The season begins 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. In this opening weekend preview, I also give you 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 travels to Nashville, Tenn. to take on the second-ranked Commodores of Vanderbilt.
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Cal State Fullerton was selected to successfully defend its Big West Conference title this season, according to the ten conference coaches that voted on the 2013 Big West Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll. The Titans earned nine first-place votes en route to a total of 99 points and was followed by UC Irvine, who collected the remaining first place vote and posted an overall 82 point total. Rounding out the top three after securing 75 points was Long Beach State. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — On Cal State Fullerton’s Senior Day, it was nearly junior Matt Orloff who was the hero. With two outs in the ninth inning and the tying run on third base, Orloff rocketed a ball down the third base line that was headed into the left field corner for extra bases.
But UC Riverside third baseman Alex Rubanowitz pivoted with his right foot, pushed off with his left and made a full-extension dive and watched the ball bounce into his glove less than a foot inside the foul line. Rubanowitz sprang to his feet. With his back foot toeing the chalk some five feet behind third base, he fired a strike across the diamond that popped into first baseman Vince Gonzalez’s glove just before Orloff’s foot plodded onto the base.
It was an unpleasant end to Senior Day at Goodwin Field for the Titans (33-18, 15-6). But it was a fitting finish to a tense 1-0 pitcher’s duel between Sunday starters Dylan Stuart and Grahamm Wiest.
FULLERTON, Calif. — Sophomore left hander Dylan Stuart pitched a complete game gem Sunday evening at Goodwin Field, leading UC Riverside to a 1-0 win against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton.
The victory gave the Highlanders (21-28, 9-12) their first series win against Fullerton (33-18, 15-6) since 2007 and first weekend series at Goodwin Field ever.
Stuart scattered six hits and a pair of walks and benifitted from a couple of nice defensive plays behind him, including a dynamic diving stop by third baseman Alex Rubanowitz with the tying run on third base on the final play of the game.
FULLERTON, Calif. — After being benched for a couple of games recently, UC Riverside outfielder Phil Holinsworth sent his coach a message.
Riverside head coach Doug Smith said Holinsworth would be in the lineup Sunday after he blasted a pair of two-run homers to lead the Highlanders to a 6-3 upset of No. 8 Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field Saturday evening.
Holinsworth got Riverside on the board quickly with his first two-run shot in the top of the first after leadoff hitter Eddie Young singled. The junior got the rally started in the third inning with a walk and scored on Vince Gonzalez’s double into the left field corner. Gonzalez scored on a Nick Vilter single later in the inning to put Riverside up 4-0.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Loyola Marymount misplayed two fly balls that went for triples and fluffed a potential double play ground ball in an 8-5 loss to UC Riverside Wednesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
The first misplayed triple led to two runs in the second inning rather than being the third out and the error in the third inning could have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, Riverside scored three runs in the inning to take a 6-3 lead that they would not relent.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Vince Gonzalez said it was the first time in his life that he had hit two triples in a game. Both of them were stand-up triples as well.
Gonzalez’s two triples, a single, two runs and two RBI helped lead the UC Riverside Highlanders to an 8-5 win over Loyola Marymount Wednesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — When UC Riverside first baseman Vince Gonzalez pulled in to third base with his second stand-up triple of the game, the first thought in his head was that he was one triple shy of the NCAA record.
Gonzalez’s three hits and two RBI and Kevin Davidson’s two hits and three RBI led the Highlanders (17-26) to an 8-5 win against Loyola Marymount (21-22) Wednesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.
Gavin Mills picked up his first win of the season with 3 2/3 scoreless innings pitched and Ben Doucette collected his third save of the season, getting the final four outs.
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Check out the 16-shot photo gallery from Wednesday evening’s UC Riverside/Loyola Marymount matchup below:
IRVINE, Calif. — Taking care of a tragic family situation is something no one ever wants to do, but sometimes it is necessary.
UC Irvine second baseman Tommy Reyes had to do as much last week. He missed the Anteaters’ four games prior to this weekend’s matchup with UC Riverside while attending to family matters related to the death of his older brother Robby, a Marine Corps Cpl., who was killed in a training exercise in Morocco.
When he got returned this weekend, Reyes said he was just happy to be back with his Irvine (22-17, 7-7) teammates and to be able to go out and have fun. His bat has also been having fun. After a 4-for-4 performance Friday night, he was 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored both runs in the Anteaters’ 2-0 win Saturday afternoon against the Highlanders (14-22, 4-7).
IRVINE, Calif. — You would think UC Riverside ace starting pitcher Eddie Orozco would get frustrated that he rarely gets any run support from his offense. If so, he doesn’t let it be known.
Despite throwing his third complete game of the season, allowing two runs in eight innings, Orozco took his fifth loss of the season Saturday afternoon as UC Riverside (12-22, 4-7) lost 2-0 to UC Irvine (22-17, 7-7) at Anteater Ballpark.
But after the game, Orozco didn’t show any anger or frustration.