LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The 18th-ranked UC San Diego baseball team gave up first-inning runs in each game and committed five errors in dropping both ends of a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) doubleheader to Cal State Dominguez Hills at Triton Ballpark on Saturday.
At the end of the day, the Tritons stood at 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the CCAA, while Cal State Dominguez Hills improved to 6-7 overall and 3-5 in league play. The visiting Toros thus also nabbed the series victory, having taken Friday's meeting in Carson, 8-2, after losing Thursday's opener, also at home, 5-1. It marked UCSD's first series loss of the season after three straight successes over the first three weekends.
UCSD begins another difficult four-game conference series this Thursday night, Feb. 28, welcoming in No. 25 Cal Poly Pomona for a 6 p.m. first pitch at Triton Ballpark.
Cal State Dominguez Hills broke open a close opener with two runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh.
The Toros had trotted out to a 3-0 advantage through their first two turns at-bat, and took advantage of a trio of Triton fielding miscues as well as a couple on the basepaths.
David Steininger, Spencer Maxey and Carlos Avila provided two hits apiece, with Steininger and Avila driving in two runs apiece. Avila, Kevin Logan and Jordan Yallen all scored a pair.
Jospeh Perez (1-0) started and earned the win, allowing a single run on six hits and one walk over 5.1 innings. Matt Montgomery got the final 11 outs for his first save, giving up a run on three hits. Both CSUDH hurlers struck out three.
First baseman Richard Seigel had three hits of UCSD's nine hits, including a double. Justin Rahn tripled to lead off the ninth and scored on Danny Recio's double to the gap in left center. It was Recio's first hit and RBI as a Triton.
In the seven-inning nightcap, the teams began by trading single runs in the first, both coming from sacrifice flies. Steininger led off with a triple and scored on Chris Allen's fly ball, before Scott Liske walked to open the home half, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored off the bat of Seigel.
The Toros then completed their doubleheader sweep thanks to single runs driven in by Maxey in the fifth and seventh frames. In the fifth, Danny Haley was hit by a pitch to lead things off, stole second and advanced to third with one out when the attempt to throw him out went into center field, and scored on Maxey's squeeze play. The sophomore second baseman then provided a clutch two-out, two-strike RBI single in the seventh to plate Avila for an insurance run.
UCSD loaded the bases with just one away via three successive walks, but Taylor Johnson entered the fray on the mound for CSUDH and got a called third strike and comebacker without throwing a single pitch outside of the zone to end the rally.
While Johnson earned his first save of 2013, reliever David Haerle (1-2) picked up the win. The Toro bullpen combined for 4.1 scoreless innings with two singles against, though they did walk seven.
The Cal State Dominguez Hills staff issued 11 bases on balls in all for the contest, but the Tritons were unable to capitalize, leaving 11 runners, including the bases full in the fifth and seventh.
Starter Dan Kolodin (1-1) threw effectively yet took his first career loss. He allowed two runs, one of them earned, on three hits and two walks over 5.1 innings, striking out four. Sam Michaels was 2-for-3.
Triton Notes: Garrett Tuck had started 86 consecutive games and made 93 straight appearances prior to sitting out the nightcap ... Nick La Face has started 72 straight games ... With his stolen base in the second game, Danny Susdorf now has a conference-leading 11 steals on 11 attempts in 2013 ... With five more putouts today, all in game one, Danny Susdorf's defensive streak without an error extended to his last 82 games and 198 chances, dating back to April 29, 2011 ... Justin Rahn's triple was the first of his college career ... Danny Recio made his catching debut for UCSD late in the opener ... After his double in the ninth inning, Recio drew his first start in a Triton uniform as the DH in game two ... Scott Liske saw his first defensive action of 2013 coming off of off-season shoulder surgery, as the starter in right field in the second game ... Dillon Moyer was caught stealing for the first time this season in the second game after seven successful steals in a row.
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