June 24, 2010 |
Reporting from Omaha — Matt Purke wears black eyeglasses and his baseball cap sits tilted on his head, as those worn by many left-handed pitchers seem to do. He's a bit quirky, too — another trait shared by lefties in baseball lore — and his Texas Christian teammates have nicknamed him " Harry Potter." You could say he also has some other wizard-like qualities. Purke, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound freshman with a fastball that tops out at about 97 mph, has a record of 15-0 in 17 starts.
June 4, 2011 |
The metamorphosis for UC Irvine's baseball team appears complete. In 10 seasons since the program was resurrected, the Anteaters have gone from new kid on the block to gutty little upstart to the college baseball A-list. Saturday evening brought another step in that journey. The Anteaters' 4-3 victory over San Francisco in the NCAA regional at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium left them one victory shy of advancing to a super regional. Irvine (41-16) can move on Sunday evening, when at 6 p.m. it faces the winner of the afternoon's elimination game between San Francisco (32-24)
June 6, 2013 |
UCLA pitcher David Berg unlocked the gate to the bullpen at Jackie Robinson Stadium. He took a seat along the rail, staring out at the field. Welcome to the office of Kaprielian, Weiss and Berg. Their motto? "We lock things down," Berg said. James Kaprielian, Zack Weiss and Berg form one of the best bullpen combinations in the nation, UCLA's 1-2-3 finishing kick. Some say it's the best … ever. "It rivals any bullpen at any point in college baseball history," said San Diego Coach Rich Hill, whose team was eliminated by the Bruins in regional play Sunday.
June 26, 2013 |
John Savage, UCLA's baseball coach, speaks fondly of USC - at least about his time there. In one of his career steps before taking over UCLA's program in 2005, Savage was USC's pitching coach. And there are plenty of people around USC who would like to see him back in cardinal and gold - this time as coach of the Trojans. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is said to be one of them. Haden hasn't publicly revealed who he favors to hire, but Savage is thought to be at the top of the list.
April 8, 2010 |
Big Division I baseball program, right? Well, in about the fourth inning of UCLA's game Tuesday night, someone opens the hood to the snack bar grill, and burger smoke drifts down over Jackie Robinson Stadium like velum. It's enough to make a vegetarian join the steer-of-the-month club. Indeed, the smoke is so primal and evocative, a couple of the infielders look like they are about to cry. So summarizes the casual/cozy vibe of college baseball, even around an elite program such as this.
June 5, 2012 |
Surrounded by family and friends at an Encino restaurant, left-handed pitcher Max Fried of Studio City Harvard-Westlake looked up at the television screen and heard Commissioner Bud Selig announce his name as the seventh overall selection in baseball's amateur draft. "Honestly, it's all a blur," Fried said Monday night. "It's an unbelievable feeling. " Fried was selected by the San Diego Padres. His Harvard-Westlake teammate Lucas Giolito was selected No. 16 overall by the Washington Nationals, ending a day of uncertainty for the 6-foot-6 right-hander.
June 15, 2008 |
French Open champion Rafael Nadal defeated third-seeded Andy Roddick, 7-5, 6-4, Saturday to reach the Queen's Club final in London for the first time. The top-seeded Nadal is trying to become the first Spaniard in 36 years to win a grass-court tournament. Andres Gimeno won at Eastbourne in 1972. Nadal will face second-seeded Novak Djokovic in today's final. Djokovic defeated fourth-seeded David Nalbandian, 6-1, 6-0.
April 29, 2010 |
The road to the Final Four will have a new look next season. On Thursday, the NCAA's board of directors approved expansion from 65 to 68 teams and endorsed a proposal to add three more opening-round games to the schedule. It's only the second time in a quarter-century that the NCAA has increased the number of teams competing for the men's national championship. Now it's time to start mapping out the details, which could include putting at-large teams in the early games. "The [men's basketball]
April 16, 2011 |
PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele birdied Nos. 17 and 18 for a four-under-par 68, grabbing sole possession of the lead in the PGA Tour's Texas Open at San Antonio at seven-under 209 after beginning the round Saturday tied with six other players for the top spot. Steele's late surge was enough for a one-stroke lead over Cameron Tringale , who led by two after 16 holes but hooked his tee shot on No. 18 into the deep rough and finished with a bogey for a 68. Another rookie, Kevin Chappell (70)
January 2, 2011 |
It's time to peer into my crystal ball and see what 2011 has in store for Southern California high school athletes, coaches and fans: Huntington Beach Edison pitcher Henry Owens will be chosen in the first 10 picks of baseball's June amateur draft, then celebrate by getting on his surfboard and riding the best waves at 56th Street in Newport Beach. Darnell Taylor from Los Angeles Crenshaw will shatter a glass backboard with a dunk. On football letter-of-intent day, USC will proclaim that it has signed the three best players in Southern California, and the Trojans will be accurate with a class that includes De'Anthony Thomas of Crenshaw, George Farmer of Gardena Serra and Tre Madden of Mission Viejo.