Two of the nation’s top matchups this weekend will feature Southern California teams on the road. No. 16 UCLA has its first road test as they travel to No. 9 Georgia and No. 19 Cal State Fullerton tries to bounce back from a Tuesday loss to USC with a strong series at No. 6 Texas A&M.
Two other schools, San Diego and Loyola Marymount head on the road to play a pair of traditional powers that have struggled early this season.
A Tuesday midweek SoCal showdown had a major impact on the Power Rankings once again. USC ended Cal State Fullerton’s seven-game winning streak and sent the Titans into a Power Rankings tailspin. See how far Fullerton slips and see who takes over the No. 1 spot after Pepperdine lost two of three at Louisville over the weekend. Plus how far have the San Diego Toreros and the nation’s saves leader, Michael Wagner (pictured left), moved up in the last two weeks?
Heartbreak. Shutouts. A three-hit win and a top 10 win.
After 10 of the 11 SoCal teams in our coverage area played at home last weekend, the majority of the action this weekend was on the road as USC, Long Beach State and Pepperdine all headed out for big road tests against top 25 opponents while UCLA and Cal State Fullerton faced lighter foes at home. There was also a lot of action down in San Diego at the Aztec Invitational where San Diego, San Diego State and Cal State Northridge were all participants.
We provided you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the weekend, but here’s a recap of all the weekend action:
Tuesday afternoon in Malibu there was a showdown for the top spot in this week’s SoCal Power Rankings. USC and Pepperdine faced off in a midweek game that was the ultimate determinant in who would be No. 1 this week, but the loser wasn’t guaranteed to be No. 2. Find out where each ended up this week and see where Fullerton and UCLA ended up after bouncing back from series losses on opening weekend.
This week’s Thursday games were included.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The San Diego Toreros needed a five-run comeback in their final two at bats Tuesday night at Riverside Sports Complex, but they won their fifth consecutive game to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Leading the way offensively has been All-American candidate Kris Bryant, who drove in the game-winning run with a double in the ninth inning Tuesday. Continue reading
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant had been quiet all game. But when he got an opportunity with a runner on first base and the game tied in the ninth inning, his bat suddenly got loud, even drowning out the raucous San Diego dugout.
After seeing a breaking ball early in the count, Bryant knew that UC Riverside closer Joie Dunyon was going to come back with one later in the count. When Dunyon did, Bryant laced the two-strike pitch into left-centerfield field, sending it knifing through the cold night. Continue reading
What a busy but outstanding weekend of college baseball in Southern California!
With 10 of the 11 teams in our SoCal coverage area playing at home this weekend, there was plenty of baseball to watch. I racked up 468 miles of driving on what felt like hundreds of different traffic-infested highways and freeways, but I was able to attend seven different games this weekend, providing you with live updates on Twitter (@SoCal_CBDaily) throughout the entirety.
We posted six photo galleries of action from SoCal games this weekend, including Sunday’s wild 11-10 rubber match between Cal State Fullerton and Texas Christian. We also have videos talking with players and coaches that are being worked on in the editing room and should be available soon, but first a recap of the weekend action. Continue reading
Home Sweet Home!
Ten of the 11 Southern California squads will play host this weekend as several teams try to rebound from average to sub-par opening weeks.
Things have been upside down in the first week as the only undefeated is USC — a team that hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2005. The two squads ranked preseason, UCLA and Fullerton, both lost their opening weekend series.
The college baseball season is officially under way in Southern California and that means it’s time for the SoCal Power Rankings. A pair of relative surprises sit atop the first SoCal Power Rankings as USC and Pepperdine both are off to stellar starts while Fullerton and UCLA dropped opening weekend series.
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SAN BRUNO, Calif. — The University of San Diego has been selected to win the 2012 West Coast Conference baseball championship in a preseason poll of the WCC’s nine head coaches. The Toreros earned five first-place votes and 59 overall points in the poll. Last year’s second place finisher, Gonzaga University, earned 57 points and picked up three first place votes in the annual survey. Continue reading