San Diego was picked as the favorite to win this year’s WCC regular season title in the 2010 preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Toreros received six first place votes for a total of 48 points and are ranked 24th in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll. Pepperdine was picked second with 38 points and is also receiving national recognition, ranked 34th in the Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll. San Francisco totaled 33 points for third, while 2009 WCC Champion Gonzaga got one first place vote for 29 points to finish fourth, just edging out 2009 runner-up Loyola Marymount, which received 28 points for fifth. Rounding out this year’s preseason poll are Santa Clara, which received the last first place vote with 20 points, Saint Mary’s with 17 points, and Portland with 11 points.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals continues his series of articles previewing teams heading into fall ball with the West Coast Conference. The Gonzaga Bulldogs won the conference’s regular season and the subsequent post-season championship series to make the NCAA Tourney before bowing out after three games in the Fullerton regional.
The Portland Pilots enter the 2010 campaign off the heels of a very disappointing 2009 season that saw the team finish with a 25-26 overall record and 7-14 record in West Coast Conference play. Head coach Chris Sperry will be seeking his first winning season in his career at Portland.
The Pilots begin the season with a four game home series against Seattle February 26-28 followed by a mid-week home game against Division III power George Fox on March 2. Portland then hits the road for a three game set at Arkansas State on March 6-8, a mid-week game at Memphis on March 8, and a tournament at Oregon State March 12-14.
Kitsap Blue Jackets 3, Corvallis Knights 1 (20 innings) (completion of suspended game)
Corvallis Knights 6, Kitsap Blue Jackets 3 (13 innings)
The Kitsap Blue Jackets play their home games at the Kitsap Fairgrounds and Events Center near Bremerton, WA, which is a one-hour ferry ride west of Seattle.
A wild West Coast League evening started with the completion of a game that was suspended after 16 innings on June 17 with the score 1-1, because the lights went out at 11 PM. It took another four innings to settle it. Andy Bethel (Washington) hit a ball into shallow center field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the twentieth inning. The outfielder dropped it to allow the winning run to score. Cody Hevner (hasn’t picked a college yet) got the win, and Steve Kalush (Santa Clara) got the loss. Box score and play-by-play The Knights defeated the Blue Jackets 1-0 the previous night (Liam Baron [Linn-Benton CC] pitched a three-hit shutout), and Blue Jackets owner Rick Smith, a Bremerton attorney, was quick to point out that his team had held the Knights, ranked #3 nationally by Perfect Game Crosschecker, to a total of two runs over 29 innings. Continue reading CBB Visit: Corvallis Knights at Kitsap Blue Jackets→
The Corvallis Knights lead the West Division with a 21-5 record. The defending champions swept three games against the Kelowna Falcons, and won two of three against the East Division leader, the Wenatchee AppleSox.
Eddie Orozco (UC-Riverside), Trevor Smith (Linn-Benton CC), Drew Leary (San Diego State), and Liam Baron (Linn-Benton CC) combined for a 3-0 shutout at Kelowna, holding the Knights to three hits. The next night, Steve Kalush (Santa Clara) scattered five hits over seven innings in a 6-0 shutout of the Falcons. Continue reading West Coast League Recap for July 13th→
Cal Baseball Defeats Stanford, 7-6, to Open Pac-10 Play
BERKELEY, Calif. – The University of California baseball team – behind home runs from Brett Jackson and Dylan Tonneson, and stellar relief pitching from Michael Bugary and Blake Smith – defeated Bay Area rival Stanford, 7-6, Saturday in the Pac-10 opener at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved their record to 11-7 (1-0), while the Cardinal dropped to 3-9 (0-1). Cal also got strong hitting efforts from sophomore shortstop Brian Guinn (2-for-4, two RBI) and senior third baseman Michael Brady (2-for-3, two doubles, RBI). [READ MORE]
TEMPE, Ariz. – For the second consecutive night, a strong starting pitching performance led the No. 4 Arizona State University baseball team to victory over Arizona, as Josh Spence earned the win in a 7-3 victory on Saturday. A second straight sellout crowd of 4,371 fans at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark saw the Sun Devils improve to 16-3 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-10, on the season Continue reading March 21 Pac-10 Recap→
Mike Leake Fans Career-High 15 Batters As #4 Baseball Defeats Arizona 4-1
TEMPE, Ariz. – Mike Leake struck out 15 in a complete game gem to lead the No. 4 Arizona State University baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Arizona on Friday in front of a sellout crowd of 4,371 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improve to 15-3 with the win in the Pac-10 Conference opener Continue reading March 20 Pac-10 Recap→
SAN BRUNO, CA – San Diego and Pepperdine were picked as favorites to win this year’s WCC regular season title in the 2009 preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Toreros and Waves have already been receiving several preseason accolades by several publications as San Diego has been ranked as high as No. 11 by Baseball America, while Pepperdine was ranked No. 17 in the same poll. San Diego and Pepperdine both received 45 points, with the Toreros receiving four first place votes to three for the Waves. Santa Clara, which has received votes in several preseason publications, was picked to finish third with 35 points. Gonzaga received the last remaining first place vote, and received 30 points, to come in at fourth place, edging out San Francisco, which received 26 points, for fifth place. Rounding out this year’s poll are Loyola Marymount, with 20 points, Saint Mary’s, with 14 points, and Portland, with nine points. Continue reading WCC Preseason Coaches Baseball Poll→
LOS ANGELES – UCLA head baseball coach John Savage has announced that nine student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend UCLA and play baseball. Aided by assistant coaches Rick Vanderhook and Steve Pearse, the fifth recruiting class under Savage includes six position players, one pitcher and one two-way player.
The Bruins’ recruiting class is highlighted by three AFLAC All-Americans – right-handed pitcher Scott Griggs, infielder David Nick and catcher Max Stassi. The nine talented ballplayers, currently seniors in high school, will enroll at UCLA in the fall of 2009. Continue reading College Baseball Early Signing Period-Day 3→