UCSD Takes Series 3-1


    The UCSD baseball team played its final two home games this past week against Cal State San Bernardino. The Tritons played a four-game series against their California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents in a home and away series. UCSD split the home games but finished strong with back-to-back victories in a Saturday doubleheader to take the series 3–1. 

    In its last home game of the season, UCSD honored eight graduating seniors: Danny Susdorf, Scott Liske, Richard Seigel, Ryan Goodbrand, Richard Kilbury, Sam Michaels, James Mossholder and Jonah Northrop.

    “It’s crazy — time flies really quick,” Susdorf said of his senior season. “It was kind of hard there playing at the end, realizing that the innings were ticking down, but I’ve had a great four years here; it’s been a blast. UCSD has offered so many opportunities, and I’m just thankful for everything that they’ve done.”

    UCSD has one more regular season series before wrapping up conference play. The Tritons (25–21 overall, 19–17 in the CCAA) will head up north to face No. 12 Cal State Monterey Bay on the road, Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5. It has yet to be seen whether UCSD will qualify for the four-team CCAA tournament the following weekend, but what’s definite is that this last regular season series will be crucial.

    Game 1: Thursday, April 25
    UCSD 7, Cal State San Bernardino 3

    Cal State San Bernardino jumped ahead in the first inning, but UCSD evened the game in the fourth when junior transfer Dillon Moyer scored on a throwing error by the Coyote shortstop. 

    Triton pitcher Ryan Goodbrand kept the Tritons close, only allowing two more runs in the sixth on a pair of runs batted in singles to left field. Goodbrand pitched solid overall, going seven innings and giving up just three runs in the winning effort. 

    The Tritons did most of their damage in the seventh inning off four hits, including an RBI double for third baseman Garrett Tuck and a pair of RBI singles for juniors Justin Rahn and Liske to score four runs. 

    UCSD added two more runs in the eighth. Catcher Nick La Face singled to score Tuck, and Rahn brought home La Face with a single. Rahn went 4-for-5 in the game, with a pair of RBI. 

    Game 2: Friday, April 26
    UCSD 2, Cal State San Bernardino 4

    In the second game of the series, both starting pitchers had stellar performances. 

    Triton starter Blake Fassler went seven innings, only giving up three hits and two earned runs in the outing. Coyote starter Kerry Kelley went eight and gave up two. 

    Neither team scored until the top of the third, when Cal State San Bernardino’s Christian Gomez doubled to lead off the inning and was brought home on a grounder to third. The Coyotes added another in the fifth off a home run by left-fielder Remington Miller.

    UCSD was held scoreless until the sixth inning but got on the board when Seigel singled to center field for an RBI. 

    Both teams added runs in the eighth, with the Coyotes striking first by rallying to score two runs. UCSD appeared to be in line for a large inning, loading the bases with no one out, but were only able to score one run on a past ball thrown by the pitcher. 

    Neither team mustered any runs in the final frame, and the score of 4–2 held to tie the series at one game apiece.

    Game 3: Saturday April 27
    UCSD 11, Cal State San Bernardino 4

    UCSD brought its bats in their first game at Fiscalini Field, scoring 11 runs in the campaign.

    The Tritons got their offense going right away, scoring two in the first inning, and picked up two more in the third. UCSD added another run in the sixth when Susdorf singled to score Brett Levy, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. 

    Catcher La Face hit a home run in the seventh to score two runs, which contributed to a four-run Triton inning. Two more Tritons crossed the plate in the ninth, as sophomore Ho-Kyun Choi singled to drive in a run and Mossholder hit a sacrifice fly ball to record an RBI. 

    UCSD capitalized on seven Coyote errors in the game, scoring six unearned runs. 

    Game 4: Saturday, April 27
    UCSD 16, Cal State San Bernardino 5

    The Tritons followed up an 11-run effort by scoring 16 in the second game of the doubleheader. 

    UCSD wasted no time putting runs on the board, dropping four on the Coyotes to begin the game. They repeatedly had large innings, scoring three in the third, four in the fourth, and five in the sixth. 

    Right-fielder Scott Liske had a monster game for the Tritons, going 4-for-5 and driving in six runs, highlighted by a three-run home run in the fourth. Rahn homered to right center field in the fifth, driving in three runs of his own. Danny Susdorf led off for the Tritons, going 3-for-4 and scoring four runs.

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