Tempe, Ariz. -- Angels pitchers Dan Haren and C.J. Wilson, teammates for the first time this season, have opposed each other twice as starters in the big leagues, in 2010 and 2011, but their history actually dates back to 2001, when they squared off in a memorable college game at Loyola Marymount University.
“We both threw seven or eight innings, we both hit home runs off each other, I ran over their catcher … it was my favorite game in college,” said Wilson, a former LMU star. “It was straight tenacity. I think I threw 150 pitches. It was ridiculous.”
Haren, who starred at Pepperdine, was a little more foggy on the details.
“I don’t remember as much as he does, to be honest,” he said. “I don’t know … who won that game? I’m assuming I won. I didn’t lose too many games in college.”
Haren was correct. Pepperdine won the April 12 game, 8-5. Haren allowed five runs — three earned — and 11 hits in 8 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walking one to get the win, and hit a two-run homer off Wilson in the third inning.