(Tempe, AZ) – Arizona State opened Pac-10 play with a relentless offensive attack Friday night, as a sellout crowd of 4,371 witnessed the Sun Devils defeat the Trojans 16 to 5 at Winkles Field – Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Devils were impressive on offense from the start as they managed to get the leadoff hitter aboard safely and bring him home in each of the first five innings as the Devils built a 16 to 3 lead, before the Trojans scored a final two in the top of the eighth. Continue reading
FROM USC PRESS RELEASE
LOS ANGELES — Student Sports (studentsportsbaseball.com) has released its recruiting rankings for the 2009 season with the USC program slotted at third on the nation’s Top 25 classes. Head coach Chad Kreuter and first-year recruiting coordinator Doyle Wilson signed 10 players during the early signing period, including highly-touted shortstop Tim Beckham out of Georgia. Continue reading
The USC Trojans baseball squad has put the finishing touches on Fall Workouts with a three game intrasquad scrimmage. The Gold squad defeated the Cardinal squad two games to one. Game 1 was won by the Cardinal team by a score of 5-2 with the Gold team winning the final two games by scores of 17-6 and 6-2. The star for the Gold team was Nick Buss who went 6-12 with four stolen bases. Buss was named the MVP of the historic Alaska Baseball League this summer. The Cardinal team struggled at the plate with NC State transfer Mike Roskopf leading them by going 3-12. The full recap of the scrimmages is available here.
The USC baseball program announced its 2008 schedule with the Trojans set to open with their first-ever appearance at Florida International (Feb. 22-24) in Miami, Fla. This will be the first year that the “uniform starting date” set by the NCAA will be in effect, which accounts for the later starting date for USC.
USC will host Arizona, California, Washington and Oregon State in Pac-10 Conference play with road trips to Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford and Washington State in the final season with nine teams before Oregon rejoins the conference in 2009.
The Trojans will also make their first-ever appearance at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C., in a three-game series, March 7-9.
A total of 25 games are on tap at Dedeaux Field. Other home games for USC this season include Southern (Feb. 29), Bethune-Cookman (March 2), Pepperdine (March 5), Long Beach State (March 15), Loyola Marymount (March 25), UC Riverside (April 1), Cal State Fullerton (April 8), UC Santa Barbara (April 19), Cal Poly (May 6) and Cal State Northridge (May 10-11).
On Saturday (March 1), USC and UCLA will play one nonconference game at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.
This season, USC will also play UC Irvine twice (Feb. 27 at Irvine and March 12 at Dedeaux Field). Both games will draw more intrigue this season after Mike Gillespie, former USC head coach and father-in-law of current USC head coach Chad Kreuter, was hired at UC Irvine to lead its program earlier this month.
For the 2008 season, the Trojans return freshman All-America shortstop Grant Green and freshman All-America pitcher Brad Boxberger. All but two pitchers from last year’s staff return under the supervision of first-year assistant coach Tom House, including junior left-hander Tommy Milone, who was named Cape Cod Baseball League Pitcher of the Year this summer.
Catcher/pitcher Robert Stock, outfielder Nick Buss and third baseman Roberto Lopez anchor the group of returning position players with the addition of senior first baseman Mike Roskopf, who transferred from North Carolina State after hitting 13 home runs last season for the Wolf Pack.
All 56 games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com, with live video webcasts courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access for all home games. This season, TrojanTV All-Access will bring an improved broadcast with the usage of four remote-control cameras at Dedeaux Field.
I have noticed a recent trend with the NC State baseball program with top players transferring to other schools across the country. After the 2006 season, Matt Mangini transferred for his junior season to Oklahoma State where he ended up getting picked up by the Seattle Mariners with the 52nd overall pick. This past summer Mike Roskopf transferred out of NC State to the University of Southern California for his senior season. Roskopf showed me some major power this past season when the Wolfpack visited Boston College. What is Elliot Avent doing to these kids? Is it just a random occurence that these players have transferred out the last two seasons? I hope someone has some insight into the reasoning these players have left.
The report breaks the news that Cal State Los Angeles coach Pat Shine will serve as an assistant to Gillespie and run the program. You can read Kendall Roger’s article here.
According to sources Coach Gillespie has decided to get back into coaching after 15 months lay off. It has not been made official yet but UC-Irvine will announce the new coach of the Anteaters as Mike Gillespie real soon. Coach Gillespie comes to UC-Irvine after spending 20 years at USC and winning a National Championship back in 1998. This sets up a family rivalry with USC as his son-in-law Chad Kreuter took over the Trojans job in 2007.
More Details to come soon.
The University of Texas Baseball squad had two transfers from the West Coast enroll in classes for the fall semester. The pair, both infielders, includes David Hernandez from Fresno State University and Michael Torres from the University of Southern California.
Hernandez will be a sophomore in 2008. He played in 35 games for Fresno State as a freshman, including 21 starts. Hernandez hit .251 (18-of-72) with two doubles and six RBI. The smooth fielder committed just two errors in a 107 chances at shortstop for a .981 fielding percentage.
Torres will be a junior in 2008. He played in 46 games over two seasons at USC, including 27 starts. In 2007, Torres, a left-handed batter, hit .253 (20-of-79) with four doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI as a second baseman and third baseman. He batted .231 (6-of-26) with three runs scored and four RBI in 15 games in 2005.
Both players are California natives. Hailing from Danville, Calif., Hernandez was a three-year letterwinner at Monte Vista HS, playing shortstop and third base. A product of Santa Ana, Calif., Torres was named the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register Player of the Year as a senior at Mater Dei High School, batting .459 with 23 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
These two kids are a great addition to the roster for the ’08 season. They will come in and immediately compete for starting time. Look for Hernandez to be the Starting short Stop and Torres the 2nd baseman on opening day. This will allow Travis Tucker to slide over to 3rd base. This will shore up the infield. This will also allow Texas to really put the pressure on opposing team defense as these two guys will put the ball down and Run.
Baseball America is now reporting that Mike Moustakas has officially signed with the KC Royals. Moustakas was the second overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Chatsworth High School in CA. It looks like the report from the Kansas City Star from earlier this evening saying that Scott Boras had informed the KC Royals that Moustakas would be attending USC in the fall was just a bargaining ploy to make the Royals make a late offer which his client accepted. The deal went through 11 minutes before the signing deadline for 2007 draft picks.
Kansas City Star article about the signing
Baseball America Report