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Blake Baumgartner's third-inning grand slam sent the Tritons on their way on Saturday in San Bernardino.

Baumgartner Slam, Five Double Plays Lead No. 10 UC San Diego Past CSUSB in Game Two of Series, 8-5

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The No. 10 University of California San Diego got a third-inning grand slam from Blake Baumgartner and turned a season-high five double plays to down Cal State San Bernardino, 8-5, in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Fiscalini Field.

A third consecutive road victory moved first-place UC San Diego to 24-7 overall and 19-7 in the CCAA. Last-place Cal State San Bernardino fell to 13-25 overall and 10-23 in league play. Going back to last year's dominating sweep, the Tritons have come out on top of six straight meetings with the Coyotes, outscoring them a remarkable 96-18. UC San Diego had routed the Coyotes in Friday night's series opener, 19-1.

Baumgartner's first collegiate grand slam was pulled over the left field wall on a 1-0 pitch in the third, to overturn an early 1-0 deficit. The Tritons added single runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth, and ended up needing them as they survived a three-run Coyote ninth.

The home run was Baumgartner's sixth of the year and the Tritons' league-best 26th as a team. The redshirt sophomore first baseman had a stellar day overall, finishing 4-for-5 with the long ball, a double, four runs scored and four driven in. He also had the putout on those five key double plays.

Four of those twin killings wiped out leadoff batters in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth. The other came after a hit-by-pitch and walk began the seventh. The final four were started by sophomore shortstop Shay Whitcomb, after one of the around-the-horn variety in the third initiated by redshirt senior third baseman Alex Eliopulos (La Jolla/La Jolla HS). All went through redshirt junior second baseman Keenan Brigman.

Senior left-hander Preston Mott (5-1) rejoined the starting rotation after a 12-strikeout performance in Turlock lost Sunday, and earned the winning decision. The Clovis product went 5.2 innings and gave up one run on six hits and three walks, striking out four. Fourth-year right-handers Jonah Dipoto (1.1), Blaine Jarvis (1.0) and Kyle Lucke (1.0) took care of things from there.

This series now shifts south to La Jolla for its conclusion, as UC San Diego will play host to Cal State San Bernardino in doubleheader action on Sunday, April 14. First pitch at Triton Ballpark on East Campus is set for 1 p.m. The nightcap is scheduled for the shortened seven innings. Parking is free, as is the broadcast on for those unable to attend.

Triton Notes: UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 67-27, including 58-21 since joining the CCAA for the 2001 campaign ... The Tritons are 38-10 against the Coyotes over the last 48 meetings, since 2007, with six straight wins ... UC San Diego is 7-4 on the road ... Alex Eliopulos started his 107th straight game, all at third base ... The Tritons are 23-1 in 2019 when scoring at least three runs ... The Tritons' 96 runs in these last six meetings with CSUSB have come over 50 innings at the plate.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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