UCSD wins 5-3, 9-7 vs. Sonoma St.
Tagmeyer's team-high 11-game hitting streak snapped
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Both of No. 21 UC San Diego's starting pitchers earned wins Saturday as the Tritons took both games of a CCAA doubleheader at No. 16 Sonoma State. UCSD came from behind to win game one, 5-3, and shut down a seventh-inning rally to hold on for a 9-7 victory in the nightcap.
The first game saw Guido Knudson improve to 4-3 on the season as he went 6.1 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits. He struck out six while walking two. Justin Burns tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the year.
The Tritons found themselves down, 3-0, after three innings. Kevin Cramer got the scoring started for the Seawolves, scoring Randy Wells for the early 1-0 lead. Kyle Cerrudo then came around to score after a fielding error by third baseman Evan Kehoe on a ground ball by Ryan Morales.
Sonoma State tacked on another run in the third when Cameron Cook stood on third base and O'Koyea Dickson was on first. Dickson attempted the steal to second, drawing the throw down by catcher Kellen Lee. In the ensuing rundown between first and second, Cook sprinted for home and got in underneath the tag for the Seawolves' third run of the game.
But UCSD plated three in the fourth to tie the game after three hits and a couple of errors. The Tritons would then add two more in the fifth to account for the final score.
Four players had two hits apiece as UCSD totaled 10 in the game. Designated hitter Nick La Face went 2-for-4 with a run, two RBIs and a double. Right fielder Kyle Saul had two hits and two runs.
Kenny Arnerich (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he gave up five runs (three earned) on nine hits over 4.2 innings of work.
SSU's Cerrudo and DH Kevin Cramer had two hits each, acccounting for four of the Seawolves' six hits.
In game two, the Tritons led 9-0 after three and a half innings as they tallied four runs in the first and fourth innings. The Tritons jumped all over starter Kendall Davis in the first, scoring four runs and batting around in the order. Davis, who wound up taking the loss, lasted just a third of the inning before Eric Davila came on to strikeout the next two batters and stop the bleeding.
However, UC San Diego came back with a run in the third and four more in the fourth to take a commanding 9-0 lead.
The Seawolves wouldn't go away though, even though they were being no-hit through the first three innings by Taylor Austin. Alex Todd came up in the fourth and blasted a solo shot to left field, putting a SSU run up on the board. Sonoma State then got three more runs in the fifth, but trailed by five runs.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Sonoma State had three outs to get something going in the bottom of the seventh. The hosts loaded the bases with one out and then Max Kirk came home on a wild pitch by Elias Tuma, which advanced Cook to third and Dickson to second. Alex Todd later singled up the middle, scoring both Cook and Dickson and the Seawolves trailed by just two runs at 9-7. One batter later with runners on the corners and two outs, Tuma got Cramer to strikeout swinging and the Tritons held on for the 9-7 win.
Taylor Austin improved to 2-0 for the Tritons, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits over 4.2 innings.
Davis surrendered four earned runs on two hits and dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
Catcher Michael Benton went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in three runs for the Tritons while Todd went 3-for-4 with a run scored and five RBIs to lead the Seawolves, who committed four errors in the second game.
UCSD first baseman Blake Tagmyer had a hit in the first game to extend his team-best hit streak to 11 games. However, he went 0-for-2 from the plate in the second game, ending the streak.