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
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 College Baseball season by checking in on the top 100 players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 81 with Sacramento State RHP Sutter McLoughlin. During his freshman season with the Hornets, McLoughlin joined designated hitter Chris Lewis as the first freshmen in program history to be All-WAC first team selections. He shattered the single-season program record and led the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) with 17 saves and had just two blown saves all season. The right-hander made 28 appearances which was good for third most in a season in program history. McLoughlin went 1-3 in 38.1 innings pitched with an opponent batting average of only .196. Continue reading
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team will play an unprecedented four games at Raley Field, including one against 2013 College World Series semifinalist Oregon State, to highlight the 2014 schedule announced by head coach Reggie Christiansen. The Hornets will play a total of 32 of their 56 regular season games at home, the team’s most home dates since 2008. Continue reading
The Sacramento State Hornets held their home opener on Friday afternoon against UC-Riverside. In the third inning, UC Riverside Eddie Young got caught in a rundown and appears to be tagged out aggressively by Sacramento State’s Andrew Ayers who pushes Young after the tag. Young then turns around throwing a punch at Ayers before more players come into the fray. UC Riverside’s Eddie Young and Drake Zarate and Sacramento State’s Andrew Ayers were ejected. Each player will now face an NCAA mandated four game suspension for fighting. Last season, Ayers was named the WAC player of the year. You can check out the full video of the fight from KCRA below. Continue reading
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DENVER - Dallas Baptist has been selected as the favorite to win the 2013 Western Athletic Conference regular season baseball crown in a vote by the league’s 10 head coaches.
The Patriots received 80 points and eight first place votes after a 41-19 season last year as an independent. DBU advanced to its second-straight NCAA Tournament last season. DBU joins the WAC this season after playing as a Division I independent the past nine seasons. As an independent, the Patriots have made three trips to the NCAA tournament, including an NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2011. Continue reading
Fresno State battled its way through two elimination games, trailing in both games, to force the “if necessary” championship Sunday winner-take-all game with Sacramento State. Fresno State defeated Louisiana Tech 6-4 after trailing 4-1 after three and a half innings. Fresno State scored the game’s final five runs.
In Saturday night’s championship contest Sacramento State led Fresno State 5-3 after six innings but a four-run explosion in the top of the seventh gave Fresno State a 9-5 lead and they would hold on for a 9-6 win forcing Sunday’s “if necessary game”.
Two more teams were eliminated on day three both at the hands of Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs knocked off two of the three regular season tri-champions and did so in rather convincing fashion. Louisiana Tech defeated top seed New Mexico State 15-12, surviving a late comeback by the Aggies who after trailing 15-6 scored six in the top of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs. The Bulldogs then trounced 3-seed Nevada 18-5 in a seven inning run-rule shortened game to advance to Saturday’s final losers bracket elimination game. They’ll face Fresno State who was defeated in the WAC tournament for just the fourth time since 2006. The Bulldogs lost 8-3 to 2-seed Sacramento State who continued their impressive play. The win puts the Hornets, picked to finish last in the league, in the tournament’s championship game on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. (PDT) and they’ll have two shots at winning the league’s automatic bid.
Day Two of the WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. saw one team eliminated (Hawai’i), one team run-ruled (Nevada) and one team give up a 10-run inning (New Mexico State). The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs bounced back from a crushing 4-3 walk-off loss at the hands of Nevada to eliminated Hawai’i 9-6 sending the 4-seeded Rainbow Warriors packing their bags for Honolulu. The second game of the day saw 2-seed Sacramento State crush 3-seed Nevada 15-5 after the Wolf Pack had jumped out on top 3-2. The third game of the day also saw the winning team post 15 runs as perennial tournament bully Fresno State overpowered New Mexico State behind the strength of a 10-run second inning en route to a 15-8 victory.
Day one of the WAC tournament is in the books and day two has begun.
5-seed Fresno State continued their historically strong play in the tournament (23-3 since 2006) defeating 4-seed Hawai’i 8-2 behind a 6-run sixth inning. The Bulldogs will face top seed New Mexico State tonight at 7:00 p.m. (PDT).
3-seed Nevada won in dramatic walk-off fashion getting a home run from Carlos Escobar in the bottom of the ninth to stun 6-seed Louisiana Tech. The Ruston-based Bulldogs have been snakebitten all season losing several games either in the final inning or in walk-off fashion.
Nevada will take on 2-seed Sacramento State today at 3:00 p.m. (PDT) while Louisiana Tech is relegated to the losers bracket with 4-seed Hawai’i and the two will face each other today at 11:00 a.m. (PDT) in an elimination game.
The 2012 Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament gets underway today at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Ariz. The regular season saw a three-way tie for first place between New Mexico State, Sacramento State and Nevada at 11-7. The Aggies earned the top seed due to the league’s tiebreaker rules (head-to-head record against the tied teams) while Sacramento State earned the number two seed by virtue of their head-to-head series victory over Nevada. This was important because the league awards first-round byes to the top two teams meaning Nevada, despite winning a share of the regular season title, was relegated to the three seed and must play on the tournament’s opening day.
The four seed went to Hawai’i who finished the regular season at 10-8. Preseason favorite Fresno State struggled out of the gate starting conference play at 2-7 but rallied in the second half of the conference schedule to finish 9-9 and in fifth place. Rounding out the tournament field is Louisiana Tech who also struggled out of the gate starting 1-8 in league play but like their Bulldog brethren from California, posted a strong second half and finished 7-11.
The four lower seeds will play today with 4-seed Hawai’i facing 5-seed Fresno State at 3:00 p.m. (PDT) while 3-seed Nevada takes on 6-seed Louisiana Tech at 7:00 p.m. (PDT).