May 27, 2009

Courtesy of Dowling Athletics

CARY, N.C. - No. 1 UC San Diego put and end to No. 21 Dowling College's National Championship hopes on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Golden Lions by a score of 13-1. Despite being eliminated, Dowling ends the season with a program record 35 wins.

UC San Diego would strike first on the afternoon, pushing across a run in the top of the 2nd inning. With one out and no one on, Evan Kehoe would double down the right field line. After Kehoe moved to third on a wild pitch by Dowling starter Kevin McCormack (islip, NY), Matt Cantele ripped a two out single to right field to bring Kehoe home and give the Tritons a 1-0 lead.

The score would remain 1-0 until the top of the 4th inning. With one out Robert Sedin would single and Matt Cantele would follow with a double to deep left center to put runners on second and third. Kellen Lee would bring home Sedin with a sacrifice fly to left field to extend the Tritons lead to 2-0.

Dowling would cut the deficit in half with one swing in their half of the 4th inning. With two outs and no one on, Daniel Pembroke (Wading River, NY) deposited the first pitch from Triton starter Trevor Decker over the NCAA logo in left centerfield for his team leading fourth homerun of the season.

After neither team scored in the 5th inning, UC San Diego would turn the game around in the top of the 6th. Six straight hits with two outs and a wild pitch with a runner on third base allowed the Tritons to push across six runs to give them an 8-1 cushion.

San Diego would add to their run total with two runs in the 7th, one in the 8th, and two in the 9th. The 13 runs scored by the Tritons were the most Dowling has allowed all season.

Dowling couldn't manage to get anything going offensively against Trevor Decker, UC San Diego's all-time leader in wins with 30. Decker earned his 10th win of the season by tossing a complete game, allowing only 1 run and 3 hits to eliminate the Golden Lions.

Dowling ends their season with a record of 35-18. 2009 saw the Golden Lions capture their first ever East Region Championship and NCAA Division II World Series appearance. Dowling will lose only 4 seniors off this year's squad so the futre looks bright for the Golden Lions. "The ultimate goal is to make it back but a lot goes in to that," said Head Coach Chris Celano. "That's what made this year so special. Hopefully we can be right back here next year."