UCSD outlasts Chico State 11-10
Weekend sweep gives Tritons three-game lead in standings
CHICO, Calif. -- UC San Diego cushioned its lead in the league standings as it completed a four-game series sweep of Chico State with a tight 11-10 victory Sunday at Nettleton Stadium.
No. 7 UCSD, which entered the series a game behind 20th-ranked Chico State in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), now owns a three-game lead in the hunt for the regular-season title. With its 13th consecutive win Sunday, the Tritons are 34-12 overall and 25-12 in the CCAA. The Wildcats, losers of their last five, fell to 27-14 overall and 21-13 in the conference.
It looked like UCSD had sewn up the game early as the Tritons scored nine times in the second inning, a solid response to the three runs that Chico State plated in the bottom of the first. However, after eight innings it was 11-8 in favor of UC San Diego. In the ninth, the Wildcats scored two more to get within a run before Daniel Simmons finished it for his second save in as many games.
First baseman Blake Tagmyer went 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs. Tagmyer led off the second inning barrage with a single and homered when he came up for second time in the frame, blasting a three-run shot. Four Tritons had two hits each. Right fielder Kyle Saul scored two runs and hit his second home run of the season, going back-to-back with Tagmyer in the second.
Reliever Elias Tuma got the win, improving to 5-0 on the year. He came on in the fifth after CSUC had scored three runs. With two outs, he retired the first batter he faced to end the rally. Tuma went 3.1 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on one hit while striking out two and walking one. Starter Jeff Rauh got a no decision after surrendering seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out two with no walks.
For the Wildcats, right fielder Matt Anderson, designated hitter Phil Johnson and first baseman Shane Kroker each had two RBIs. Starter Nick Baker dropped to 7-2 with the loss. He lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up eight runs (four earned) and seven hits.
Chico State out-hit UCSD 12-11. The Wildcats committed five errors in the game while the Tritons had two. Just five of UCSD's 11 runs were earned.