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SoCal Weekend Wrap: Road Warriors

San Diego State's effort came up just short.

San Diego State’s effort came up short at UNLV.

The SoCal show took to the road with all but one of the 11 Southern California squads playing on the road this weekend. There were some great matchups as three premier conference battles featured top 25 squads and another four series came down to a decisive Sunday showdown.

But for two SoCal squads, the door to the postseason may have slammed shut behind them as they were ushered out by the mighty sweep broom.

We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:

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CBD Visit: Aaron Brown Complete Game Helps Waves Salvage Win

Aaron Brown had his first complete game.MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine senior outfielder Chris Amezquita knows how tough it can be to hit a ball out to dead centerfield at Eddy D. Field Stadium. He is the Waves’ top home run hitter, but has seen a number of drives to centerfield quickly run out of steam.

That wasn’t the case on Sunday as Amezquita powered a low-and-away slider over the fence for a three-run homer to help Pepperdine (21-17, 9-6) snap Gonzaga’s 11-game winning streak with a 10-5 victory to keep from being swept by the Bulldogs (26-11-1, 13-5).

Drew Hacker had two hits and four RBI and Ranny Lowe had a pair of RBI infield singles in support of southpaw Aaron Brown, who pitched his first career complete game. Gonzaga was able to manufacture single runs in the first three innings, but Brown settled into a groove in the middle innings. He allowed six hits and only two earned runs as he won his fifth consecutive decision.
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CBD Photo Gallery: Pepperdine Salvages 10-4 Win Against Zags

Greg Zebrack takes a ball off the helmet.MALIBU, Calif. — Aaron Brown pitched his first career complete game and the Pepperdine offense knocked 13 hits as the Waves salvaged a 10-5 win against Gonzaga Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

After Gonzaga (26-11-1, 13-5) held the Waves to only three runs in the first two games of the series, Pepperdine (21-17, 9-6) was able to knock around Bulldogs starter Zack Abbruzza, chasing him after 2 2/3 innings.

Gonzaga took the early lead manufacturing runs in the first and second innings, but Pepperdine responded in the second inning thanks to the hustle of Ranny Lowe, who beat out a two-out chopper to shortstop with runners on the corners to score a run and keep the inning alive. Drew Hacker followed with an RBI single to tie the game. Continue reading

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SoCal Weekend Wrap: Devastating Dirtbag Losses

Rough weekend for Long Beach.

It was a rough weekend for Long Beach State, who had two very disappointing endings. Outside of the Dirtbags’ struggles against rival Cal State Fullerton, it was a very successful weekend in Southern California as SoCal squads won five of the seven other series that were played.

We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:

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SoCal Weekend Wrap: It’s Kris Bryant’s World

Ranny Lowe scores the winning run.

After a rough weekend overall last week, the Southern California squads bounced back with four series sweeps and a pair of series wins. Pepperdine took a SoCal West Coast Conference matchup with Loyola Marymount in walk-off fashion and Kris Bryant made a claim for Golden Spikes early frontrunner with a monster weekend against BYU.

We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:

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CBD Visit: Yamaguchi, Hacker Ninth Inning Heroics Lead Waves to 4-3 Win

Pepperdine dogpiles Drew Hacker.

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

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CBD Photo Gallery: Pepperdine Wins Series With Walk-Off

Ranny Lowe hustles home.MALIBU, Calif — Maybe it was the luck of the Irish coming in the form of the green St. Patrick’s Day hats being worn by Pepperdine?

Down to their final out, the Waves (10-9, 2-1) got a game-tying home run from Kolten Yamaguchi and a walk-off single from Drew Hacker three batters later to defeat Loyola Marymount 4-3 and take the opening West Coast Conference series Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Loyola Marymount (8-12, 1-2) took a 3-0 lead against Pepperdine starter Aaron Brown in the third inning. Matt Lowenstein singled home a run after Brown walked two batters. Following a fielder’s choice, Colton Plaia doubled to right-centerfield to bring home two more runs.

Pepperdine got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Amezquita hit a two-out solo home run to left field. The Waves scratched out a run in the fifth inning with the assistance of a wild pitch after two infield singles and a sacrifice bunt.

After two hitless innings of relief by Carlos Fuentes, Dahlson got the first two batters to pop out, but his first pitch to Yamaguchi was a high fastball that Yamaguchi roped on a line just over the wall in right field.

Ranny Lowe walked and Cody Nulph reached when a high throw from shortstop David Edwards pulled Cullen Mahoney off the base, setting the table for Hacker. The sophomore second baseman lined a 2-2 pitch right back up the middle and Zac Fujimoto’s throw was up the third base line, allowing Lowe to slide in with the winning run.

Check out the 22-shot photo gallery from Sunday’s thrilling rubber match:

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CBD Visit: Yamaguchi, Langlois Power Pepperdine Past USC

Mat Snider picked up the win.

LOS ANGELES — Pepperdine scored five runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and eventually take a 9-4 victory at USC’s Dedeaux Field Tuesday night. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Waves.

Kolten Yamaguchi smacked a two-run homer to break the 3-3 tie and put the Waves ahead. After freshman reliever loaded the bases later in the inning, Bryan Langlois cleared them with a double that one-hopped the right field wall.

An inning later Yamaguchi struck again with his second career home run on a hanging changeup from Shane Gonzales.

USC threatened in the eighth inning as erratic Alex Najera walked a batter, hit two batters and threw two wild pitches, allowing one run to score, but before the Trojans could trim the lead further, Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez went to closer Michael Swanner. Swanner stranded both runners and finished off the game, striking out three of the six batters he faced. Continue reading

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CBD Photo Gallery: Pepperdine Snaps 4-Game Skid With 9-4 Win

Blake Lacey scores from first.LOS ANGELES —  Kolten Yamaguchi hit his first two career home runs in subsequent innings to help Pepperdine break a four-game losing streak. The Waves defeated USC 9-4 Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field.

The Trojans (7-9) have now dropped six of seven after winning six of their previous seven.

USC held a 3-1 lead after four innings. AJ Ramirez had a two-run double in the second inning and James Roberts had an RBI double in the fourth, but Pepperdine (8-8) scored eight runs over the next three innings.

The Waves struck for five of those runs in the sixth inning. Yamaguchi hit a two-run homer that stayed inside the right field foul pole to put the Waves ahead 5-3. They loaded the bases with a single, hit by pitch and walk for Bryan Langlois, who cleared the bases with a double over the right fielder.

Yamaguchi added a deep solo shot to the left of the scoreboard in right-centerfield — an area of the ballpark where few home runs are typically hit — the following inning.

Mat Snider picked up the win with three innings of one-run relief for starter Jackson McClelland. Langlois finished with three hits and four RBI while Yamaguchi had two hits and three RBI.

Check out the 16-shot photo gallery from Tuesday night’s matchup:

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SoCal Weekend Wrap: Not Many Wins to Go Around

Kevin Kramer had the big hit against USC.

It was tough sledding for the Southern California programs this weekend as only the cream of the crop came away with a winning record.

USC and UCLA hosted the Dodgertown Classic, bringing in a pair of ranked squads for competition. San Diego also hosted a tournament at its new Fowler Park, inviting three Northern squads to come down and enjoy the sunshine and quality baseball.

Cal State Fullerton hosted an SEC squad while UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount went on the road to face squads that could vie for the Mountain West and Big 12 championships.

We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:

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