“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:
To get you ready for the second weekend of Southern California baseball action, we’ve got your Around the Horn preview of series to watch with a huge regional rematch, a southpaw showdown, two teams trying to make different types of statements and a couple of squads in dire need of some hits.
IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine wanted an insurance run.
Leading 3-2, the Anteaters got a leadoff walk from Grant Palmer to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Head coach Mike Gillespie had Chris Rabago sacrifice Palmer to second base to set up preseason All-Americans Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer, who combined for 159 hits and 85 RBI in 55 games last season.
All Sparks or Spencer needed was to knock a base hit. But instead, Sparks racked up his seventh strikeout in four games and Spencer grounded out to end the inning — and continued the Sparks/Spencer First Hit Watch that is now a combined 31 at bats deep. Two All-Americans now 0-for-31.
After dropping their first game of the season, Southern California’s top ranked squads, No. 1 Cal State Fullerton and No. 9 UCLA, both bounced back with dramatic victories to ensure a series win.
It was a strong day in the Southland as 10 of the 11 SoCal teams in action scored victories. Long Beach State’s series sweep at the hands of No. 10 Vanderbilt and “one of the best pitching staffs I’ve ever seen,” according to Dirtbags’ head coach Troy Buckley, was the only blemish. Continue reading
It only took until Day Two for the list of undefeated Southern California teams to trim to just one (not including UC Santa Barbara, who has yet to play).
But the team with a still unblemished record is not No. 1 Cal State Fullerton or fellow top 10 squad, UCLA. Instead it is the USC Trojans, who have needed 26 innings to determine a pair of games with Northwestern.
USC isn’t the only team playing extra baseball early on. Five of the SoCal games went into extra innings this afternoon.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the Southland.
Washington State 9, #1 Cal State Fullerton 7 (11 innings)
The Titans clawed back from a 7-3 deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning, but in the ninth inning when Fullerton had an opportunity to collect a walk-off win after J.D. Davis tripled with one out, the Titans couldn’t get the job done. Continue reading
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.
We continue the countdown today with number 47, UC Irvine INF Taylor Sparks. In his sophomore season with the Eaters, Sparks had a very impressive season starting in every game at third base. The 6’4” infielder finished second on the team in batting average (.360) and led the Eaters offense with 50 RBI. Sparks was voted a Collegiate Baseball “Louisville Slugger” third-team All-American and became just the second Anteater to earn Big West Field Player of the Year honors after leading the Big West in slugging at .581, total bases with 129 and tied for first with 10 home runs, which also tied for third-best in the UCI single-season records. Ranked 52nd in the nation in total bases and 61st in slugging, the third baseman led the Anteaters this season with 80 hits and 50 RBI. In the 27-game conference slate, Sparks led the Big West in batting (.422), slugging (.697), hits (46), RBI (32), home runs (7) and total bases (76). Continue reading
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
IRVINE, Calif. — The UC Irvine Anteaters will take on a demanding schedule in 2014 that features two regular-season conference champions and seven NCAA Tournament teams.
UCI opens the docket with eight straight home games, kicking off the year against Fresno State, Feb. 14-16. After hosting Western Athletic Conference champion, CSU Bakersfield, the Anteaters compete in the Long Beach State Tournament and will host Wright State (Feb. 21), NCAA regional team, Arizona State (Feb. 22), and the Dirtbags (Feb. 23) at Anteater Ballpark. Continue reading
Student-athletes returned to campuses around the nation in the past few weeks. Here is a look at the top six coaches on the hot seat as we enter the fall practice period. This list is in no particular order. Continue reading