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SoCal Roundup: One-Run Endeavors

There were six games on the Southern California schedule Tuesday afternoon and evening and five of them came down to the wire with four one-run games and a 9-7 battle down in San Diego. Tuesday’s tight-knit action piggy-backed Monday’s walk-off win for San Diego State

A roundup of all SoCal squads that were in action Tuesday with a photo gallery from Monday’s exiciting San Diego State/Purdue matchup:

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SoCal Roundup: Doing It Both Ways

It is rare that a two-way player can dominate both on the mound and with the bat, but on Sunday, a pair of lefty SoCal studs did just that. Louie Lechich and Aaron Brown lifted their teams to shutout wins to cap off impressive weekends for a pair of West Coast Conference contenders.

At Dedeaux Field, crosstown rivals USC and UCLA squared off in front of a packed house for a dramatic back-and-forth contest that included a blown save from All-American David Berg, but who came out on top?

That plus all of Sunday’s other Southern California college baseball action, including some photos from USC, Pepperdine and UC Riverside: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Morales Unblemished

Andrew Morales still has not given up an earned run for UC Irvine, but it was a sacrifice that proved to be the difference in the ‘Eaters game. UC Santa Barbara had another strong showing with a split in Tucson, but both ranked SoCal teams struggled to put runs on the board Saturday. Find out how life in Texas has been for a couple of Big West programs.

When USC and UCLA face off on Sunday, they will be looking to not be the only winless team in the “No-Longer-Dodgertown-Classic” weekend series. Plus all the other Southern California college baseball action as we’ve got your quick roundup of all the Southern California action, plus photo galleries from around the area:

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SoCal Roundup: Making A Statement

A pair of underrated West Coast squads tried to make statements on Friday with UC Santa Barbara taking it to an Mississippi State while San Diego was one infield single away from taking down top 15 squad Oklahoma State twice in a doubleheader.

USC and UCLA got off to troublesome starts in the “No-Longer-Dodgertown-Classic” weekend series against Houston and Pepperdine. Plus all the other Southern California college baseball action as we’ve got your quick roundup of all the Southern California action, plus photo galleries from around the area:

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SoCal Weekend Preview: OK, Texas Trippin

Four SoCal squads take to the skies for major road trips this weekend with three teams traveling to one side or the other of the Red River. The Big 12’s Baylor and Oklahoma State get a pair of Southern California gems in No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and San Diego while a strong Sam Houston State squad will welcome Cal State Northridge.

Another quality squad from the Lone Star State will make its way to Los Angeles as Houston will make stops at USC, UCLA and Pepperdine as part of the Not-So-Dodgertown Classic (the name is explained below). The Big 12 will also send a team this way as West Virginia makes its second cross-country trip to Southern Cali to participate in the UCR Tournament with the Highlanders and Sacramento State.

But the biggest pepper test (baseball’s version of the litmus) will be UC Santa Barbara’s road trip to Tucson for Arizona’s Hi Corbett Tournament that will feature the home-standing Wildcats and No. 12 Mississippi State.

To get you ready for the Southern California baseball action, we’ve got your schedule and Around the Horn preview of series to watch. Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: 1,000 For Gillespie

Mike Gillespie has seen just about everything this game has to offer after 20 years at USC and currently in his seventh season as the head man at UC Irvine. On Sunday, he saw something very familiar that got him to a new plateau. “Skip” reached a milestone, picking up his 1,000th career Division I victory.

While Gillespie saw his ‘Eaters win, they didn’t quite do it in the dramatic fashion that USC and Pepperdine pulled off to get sweeps against inferior foes. Big rubber matches between UCLA/Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton/San Francisco turned into dominant one-sided performances.

We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from Northridge and the big series finale at UCLA: Continue reading

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SoCal Roundup: Shutout City

There was some impressive pitching in Southern California Saturday. Four shutouts were thrown with Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly getting in on the action as they both evened big series.

San Diego and Cal State Northridge both swept doubleheaders while UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount dropped heartbreakers. UC Irvine got a big win over a ranked squad.

We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area: Continue reading

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CBD Visit: Irvine Makes Three Early Runs Last

IRVINE, Calif. — UC Irvine wanted an insurance run.

Leading 3-2, the Anteaters got a leadoff walk from Grant Palmer to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Head coach Mike Gillespie had Chris Rabago sacrifice Palmer to second base to set up preseason All-Americans Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer, who combined for 159 hits and 85 RBI in 55 games last season.

All Sparks or Spencer needed was to knock a base hit. But instead, Sparks racked up his seventh strikeout in four games and Spencer grounded out to end the inning — and continued the Sparks/Spencer First Hit Watch that is now a combined 31 at bats deep. Two All-Americans now 0-for-31.

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SoCal Roundup: Fullerton & UCLA Walk-Off

After dropping their first game of the season, Southern California’s top ranked squads, No. 1 Cal State Fullerton and No. 9 UCLA, both bounced back with dramatic victories to ensure a series win.

It was a strong day in the Southland as 10 of the 11 SoCal teams in action scored victories. Long Beach State’s series sweep at the hands of No. 10 Vanderbilt and “one of the best pitching staffs I’ve ever seen,” according to Dirtbags’ head coach Troy Buckley, was the only blemish. Continue reading