Tags

, , , , , , , , , , ,

635666249554555138-UCLA-baseball

UCLA celebrating their first NCAA baseball crown at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha in 2013

 

FIVE STANDOUT COLLEGE TEAMS ON THE DIAMOND IN THE SOCAL AREA

 

It’s common knowledge that Southern California has long been a hotbed for outstanding baseball.

And not just the Dodgers or the Angels, either, as from the high school level on up one can see some excellent playing of the national pastime.

This is especially true on the collegiate level, as out of the ten Division 1 schools in the SoCal area that field baseball programs, no less than five of them will be seeing postseason action beginning this Friday, May 29.

One of these teams is SoCal’s most recent winner of the College World Series, having won their first crown in 2013, while another has won four titles and still another one, with 12 NCAA championships, has won in Omaha more than any other school.

Their road to the College World Series in Omaha, NE will begin with regional play, then a best-of-three Super Regional if they win their regional.

Let’s not waste any more time – here are the five teams that are starting their quest to hoist a national championship trophy this weekend:

(* = denotes led team)

la_u_ucla_baseball_b4_576

UCLA BRUINS

Record: 42-14, 22-8 in the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12 Champions)

Rank: 2

Coach:  John Savage (2015 Pac-12 Coach of the Year)

SoCal’s most recent national champion, winning the College World Series in 2013

#1 overall seed for this year’s tournament

Leads the nation with a 2.16 team ERA

*  Will host a regional featuring Maryland, Ole Miss, and Cal State Bakersfield

First Game:  May 29th vs Cal State Bakersfield

Leading Pitchers:  

James Kaprelian, 9-4, 1.94 ERA, 107 strikeouts

David Berg, 7-2, 0.73 ERA (3rd in the nation), 12 saves (set single season saves record in 2013), Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year

Leading Hitters:

Ty Moore, .335 average, 5 home runs, 47 RBI

Kevin Kramer, .328 average, 6 home runs, 31 RBIs, 76 hits*

 

baseball_web4

USC TROJANS

Record: 37-19, 18-12 and third place in the Pac-12 Conference

Rank: 16

Coach: Dan Hubbs

Winner of 12 national championships in baseball, more than any other school

In the postseason for the first time since 2005

Is seeded second in the Lake Elsinore Regional with host UC Santa Barbara, Virginia, and San Diego State

First Game: May 29th vs 3rd seed/defending runner-up Virginia

Leading Pitchers:

Kyle Twomey, 7-2, 2.81 ERA

Marc Huberman, 6-4, 2.37 ERA*, six saves*

Leading Hitters:

Bobby Stahel, .379 average, 4 home runs, 31 RBI

Garrett Stubbs, .330 average, 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year (The first for a USC player)

 

IMG_2222WEB

CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS

Record: 34-22, 19-5 in the BIg West Conference (Big West Champions)

Rank: 19

Coach: Rick Vanderhook

16 appearances in the College World Series, the latest in 2009

Four National Championships, the latest in 2004

Will host a regional, where they are seeded 1st and will feature Arizona State, Clemson, and Pepperdine

First Game: May 29th vs Pepperdine

Leading Pitchers:

Thomas Eshelman, 8-5, 1.57 ERA*, 111 Strikeouts*, 5 complete games*

Tyler Peltzmeir, 2-3, 2.44 ERA, 16 saves*

Leading Hitters:

Davi Olmedo-Barrera, .301 average, 8 home runs*, 39 RBI*

Josh Vargas, .355 average*

 

Tate-UCSB-Baseball

UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS

Record: 40-15, 16-8 and second place in the Big West Conference

Rank: 21

Coach: Andrew Checketts

Six conference titles, the last one coming in 1986

Appearing in the postseason for the tenth time

Will host the Lake Elsinore Regional, where they are seeded first

First Game: May 29th vs San Diego State

Leading Pitchers:

Shane Bieber (no relation to Justin), 8-4, 2.26 ERA

Dillon Tate, 8-4, 2.08 ERA, 100 strikeouts*

Robby Nesovic, 2.70 ERA*, six saves*

Leading Hitters:

Cameron Newell, .380 average*, 3 home runs*, 31 RBI, 73 hits*

Robby Nesovic, .344 average, 39 RBI*

 

7B54B88D-F77D-A86E-59423EF27A477070

PEPPERDINE WAVES

Record: 30-27, 17-10 and second place in the West Coast Conference

Rank: None

Coach: Steve Rodriguez

Won the 2015 West Coast Conference Tournament, beating rival Loyola Marymount in the championship game

18 WCC titles

Two College World Series appearances, winning the national championship in 1992

Is seeded fourth in the Fullerton Regional

First Game:  May 29th vs Cal State Fullerton

Leading Pitchers:

Jordan McClelland, 6-3, 2.42 ERA

Ryan Wilson, 8-3, 3.66 ERA

Max Gamboa, 5-2, 3.12 ERA, seven saves*

Leading Hitters:

Brandon Caruso, .305 average

Hutton Meyer, 13 home runs*

Brad Anderson, 10 home runs, 39 RBI*

 

To say that this promises to be an exciting few weeks coming up will be an understatement.

And to further wet everyone’s appetite, here’s a highlight clip of a recent game between UCLA and USC – who could possibly meet in a Super Regional in what would be an Ultimate Crosstown War for the right to play in Omaha – played on April 12th with the Bruins winning 8-3:

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements