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
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.
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
Rich Hill (Courtesy of San Diego Media Relations)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of San Diego head baseball coach Rich Hill has announced the 2014 baseball schedule, which features eight opponents coming off NCAA Baseball Tournament appearances in 2013.
“Once again we have put together an elite, national caliber schedule,” stated Hill. “We have non-conference NCAA tournament games against New Mexico, Baylor, UNC-Wilmington, San Diego State, Oklahoma State, Cal State Fullerton, and Oregon, which will test this group. We always play the toughest schedule we can, including a marquee road trip and the 2014 slate is no exception. Our tournament should be very exciting for our fans at Fowler Park early in the season” Continue reading
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
RENO, NEV. – University of Nevada Director of Athletics Doug Knuth announced today that Jay Johnson has been named the head baseball coach at Nevada. Johnson spent the last eight seasons as associate head coach at the University of San Diego. He will begin his duties at Nevada on July 1. Continue reading
FROM USA BASEBALL RELEASE
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the three finalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This summer marks the 36th consecutive year that the GSA will be presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
Tyler Beede, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt; Kris Bryant a junior infielder from San Diego; and Colin Moran, a junior infielder out of North Carolina, received the most votes among 30 semifinalists last week, as voted on by a committee of more than 200 members. Continue reading
UCLA 6, San Diego 0
LOS ANGELES — Sophomore starter Grant Watson pitched his best game of the season, combining with two relievers for a one-hit shutout of San Diego in the championship game of the Los Angeles Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Watson went seven innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out five to pick up his eighth win of the season. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Kris Bryant entered the postgame press conference with tears in his eyes. San Diego’s All-American slugger of legendary tales and heroic triumphs this season had been revealed to be a mortal man.
Like all players, Bryant saw his career come to a close. And like most, it ended in tears of sadness rather than glory.
Grant Watson stymied the probable top three draft pick and his Torero teammates as UCLA defeated San Diego 6-0 in Sunday night’s Los Angeles Regional championship game to advance to the Super Regionals for the fourth time in the last seven years. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES – Troy Conyers came on in relief and picked up his third win of the season while also delivering a big two-run single to help lead San Diego past Cal Poly, 8-5, in a Los Angeles Regional elimination game Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
San Diego (37-24) and Cal Poly (40-19) battled back and forth until the fifth inning when AJ Robinson scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. The Toreros plated four runs in the sixth inning despite Conyers’ two-run single being the only hit in the inning. Continue reading
San Diego 6, San Diego State 3
LOS ANGELES — Dylan Covey put together his best start of the season to lead San Diego past rival San Diego State, 6-3, in an elimination game in the Los Angeles Regional Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
San Diego fell behind 2-0, but rallied for five runs in the fifth inning with redshirt senior Austin Green striking the big blow. After San Diego State starter Michael Cederoth walked in a run, Philip Walby entered to pitch. Green greeted him with a two-run liner through the left side. Continue reading
San Diego State opened the season by ruining San Diego’s grand opening of its brand new $13.8 million stadium, Fowler Park. The Aztecs wanted to finish the season in the same fashion when the two teams met Saturday afternoon in an elimination game of the Los Angeles Regional.
Instead, it was the Toreros that got the satisfaction of putting out their city rival. Dylan Covey produced his strongest outing of the season to lead San Diego to a 6-3 win at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Continue reading