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 CBB Visit: Welcome To the Beach…Now Go Home!
Here is your Big West Recap for February 21st. The information comes from various press releases.
Game 1: Cal-Poly 10 Rice 3
Game 2: Cal-Poly 7 Rice 6
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore first baseman J.J. Thompson’s double to the gap in right-center field knocked in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as Cal Poly completed a comeback from a 6-2 deficit and upset No. 3 Rice 7-6 Saturday night in Baggett Stadium.
Coach Larry Lee’s Mustangs (2-1) also won the first game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader, 10-3, and captured the season-opening non-conference baseball series, two games to one. Continue reading Big West Recap for Feb. 21
Here is your Pac-10 Recap for February 21st.
Game 1: Arizona State 13 Wisconsin Milwaukee 5
TEMPE, Ariz. – Six home runs, including two each from Jason Kipnis and Carlos Ramirez, helped the No. 6 Arizona State University baseball team to a 13-5 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the opening game of a doubleheader Saturday at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improved to 2-0 on the season with the win. Continue reading Pac 10 Recap for Feb. 21
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
College Baseball coaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara, including Northridge Head Coach Steve Rousey, convened at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim Saturday morning to show off their skills and creativity.
Their tools of choice however were not a glove, a baseball, or a bat but a skillet, a spatula, and a number of ingredients at their disposal as participants in the inaugural Baseball Cooking Challenge.
Continue reading Competition Heats Up Between Southern Cal Coaches
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Receiving 78 points and seven first-place votes, Cal State Fullerton was tabbed as the favorite to win the 2009 Big West Conference crown, according to the Big West Conference preseason poll conducted by the league’s nine head coaches. The Titans have claimed at least a share of seven of the last 10 league titles and a conference-best 14 overall. UC Irvine was selected to finish second with 67 points and UC Santa Barbara was picked third after receiving 65 points and one first-place nod.
Continue reading Big West Preseason Poll
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
MALIBU, Calif. – Junior transfer Colin Rooney’s (Yorba Linda, Calif./Saddleback College) eighth-inning, three-run homer was the key shot in Pepperdine’s 14-3 victory over Long Beach State Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The two-out blast to left center increased the Waves’ lead from four to seven, and more importantly, crushed any hopes for a Long Beach comeback in today’s scheduled 10-inning exhibition. Continue reading Pepperdine knocks off Long Beach 14-3 in Fall Ball
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Pepperdine shortstop Denny Duron gunned down Long Beach State’s Brennan Metzger at home plate by for the final out of Saturday’s 8-8 tie between the Waves and Dirtbags at Blair Field.
Long Beach had already scored twice in its half of the ninth when Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) scooped a ball hit up the middle by Jonathan Jones. Realizing he had no chance to catch the speedy centerfielder, the senior wheeled around and fired a bullet to rookie catcher Nathan Johnson (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS), who applied the tag on Metzger. Continue reading Pepperdine and LBSU tie at 8
Most of my readers know that I am a diehard Red Sox fan but we have to congratulate to the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays after they both advance to the 2008 World Series. The Rays ended up making the series on the arm of David Price who was the number 1 pick in the 2007 MLB draft after a standout career with the Vanderbilt Commodores. He ended up getting the final four outs in Game 7 of the ALCS protecting a two run lead. They also featured 2006 number 3 overall pick, 2005 Cape Cod League MVP, and 2006 Big West Player of the Year Evan Longoria from Long Beach State. He has played in all eleven games of the playoffs with a .262 average, six homers, and eleven RBI. Continue reading Phillies-Rays set to face off in World Series
Note: The CBB has added several schools to its D-II and D-III list that have released their 2009 College Baseball Schedules. Just use the link up top or the link on the right and you will find all the schools that released their schedules.
Challenging Baseball Schedule Awaits Valpo in 2009
Twenty-four home games, including 23 to be played at Emory G. Bauer Field and another at U.S. Steel Yard highlight a challenging 2009 baseball schedule head coach Tracy Woodson has announced.
Continue reading 2009 College Baseball Schedules- 4 Added
The Long Beach Press Telegram writer Bob Keisser has written an article previewing the 15 new faces around the Long Beach State program in 2009 and a potential lineup. The biggest name in the group is former Miami (FL) corner infielder Joey Terdoslavich who will be sitting out the 2009 season due to the new transfer rules. Andrew Gagnon who was selected in the 10th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates turned down a sizable bonus to play for the Dirtbags. He went 8-3 with a 1.58 ERA with Liberty High School in California. He should be able to compete for a spot in the starting rotation right away. Continue reading Checking in on Long Beach State’s 2009 Recruits