“Rain! Rain! Go away! Don’t ever come back until baseball season is over.” (or something like that)
Instead of an exciting matchup between USC and Cal Poly or some tripleheader USD Tournament action, all there was to do in Los Angeles tonight was listen and watch games online since everything in Southern California was cancelled on Friday.
There still were some great games played by some SoCal squads. Could James Kaprielian overcome UCLA’s struggling offense? How would Thomas Eshelman respond after struggling his last outing?
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area:
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
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. — 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