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3/11/2012 1:27:03 AM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 4

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day two

Overall the conference did poorly today, with a 6-7 record. There were a couple of big wins, specifically over Rice and Georgia, and a couple of disappointments.
  • Stanford 11, Rice 6: Rice took a 1-0 lead in the 1st but the Cardinal scored three in the 2nd to jump on top. Rice evened the score with two more in the 4th, then fell behind again when Stanford scored one in the bottom of the 3rd. Stanford added more space between them and Rice with 3 runs in the 4th and solos in the 5th and 6th to take a 9-3 lead. In the 7th, Rice scored one run and Stanford two to make it 11-4. The Owls scored two more in the 8th for the final score of 11-6, but that was all. Brett Mooneyham went 6 IP with 3 earned runs to earn the win. Austin Wilson was 2 for 4 with a 3-run homer and 4 RBIs, and Eric Smith was 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs for the Cardinal.
    Stanford leads series 2-0.

  • UCLA 7, Georgia 6: The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead in the 3rd, scoring on a walk, bunt single, RBI double, and an RBI single. UCLA tied it in the 5th on a leadoff single, two 2-out singles, and an error by 2nd baseman Nelson Ward that scored two unearned runs. The Bruins took the lead 4-3 in the 6th on back-to-back leadoff singles and an RBI groundout. Georgia tied it 4-4 in the 7th off two doubles, and Nick Vander Tuig hit the showers, but UCLA tacked on two more in the 8th to take a 6-4 lead. Georgia scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 8th to narrow the lead to one run again, 6-5 UCLA. The Bruins added a crucial run in the 9th on a leadoff double by Chris Keck and an RBI single by Tyler Heineman to make it 7-5. In the bottom of the 9th, Georgia scored one on a walk, a double, and a wild pitch, and had the tying run 90 feet away with two outs when closer Scott Griggs induced a groundout to end the game. Jeff Gelalich was 3 for 4 today, and UCLA is on a 9-game win streak.
    UCLA leads series 2-0.

  • Cal Poly 2, Washington 0: Senior lefty Kyle Anderson pitched Cal Poly’s first complete game shutout in five years with a career-high 11 strikeouts, and lowered his ERA to 0.70 Washington outhit Cal Poly 6-5, led by Joe Meggs with a single and a double.
    Cal Poly leads series 2-0.

  • Game one: Oregon State 8, Illinois 2: Dan Child nearly pitched a complete game, going 8.1 IP and striking out 9 while giving up one earned run. Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto both had a hit apiece and 3 RBIs; Ryan Barnes had 2 RBIs, and Ryan Dunn was 2 for 4.
    Game two: Connecticut 6, Oregon State 3: Jace Fry made his college debut and went 4.1 innings, allowing one earned run. But the Beaver pen couldn’t hold the Huskies. The Beavers held a 3-1 lead after four innings, but the Huskies chipped away at the lead, culminating in LJ Mazzilli’s two-run home run in the 7th off Cole Brocker, who dropped to 0-2 on the year. Michael Conforto led the Beavers with two hits and two RBIs.
    Series tied 1-1 (+1).

  • Game one: Oregon 12, WVU 0: The Ducks had a 6-0 lead after three innings, and their advantage expanded to 11-0 after Aaron Jones’s grand slam in the 8th put the Mountaineers away for good. Kyle Garlick went a 4 for 4
    (Note: This is the game that doesn’t count.)
    Game two: Oklahoma 3, Oregon 2: The Sooners jumped on top 1-0 in the 3rd on a leadoff tripled and groundout. Oregon tied it up at one run apiece in the 6th, but Oklahoma struck again in the 7th with a two-out RBI single. In the 8th, Max White delivered his third hit of the game, and sixth of the day, to give the Sooners an insurance run which proved to be big as Oregon came back in the bottom of the frame with another run. Oregon stranded a total of eight runners in the game, but in the bottom of the 9th still had life as Oklahoma reliever Jordan John issued Brett Hambright a two-out walk. Shaun Chase then singled to right field as pinch runner Kevin Shepherd made his way to third. But JJ Altobelli popped up to end it.
    Oregon trails series 0-2 (+1).

  • Nebraska 12, California 5: Cal jumped on Nebraska with one run in the 1st and two in the 2nd. Nebraska made it 3-2 Cal in the 3rd, then, behind 4-2 in the 6th, the Huskers scored 3 on a leadoff homer, a single, a double, and a sac fly. They tacked on another run in the 7th to, make it 6-4 Nebraska. Mitch Delfino opened the 8th frame with a solo homer to make it 6-5 Nebraska. Then the Cornhuskers unloaded on the Bears in the bottom of the 8th with 6 runs, highlighted by Rich Sanguinetti’s no-out grand slam, to take a 12-5 lead. Matt Flemer pitched 7 innings and took the loss, yielding 10 runs (9 earned).
    Series tied 1-1.

  • Long Beach 7, Arizona State 3: The 49ers had two 3-run innings and led 6-0 after three. The Devils had their own 3-run inning in the 5th, halving the deficit, but the Dirtbags added another run in the bottom frame. Long Beach’s Matt Duffy was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs, and the Dirtbags as a team stole six bases.
    Series tied 1-1.

  • USC 9, CS Bakersfield 8: The Roadrunners erased a 3-0 USC lead by scoring three of their own in the 3rd, then jumped ahead in the 5th with a 4-run inning. meanwhile the Trojans kept scratching for single runs from the 4th through the 7th innings and trailed 8-7 going into the bottom of the 9th. Then Bakersfield pitching collapsed. James Barragan allowed a single, then two hit batsmen and walked in the tying run. With bases still loaded, Adam Landecker singled in the winning run. Kevin Swick went 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Kevin Roundtree and Dante Flores also had 3 hits.
    USC leads series 2-0.

  • UNLV 4, Washington State 3: Wazzu struck for one run in the 1st and led 3-2 from the 4th until thee 8th, when the Rebels scored two for the final score. Wazzu starter Kyle Swannack lasted only 2.2 IP and faced only 13 batters, walking two and hitting one. Wazzu used five other pitchers, none of whom faced more than 10 batters nor pitched more than 1.2 innings. Tommy Richards, Derek Jones, and Kyle Johnson all had two hits for the Cougs.
    UNLV leads series 2-0.

  • Arizona 16, EMU 7: Arizona pounded out a season-high 19 base hits with everyone in the lineup getting at least one hit. Eastern Michigan also did well offensively, racking up 12 hits of their own, topped by the appropriately named Matt Hitt, who was 3 for 3. (It’s the eponymy, stupid.)
    Arizona leads series 2-0.

  • San Jose State 3, Utah 2: SJSU broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th on two walks, an error, and a sac fly.
    Series tied 1-1.
3/11/2012 7:17:28 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 4

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day three

A better closing day for the conference, though the top team suffered a tough 1-0 loss, the only negative for the day. Pac-12 was 10-1 today. Including bonus games, the conference was 24-12 for the weekend, with one more game tomorrow between Cal and Nebraska.
  • Rice 1, Stanford 0: A rare Sunday pitchers’ duel that was decided by a single (unearned) run allows Rice to escape Palo Alto with a win and avoid the sweep. Both starting pitchers lasted 6.2 innings, but Stanford’s John Hochstatter was the victim of a 3rd inning infield error that allowed the Owls to plate the only run of the game. The Cardinal outscored Rice over the three games 15-9.
    Stanford wins series 2-1.

  • UCLA 7, Georgia 3: Cody Keefer went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs, and UCLA completed a three-game road sweep of the #13 Georgia Bulldogs. UCLA used six pitchers, none throwing more than 3 innings. UCLA outhit Georgia 12-7. The Bruins outscored Georgia over the three games 16-9.
    UCLA sweeps series 3-0.

  • Washington 10, Cal Poly 5: The Huskies racked up 12 hits, including eight for extra bases. CF Jayce Ray went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, and 3 RBIs to lead the Huskies. Jacob Lamb added two doubles and two RBIs, and Michael Camporeale hit a two-run homer for UW. SO Austin Voth (3-0) picked up the victory. He went five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out four.
    Cal Poly wins series 2-1.

  • Oregon State 11, Oklahoma 7: It seemed early pitching woes would once again doom OSU, as they found themselves in a 7-0 hole after two. Starting pitcher Dylan Davis faced only four batters, striking out the first and walking the next three. Reliever Scott Schultz got out of the bases-loaded jam allowing only 2 runs, but Oklahoma had a big inning in the 2nd, rapping four singles and capitalizing on two Beaver errors to score five runs (all unearned) and lead 7-0. But the Oregon State bullpen established some consistency and the Beaver bats made a slow comeback, scoring two in the 4th, one in the 5th, and five in the 7th, to take an 8-7 lead, then three more on back-to-back homers in the 8th by Dylan Davis and Ryan Dunn for 11 unanswered runs. Oklahoma’s five errors proved even more costly than OSU’s two. Tony Bryant came in for the 8th to record his third save. Dylan Davis, who started on the mound and lasted 0.1 IP, stayed in as DH and made up for the two earned runs charged to him by going 3 for 5 with 5 RBIs, including two doubles and a two-run homer in the 8th. Michael Conforto also had a home run, a double, 2 RBIs, and a 3-for-4 day. Tyler Smith was 3 for 5 with a double.
    Oregon State wins series 2-1 (+1).

  • Oregon 4, Connecticut 0: Brando Tessar pitched a complete game 4-hit shutout of the Huskies. JJ Altobelli was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. Vernell Warren was also 2 for 4.
    Oregon loses series 1-2 (+1).

  • California 4, Nebraska 0: Chadd Krist went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs, and six Cal pitchers combined to limit Nebraska to three hits on way to a series-clinching shutout. Bonus fourth game tomorrow.
    Cal wins series 2-1.

  • Arizona State 6, Long Beach 1: RHP Trevor Williams (4-0) recorded his team-leading fourth win of the season after going a career-long eight innings. Williams allowed just one earned run on eight hits while striking out four, and did not give up a run after the first inning. RHP Jake Barrett closed out the ninth with a pair of strikeouts, including one for the final out. The Sun Devils (10-4) scored two runs in the first, one in the third, one in the fifth, and two in the ninth, with Abe Ruiz and Trever Allen each recording a pair of RBI to pace the team.
    Arizona State wins series 2-1.

  • USC 6, CS Bakersfield 0: USC’s Stephen Tarpley shut out the Roadrunners for 8 full innings, allowing only 6 hits and striking out 10 for his second win of the season, and the Trojans complete the sweep of CSU Bakersfield. Matt Foat was 3 for 4 for the Trojans, with 3 RBIs.
    USC sweeps series 3-0.

  • Washington State 9, UNLV 8: Wazzu scored five times over the final three innings to rally past UNLV. In the 7th, Washington State put together five straight two-out singles to score three runs. In the 8th, pinch hitter Ian Sagdal led off with a walk. Nate Blackham followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance Sagdal to second. On the play, no one covered third base initially, and Sagdal raced for the bag. UNLV first baseman Trent Cook made an errant throw trying to cut down Sagdal, and the Cougar freshman scampered home with the tying run. Nelubowich singled with one out in the 9th and was replaced by pinch runner Kyle Johnson. As pinch hitter Ty Jackson struck out against Zack Hartman (0-1), Johnson stole second. Richards followed with a pop up into shallow right field that was misplayed by UNLV second baseman Scott Dysinger allowing Johnson to score the eventual winning run. Taylor Ard and Derek Jones belted back-to-back home runs in the 3rd.
    UNLV wins series 2-1.

  • Arizona 9, EMU 8: Credit Eastern Michigan, who, down 4-7 after seven, scored four in the 8th to take the lead 8-7 and put the pressure on Arizona. The Cats tied it in the bottom frame, then scratched the winning (unearned) run in the 9th on an error, a sac bunt, IBB, and a single. Seth Mejias-Breen was 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs and a bag.
    Arizona sweeps series 3-0.

  • Utah 7, Columbia 1: The Utes broke a 1-1 tie in the 6th with two runs for a 3-1 lead. They added three in the 7th on a three-run home run by Shaun Cooper, who was 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs.
    Utah wins series 2-1 (-1).


Nike College Showcase results
  • Oregon State 3-1 (W: Oklahoma, Illinois, West Virginia; L: UConn)
    Illinois 3-1 (W: Oregon, UConn, West Virginia; L: Oregon State)

  • Connecticut 2-2 (W: Oklahoma, Oregon State; L: Oregon, Illinois)
    Oklahoma 2-2 (W: Oregon, West Virginia; L: UConn, Oregon State)
    Oregon 2-2 (W: UConn, West Virginia; L: Oklahoma, Illinois)

  • West Virginia 0-4 (W: None; L: Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Illinois)
3/11/2012 7:44:52 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 4

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Week 4 scores

43.0 CaughtBySparky
42.0 MostUnknown
40.0 ConnorOSU
40.0 cswanson2k7
38.0 BeaverBob
38.0 borgguy
38.0 FullertonBaseballFan
37.0 ASU74
37.0 OpihiMan
37.0 WildCard85
36.0 Dodger Matt
36.0 Florida Beaver
33.0 RiverDuck
3/11/2012 7:56:54 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 4

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
And here are the preseason totals. Note that CaughtBySparky and I were tied for the lead last week,and he beat me by 7 points in this week's scores. Lower tier scores did not participate in the minimum required.
    wks ttl avg name
  • 4 165.0 41.25 CaughtBySparky
  • 4 158.0 39.50 Dodger Matt
  • 4 157.0 39.25 ConnorOSU
  • 4 155.0 38.75 ASU74
  • 4 155.0 38.75 FullertonBaseballFan
  • 4 155.0 38.75 OpihiMan
  • 4 153.0 38.25 MostUnknown
  • 4 151.0 37.75 Florida Beaver
  • 4 150.0 37.50 WildCard85
  • 4 145.0 36.25 BeaverBob
  • 3 106.0 35.33 borgguy
  • 3 103.0 34.33 RiverDuck


  • 1 40.0 40.00 cswanson2k7
  • 2 75.0 37.50 BeaverBeliever20
  • 1 34.0 34.00 omaharocks
  • 1 27.0 27.00 Islander
All hail CBSparky!Applause
3/11/2012 8:15:48 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 4

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Florida Beaver wrote:
Well, I feel pretty good after our play today. Coming from a 7-0 deficit to win 11-7 against a ranked Oklahoma that beat the ducks 3-2. With the amount of freshmen Coach Casey has had pitching, I had had some concerns. But the bullpen looks okay and I feel good vibes for this season. We shall see as the season progresses with the real play starting Friday.

I'm almost on board with you, but this team is different from the typical Beaver team. We usually have great defense and deep high-quality pitching, with a weak offense that scratches for runs and plays small ball with precision. The last couple years our pitching has been less than great and last year's defense was below Beaver standards too. This year, the starting pitching has got us into some deep holes. The bullpen depth is still good, but I'll feel a lot better when Fry and Duke are well enough to have an impact on the starting rotation.

The big, big surprise to me, and a welcome one at that, is the huge clubs we have swinging in the hands of guys like Michael Conforto, Tyler Smith, Jake Rodriguez, Ryan Barnes, and Dylan Davis. Conforto, in particular, has been a monster. He's batting .419 and slugging .628. Those numbers are unheard of at OSU. Even little Tyler Smith is batting .410 and slugging .538. Kavin Keyes, who was pretty good at the plate last year, is struggling with the Mendoza Line, so his numbers are likely to improve, and Ryan Dunn is currently batting over .300. That's a pretty good lineup for an org not known for huge offensive numbers.

Now that's not going to get us over the finish line, because there are a lot more teams out there who will have better offenses than ours, so we need that pitching to come back up to OSU standards. But I think it will, and then we should be sitting pretty.
3/13/2012 7:34:41 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Week 5

Let me start with a note on how conference play scoring will be handled. Because we have an odd number of teams in the conference now and most weeks will have six series (one a nonconference affair), all weekly scores will be averaged to come out with a six-series average. That means when we have only five series (like this week and a couple others), each series will count 6/5 (or 120%).

First week of conference play features two top-25 matchups and three other series with a ranked team. Stanford does not play this weekend.

This week's games
  • #12 ASU (10-4) at #14 UCLA (12-3)
  • #19 OSU (11-5) at #21 Cal (11-3)
  • #20 Ore (12-3) at UW (10-5)
  • WSU (8-5) at #9 Ariz (13-2)
  • Utah (4-11) at #27 USC (12-3)
Week 5 Series
  • The top series has the 12th ranked Sun Devils visiting UCLA. Both teams are doing well and coming off series wins, but UCLA’s was more impressive: a road sweep of a nationally ranked SEC team. Should be a great series, but you have to give a slight edge to the home team.
  • Another pretty good and even matchup has the Beavers visiting Berkeley. Oregon State is on a mild upswing, having finished with the best record at the Nike College Showcase this weekend with three wins over Oklahoma, Illinois, and West Virginia. OSU has shown some surprisingly good offense coupled with a strengthening starting pitching squad. Cal split 2-2 with a middling Nebraska team, winning one of those two games in extra innings and getting outscored 29-25.
  • Despite losing twice this last weekend, Oregon still has the third best record in the conference. The Ducks travel to Seattle to battle the Huskies, who dropped two to Cal Poly. The Ducks are clear favorites, but don’t misunderestimate [sic] Husky antipathy toward the Mallards. UW plays fellow PNW teams tough, even when they suck, and this year’s UW squad is moving upward from suckiness to not-so-sucky. So if you’re a Ducky it would be unlucky to get stuck by the not-so-sucky Huskies.
  • Wazzu faced an unexpectedly tough opponent in UNLV last week, in which all three games were decided by one run, and the Cougs finished on the losing end of those games twice. They have the misfortune of opening conference play in Tucson against the 9th ranked Wildcats, who are tied with Stanford for the conference’s best record. Granted, Arizona has played an incredibly weak schedule, but they are at home.
  • Utah gets its first taste of Pac-12 play as an official member, and boy will they be happy to make it close in one of those games against the Trojans, who will probably be sitting at the top of the conference standings after this week.
3/14/2012 6:37:10 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Riverduck wrote:

Where are you getting your rankings? Last I checked OSU is barely in the top 25-30. Their Current RPI is 81, with Oregon at a stealth 15? Hmm. ISR is 38 and 7 respectively. Just sayin. This may reflect last weeks stats, but I looked this morning. But then again USC is 14 in RPI.. awfully early I know, but interesting.

I change how I describe the teams depending on what I think is most relevant each week. ISRs I think just came out this week, and frankly, this early in the season, I don't think they're that accurate. As for Rat's Patootie Index, nobody on a Pac-12 thread should even care. Yeah, Oregon's RPI is in the top ten because they swept an SEC team, and the Rat's Patootie adds something like ten double-golden-wonkas to your score for every SEC team you beat, so don't get too excited about that.

For this week, all I did was grab the D1baseball.com rankings listed with the schedule, and I believe they grab from them the NCBWA poll. Typically a fair poll, IMNSHO. For me, it's not so much what that number is; it's more wwhat that number is in relation to your opponent. So a #19 OSU at #21 Cal and a #12 ASU at #14 UCLA shows a couple of even series. If you check the ISRs, even this early, OSU and Cal are 39/38: Pretty darn close. ASU and UCLA are 34/5: Not so close. But I don't believe there is that big a gap between those two teams. Likewise Oregon (7) and Washington (66). That will be a much closer series than that spread would indicate.
3/14/2012 7:38:49 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
From this week's preview (http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/031412aab.html) of the OSU-Cal series. All I did was add and "s" and a serial comma (hate AP style). Does this make you smile?

Tyler Smith Likes Playing Cal
That's an easy way of putting it. The junior infielder is 7-for-14 lifetime against the Golden Beavers and has two doubles, two RBIs, and two walks against California.
3/15/2012 10:28:36 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Bob, we need to figure out what you're doing to get that formatting in your posts. Are you copying from a table, or from another program?

Just a note: Because of expected inclement weather, the Golden Beavers will take on Cal at noon Friday, the first official Pac-12 baseball game ever. So if you haven't posted your picks by then, you're outa luck this week.

Here are my picks.
  • UCLA 2-1
  • OSU 2-1
  • Ore 2-1
  • Ariz 2-1
  • USC 3-0
Also, don't be spooked by the low scores this week. (Our scores, not the baseball teams'.) We have half as many series as we did for the the preseason predictions, and conference play usually involves far fewer sweeps. The absolute maximum possible for six series--36 pts.--is going to be awfully hard to come by. Expect prediction scores in the low to mid-20s. I'll probably post pick analyses sometime tomorrow morning.

Also remember that raw scores will be adjusted by 1.2 points this week to account for 5 series instead of 6.

Good luck to all!
3/15/2012 10:32:01 PM
Topic:
National Predictions: Week Five

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
SoCar 3-0
UCLA 2-1
Okla 2-1
OSU 2-1
UNC 3-0
edited by Dodger Matt on 3/15/2012
3/16/2012 10:36:22 AM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Pick analysis
  • Biggest favorite this week: USC 15/0 to win with 14 sweeps.
  • Second favorite is Arizona, also 15/0 to win, with 5 sweeps.
  • Oregon comes in third with 13/2 and 2 sweeps.
  • OSU is favored over Cal 11/4, with each team getting one sweep vote. But with the number of Golden Beaver fans on this board, I'd say the reliability of this number is most suspect, and that this series is probably going to be a lot closer than the predictions indicate.
  • The closest series is UCLA 9/6 over ASU, with neither team getting a sweep vote.
3/16/2012 3:23:20 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
BeaverBob wrote:
The Dicks and the Dogs will play a double header on Saturday. The Sunday game was moved to Saturday.

I was a bit disappointed at first because my plan was to listen to the Golden Beavers, but I instead am watching the George Fox Bruins take on Amherst in the D-III Women's basketball final four. GFU (Newberg, Oregon) is undefeated, as they were in 2009 when they won the national championship.
http://www.ncaa.com/championship/liveplayer/player?gameId=216842

For you Beaver fans, George Fox is where Oregon State found Beaver baseball coaches Pat Casey and Pat Bailey (who won the D-III baseball championship there in 2004) and women's basketball coach Scott Rueck (who led the Bruins to that title in 2009). Plus, Pat Casey's brother Chris Casey will be the head football coach at GFU when they reinstate football in 2014.

Go Bruins!
3/16/2012 4:54:45 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Sorry to mix hoops (my least favorite sport) with baseball, but George Fox defeated the Amherst Lord Jeffs 76-69, ending the #1 ranked and defending national champions' 50-game overall unbeaten streak. The Bruins will play either St. Thomas (MN) or Illinois Wesleyan tomorrow for the crown.
3/16/2012 10:26:17 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day one

In the four games that were supposed to be easy wins, all four turned out to be upsets of the favored teams. We also had a close game between ranked teams and a rainout.
  • UCLA 6, ASU 5: The Devils jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 3rd on a walk, double, triple, walk, and 3-run homer by Trever Allen, almost completing the cycle as a team in that frame. UCLA returned the favor in the 6th, sending ten to the plate and scoring five of them in smaller steps: a dropped fly to third, three consecutive singles, groundout, fourth single, a balk, and two more singles. Just when you were wondering whether the UCLA scoreboard operator had only 0’s and 5’s to put on the board, UCLA’s Kevin Williams knocked a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence with two out. Williams was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs Adam Plutko pitched 7.1. David Berg pitched 0.2 IP to steal the win. ASU’s Brady Rodger pitched 8.0 IP and gave up 5 runs (4 earned).
    UCLA leads series 1-0.

  • Washington 8, Oregon 3: The Dawgs came from behind in the 4th with three runs to take a 3-2 lead that they never relinquished. They scored two more in the 6th and three in the 7th, topped by Ryan Wiggins’s two-run pinch-hit home run. Aaron West (3-1) went 6 IP for the win. Alex Keudell (1-3) took the loss. Chase Anselment was 2 for 3 with an RBI for UW; Oregon’s Kyle Garlick was 2 for 4 with a homer. The teams will play a double-header on Saturday.
    Washington leads series 1-0.

  • Instead of playing the first ever Pac-12 game, Oregon State and Cal instead recorded the first-ever Pac-12 rain postponement. DH tomorrow.
    Series tied 0-0.

  • Washington State 6, Arizona 0: The Cougs built a picket fence of single runs in the first four innings and in the 7th and 8th. Wazzu’s JD Leckenby (3-1) went 6.2 IP for the shutout win. Kurt Heyer (4-1), who came in to today’s game with a miniscule 0.58 ERA, allowed 4 runs (3 earned) over 5.2 IP. Patrick Claussen was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs for the Cougs.
    Wazzu leads series 1-0.

  • Game one: Utah 1, USC 0: USC’s Andrew Triggs pitched a complete 9 innings and gave up 8 hits and one (earned) run, but lost 1-0 to the Pac-12 newb Utes, who used two pitchers to blank the Trojans and limit them to 3 hits. Utah’s Joe Pond pitched 6.0 for the win. Tyler Wagner relieved him in the 7th and pitched three hitless innings to notch Utah’s first Pac-12 victory in their first ever Pac-12 game.
    Game two: Utah 3, USC 1: Whoda thunk that after one day of Pac-12 play, Utah would have defeated USC’s top two pitchers and be sitting alone at the top of the conference standings? In the nightcap, Ben Mount only lasted 6.2 IP, allowing four runs (three earned), and the Trojans were nearly shut out a second time, scoring their sole run of the day in the 1st. Utah already has half as many Pac-12 wins as the hapless first-year Ducks totaled for all of 2009.
    Utah leads series 2-0.
3/16/2012 10:51:33 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Daweez04 wrote:

High school friend was on the 2009 team. Then went on to be an assistant for my dad's team (coaches JV girls at my old High School). She is now working for Rueck and the OSU WBB team. Seems everything comes back to being connected between OSU and GF

Kuenzi? Very attractive family.

Championship game between unbeaten George Fox (32-0) and Illinois Wesleyan University (27-5) Saturday at 4pm PT.
3/17/2012 7:11:39 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Heartbreak loss by George Fox. Their leading scorer was injured after only two minutes of play, and was out for the rest of the game. They still led as late as with two minutes left, but couldn't hold on in the last 40 seconds. A great season, but it could have been more.
3/17/2012 10:06:04 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day two
All we had to today were double-headers--three of them.
  • UCLA and Arizona State are rained out. DH Sunday.
    UCLA leads series 1-0.

  • Game one: Washington 5, Oregon 0: The Huskies wasted no time bouncing off yesterday’s win by scoring 4 in the 1st inning on four singles, a walk, and a sacrifice. Tyler Davis pitched 6 innings or the win. Oregon’s Jake Reed pitched the entire game (8.0 IP), recovering quite well after the 1st and allowing only an unearned run in the 5th. UW’s Chase Anselment went 3 for 4, and Jacob Lamb was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. JJ Altobelli went 2 for 4 for the losing Ducks.

  • Game two: Oregon 3, Washington 2 (13 innings): The Huskies scored one in the 3rd on a leadoff double, a sac bunt, and a single. The Ducks took a 2-1 lead in the 6th on a 2-run double by Aaron Jones. With a one-run lead in the 9th, Jimmie Sherfy gave up a one-out single, then a two-out pinch-hit single by Ryan Wiggins to send the game into extra innings. In the 13th, Oregon got its leadoff hitter aboard on a walk, then advanced him with a sac bunt. With two outs, JJ Altobelli reached on a fielding error by 2B Joe Meggs and the unearned winning run scored. Reminiscent of the Hawaii game Jimmie Sherfy pitched 6.2 IP for the blown save and win, and the Ducks barely avoid the sweep. UW outhit U of O 10-4.
    Washington wins series 2-1.

  • Game one: Oregon State 9, Cal 2: Ben Wetzler (4-0) allowed 2 earned runs in the 1st on a walk and three singles, then shut down the Bears the rest of the way, limiting them to three hits and no runs over the next 7 innings. Ryan Gorton pitched a perfect 9th to close the deal. Cal JR LHP Justin Jones allowed 5 runs (4 earned) and 7 hits over 5.0 IP in the losing effort. Tyler Smith continues his torrid run at the plate, 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Cal played a sloppy game, committing 4 errors. The Beavers had 14 hits, with Conforto, Jake Rodriguez, and Max Gordon rapping two apiece.

  • Game two: Oregon State 4, Cal 1: Cal continued their fielding errors in the nightcap, committing two in the 1st that led to two unearned runs on no hits. Oregon State added a run in the 4th on Ryan Dunn’s solo homer. Cal scored an unearned run in the 5th for the final score. Dan Child (2-1) pitched 8.0 and allowed 5 hits and no earned runs for the win. After surendering a leadoff double in the 9th, he was lifted for tony Bryant, who down the three batters he faced for his fourth save. Ryan Dunn, Jake Rodriguez, and Dylan Davis all had 1 hit and 1 RBI.
    Oregon State leads series 2-0.

  • Game one: Arizona 8, Washington State 7: Like their in-state rivals, Wazzu also unleashed a big first inning a day after a big win over a favored opponent. 4 singles, 2 hit batsmen, and 2 errors. Arizona got three of their own in the bottom of the 1st, then evened the score with single runs in the 2nd and 3rd. The Cougs broke the 5-5 tie in the 5th with another unearned run, but the Cats scored three unearned runs in 7th to take an 8-6 lead. Wazzu got one back in the 8th, but that was all. Both teams finished with 11 hits and 2 errors. Robert Refsnyder was 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs for Arizona; Derek Jones was 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs for Wazzu. Cougar FR Joe Pistorese from Kalispell, Montana pitched one inning and took the loss. Stephen Manthei got the win.

  • Game two: Arizona 12, Washington State 9: Down 3-2 after four and a half, Arizona dropped a 7 on the Cougs in the bottom of the 5th, sending 12 batters to the plate. The Cougs scored 6 in the last three innings, but it was not enough. Arizona had 13 hits to Washington State’s 12.
    Arizona wins series 2-1.

  • USC and Utah played a DH yesterday because of expected rain today. Final game to be played Sunday.
    Utah leads series 2-0.
3/18/2012 4:27:03 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
You know, I don't understand why the preseason polls always underestimate the Beavers. Granted this is one weekend. But last year they were projected to be 8th by the coaches and by experts like Sorenson, yet they were 1st up to the last weekend of play. This year, not just preseason polls, but there are people on the Rivals board still dissing OSU by placing them in or around the 8th spot, and here they are on top of the conference.

Either Pat Casey and company are excellent coaches who get more out of less than coaches like Savage, Esquer, or Lopez, or the Beavers are stealthy sandbaggers who mislead folks to lull them into a false sense of superiority then go for the jugular.
3/18/2012 11:10:35 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Day three

Day three saw one sweep and one incredible upset sweep narrowly avoided.
  • Game one: ASU 4, UCLA 3: UCLA got a run in the 2nd on Jeff Gelalich’s fifth homer of the season, a solo shot. ASU scored the next four, also on long balls: solos by Joey DiMichele and Abe Ruiz in the 4th and Ruiz’s second homer of the day, a two-run shot, in the 6th. UCLA closed the gap with single runs in the 8th and 9th, and had the tying run at second with one out, but they couldn’t register the key hits with RISP. Even though they outhit the Devils 13-7, they couldn’t overcome the long ball.

  • Game two: UCLA 4, ASU 2: The Bruins knocked out starter Alex Blackford in the 2nd inning, after tattooing him with three runs (two earned). The ASU pen held UCLA in check for most of the rest of the game, and the Devils managed to score two in the 4th to close to within a run. But the Bruins scored an insurance run in the 6th, and that was all they needed, as Grant Watson (5-0) limited the Devils to four hits and 2 runs (earned) over 6.0 innings, and the bullpen kept them hitless for the remaining three innings.
    UCLA wins series 2-1.

  • Oregon State 13, Cal 5: Oregon State had an impressive offensive performance today, as they swept Cal in Berkeley. Not only did they play small ball like traditional Beaver teams of old, they also showed some power hitting, rapping out 17 hits,3 of them doubles. Michael Conforto continued to show his batting prowess, going 3 for 5 with 6 RBIs. Tyler Smith also had 3 hits and 1 RBI, and Kavin Keyes broke out of his slump going 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored. The Beavers got it going in the 1st with an unearned run, then tacked on four in the 2nd on a leadoff double, single, sac fly, HBP, double, and a single. Cal scored three in the bottom frame, but OSU got that three back in the top of the 3rd with two outs. The Beavers had another big inning in the 6th, scoring four and leading Cal 13-4. Neither team scored from the 7th on. Jace Fry, still on a limited pitch count (92 today) after offseason back surgery, went 5.0 IP to earn his first collegiate win.
    Oregon State sweeps series 3-0.

  • Washington wins series 2-1.

  • Arizona wins series 2-1.

  • USC 10, Utah 5: More embarrassing than #20 Oregon narrowly avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Huskies in Seattle, USC was looking at a home sweep at the hands of the hapless Utes, and they had to fight mightily to break 4-4 and 5-5 ties against Utah, finally breaking away in the 6th to make it 7-5. The Trojans tacked on three more in the 7th to pull away. But the damage was already done...Friday. USC had 18 hits to Utah’s 9. USC’s Alex Sherrod (Marietta, GA) was 4 for 5 with 3 RBIS.
    Utah wins series 2-1.
3/18/2012 11:21:37 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 Predictions: Week 5

Dodger Matt
Dodger Matt
Riverduck wrote:
Hey- I picked OSU to win 3 games this week, so back off.

Only one person this week picked OSU to go 3-0, and that person had top score. I had to recheck your pick to make sure I had not gotten it wrong. You did pick OSU 3-0 last week. If you had done so this week too, guess what? You would have been tied for top score. As a Beaver fan would say: Dam!

Riverduck wrote:
Ucla 2-1
Cal 3-0
Uo 3-0
AZ 2-1
USC 2-1
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