UCSD (26-18, 24-12) vs. Cal State L.A. (22-16, 18-14)
Thursday, Apr. 26 • 6 p.m. • Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Friday, Apr. 27 • 6 p.m. • Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday, Apr. 28 • 1 p.m. doubleheader • Reeder Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
Live Video - Thursday/Friday
Live Stats - Thursday/Friday
Live Stats - Saturday
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UC San Diego vs. Cal State Los Angeles
UCSD holds a 25-21 (.543) record vs. CSULA since joining the NCAA Division II ranks for the 2001 season. For a complete listing of games, go to the complete release.
UCSD Splits Series vs. Cal State San Bernardino
The Tritons won the two home games and lost both road contests.
Game One, 2-3: A two out, bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted CSUSB to the opening game win at Fiscalini Field. Danny Susdorf went 3-for-4, scoring a run and stealing a base. Reliever Tony York suffered the first loss of his career. Starting pitcher Ryan Goodbrand, who entered the day with a 7-0 record, got a no decision as he went 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking three. UCSD tied the game up at 2-2 with a two out, unearned run in the top of the ninth.
Game Two, 4-14: CSUSB plated four runs in the third inning and tacked on five more in the fourth. UCSD scored single runs in the fifth and seventh innings and a pair in the top of the ninth. Jeff Rauh suffered the loss as he lasted 3.1 innings, giving up nine runs and nine hits while striking out three and walking four. Susdorf again led UCSD at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. He doubled and stole a base. Nick La Face was 2-for-3 with a RBI, two walks and a pair of stolen bases. Paul Eshleman went 4-for-5 with six RBI, cracking a grand slam home run in the fourth inning for the Coyotes. It was the first time since Mar. 3 that the Tritons had lost two consecutive games.
Game Three, 8-4: UCSD posted three runs in the first inning and held on to the lead the rest of the way. Five players had multiple hits for the Tritons, including La Face, who was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Scott Liske went 3-for-5 with two RBI while Justin Rahn, Richard Seigel and Garrett Tuck all had two hits apiece. Tuck scored a career-high four runs and Rahn doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Starter Greg Selarz earned the win, allowing four runs and nine hits over 5.2 innings. Richard Kilbury and Elias Tuma held the Coyotes scoreless over the final 3.1 frames with Tuma recording his first save of the season.
Game Four, 5-2: Starting pitcher Trevor Scott limited the Coyotes to a single run and two hits as UCSD once again never trailed. He had a no-hitter going through five innings before Eric Dow smacked a solo home run off of him to lead off the sixth. The freshman struck out four and walked two over his 5.2 innings of work. Susdorf doubled, tripled and crossed the plate twice and Tuck had another two hits. York picked up his 10th save of the season.
Tuck Honored by NCBWA and CCAA
Garrett Tuck was named the NCBWA West Region Player of the Week as well as the CCAA Player of the Week after leading the Tritons in batting average (.611), runs (7), hits (11), doubles (3), total bases (14), slugging percentage (.778) and on-base percentage (.667) over five games last week. He had a hit in every game with multiple hits in four of five. In game four vs. CSUDH, he went 4-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and two doubles. He scored a career-high four runs in game three against CSUSB. Tuck has reached base safely in his last 21 plate appearances. He won the CCAA award in mid-March as well.
Danny Susdorf led off the first inning of game four vs. Cal State San Bernardino by tripling to deep center field. It gave him 13 for his career, breaking UCSD's record for career triples. On the school's single season list, Susdorf's eight three-baggers rank second behind Matt Lawson, who totaled nine in 2005. Nationally, Susdorf is in a four-way tie for first place in total triples and ranks third in triples per game.
This week, the Tritons fell out of the Collegiate Baseball national poll, but are receiving votes. The dropped from 28 to 30 in the College Baseball Lineup poll and are receiving votes in the NCBWA listing for the third straight week. Mount Olive, St. Mary's and Tampa are the top-three in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
On the Western Front
The first NCAA regional rankings were released this week and UCSD is second in the West behind Western Oregon. Cal State San Bernardino is third, followed by Chico State, Dixie State, Cal State L.A., Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Stanislaus. In this week's NCBWA West Region poll, UCSD is tied for third with Chico State. Cal Baptist and Western Oregon are tied for No. 1. Cal State San Bernardino is fifth, followed by Dixie State, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A., Hawaii Pacific (tied for 10th) and Cal State Monterey Bay (tied for 10th).
Relief pitcher Tony York has come on strong this season. He's 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA and a league-leading 10 saves over 26 innings. The 10 saves rank second on UCSD's single season list behind Keith Noe, who totaled 14 in 2008. He's tied for third on the school's career saves list. Nationally, York is currently 10th in total saves. In 2011, York finished with a 2-0 record, a 4.91 ERA and no saves over a total of 18.1 innings.
From Stockton to La Jolla
UCSD's Triton Ballpark will host to the 2012 CCAA Baseball Tournament May 10-12, marking the first time since 2008 that the tourney has been held on a campus site. The league's top four squads will compete for the tourney title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In 2009, the CCAA tourney was held in Palm Springs, while the 2010 and 2011 tournaments were contested at Klein Family Field in Stockton. The Tritons have won the past three CCAA regular season and tournament crowns.
Cal State L.A. Notes
The Golden Eagles enter the series at 22-16 overall and are in a tie for fourth place in the CCAA at 18-14. They have won nine of their last 11 games, including a 3-2 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in 11 innings this past Sunday. CSULA is 15-4 at Reeder Field, but just 7-12 on the road. Daniel Duran has been a force, leading the league in average (.444), slugging (.688) and on-base percentage (.512). He leads the team with 34 RBI, 17 doubles and six home runs. On the mound, Ryan Santhon is 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA over 61.1 innings. Gabriel Asakura is 5-3 with a 3.40 in 55.2 innings and Cedar Morgan and Jacob Valenzuela each have three saves.
UCSD leads the CCAA and ranks 21st in the nation with its 91 stolen bases. It is 33rd in steals per game (2.07). Danny Susdorf has 24 of those steals, the 35th-highest total in the country. In 2011, the Tritons stole 68 bases. The team's single season record is 101, set in 1985 and again in 1988.
More National Rankings
UCSD ranks 20th in walks allowed per nine innings (2.9), 27th in triples (14) and sacrifice bunts (41), 32nd in fielding percentage (.966), 38th in sacrifice flies (21) and 40th in triples per game (.32). Individually, Danny Susdorf ranks first in triples (8), third in triples per game (.20) and 42nd in toughest to strike out (16.3). Garrett Tuck is 14th in sacrifice flies (6) and 44th in hits (64). Pitching-wise, Tony York is 10th in saves (10) and Ryan Goodbrand is 34th in wins (7).
Susdorf, La Face, Tuma Earn NCBWA Recognition
Danny Susdorf was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America Second Team and the NCBWA Preseason All-West Region First Team. Nick La Face and Elias Tuma were also selected to the all-region second team. In additon, Susdorf was also named to the initial watch list for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award for the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez. The finalists will be named on May 21st with the winner announced after the conclusion of the NCAA DII Baseball Championships.
Shibuya Playing in Wisconsin
Former Triton All-American Tim Shibuya is currently playing for the Beloit Snappers in Beloit, Wisconsin, a low-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The right-handed pitcher was drafted by the Twins in the 23rd round (718th overall pick) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2011 with the Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins, Shibuya was named the Appalachian League's Pitcher of the Year and was a league All-Star. He went 8-2 with a 3.30 ERA, striking out 70 batters and walking just 11 over 73.2 innings. Follow Tim and the Snappers at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t554.
Albitz Playing in Florida
Former Triton infielder Vance Albitz is currently playing for the Palm Beach (Florida) Cardinals, an Advanced Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals that competes in the Florida State League. In 2011, the shortstop hit .283 with nine runs scored and five doubles over 12 games for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. Follow Albitz and Palm Beach at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t279.
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