The UC-Riverside Highlanders picked up a 9-4 victory over San Diego in college baseball action Tuesday. The Highlanders received a 2-3 performance from Jaime Pedroza who also scored three runs in the game. Matt Vass picked up a key three-run homer in the second inning to provide some power to the offense. Chad Blauer started the game for San Diego and only lasted 1.1 innings while giving up five runs (all earned) to pick up his first loss of the season. UC-Riverside starter Marc Rzepczynski pitched 5.0 innings while only giving up three runs to get his third victory of the season against no losses.
The NCBWA has named Mike Bianucci of Auburn the National Player of the Week and Brian Matusz the National Pitcher of the week for the time period ending on February 25th. Bianucci led Auburn to a 3-0 record at the Coca-Cola Classic Tournament hosted by South Alabama this weekend. He hit .667 (8 for 12) with 2 homers and drove in seven runs. Brian Matusz pitched another stellar game by going seven innings while only letting up one hit and striking out ten hitters against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Friday evening.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons picked up a 5-3 victory on Sunday to salvage one game out of their series with the University of San Diego. Garrett Bullock pitched very well for the Deacons to but did not pick up the win. He pitched 7.0 innings while giving up three runs (only one earned) while scattering seven hits, two HBP, and a balk. Josh Ellis picked up the win for the Deacs by going the final 2.0 innings while giving up only a hit and a walk. Evan Ocheltree hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to provide the first of the two runs in the top of the ninth. Eric Williams provided the other RBI in the ninth to drive home Ben Terry for the insurance run. Justin Snyder led the San Diego offense by going 2-4 on the day. Wake Forest now heads back to Winston-Salem where they will host Charlotte on Tuesday. The Toreros will play UC-Riverside on Tuesday. I have also linked to the Game Recaps for Saturday below which San Diego won 5-4 behind Kevin Muno’s first career hit which drove in the winning run.
The San Diego Toreros got a one hit seven inning performance from Brian Matusz in a 2-0 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Matusz struck out 10 batters in the game to continue to show that he is one of the top pitchers in college baseball this season. Matusz was followed by AJ Griffin who pitched two scoreless and hitless innings to pick up the save. San Diego scored runs on singles by Jordan Abruzzo in the first inning and Daniel Magness in the fourth. The teams will be back in action on Saturday at 1 pm Pacific.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will visit the Toreros of San Diego for a weekend set. Wake Forest is coming into the games with a 3-1 record after weekend sweep over Kent State and a mid-week loss to Appalachian State 10-9. San Diego enters with one of the best pitchers in the nation Brian Matusz who will start Friday night. The Toreros enter with a 9-4 record taking three out of four games against Virginia Commonwealth. The pitching match ups for the weekend will be Wake Forest’s Brad Kledzik (0-0, 9.00 ERA) facing off against San Diego’s Brian Matusz (2-0, 2.19 ERA). Saturday match-up will be Eric Nielsen (1-0, 5.68 ERA) for Wake and San Diego counters with Matt Couch (2-0, 4.12 ERA). The series finale is tentatively scheduled to have Wake send Garrett Bullock (1-0, 1.80 ERA) to face Josh Romanski (1-1, 6.38 ERA).
San Diego Series Notes
Wake Forest Series Notes
San Diego took Game three of their series with the Texas Longhorns by a score of 4-1. Jordan Abruzzo and Shane Buschini both hit two run homers to lead the Toreros offense to the victory. Matt Couch got his first win on the young season by pitching 6.0 innings of one run baseball. Ricardo Pecina pitched two innings of hitless relief before handing the ball over to AJ Griffin who pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second career save. James Russell picked up the loss for the Longhorns by going 7.0 innings and allowing Jordan Abruzzo’s two run homer. San Diego is back in action on Friday with a three game set with USC. Texas heads out to the west coast to take on Long Beach State next weekend but has a mid-week game against Texas-Arlington.
Nick Peoples led the Longhorns to a 13-8 victory over the Toreros. Peoples went 2-4 with five RBI’s. Preston Clark also gave the Longhorns a 3-5 performance with an RBI and two runs scored. Mike Metzger went 3-5 in the losing effort for the Toreros. Longhorns relief pitcher Adrian Alaniz picked up the victory for the Longhorns and Josh Romanski picked up the loss. The teams face off in the rubber game on Sunday.
Brian Matusz delivered a clutch performance as he led his Toreros to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Texas Longhorns. He pitched 5.2 innings only allowing 1 run and striking out eight batters. Matt Couch got the last two outs in the ninth to record his first save of the season. Justin Snyder led the offensive charge with a 3-5 performance including a home run. Texas starter Randy Boone only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 earned) and surrendered eight hits. Travis Tucker went 3-4 for the Longhorns in the losing effort. Both teams will face off again on Saturday.
San Diego Recap
Dallas News checks in with Skip Johnson
The Texas Longhorns will begin the season tomorrow in Round Rock TX against the San Diego Toreros. San Diego swept a series from Cal Poly to jump out to a 3-0 record in the early season. Guest Contributor Donald J. Boyles was nice enough to write a nine page preview on the Longhorns season which is linked below. I have also linked both schools game notes.
SouthernCollegeSports.com has posted a series of previews on different conferences recently which are very knowledgeable for a quick synopsis of each conference. Each preview that has been released is listed below.