Woodbridge wins, moves back into first place


IRVINE - Woodbridge’s baseball team moved back into a tie for first place in the Pacific Coast League with a 6-0 victory over University on Friday at Ryan Lemmon Stadium.

The Warriors (14-6, 7-2) are tied with Beckman (17-3, 7-2). Northwood defeated Beckman, 7-2, on Friday.

Woodbridge had nine hits and took advantage of three errors by University (7-12, 2-7).

Woodbridge faces Corona del Mar, which is one game behind Beckman and Woodbridge, in a two-game series next week.

“Our focus now is on Corona del Mar,” said Woodbridge coach Tim Murray. “We need to turn our attention toward them because they got us the first time (winning 4-0 on March 18) and we’re going to face a really good pitcher (Evan Larsen) on Tuesday.”

Woodbridge left-hander Zak Baayoun pitched the first six innings, shutting out University on two hits to improve his record to 5-2. Kyle Giberson pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

“We came out and did what we did on Tuesday,” said Baayoun, referring to Woodbridge’s 10-1 win over University earlier in the week. “We came out early with two runs in two innings and just put the ball in play. We played great defense and Jake Larson had two great plays early on.”

In the second inning, Baayoun drove home Chase Bradley, who had singled, with a groundout to make it 2-0.

Bradley went 3 for 3 with three runs scored. He had a two-run triple in the fifth inning.

University had a scoring chance in the first inning. Max Juang reached on an error and Jacob Collins walked, but Baayoun worked out of the jam.

“Collins is as good as there is in the league,” University coach Chris Conlin said of the Trojans’ starting pitcher. “He pitched his heart out and we didn’t support him.”

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