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No. 5 Cal State Fullerton Visits No. 3 Oregon

2/25/2014

Big West Baseball Release - Week 3

BIG WEST
Matchup of the Week:  No. 5 Cal State Fullerton visists No. 3 Oregon in a battle of the Top 5 which pits Oregon Head Coach George Horton against his former team and former assistant coach, Rick Vanderhook.
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• With Sunday’s UC Irvine win over Long Beach State at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark, Head Coach Mike Gillespie, currently in his seventh season at the helm of the Anteater program, captured his 1000th career win. In 26 seasons, the 2009 Big West Coach of the Year owns a 1,000-593-2 record and a .627 winning percentage.

The UC Irvine skipper becomes the 49th division I coach ( minimum 10 years DI coaching) in NCAA history to eclipse the 1,000-win threshold.  Rice’s Wayne Graham eclipsed the same mark a week earlier.

Under his leadership, UC Irvine won its first-ever Big West Conference title in 2009, winning the championship with a 22-2 mark in league play and posting the Big West’s second-highest win percentage at .916.  The Anteaters have also made four trips to the postseason (2008-11).

Prior to his arrival at UC Irvine, Gillespie coached at USC from 1987-2006 where he compiled a 763-471-2 (.618) record.

• Cal State Fullerton had a treat for the night owls Friday night as the Titans battled San Francisco in a 19-inning marathon in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.  Playing in their longest game in school history, the Titans fell to the Dons, 6-5, in the 19th inning following a home run by Brendan Hendricks.  The epic battle at Goodwin Field surpassed the previous record of 16 innings which happened on three separate occasions, the last on March 28, 2008; a 7-6 victory against UC Riverside at Goodwin Field.

• After two shorts weeks of play, Cal Poly paces the Big West Conference with a miniscule 1.16 earned run average.  UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton also own impressive numbers, registering 1.46 and 1.95, respectively.

On the offensive side, two schools are hitting over .300 with UC Santa Barbara posting a .359 clip and UC Riverside registering .322.

• The Cal State Northridge Matadors announced the hiring of Head Coach Greg Moore over the summer.  Moore, recently named by Baseball America as one of the Top 10 Assistant Coaches in college baseball, spent the past three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of San Francisco, where he oversaw pitching, admissions, community service and summer placement.  Moore becomes the ninth head coach in Matador history as the program enters its 55th year of competition in 2013-14.  While at USF, Moore coached three first-round draft picks and eight players taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft. Of the eight players, only one had been previously drafted out of high school and three were walk-ons.

• Preseason top-ranked Cal State Fullerton and Hawai‘i will play two games on ESPNU in late April, as ESPN announced its college baseball broadcast schedule last week. ESPNU will broadcast back-to-back contests from Goodwin Field on Saturday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) and Sunday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. (PDT).


CAL POLY
Cal Poly Notches Another Impressive Series Win:
Cal Poly picked up its second series win over a ranked opponent last weekend, winning two-of-three against No. 10 UCLA.  The Mustangs, who moved up to 13th in the national polls,  are now 5-1 against the Top 25 this season.

Diaper Dandies: In his first collegiate start, freshman Justin Calomeni struck out nine as Cal Poly blanked Santa Clara 8-0. Four days later freshman Slater Lee shut out defending national champion UCLA.  He tallied seven strikeouts and allowed just two hits and one walk in nine innings of work.


CAL STATE FULLERTON
Titans Battle First Top 25 Program:
After starting the season with a 4-3 record, some what of a surprise coming from the nation’s preseason favorite, the fifth-ranked Titans have an opportunity to prove themselves this weekend when they travel to No. 3 Oregon for a three-game series.  The matchup marks the Titans’ first ranked opponent of 2014.

Extra Duty: For the second straight week CSF gave its fans some free baseball as the series-opener against San Francisco went 19 innings before a winner was crowned.


CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
CSUN Begins Home Schedule:
Cal State Northridge split the series with Seattle last weekend at Matador Field, 2-2, to improve to 4-4 on the season.  This week the Matadors continue their eight-game homestand hosting Washington State.

Simply Perfection: Eight games into the season and infielders Ryan Raslowsky and William Colantono own an errorless fielding percentage of 1.000.  Raslowsky is also currently tied for third in the conference with 24 assists.

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LONG BEACH STATE
LBSU Earns First Win Of 2014:
Week two proved more successful than week one for Long Beach State as it collected its first two wins of the season, which included an 11-0 shutout over No. 19 Arizona State.  In the victory over the Sun Devils, Nick Sabo tossed a career-high eight strikeouts as he held the Sun Devils scoreless through eight innings.

LBSU Eyes Midwest:
Up next is a midweek home contest against USC before the Dirtbags head to Wichita State for their first road weekend series. 


UC DAVIS
Aggies Turn Things Around: 
Following a lackluster 1-3 start to the season, UC Davis went 3-1 at the 2014 Gael Invitational hosted by Saint Marys last weekend to even its record to 4-4.  The Aggies continue their 12-game road trip with a visit to Washington for a four-game tournament.

Offensive Power: So far this season junior Izaak Silva is hitting .471 to rank second in the Big West Conference.  Teammate Nick Lynch is atop the standings with four home runs.


UC IRVINE
Untouchable:
In 14.0 innings pitched, UC Irvine’s Andrew Morales owns a 0.00 earned run average.  His 13 strikeouts tie him for sixth in the league.

It’s A Wrap: Closer Sam Moore paces the conference with three saves.

‘Eaters Post Top 25 Win:
On Saturday, Feb. 22 UC Irvine clinched its first win over a ranked opponent after downing No. 19 Arizona State, 5-2.  The Anteaters have now won four of the last five contests.


UC RIVERSIDE
Road Woes:
The Highlanders struggled on their first road trip of the season, going 0-3 at Texas State.  Following a mid-week home contest against San Diego State, UC Riverside visits CSU Bakersfield in hopes of notching its first road victories of the season.

Leading The Way: Nick Vilter is hitting a team-best .462 while teammate Joe Chaves has scored a league-high 11 runs.  Francisco Telles is tied for first in the Big West with 13 hits.


UC SANTA BARBARA
Gauchos Face First Ranked Opponent:
UC Santa Barbara opened the season a week late do to travel woes, but the delay didn’t hinder the Gauchos who went 3-1 opening week.  This week they look to continue the success as they visit No. 13 UCLA on Tuesday before hosting Princeton over the weekend.

Powerball: As a team, the Gauchos are hitting .359 to pace the Big West.  Leading the way for UCSB is Robby Nesovic with a league-best .500 clip.


HAWAI'I
Hawai’i Rebounds With Sweep:
After being swept by No. 6 Oregon in the season-opening series, the Rainbow Warriors reversed the scenario last week and swept Albany in a four-game home series.

King Of The Hill:
Matt Cooper is one of two starting pitchers in the Big West to post an 0.00 ERA.  The Marysville, Wash., native  has logged 12.0 innings, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out eight.