and that he’ll help us get deeper into the postseason,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve gotten to know Jon pretty well on the recruiting trail and I’m excited that he and his family are coming to Malibu to join the Pepperdine family.”
Here is your Cape Cod Baseball League Recap for June 30th. I will try to get this up every morning but recently I have not seen the box scores until it was too late. I will try my best the rest of the season as some of the bigger names have started to show up. Continue reading
UC RIVERSIDE vs. COLUMBIA
UCR 14 – Columbia 5
UCR 6 – Columbia 4
UCR 15 – Columbia 5
The UC Riverside Baseball Team completed the three-game sweep of the Columbia Lions with a 15-5 win at the Riverside Sports Complex Sunday afternoon. drove in five runs on the day and extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning double. The win is the fifth straight for the Highlanders (14-3) and 11th in the past 12 games.
Here are a few newspaper links from around the country. Continue reading
CAL POLY SLO vs. SACRAMENTO STATE
Cal Poly 9- Sac 2
Cal Poly 11- Sac 5
Cal Poly 6- Sac 2
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore southpaw Matt Leonard pitched six strong innings and junior left fielder Luke Yoder drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning single as Cal Poly completed a three-game series sweep against Sacramento State with a 6-2 victory in a non-conference baseball game Sunday afternoon before 1,427 in Baggett Stadium.
Coach Larry Lee’s Mustangs extended their winning streak to six games and improved to 6-1 on the year, their best start since going 7-1 to open the 2001 campaign. Sacramento State fell to 1-5.
Here is your Big West Recap for this weekend.
LONG BEACH STATE vs. USC
Game #1: USC 5 – LBSU 3
Game #2: USC 4 – LBSU 0
Game #3: LBSU 5 – USC 4
LOS ANGELES – Derek Legg scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth Sunday while Charlie Ruiz threw 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief as the Long Beach State 49ers beat the USC Trojans, 5-4, at Dedeaux Field. The 49ers recorded 13 hits in the game after a combined seven hits in the first two games of the series. Continue reading
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Even though the geographic region of Southern California is somewhat of college baseball’s mecca, with nationally ranked squads within a thirty minute drive of one another, I was pleasantly surprised to be sitting in traffic on the way to the Dirtbags home opener. It being February, and the support for both the Long Beach State and USC baseball squads this early in the season was quite surprising. Obviously, last years season of success for the Dirtbags is still carrying momentum into this season, which brought the biggest crowd in Long Beach State baseball history, what actually looked much bigger from within, a tally of 3, 342 fans at Blair Field. Continue reading