SANTA CLARA, Calif. — On the heels of its first postseason appearance since 1997, Santa Clara Baseball begins the 2015 season by facing defending College World Series champion Vanderbilt on the road. The Broncos and Commodores meet for opening weeked Feb. 13-15 at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn. It marks the first matchup between the programs, which collectively boast more than 250 years of baseball history. Continue reading
Have to keep the roundup of the exciting final full day of Southern California action to a minimum tonight as I’m headed out from Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. after the WCC Championship and driving to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Mountain West finale tomorrow.
(Well, I ended up getting booted from Banner Island before I could finish up, so I made a pit stop in Barstow to rest the legs and finish up the SoCal Roundup. I will have more from the WCC Championship later when I arrive and settled in at UNLV.)
But here’s Saturday’s SoCal Roundup complete with photo galleries from Cal State Fullerton and Banner Island Ballpark:
The Mountain West Conference Tournament had a couple of exciting finishes and officially has a team swinging a mean scythe. The West Coast Conference has its championship game participants and it will be a familiar face-off.
Oh…and some guy named Garza happened to throw nine innings without the other team getting a hit and there might have been an upset of the No. 1 team in the country.
All that plus more in a super exciting final Friday regular season edition of the Southern California College Baseball Roundup:
The Mountain West and West Coast conference tournaments got underway in Las Vegas and Stockton, Calif. How did the Southern California squads perform in tournament action? Find out…
All that plus the Big West teams in action in their final regular season weekend in this Thursday edition of the Southern California College Baseball Roundup.
A lot of potential scenarios have been eliminated since we brought you everything that could potentially happen this weekend in the West Coast Conference, but there are still some things being battled out on the final day.
Pacific has been eliminated and Pepperdine and LMU are locked in, though they are still fighting for the No. 1 seed. But Gonzaga, San Diego and Santa Clara are still vying for the final two spots in the West Coast Conference Tournament.
Here’s how the West Coast Conference shakes out on the final day of regular season action:
After a three-year hiatus, the West Coast Conference re-established an end-of-the-season battle for supremacy. From 1999 to 2005, the West Coast Conference featured a championship series, pitting the two division champions against one another.
Prior to the 2006 season, with the comings and goings of conference realignment, the conference returned to a single division format, but kept the championship series until 2009.
For three years there was no championship series, but the West Coast Conference re-established a conference tournament at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. last year. The San Diego Toreros won the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, defeating San Francisco, 2-0, in the finale.
But this year neither team may make the four-squad face-off. San Francisco has already been eliminated with an 11-16 mark and San Diego sits 2.5 games back of first place Pepperdine. The Toreros have already finished their regular-season schedule with a 34-20 record and currently sit in fourth place with a 16-11 mark in conference.
Will that be enough to garner the Toreros a trip to Northern California next weekend? This weekend, San Diego will watch W.tv as three big series determine the outcome of the conference race and who will battle for the title next weekend:
Pepperdine (17-7) at Gonzaga (15-9)
Loyola Marymount (15-9) at Pacific (14-10)
St. Mary’s (eliminated) at Santa Clara (14-10)
In the Big West, runs were at a premium on Sunday. It was either early first inning runs that proved to be the difference or late-inning heroics that determined the outcome. See which teams scored early or completed a late-inning rally to finish off the weekend.
All that plus more in Sunday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Long Beach State, Fullerton & San Diego State: Continue reading
UCLA faced a nightmare inning late on Saturday while Fullerton saw the resurrection of its offense. A pair of doubleheaders in NorCal featured tight games while Josh Frye tried to maintain his scoreless streak while facing the No. 2 team in the country.
All that plus more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Long Beach State, Fullerton & San Diego State: Continue reading
Thomas Eshelman went 10 innings without allowing a run, but would that be enough for the anemic offense of Cal State Fullerton? Cal Poly and Long Beach State were tied 3-3 heading into the eighth inning, but who took the victory? And how about San Diego State falling behind to lowly San Jose State in the 11th inning only to stage a dramatic two-out rally.
All that plus more in Friday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Fullerton & the Thursday matchup at UCLA: Continue reading
Cal State Fullerton and USC both ended lengthy conference series droughts. But only one team did it in a positive fashion. Fittingly, UC Santa Barbara/Long Beach State and San Diego State/UC Irvine concluded their series with yet another tight game in each series finale.
Check out that plus much more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Pepperdine, Irvine and Northridge: