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.
Shotgun Spratling caught up with Grand Canyon head coach Andy Stankiewicz to check on the development of the program in their first season at Division 1.
The Antelopes have put together quite a successful season at 30-22 that includes a 19-8 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. Despite having the second-best record in the WAC, due to the NCAA-mandated transition period, the ‘Lopes are not allowed to compete in the conference or NCAA Tournament.
Stankiewicz talks about the difficulty of enduring the transition period while having no end-of-the-year postseason potential and about rewarding the players with big-time non-conference matchups, including USC, Kansas, Kansas State, UC Irvine and Washington among others this season with plans to travel to Tennessee, Cal Poly and Oklahoma State in the future:
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Bakersfield head baseball coach Bill Kernen has announced his retirement from college baseball effective at the conclusion of the 2014 season after six seasons at the helm of the Roadrunners.
Kernen, who has led the Roadrunners since the program’s inception in 2009, amassed a 155-168 record while leading the Roadrunners program in the last six seasons. He plans to continue his career as a stage and screen writer while relocating to New York City. Continue reading
The only two Southern California teams that seem secure in the postseason matched up for the second week in a row with No. 27 Pepperdine traveling to No. 7 Cal Poly this time. A familiar middle-of-the-lineup face who had been struggling seems to be back in the groove as he led his team to a victory.
It only took one swing in the UCLA/Fullerton game and Michael Cederoth had an unusual outing as he tried to lead San Diego State to a win at Long Beach State. Cederoth also tried to trim the national saves lead on Sam Moore, but Moore got into Irvine’s game at San Diego even though the ‘Eaters jumped out to a 13-2 lead.
That plus more in Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from San Diego and UCLA:
With UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Cal State Northridge not having lights at their fields, it opens up the possibility of being able to catch multiple games in one day when those teams play at home and then other Southern California squads host night games.
But not having lights also opens up the possibility of games being suspended, postponed or even called due to darkness. That was the case on Tuesday when UCLA visited Santa Barbara and ended up going into extra innings where the game came to a completely unsatisfactory conclusion after 12 innings.
That plus more in Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features photo galleries from Fullerton, Pepperdine and LMU:
Rick Vanderhook didn’t travel with the team to San Luis Obispo and probably wouldn’t have liked what he saw had he went anyway. The nation’s top two closers, Sam Moore and Michael Cederoth, ended up deciding a game. See who came out on top.
But two unlikely heroes headline Thursday’s Southern California college baseball roundup that features video interviews and photo galleries from Northridge and Long Beach State:
Both Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount have both been strong defensively and are among the top West Coast Conference teams, despite having to rely on a pair of freshmen shortstops.
But rather than being bothered by being thrust into the fire, Manny Jefferson and David Fletcher have thrived under the pressures of being regular starters for regional contenders just a season removed from high school ball. Both players made major contributions with the glove on Tuesday.
That plus more in a roundup of Tuesday’s Southern California college baseball action along with photo galleries from Northridge and LMU:
Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara matched up in a wacky contest that featured a Thomas Eshelman walk, a Joey Epperson strikeout, 18 runs and no resolution. There was a resolution at Dedeaux Field even though it took 13 innings.
That plus more in a roundup of Friday’s Southern California college baseball action with photo galleries from three of the matchups:
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:
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: