May 30, 2013
Area players help lead Titans, Beavers into baseball regionals

Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton will enter the NCAA College Baseball Division I Regionals this weekend with a number of area players contributing to those teams' respective success.

Leading the way for Pac-12 champion Oregon State (45-10, 24-6) is junior catcher Jake Rodriguez from Elk Grove.

A Pac-12 first team selection, Rodriguez is hitting .272 with 32 RBIs and had thrown out 13 consecutive batters.

Former Jesuit standout Danny Hayes, a senior, plays first base for the Beavers and is hitting .270. Another former Marauder, junior pitcher Dan Child, is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA.

Granite Bay sophomore Nate Esposito backs up Rodriguez and the two have combined to not allow a stolen base in 20 consecutive games.

Oregon State plays plays host to Texas-San Antonio (5 p.m.) and Texas A&M plays UC Santa Barbara (noon) in Friday's opening round of the Corvallis Regional.

Cal State Fullerton (48-8, 23-4), winners of the Big West Conference, are playing host this weekend to Arizona State, New Mexico and Columbia.

Former Elk Grove standout J.D. Davis, a designated hitter-pitcher, made the All-Big West first team. He's hitting .325 with 47 RBIs and also has a 2.14 ERA in 15 appearances for the Titans.

Former Rocklin player Austin Diemer, a sophomore outfielder, made the All-Big West second team. He is hitting .333.

Jared Deacon, a reserve junior catcher from Elk Grove, is hitting .306.

Freshman pitcher Miles Chambers from Rio Linda also is on the Titans' roster.

The Titans will play Columbia at 8 p.m. Friday. Arizona State plays New Mexico at 4 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field.



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