When Cal State Fullerton and UCLA, the two premier Southern California programs in recent history, it’s always a good matchup, but there was a little extra motivation for Fullerton on Tuesday night as the Titans played the team that eliminated them from postseason play last year. Find out if the emotion and motivation proved to be enough.
USC took a ninth inning lead against Pepperdine but the Waves threatened to rally back in the bottom of the inning. Trailing San Diego State 4-2, UC Riverside also rallied in the ninth inning. See if either could complete the comeback.
That plus more in a roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from three of the matchups:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Super Regional Rematch
Cal State Fullerton’s season ended last year with UCLA celebrating on the Titans’ home field, having earned a College World Series berth after sweeping the Fullerton Super Regional. Before the game, the Titans’ coaching staff told the players to remember the crushing feeling they had watching the Bruins’ joy.
The Titan players responded, grinding out a 4-3 win over UCLA (18-13) thanks to a three-run fifth inning.
“They dogpiled on our field last year, so it was nice to get a W over them,” junior third baseman Matt Chapman said. “It’s just another game, but it definitely had a little bit of redemption in it.” Continue reading Fullerton Gets Measure of Retribution Against UCLA
The three teams from furthest south in Southern California each wrapped up series sweeps, but could Pepperdine and UC Riverside do the same? Who came out on top in rubber matches between UCLA/Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton/UC Davis?
And up on the Central Coast, in a series that had already featured two great games, Cal Poly/UC Santa Barbara’s Sunday matchup was no different. Find out who came out on top.
All that plus a roundup of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from the Blue-Green Rivalry and UC Riverside:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Sweeps Are In For Southernmost Squads
Long Beach State got a tremendous effort from a hometown kid, but was it enough against UCLA? Could Fullerton bounce back after a late-inning loss late last night? Could LMU and Northridge even their series after dropping Friday night’s matchup?
All that plus a roundup of Saturday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from the Blue-Green rivalry and UC Riverside coming as well:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Blue-Green Classic
First (and second) career home runs for one player. A couple of Friday aces facing off get knocked around while another duo throw up zero after zero. One pitcher throws 16 strikeouts and 140 pitches.
All that plus a roundup of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: 16 Strikeouts
There were only five games on the Southern California slate Tuesday night, but there was still plenty of action. San Diego State tried to announce its presence with authority at Fowler Park and take the city rivalry season series for the second year in a row.
USC and UCLA tried to even season series while Taylor Sparks went ya-ya for UC Irvine and Cal Poly’s had a late inning offensive explosion.
All of that in a roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from three of the five matchups:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: SD City Rivalry
With a pair of Pac-12 games going extra innings and all but two other Southern California squads competing in games decided by two runs or less, Sunday was a day of tight action.
Only two series ended in sweeps, but was it UC Irvine, Washington, Pepperdine or Long Beach State that was able to take off the final game? And who won the rubber matches in the remaining series?
All of that plus more in a roundup of Sunday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo gallery from Cal State Northridge/Long Beach State and some great defensive highlights:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Tight Finishes
Pepperdine’s pitching staff has amassed a nice little scoreless innings streak. Find out how long it has lasted.
A lot of close matchups in the Big West as Long Beach State at Cal State Northridge and Hawai’i at UC Santa Barbara both had late comebacks while Cal State Fullerton/Wichita State came down to the ninth inning.
All of that plus more in a roundup of all of Saturday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from Cal State Northridge/Long Beach State and UC Irvine/UC Riverside:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Weekend Scoreless Streak
LOS ANGELES — Arizona State forced UCLA starter James Kaprielian to throw 41 pitches in the first inning, scoring two runs on an error after loading the bases with no outs. But head coach Tim Esmay thought the Sun Devils (13-11, 3-4) could have easily put together a five- or six-run inning in the situation.
In the next frame, Arizona State added a run on a solo homer by Colby Woodmansee that appeared to get an extra boost over the left field wall when it bounced out of the glove of a leaping Ty Moore. But that would be the extent of the Sun Devils’ offense as Kaprielian settled in and got stronger as the game progressed, leading UCLA to a 7-3 victory Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay talks about the Sun Devils not fully capitalizing on early opportunities when they had Kaprielian on the ropes. He also discusses starter Brett Lilek’s short outing and bouncing back the rest of the weekend: Continue reading Kaprielian Struggles Early, Finishes With Career-High 12 K
A number of Southern California squads had obstacles to overcome on Friday, but some were able to find a way to win, which is the name of the game once you get to this point in the season.
San Diego had a pair of heavily offensive innings, but was it enough on the road at San Francisco? UCLA and Arizona State’s aces struggled out of the gate, but one got better and led his team to victory. Find out who survived the battle.
UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State had their offenses get shut down, but one team was able to find a way to win. And Cal State Fullerton was on the road at Wichita State and without offensive leader Matt Chapman. Could the Titans get Thomas Eshelman enough offensive support?
All of that plus more in a roundup of all of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from Cal State Northridge/Long Beach State and ASU/UCLA:
Continue reading SoCal Roundup: Finding a Way