By Grant Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org
11:39 PM PDT, June 3, 2014
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.
Elliot Surrey (Crescenta Valley High, 2012) UC Irvine baseball sophomore: With one out and a pair of runners on, Surrey induced a ground ball for a 6-4-3 double play.
Surrey pumped his fist, threw his glove into the air and was promptly tackled by teammates as a dog pile ensued Monday night in Corvallis, Ore.
Surrey and UC Irvine defeated Oregon State, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, for the second time in three games and three days to move on to the Super Regional round for the fourth time in program history.
In both victories over Oregon State, Surrey was a constant.
On Monday night, coming in on just two days’ rest, Surrey earned his first save of the season, pitching the ninth and allowing a walk and a hit before getting the game- and regional-ending double play.
While Monday’s performance was reason for celebration, Surrey’s outing Saturday was evidence of the brilliance he’s shown all season.
Surrey spun seven innings, allowing three hits and two runs with eight strikeouts against three walks.
Surrey pitched into the eighth inning with the Eaters owning a 4-0 lead. He allowed a pair of runners and gave way to the bullpen and both runners scored and were charged to the former Falcon. Irvine, then leading, 6-2, exploded for eight runs in the eighth.
Irvine (38-23) is now headed to Stillwater, Okla. for a best-of-three Super Regional against host Oklahoma State. The series begins Friday, with the second game Saturday and an if-necessary third game on Sunday.
Irvine finished fourth in the Big West and lost seven in a row to end the season, earning an at-large berth into the tournament that was somewhat controversial, as the Eaters entered on a skid and were one of the bottom four teams selected. Now, they’re one of eight teams left in the country.
Surrey, an All-Big West snub, has posted excellent numbers in earning a spot as Irvine’s No. 2 starter.
He picked up his first save on Monday and his seventh win against four losses on Saturday. Surrey’s earned-run average heading into the Super Regional is 2.13 through 101 1/3 innings of work, having allowed 24 earned runs and 85 hits, while striking out 70 to 25 walks.
David Olmedo-Barrera (St. Francis High, 2012) Cal State Fullerton baseball sophomore: Olmedo-Barrera finished the season as hot as he’s ever been since reaching the college level, but, unfortunately, the Titans didn’t follow suit, as they lost to Oklahoma State in the final game of the Stillwater Regional on Sunday night.
Olmedo-Barrera came off the bench and went one for two to finish his season on a five-game hitting streak. He went five for 11 in three regional games.
Fullerton opened with a 5-1 win over Nebraska on Friday in which Olmedo-Barrera went one for four and drove in a run on a single to tie the game at 1. In a 13-7 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Olmedo-Barerra went three for five with a run and a run batted in. His three hits were a career-high.
However, perhaps surprisingly, the designated hitter wasn’t in the starting lineup and did not play in a 4-3 win over Nebraska. He then came off the bench against Oklahoma State.
Olmedo-Barrera became an everyday starter for the Titans in late April and had started in nine consecutive games and played in 21 in a row before sitting against Oklahoma State.
Olmedo-Barrera played in 38 games over the season for Fullerton (34-24), which won seven in a row to earn a berth in the tournament, finishing with a .273 batting average (27 for 99) with five doubles, 21 runs, 14 runs batted in and a .314 on-base percentage.
Spencer Jack (Glendale Community College, 2013) Kentucky baseball junior: Jack and the Wildcats finished up a stellar season Sunday with their elimination in the Louisville Regional.
Kentucky lost to Louisville, 4-1, to conclude its season 37-25.
Kentucky lost to Kansas in its regional opener, 10-6, before rebounding to post a 4-2 win over Kent State and then an 8-6 victory against Kansas.
Jack saw action in just one game, but was stellar in notching a save to lock down Kentucky’s 8-6 win over Kansas to begin Sunday and stave off elimination. Jack threw a scoreless ninth inning, allowing just one base runner in the form of a walk, while striking out two.
Jack wrapped up his first season at Kentucky leading the staff with a 1.16 earned-run average over 26 appearances with a 4-1 record and four saves. Jack’s season saw him throw 38 2/3 innings, allowing 28 hits, five earned runs and a .204 opposing batting average. He had 31 strikeouts to eight walks.
Matt McCallister (Glendale Community College, 2012) UNLV baseball senior: One of UNLV’s more memorable seasons came to a close Sunday and with it, so too did the Rebels playing days of McCallister.
The former Vaquero started at shortstop in the Rebels’ 6-1 loss to Oregon State, the overall top seed in the NCAA Tournament, at the Corvallis Regional. McCallister drew a walk and went 0 for three in his final game.
Starting right fielder Edgar Montes, another GCC product, went 0 for four for the Rebels.
UNLV went 36-25 during a season that saw them win the regular season Mountain West Conference title and advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.
UNLV, the regional No. 2 seed, opened regional play Friday with a 10-3 loss to UC Irvine. Montes was one for four in the game, while McCallister was 0 for three.
The Rebels staved off elimination Saturday with a 2-1 win over North Dakota State. Montes had a double and McCallister was hit by a pitch in the game.
Both former Vaqueros were previously named All-Mountain West Conference second-team selections.
Montes concluded his season with a .296 batting average (55 for 186) with 33 runs, 27 runs batted in, 14 doubles, three home runs and a .348 on-base percentage.
McCallister hit .250 (49 for 196) and tied for a team-high 59 games started, driving in 21 RBI and scoring 30 runs with three homers, 14 doubles and a .326 on-base percentage with eight hit-by-pitches and 14 walks.
For his career at UNLV, he started in 112 games over two seasons, finishing with 102 hits, 24 doubles, five home runs, 44 RBI and 61 runs.