No. 10 Tritons split with CSULA
UCSD loses three of four vs. CCAA foe; first time since 2009
LA JOLLA, Calif. - 10th-ranked UC San Diego split a doubleheader with CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) opponent Cal State L.A. on Saturday at Triton Ballpark. UCSD won the opener, which featured 30 hits, 19 runs and six errors, 11-8. In the nightcap, however, the Tritons had two runners on in the seventh but failed to take advantage and lost, 3-1.
UCSD is now 21-11 overall and 14-10 in the CCAA, while Cal State L.A., who received votes in the most recent Collegiate Baseball national poll is 20-12 and 15-9.
In the first game, the Golden Eagles laid down 18 hits and UCSD banged out 12 as the squads combined for six doubles and three home runs. At least one run was scored in all but two innings, and it could have been more. Cal State L.A. left 13 runners on base, and the Tritons stranded eight.
UC San Diego went up 2-0 in the first inning. Designated hitter Nick La Face drove in a run on an RBI single to left, and Aaron Bouman would score on an error by Golden Eagles' shortstop Manny Acosta. But CSULA scored three times in the the third to take the lead. Tritons' third baseman Matt Hubbard committed an error which allowed catcher Chad Nacapoy to score. Then, David Compton hit a single down the left field line to plate Cliff Quick, and Brian Compton would score on a Chris Matzner groundout. However, the Tritons would score four runs on three hits and two CSULA errors in the bottom half of the third to take back the lead for good at 6-3.
After seven innings of play, UCSD held a 11-5 advantage, but the Eagles scored twice in the eighth and once in the ninth. They loaded the bases in the ninth with three straight hits. A fielder's choice allowed a run to score, but the Tritons turned a game-ending double play to take the 11-8 victory.
Triton center fielder Danny Susdorf went 4-for-5, tying his career high for hits, with two runs scored and three RBIs. First baseman Evan Kehoe, Hubbard and La Face had two hits apiece. Kehoe blasted his first home run of the season.
Senior left-hander Taylor Austin (1-0) got the win in a relief role. He gave up one run on one hit in 3.1 innings and struck out three. Starter Greg Selarz went 3.2 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits.
For the Golden Eagles, starter Nathan Pickett (1-3) suffered the loss as he gave up five runs (two earned) and six hits in 2.1 innings.
Seven CSULA players had multiple hits. Quick and second baseman Brian Moon each had three hits. Moon and Nacapoy both homered. CSULA committed four errors; only six of UCSD's 11 runs were earned.
Both teams used four pitchers in the game, which lasted three hours and 28 minutes.
In a much tamer game two, Golden Eagle ace Gabriel Asakura improved to 5-0, giving up just one run on four hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three. Jacob Valenzuela pitched a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his third save of the season.
The game remained scoreless until CSULA got on the board in the fourth with two outs with a Moon single to center field that scored Quick. The Eagles scored two more in the top half of the fifth. Joe Park hit an RBI double to left center and would later score on an error by Kyle Saul to put Cal State LA up 3-0. UCSD got on the board with a single run in the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh, Saul drew a one-out walk. Susdorf followed with an infield single and the next batter struck out. The rally and the game ended as Saul was caught trying to steal third base.
Cal State L.A. out-hit UC San Diego in the second game as well, holding a 9-5 advantage.
Triton starter Jeff Rauh (1-2) gave up just one run over 3.2 innings, but he had to come out of the game after getting hit in the right elbow with a come-backer. Reliever Justin Burns surrendered the other two Golden Eagle runs.
Susdorf and Kehoe each had two hits, accounting for four of UCSD's five. La Face had the other. All three Tritons have four-game hit streaks going.
Center fielder Joe Park and catcher Brian Compton both had a pair of hits for Cal State L.A.
CSULA won single games on Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles. It was the first time since March of 2009 that UCSD had dropped three games in a four-game CCAA series.