Four SoCal squads take to the skies for major road trips this weekend with three teams traveling to one side or the other of the Red River. The Big 12′s Baylor and Oklahoma State get a pair of Southern California gems in No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and San Diego while a strong Sam Houston State squad will welcome Cal State Northridge.
Another quality squad from the Lone Star State will make its way to Los Angeles as Houston will make stops at USC, UCLA and Pepperdine as part of the Not-So-Dodgertown Classic (the name is explained below). The Big 12 will also send a team this way as West Virginia makes its second cross-country trip to Southern Cali to participate in the UCR Tournament with the Highlanders and Sacramento State.
But the biggest pepper test (baseball’s version of the litmus) will be UC Santa Barbara’s road trip to Tucson for Arizona’s Hi Corbett Tournament that will feature the home-standing Wildcats and No. 12 Mississippi State.
To get you ready for the Southern California baseball action, we’ve got your schedule and Around the Horn preview of series to watch. Continue reading
Several Southern California college baseball squads take to the road this weekend with teams flying to the Pacific Northwest, North Carolina, across the Pacific and even to the country’s heartland.
And those teams might be the lucky ones as Southern California is being beset with rain that threatens to wipe out several scheduled games around the area.
To get you ready for the Southern California baseball action, we’ve got your schedule and Around the Horn preview of series to watch highlighted by a top 10, familiar foe, face-off along with teams vying to return to the national spotlight and a team that won’t get to avoid one of the nation’s top pitchers any longer. Continue reading
It’s Valentine’s Day!
Who cares? Unless your sweetie is taking you to the ballfield, we definitely don’t.
That’s because it’s Opening Day! The college baseball season officially kicks off today.
To get you ready for the opening weekend of Southern California baseball action, we’ve got where the teams will be playing along with an Around the Horn preview of series to watch.
And in this opening weekend preview, you’ll also get the preseason version of Shotgun’s SoCal Squad, your All-Southern California Team.
Teams wil be trying to start strong to open the season and there is an opportunity for teams to makes some noise. Long Beach State hosts Vanderbilt while No. 1 ranked Cal State Fullerton will welcome a Washington State squad that has a lot of potential.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Cal State Fullerton freshman Thomas Eshelman needed only 62 pitches to get through seven innings as he shut down rival Long Beach State in a 5-0 non-conference win Friday night at Blair Field.
Michael Lorenzen provided the offense, knocking a solo home run in the second inning to put Fullerton ahead (for good since Eshelman and reliever JD Davis only allowed two Long Beach baserunners). Lorenzen also doubled deep to left-centerfield.
Carlos Lopez brought in a run in the third inning with an RBI single over the shortstop’s head. Chad Wallach made it 3-0 after he scored on an error in the seventh and the Titans blew open the game with three runs in the eighth inning. Keegan Dale got an RBI with a bases loaded walk and Austin Diemer completed the scoring with a two-run single.
But Eshelman was the story as he pitched seven innings, allowing only one baserunner on a low-lining flare by Eric Hutting, younger brother to Fullerton’s Anthony. Eshelman picked up the win to improve to 5-1 while JD Davis had two strong innings out of the bullpen (see That’s Filthy section). Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Coming off its first two losses, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton showed a sense of urgency early and often against USC Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field. The Titans (11-2) scored eight runs in the first two innings enroute to an 11-4 win.
A makeshift USC lineup, decimated by injuries, struggled to put together hits against Fullerton starter Koby Gauna, who picked up his second win of the season. Gauna allowed only three hits and no walks in five scoreless innings before the game turned into a playing-time scrimmage where everyone got an opportunity.
The Titans had no such trouble against Trojans starter Brent Wheatley. They scored three runs in the first inning and added five more in the second inning, chasing Wheatley (7 runs, 6 earned runs on 7 hits) after only an inning and a third.
FULLERTON, Calif. — It’s always better to travel home after a win, even if you’ve already lost the series. The No. 14 Oregon Ducks will be able to hold their heads a little higher as they travel home Sunday night after a 9-1 victory.
The Ducks (8-3) were able to take the series finale with No. 17 Cal State Fullerton Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field, handing the Titans their first loss of the season.
Two early errors allowed Oregon to jump out to a 3-0 lead and Fullerton (10-1) was unable to get anything going against freshman Cole Irvin. He improved to 3-0, scattering eight hits over seven innings. Irvin allowed one run as he struck out three while only walking one.
Ryan Hambright led the Ducks offensive attack with three hits and three RBI. Ryon Healy, Brett Thomas, Shaun Chase and J.J. Altobelli all recorded multi-hit games as Oregon knocked 14 hits. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Coach George Horton’s squads have always been known for their pitching, strong defense, putting pressure on the defense and the ability to take advantage of other teams’ mistakes. On Friday night at Goodwin Field, it was the school that he formerly coached that did all those things to Horton’s Oregon team.
Thomas Eshelman pitched his first collegiate complete game and improved to 3-0 as Cal State Fullerton’s Friday night ace as the No. 17 Titans (9-0) knocked off No. 14 Oregon by a score of 8-2 despite only six hits.
Eshelman was lights out, allowing only four hits and two runs in the nine-inning, 95-pitch effort. Senior Anthony Hutting led the offensive support for the freshman. Hutting singled home a run in the fourth inning to tie the game and hit an inside-the-park home run two innings later. Fullerton scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings — three runs on one hit in the fifth inning and four unearned runs in the sixth.
FULLERTON, Calif. — The Cal State Fullerton Titans stayed perfect on the season slugging their way to a doubleheader sweep of Nebraska Saturday at Goodwin Field. Fullerton (3-0) pounded out 24 hits in the pair of games.
The Titans took the first game 10-5 behind the sticks of J.D. Davis and Jared Deacon and walked away with the 9-0 victory in the second game, allowing only four hits in the game.
FULLERTON, Calif. — In front of a sold out crowd, Thomas Eshelman became the first true freshman to start Opening Night for Cal State Fullerton since Mark Beck in 1987. He didn’t disappoint. He pitched six strong innings without allowing an earned run to help the Titans to a 3-2 win over USC Friday night at Goodwin Field. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — It took 14 free passes and a big day from preseason All-American Michael Lorenzen, but No. 8 Cal State Fullerton scratched out another close victory. The Titans came back to beat USC 4-2 Tuesday night at Goodwin Field.
Lorenzen was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple. He scored the go-ahead run and drove in two more the following inning. He also pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the season, striking out the final batter with a 98-mph fastball.