While mayhem ruled the midweek in college baseball, the Pac 12 conference teams managed to hold off all challengers and go unbeaten on the evening. However, only two Top 25 teams were in action out of the Pac 12 and both pulled out solid wins as a couple of conference teams sat out of the Tuesday craziness.
Oregon State continues to make its case for the College Baseball Central Top 25 with another win while teams that struggled and lost on the weekend looked to improve and get back on the winning track in midweek action out west.
Mojo Carries For Weekend Winners
Top-ranked teams in the Pac 12 fared well on Tuesday led by the clutch bat Ty Moore (Jr., LF) who smacked a three-run homer, his second of the season, in the 13th inning, no doubt, to propel the No. 6 UCLA Bruins to a 5-2 win over the San Diego State Aztecs. The Bruins have now won five straight ball games, including a sweep of Utah this weekend, and continue to climb in the national rankings and Pac 12 standings after overcoming an amazing outing by Aztecs hurler Cody Thompson (So., RHP) who allowed only an earned run over 8.1 innings of work.
Sophomore catcher Jeremy Martinez was a difference maker at the plate for the No. 10 USC Trojans as they battled the Pepperdine Waves on Tuesday as his two-run dinger (1) keyed a three-run fifth inning that projected the Trojans ahead for good in a 5-2 win. Martinez went 3-for-5 on the day and added an insurance run RBI-single in the eighth. The Trojans have won four straight since dropping their series opener to the Cal Poly Mustangs on Friday.
As impressive as the Oregon State Beavers were this weekend, especially with the whole perfect game tossed by freshman Drew Rasmussen and the sweep of Washington State, they still haven’t cracked our Top 25 poll here at CBC. So, in the midweek, the Beavers continue getting outstanding performances on the bump, this time from another freshman in Sam Tweedt (RHP) who scattered three hits and a walk, allowing a single earned run over eight innings of work to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Weekend Losers Look To Restore Winning Mojo
The Oregon Ducks salvaged Sunday’s win to avoid being swept at home by the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils and looked to build on that mojo. However, the Ducks would squander a 6-4 lead and wind up in extra innings against the UC Riverside Highlanders on Tuesday. Two ground balls and an error scored three runs for the Ducks in the 13th as they pulled out a 10-7 win on Tuesday.
A pair of teams that were swept this weekend took advantage of the midweek to right their respective ships in preparation for another weekend of Pac 12 battles. The Utah Utes were literally pummeled by the Bruins this weekend and took their frustrations out on the BYU Cougars with a 9-3 win led by sophomore designated hitter Max Schuman’s three RBI.
Tough luck losses to one of the nation’s hottest teams in the No. 20 California Bears left the Washington Huskies reeling last weekend with a road game against the northwest’s giant-killers in the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Huskies then fell behind 3-0 early but would respond to the gut check with a seven-run fourth inning that took the lead for good as they down the Bulldogs 7-3. Senior Will Sparks took it upon himself to spark the seven-run rally with a pinch-hit, two-run double to the gap.