No. 14 Tritons Suffer No-Hit Defeat at No. 16 Broncos
POMONA, Calif. - The No. 14 University of California San Diego, struggling on offense, ran into a hot pitcher Friday night at Scolinos Field and lost 9-0 in no-hit fashion to Tim Holdgrafer and No. 16 Cal Poly Pomona in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) baseball action.
UC San Diego fell to 7-4 overall and 2-4 in the CCAA with a fourth successive defeat after a perfect 7-0 start to the new campaign. First-place Cal Poly Pomona is now a winner of six in a row, at 8-4 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Broncos had taken a 5-2 decision in the opener of the four-game series on Thursday night in Pomona.
The teams have split the last four NCAA Division II West Region trophies, with the Broncos champions in 2015 and 2016 ahead of UC San Diego's titles the past two years. The Tritons are the CCAA preseason favorites, with CPP right behind in second.
Holdgrafer (4-0) scattered four walks over 9.0 innings and fanned 11 in achieving the seventh no-hitter in program history. The senior right-hander from San Diego (Grossmont College/La Jolla HS) issued a leadoff walk in each of the first two frames, but used ground-ball double plays to erase both. He notched his first 1-2-3 frame in the third after his side grabbed the lead, bookended strikeouts for a perfect fifth, and set the Tritons down in order again in the sixth, eighth and ninth. The Broncos totaled three double plays behind him.
CPP struck first for the second straight night, this time with a single run in the second, as Cesar Lopez singled through the left side against the shift, stole second, and scored on a two-out Jeremy Conant single to left center.
Doubles into the gap in left center on back-to-back pitches with one away in the third, by Nick Peifer and Nic Hernandez at the top of the order, doubled the home side's advantage.
Cal Poly Pomona put up a crooked number in its fourth, to the tune of four more runs on five hits and an error that made two of those tallies unearned. A first-pitch, two-run double by Angel Ortiz was the big knock.
Not that the Broncos needed them thanks to Holdgrafer, but they tacked on one in the sixth and two more in the eighth. They belted six doubles among their 14 hits, a season high for a Triton opponent. UC San Diego has been out-hit by CPP, 24-4.
Junior right-hander Luke Mattson (1-1) went 4.0 innings and allowed six runs, four of them earned, on nine hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. Mattson produced a perfect first on a flyout, called third strike and groundout.
Redshirt sophomore right-hander Zach Tresemer was able to eat up four frames to save the Triton bullpen for at least 16 innings Saturday. He had a perfect seventh.
The series shifts south to La Jolla for its conclusion, with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Triton Ballpark. The nightcap will be of the shortened seven-inning variety. Parking is free on East Campus. Those unable to attend can watch all day on UCSDtritons.tv for a single fee of $5.99.
Triton Notes: UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 48-39, including 30-25 over the last 55 meetings since 2009 ... Alex Eliopulos started his 87th straight game, all at third base ... Luke Mattson drew his fourth mound start as a Triton ... The Tritons were missing redshirt junior catcher Nick Kitzmann for a second straight game due to illness ... True freshman Blake FitzGerald made his college debut, entering as a defensive replacement behind the plate to begin the home fifth ... Ryan McNally and Michael Fuhrman played shortstop and second base, respectively, for the first time as collegians, and Alex Athanacio entered defensively in right field for the first time as a Triton ... UC San Diego last lost four in a row March 21-26, 2016, all on the road.
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