Riverside—UC Riverside Baseball Coach Doug Smith announced today that he is retiring after nearly 40 years with the program including the last 10 as the team’s head coach. Highlanders Pitching Coach Bobby Applegate has been named the team’s interim head coach, and a national search for Coach Smith’s fulltime replacement will begin immediately.
“I’ve been honored and privileged to be a part of UC Riverside and the Highlanders baseball program for 36 years,” said Smith, “and during that time I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great mentors, great peers, and great student-athletes. I have been a very lucky man. I look forward to continuing my relationship with UC Riverside Athletics, this time as a fan and supporter.” Continue reading UC-Riverside Doug Smith Retires
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:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: West Coast Champs Crowned
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:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Justin Garza No Hitter
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.
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Conference Tourney Time
With the Mountain West and West Coast Conference tournaments starting up Wednesday and Thursday and crucial weekend series to wrap up the regular season for the Big West and Pac-12, very few midweek games were on the slate this week.
But one game presented a pair of college baseball traditional powers squaring off in a huge bubble battle as the history-rich programs of USC and Cal State Fullerton played with RPI rankings on the line.
The game started in favor of one squad, but made a drastic turn with the assistance of a player nicknamed “Bubbles.”
Find out who came out ahead between the Trojans and Titans and hear the calls from a dramatic final inning in Riverside that featured a pair of home runs. Also, check out photo galleries from all three midweek games.
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: “Bubbles” Dominates Bubble Battle
The West Coast Conference regular season title was up for grabs on the final day of regular season play and so were the final two spots in next week’s WCC Tournament. Who would travel to Stockton wouldn’t be determined until a walk-off victory settled it. But was it the San Diego Toreros, sitting at home watching the final games unfold on their computers, or one of the teams in action when it was all settled?
Find out that plus more in Sunday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Cal Poly’s Big West title celebration at Cal State Northridge and UCLA.
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: First Big West Title
Who clinched a spot in their conference tournament and who blew an important win late? Which team is only one win away from doing something for the first time in school history?
Find out that plus more in Saturday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside.
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Titles On The Line
Cal State Fullerton finally got its head coach back. But would he be able to lead them to a victory against Irvine’s undefeated ace Andrew Morales? Plus, see how the crazy West Coast Conference that we broke down on Friday, is starting to shape itself up
That plus a shutout, some tight games and one offensive slugfest in Friday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine. Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Hooky Returns
Three clubs were sitting with 34 wins and trying to push ahead to the 35-win threshold — a sign of a quality season. But would any of the quads be able to pick up that victory against some quality Southern California midweek opponents?
Find out if anyone was able to get Win #35 in the roundup of all of Tuesday’s Southern California action. Also, check out the three photo galleries with action from Pepperdine, Irvine and Long Beach. Continue reading SoCal Roundup: 35-Win Threshold
Two-way players are becoming more and more rare in the college baseball game, but their value has never been higher with the 11.7 scholarship limit. In Southern California, there have been a number of two-way studs, including Michael Lorenzen last year with Cal State Fullerton.
This year, Pepperdine’s Aaron Brown and San Diego’s Louie Lechich have been dynamic Sunday starters when they aren’t roaming the plains in centerfield and hitting bombs in the middle of their respective teams’ lineups. But who would come out on top when the two duo players faced off with each other? See who helped their squad win the big series rubber match in Malibu.
That plus rubber matches at San Diego State, Cal Poly, USC and Cal State Fullerton. Find out how things shook out on Sunday in Southern California. This Sunday Mother’s Day edition of the roundup includes video of a Gatorade/water bucket shower during an interview and a photo gallery from Santa Barbara. Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Two-Way Face Off on Mom’s Day