There were some aces that were missing their sharp kitchen utensils on Friday afternoon. Instead of knifing through lineups like they were ripened pears, pitchers like West Virginia’s Harrison Musgrave, Irvine’s Andrew Morales and Fullerton’s Thomas Eshelman struggled to have the success they normally have.
Granted, those three staff aces are still going to give their team a chance to compete every time out, so were their squads able to pick them up when they didn’t have their A+ stuff?
That plus all of Friday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from the last two days at Cal State Northridge, some highlights and clips from Pepperdine and Cal State Fullerton: Continue reading
The Oregon State Beavers defeated the Portland Pilots last night by a score of 5-0 behind a strong pitching performance from freshmen pitchers Jake Thompson and Trent Shelton. Here is a photo gallery from the game. Continue reading
The rains again claimed most of the action in Southern California, but the teams on the road were able to get their games in (except for Long Beach State who fell victim to a ‘sub-freezing temperatures’ cancellation at Wichita State) and there were some really great matchups.
After missing him twice in Omaha last summer, UCLA finally had to face off with North Carolina State ace Carlos Rodon, but it was a different lefty that stole the show.
A pair of young top prospects took the mound in Eugene as Cal State Fullerton and Oregon battled to a one-run contest that wasn’t decided until the eighth inning.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action in the area:
“Rain! Rain! Go away! Don’t ever come back until baseball season is over.” (or something like that)
Instead of an exciting matchup between USC and Cal Poly or some tripleheader USD Tournament action, all there was to do in Los Angeles tonight was listen and watch games online since everything in Southern California was cancelled on Friday.
There still were some great games played by some SoCal squads. Could James Kaprielian overcome UCLA’s struggling offense? How would Thomas Eshelman respond after struggling his last outing?
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area:
After dropping their first game of the season, Southern California’s top ranked squads, No. 1 Cal State Fullerton and No. 9 UCLA, both bounced back with dramatic victories to ensure a series win.
It was a strong day in the Southland as 10 of the 11 SoCal teams in action scored victories. Long Beach State’s series sweep at the hands of No. 10 Vanderbilt and “one of the best pitching staffs I’ve ever seen,” according to Dirtbags’ head coach Troy Buckley, was the only blemish. Continue reading
It only took until Day Two for the list of undefeated Southern California teams to trim to just one (not including UC Santa Barbara, who has yet to play).
But the team with a still unblemished record is not No. 1 Cal State Fullerton or fellow top 10 squad, UCLA. Instead it is the USC Trojans, who have needed 26 innings to determine a pair of games with Northwestern.
USC isn’t the only team playing extra baseball early on. Five of the SoCal games went into extra innings this afternoon.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the Southland.
Washington State 9, #1 Cal State Fullerton 7 (11 innings)
The Titans clawed back from a 7-3 deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning, but in the ninth inning when Fullerton had an opportunity to collect a walk-off win after J.D. Davis tripled with one out, the Titans couldn’t get the job done. Continue reading
A very intriguing Opening Day with several tight, nail-biting games making the first day of college baseball action in Southern California one to remember.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus three photo galleries from around the Southland.
Portland 1, #9 UCLA 0
Travis Radke and the Portland bullpen outdueled new UCLA Friday starter James Kaprielian (5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K). Shane Zeile had two of the Bruins’ four hits. Worse than the loss was the bad news delivered after the game: Continue reading
IRVINE, Calif. — Dominique Taylor hit a walk-off single deep to left field to give UC Irvine an 8-7 victory and a doubleheader sweep of Portland Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
The Anteaters (9-2) blew a 3-0 lead, but rallied with four runs in the ninth inning to take both games of Saturday’s double dip. Pinpoint lefty Matt Whitehouse pitched a three-hit complete game in the first game.
Taylor provided the offensive support in the first game as well. He hit a two-run triple into the left-centerfield gap in the third inning. Ronnie Shaeffer singled home Taylor two batters later. It was all the support Whitehouse needed.
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to take an 8-7 win against Portland in walk-off fashion Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark.
After a leadoff walk, Portland went to closer Billy Sahlinger, who allowed only two hits while picking up a save with 2 1/3 innings Friday night. he walked Chris Rabago and pinch hitter Jordan Morrison hit an RBI single through the right side. Sahlinger bobbled a bunt by Ryan Cooper that loaded the bases.
Jeff Stephens then cranked the first pitch he saw into the left-centerfield gap for a two-run double to tie the game. That brought sensational junior college transfer Dominique Taylor. Despite having a base open, Portland elected to face Taylor and he made them pay.
Taylor said Sahlinger tried to attack him exactly the same as he did yesterday, so Taylor was ready today even though he fell behind in the count. When Sahlinger tried to fool him with a fastball after getting ahead with off-speed pitcher, Taylor had in mind what was coming. With two strikes, he hit a drive deep into left field for a game-winning single and was mobbed between first and second base.
The ‘Eaters jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings. Starting pitcher Kyle Hooper had allowed only three hits through the first five innings, but Portland roughed him up for four runs in the sixth.
UC Irvine tied the game 4-4 when Rabago drove in Kris Paulino with a two-out single in the sixth inning, but the Pilots cruised to single runs in each of the next three innings to take a 7-4 lead into the final half inning.
Freshman Ellot Surrey picked up his first collegiate victory thanks to the ninth inning rally.
Check out the 20-shot photo gallery from the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader:
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine sophomore Matt Whitehouse needed exactly 100 pitches for a complete game 3-1 victory against Portland Saturday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark. The left hander allowed only three hits, keeping the Pilots (3-8) off-balance throughout the game and without a hit until the fifth inning.
UC Irvine (8-2) chased starter Zach Torson in the third inning, putting up three runs, including two on a Dominique Taylor triple to left-centerfield, and that was all Whitehouse needed.
After the Pilots finally got a hit on the board in the fifth inning, Jeff Melby came around to score after a walk and a pair of sacrifices.
Connor Spencer and Ronnie Shaeffer both finished with two hits for Irvine.
Check out the 18-shot photo gallery from Saturday’s first game: