Arizona- 4-0 (W 6-0, W 16-13, W 18-4, W 9-8) vs. Eastern Kentucky
In the first game, Arizona’s starting pitcher JC Cloney went 7 innings and gave up one hit to power the Wildcats. In game 2, Arizona trailed 12-5 after 4 innings, but a six run sixth and 5 RBI’s each by JJ Matijevic and Nick Quintana powered the comeback. Game 3 saw the Wildcats jump out to a 9-0 lead. Alfonso Rivas powered the offense driving in 5 runs. In the fourth game, Arizona trailed 8-6 going into the final inning, but pushed across 3 runs to preserve the sweep. Arizona faces McNeese State in a 4 game set in Tucson beginning on Thursday.
Arizona State- 3-0 (W 3-1, W 4-3, W 6-2) vs. Northwestern
In the first game, ASU’s Eli Longos threw 6.2 innings, gave up no runs, and struck out six in the winning effort. In game 2, Northwestern held a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. The Sun Devils plated two runs, capped off by a walk off single by Sebastian Zawada. Game three was delayed by rain, but ASU used a 4 run eighth inning to pull away. Jeremy McCuin went 2-4 and rove in 2 runs in the winning effort. The Sun Devils take on Oklahoma State on Tuesday, and then travel to #1 TCU for a three game series this weekend.
Cal- 2-1 (L 6-4, W 4-3, W 8-1) vs. Cal Poly
In game one, Cal Poly jumped out to a 6-1 lead, and held on for a 6-4 victory in Berkeley. Denis Karas went 4-5 in the losing effort. In the second game, Cal trailed 3-2 in the 5th inning until a Karas solo homer tied the game. In the sixth the Bears would take the lead for good on an error. Erik Martinez struck out the side to preserve the win in the ninth. In the third game, Cal Poly jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 2 innings, but were held scoreless the rest of the game. Outfielder Jeffery Mitchell Jr. went 3-4 and drove in 4 runs for Cal. Cal travels to Lubbock to face #11 Texas Tech this weekend in a four game series.
Oregon- 2-2 (L 9-1, L 8-3, W 13-1, W 3-2) vs. Fresno State
In game one, Fresno scored five runs in the second inning to take a big lead, and cruised the rest of the way. The Bulldogs had 6 players record an RBI. In game two, Fresno State led 4-3 going into the seventh, but a 4 run bottom half put the game out of reach. Right fielder Austin Guibor led the way for the Bulldogs, going 2-3 and drove in 3 runs. Game three saw Oregon’s offense come alive; using 18 Fresno walks to score 13 runs. Ducks pitcher Cole Stringer tossed 7 innings, and only gave up 1 earned run to get his first win of the year. In game 4, Oregon left fielder A.J. Balta drove in two runs. Oregon heads to San Diego for the Tony Gwynn Classic this weekend beginning on Friday.
Oregon State- 4-0 (W 1-0, W, 6-3, W 11-2, W 4-1) vs. Indiana and Duke
In game one, Beavers left fielder Chrstian Donahue drove in the lone run of the game. OSU used 4 pitchers to shut out the Hoosiers. In the second game, shortstop Nick Madrigal went 3-4 and drove in 3 runs. A 5 run second inning was the difference. Game 3 saw the Beavers jump out to 4-1 lead after two innings, which they never relinquished. First baseman KJ Harrison drove in two runs to help power the offense. In game 4, OSU starter Jake Thompson struck out 8 batters in 5.1 innings, and OSU beat Indiana 4-1. The Beavers head to Surprise, Arizona to face Nebraska and Ohio State in the BIG-10-PAC-12 Spring Training Challenge.
Stanford- 1-2 (L 1-0, L 8-1, W 7-6) vs. #8 Cal State Fullerton
In the first game, Titans starter Connor Seabold went 7 shutout innings, and gave up just 5 hits. Stanford starter Kris Bubic was the tough luck loser, throwing 7 innings with 10 strikeouts. In the second game, Fullerton again stymied the Cardinal. Starting pitcher John Gavin threw 6 innings and gave up just two hits. In the third game, the Titans jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 4 innings. Stanford came roaring back, scoring two in the bottom of the ninth to tie it and a Matt Winaker RBI double won it in the bottom of the eleventh. Stanford hosts Kansas for a three game series starting on Friday.
UCLA- 2-0 (W 3-2, W 10-1) vs. San Jose State
In the first game, UCLA jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 5 innings. The Trojans would score one run in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie the game. The Bruins were able to answer in the bottom of the ninth, scoring on a walk off fielders choice. In the second game, UCLA led 2-0, and used a seven run fifth inning to blow the game open. Catcher Daniel Rosica drove in three runs to power the offense. UCLA hosts UC Riverside on Tuesday, then a three game series against Gonzaga starting on Friday night.
USC- 3-0 (W 22-2, W 6-2, W 9-4) vs. Coppin State
In game one, USC used a 12 run second inning to blow the game open. Left fielder David Edson went 4-6 and drove in 6 runs for the Trojans. Starting pitcher Mitch Hart threw six innings, and gave up only one hit. In the second game, outfielder Lars Nootbaar and catcher Cris Perez each drove in 2 runs in the 6-2 victory. In game three, Coppin State took a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but USC roared back, scoring in their final 5 plate appearances, highlighted by a 5 run sixth inning. Outfielder Lars Nootbaar went 3-5 and drove in three runs. The Trojans host Long Beach State on Tuesday, then head to Wake Forest for a three game set starting on Friday.
Utah- 2-1 (L 6-5, W 7-5, W 15-3) vs. Cal State Bakersfield
In game one, Bakersfield took a 2-0 lead after the second inning, but Utah tied the game at 4 in the sixth inning. CUSB plated 2 more runs in the seventh inning to take the lead for good. Bakersfield second baseman David Metzgar drove in 3 runs in the victory. In the second game, Utah trailed 5-4 in the seventh inning, before the Utes answered with 3 runs to take a 7-5 lead. Right fielder Josh Rose went 2-4 and drove in 2 runs. In the third game, Utah scored 9 runs in the eight and ninth inning to blow out the Roadrunners. The Utes had five players drive in at least two runs. Utah heads to Surprise, AZ to play Nebraska and Ohio State in the BIG-10-PAC-12 Spring Training Challenge on Friday.
Washington- 2-1 (W 5-2, L 4-3, W 8-1) vs. Santa Clara
In the first game, the Huskies trailed 2-1 in the ninth inning, but exploded for 4 runs to take a 5-2 lead. Back to back 2 RBI doubles by K.J. Brady and Joey Morgan were the difference. In game two, Santa Clara won a back and forth affair 4-3. John Cresto went 3-3 and drove in 3 runs for the Broncos. Huskies game three starting pitcher Jordan Jones went 6 innings, gave up 1 run, and struck out 9 Santa Clara batters in the 8-1 victory. Catcher Nick Kahle drove in 5 runs for Washington. The Huskies play Santa Clara on Tuesday, then head to Saint Mary’s for a four game series beginning on Thursday.
Washington State- 1-2 (L 10-2, L 6-4, W 4-3) vs. Sacramento State
In the first game, Sacramento State scored 8 runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. First baseman Vinny Esposito drove in 3 runs to power the Hornets offense. In the second game, the Cougars again tied the game at 4 in the seventh, until Sacramento State plated two in the bottom half to take a 6-4 lead. WSU’s 4 errors were the difference in the game. The Cougars were again faced with a deficit in the third game, trailing 3-1 in the eighth inning. The offense came alive, scored three runs, and closer Scotty Sunitsch closed the door for the save. Washington State heads to Loyola Marymount for a four game series beginning on Friday.