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Another tough series awaits the UC San Diego Tritons this week. Catch them Saturday in La Jolla.

No. 14 Tritons Face Split-Venue Series With No. 14 Broncos Starting Thursday Night in Pomona

UC San Diego

THE SCHEDULE
Games 10-13
vs. No. 16 Cal Poly Pomona (6-4, 4-0 CCAA)
Thursday, Feb. 21 • 6 p.m.
Scolinos Field • Pomona
Live Video (Free) • Live Stats

Friday, Feb. 22 • 6 p.m.
Scolinos Field • Pomona
Live Video (Free) • Live Stats

Saturday, Feb. 23 • 1 p.m. (DH)
Triton Ballpark • La Jolla
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The No. 14 University of California San Diego baseball team continues California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play with four games against a second straight nationally-ranked league heavyweight. The Tritons (7-2, 2-2 CCAA) meet 16th-ranked early leader Cal Poly Pomona (6-4, 4-0 CCAA) in a split-venue set which runs Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23. The first two games are primetime affairs at Scolinos Field in Pomona on Thursday and Friday night, both at 6 p.m. The series heads south for its conclusion on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Triton Ballpark on East Campus in La Jolla. That nightcap will be of the shortened seven-inning variety. UC San Diego is coming off a season-long eight-game homestand during which it went 6-2, including a grueling stretch of seven contests in eight days last week.

UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona have together accounted for the last four West Region titles, with the Broncos heading to Cary, N.C., in 2015 and 2016, and the Tritons now two-time defending champions of the West. CPP bested UC San Diego for the 2015 crown, as the top-seeded host in Walnut.

ADMISSION POLICIES FOR TRITON BALLPARK
General admission tickets to all regular-season home dates at Triton Ballpark are $5, whether for a single game or doubleheaders. UC San Diego students are admitted FREE with valid identification. By University policy, dogs and other pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. Coolers are also not allowed. Bullseye Kettle Corn is on site for all home contests, with the menu featuring hot dogs, nachos, and of course, kettle corn, among other snacks, as well as both cold and hot beverages, like coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

PARKING INFO
Parking on the UC San Diego campus is free on weekends, but a permit is required for weekday contests. They can be purchased at the machine near the entrance to the Triton Ballpark parking lot. Please be aware of the danger of foul balls to your vehicle when parking. The next closest parking lot is located further down Voigt Drive heading in toward campus, on the right after crossing the Interstate 5 bridge.

LIVE COVERAGE
UC San Diego home games feature a live pay-per-view video stream on UCSDtritons.tv. The cost is $5.99 for a 24-hour window, meaning one fee for doubleheaders, and $34.99 for the 2018-19 academic year, to include other Triton athletics teams. Viewing is still free from UC San Diego campus IP addresses. Broadcasts are in high definition, and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets alongside desktop and laptop computers. Back for a third season as the play-by-play announcer is local radio personality Ted Mendenhall (@TedMendenhall). Events are archived. Some road contests also have video and/or audio, with a free video-only stream this week in Pomona. All games have live stats. Fans can access live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above. Starting lineups, live in-game updates and other news and notes can be found by following Triton Baseball on Twitter (@UCSDbsb). Fans are encouraged to also still follow @UCSDtritons, and check out Instagram stories during home dates in particular (@ucsd_baseball, @ucsdtritons). Finally, check out the CCAA live scoreboard here to keep up on results around the league.

RANKINGS REPORT
Among the three separate preseason polls for NCAA Division II baseball, UC San Diego was rated No. 14 by the older Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (CBN), No. 4 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and No. 17 by Perfect Game. The Tritons were the unanimous No. 1 in the NCBWA Preseason West Region poll, grabbing all seven first-place votes. They also earned one of 19 first-place nods in the NCBWA's national listing. Only the NCBWA has released its first in-season edition, with UC San Diego remaining No. 4 nationally (one of 13 first-place votes), as well as No. 1 in the West (seven of eight). This week's opponent, Cal Poly Pomona, was rated No. 16 by CBN in the preseason, and is receiving votes outside of Tuesday's first NCBWA top 25. The Broncos are fourth behind the Tritons in the NCBWA West Region ranking.

Tritons in the Polls
Publication Current Preseason West
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper No. 14 No. 14 N/A
NCBWA No. 4 No. 4 No. 1
Perfect Game No. 17 No. 17 N/A

QUICK STATS

Stat UCSD CPP
AVG .245 .310
ERA 2.25 4.06
FLD% .967 .969
R 47 76
2B 11 32
3B 1 3
HR 6 9
BB 54 50
SO 78 59
SB 8-9 8-12

LAST TIME OUT
UC San Diego split its first CCAA series of the season against 27th-ranked visiting Cal State Monterey Bay, finishing a long weekend with the Otters on Monday afternoon due to weather alterations. The Tritons swept the Saturday doubleheader by scores of 5-1 and 4-3. They needed a two-run, opposite-field double into the right field corner from senior rightfielder R.J. Prince on an 0-2 pitch to walk off in the nightcap. UC San Diego then finally lost for the first time in 2019 on Sunday, 5-2. The series finale was suspended by rain that afternoon, and completed on Monday, with the Otters scoring four times in the fourth following the resumption and narrowly holding on, 4-2.

BEST START
UC San Diego got off to a 7-0 start for the first time in its Division II history, since 2001. The Tritons finally suffered their first loss last Sunday, Feb. 17. They were previously 5-0 to begin the 2016 campaign under Eric Newman.

CCAA FAVORITES
UC San Diego was picked by the 11 opposing CCAA head coaches as the favorite to take the 2019 CCAA regular-season title, as announced on Jan. 28. The Tritons earned nine of 11 possible first-place votes for 119 points, edging out fellow 2018 CCAA Tournament finalist Cal Poly Pomona (104 points and two first-place votes), reigning regular-season champion Cal State Monterey Bay (102, one first-place vote) and rival Chico State (99).

ELIO AT THE HOT CORNER
Alex Eliopulos has started the last 85 games in a row, all at third base. He was UC San Diego's only player to even appear in all 60 contests in 2018. There is only one returner in all of Division II baseball (Mines' Mikey Gangwish with 86) who drove in more than Eliopulos' 72 runs a season ago. Those came in part through a career-best 14 home runs (two grand slams) for the La Jolla product, up from five from his first year in the program in 2017 as a transfer from San Diego Mesa College. Eliopulos has five multiple-hit games over the first nine contests, leading the team at .405 (15-37) and 10 runs, with six RBI.

MOTTY ON THE BUMP
Preston Mott, a left-hander from Clovis, is in his fourth and final season at UC San Diego with 46 starts among 48 appearances, a 19-9 win-loss record and 3.51 ERA for his career. He's thrown 243.2 innings with 177 strikeouts. Mott has answered the call for double-digit starts (14-plus) in each of his first three years, leading the Tritons in that category in both 2016 and 2018. On Feb. 1 in Irvine, he became the first Triton arm since all-time wins, innings and strikeouts leader Tim Shibuya (2010-11), to earn the starting assignment for multiple season openers, having also done so as a sophomore in 2017. Mott is 11 starts shy of matching Jose Navarro's (57 from 2003-06) program record, at least for the Division II era (since 2001). He is currently alone in sixth, one off of Shibuya and Trevor Decker in fourth.

SHAY HEY KID
Sophomore shortstop Shay Whitcomb strung together UC San Diego's longest reached-base (31) and hit (14) streaks of 2018. The reached-base stretch came over the first 31 contests of his college career, finally snapped through an 0-for-4 day in the series finale at Chico State on April 9. It was the sixth-longest such streak in UC San Diego's Division II era, since 2001. The 2018 CCAA Freshman of the Year missed a single contest and started the other 59 at shortstop. Whitcomb was back in the leadoff spot of the batting order to open the new campaign, having led the team with 43 starts there a year ago. He did not hit there over the last 15 games of 2018, after April 28 at Cal State LA.

BAUM'S AWAY
Coming off a program-record 78 a season ago, UC San Diego got its new home run account going in the home opener on Feb. 3, getting a pair from redshirt sophomore roommates Brandon Stewart and Blake Baumgartner. Stewart provided the first long ball of 2019, a solo shot to lead off the second, with Baumgartner adding a three-run, opposite-field bomb over the wall in right center in the third. Stewart's was just the second of his career, and first at Triton Ballpark. Only one of Baumgartner's five blasts in 2018 were in La Jolla, but all three of them so far in 2019 have come in home contests, with the first two to the opposite field in right center, and the most recent one a rare shot to straightaway center against Cal State Monterey Bay on Feb. 16.

WALK-OFF WINNER
UC San Diego has one walk-off victory in 2019, courtesy of senior rightfielder R.J. Prince. His two-run double plated Blake Baumgartner and Christopher Schasteen on Feb. 16. It was Prince's first walk-off hit at any level of baseball.
Feb. 16: UCSD 4, CSUMB 3 (Watch)
Prince walked off No. 27 CSUMB to complete a doubleheader sweep and give the Tritons their first 7-0 start in the program's Division II history. His two-run, opposite-field double on an 0-2 pitch found the right field corner and chased Baumgartner home ahead of pinch-runner Schasteen as the winner.

DEBUT DETAILS
Junior college transfers Alex Athanacio, Tyler Leskiw, Luke Mattson, Zach Tresemer and Brandon Weed have all made their UC San Diego debuts. Redshirt freshman Christopher Buting and true freshmen Michael Fuhrman, Ryan McNally, Michael Mitchell and Lonnie Morris have also all earned their first collegiate appearances for the Tritons.

PRESEASON HONORS
Seniors Alex Eliopulos and Preston Mott both earned preseason All-America recognition from a pair of outlets. Eliopulos was the NCBWA Preseason All-America Third Team third baseman, with Mott picking up an honorable mention. Both were among 10 West Region standouts to earn CBN Preseason All-America selections. Those two also represented UC San Diego on the NCBWA Preseason All-West Region First Team, with sophomores Shay Whitcomb and Blake Baumgartner on the second team. Whitcomb was among CBN's Players to Watch in the West, with junior right-hander Luke Mattson a Newcomer to Watch. Eliopulos was listed in Baseball America as one of 17 top draft prospects from the Division II ranks.

SCHOOL RECORDS
UC San Diego broke single-season standards in 2018 in home runs (78) and walks (nation-leading 329) offensively, and strikeouts (528) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.29) by its pitching staff. The Tritons also won a school-record nine consecutive postseason contests, the first eight via sweeps at both the CCAA Tournament and NCAA West Regional.

POWER SURGE
UC San Diego pushed aside an 11-year-old program standard (72 in 2007) with 78 home runs a season ago. The Tritons return 42 of them, led by Alex Eliopulos' career-best 14. The record-breaker was Aaron Kim's pinch-hit, two-run blast in the eighth inning of the May 17 romp over Point Loma at the West Regional in Azusa. A remarkable eight were grand slams. UC San Diego has led the CCAA in home runs in consecutive seasons after belting 53 in 2017.

PRIME PITCHING
The UC San Diego pitching staff finished with a 3.93 ERA a season ago, good for 23rd in the country, third in the West Region and second in the CCAA. The Tritons have thus placed among the top three in the CCAA in ERA in six of the past seven years. The UC San Diego staff threw the fourth-most total innings in all of Division II in 2018 at 511.1, after leading the nation in 2017 (557.1). The Tritons currently lead the CCAA with a 2.25 ERA.

STRONG FIELDING
UC San Diego continues a tradition of being strong defensively, as it wound up first in the CCAA and West Region and sixth nationally with a .974 fielding percentage in 2018. The Tritons also fielded at a .974 clip in 2017, ninth nationally and second in both the West and CCAA behind Division II-leading Chico State's .983. UC San Diego had finished at .970 for two straight years in 2015 and 2016, topping the CCAA and ranking 20th in Division II in the latter. The Tritons were second in the CCAA, behind only Cal Poly Pomona (.971), and 21st in Division II, in 2015. UC San Diego has been in the top 30 nationally and top three in the conference in fielding for each of the past nine seasons. The Tritons were also second in the CCAA (behind Chico State) in 2014 with a .974 clip, and fifth in the country. In 2013, they were second in the league behind Chico State and 11th nationally (.972). They were 29th in Division II in 2012 (.966) and third in the conference. UC San Diego led the nation with a Division II- and school-record mark of .984 (1611-673-38) in 2010 and was fifth in 2011 (.972), pacing the CCAA both years. Only two programs in the country have even fielded at a .980 rate since 2010, and they were Chico State in 2017 and Georgia College (.981) in 2018.

2019 SYNOPSIS
UC San Diego head coach Eric Newman, the two-time reigning American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Diamond NCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year, has 20 returners and 15 newcomers to form a 35-player roster for 2019. His Tritons have posted back-to-back 40-win campaigns, going 43-17 a year ago with a record seventh CCAA Tournament banner and second successive regional trophy. That run included a program-record nine-game postseason win streak.

Newman welcomes back a pair of senior left-handers in power bat Alex Eliopulos at third base and Preston Mott on the mound. Other returning starters include utility Keenan Brigman, fellow redshirt junior Nick Kitzmann behind the plate, sophomore shortstop Shay Whitcomb, and redshirt sophomore centerfielder Brandon Stewart. More will be expected of redshirt sophomore Blake Baumgartner and seniors R.J. Prince, Christopher Schasteen and Steven Schuknecht.

Jonah Dipoto and Kyle Lucke, fourth-year seniors like Mott, are among the arms who are back, alongside the likes of redshirt juniors Blaine Jarvis and Mark Quinby, junior Ted Stuka, and sophomores Noah Conlon and Cameron Leonard. Stuka, a 6-foot-7 right-hander, was the 39th-round draft selection of the Baltimore Orioles, but opted to return to the Tritons. Conlon's freshman effort was cut short by injury.

Some top newcomers include junior college transfers Tyler Leskiw, Luke Mattson and Brandon Weed, and true freshman infielders Ryan McNally and Michael Fuhrman. Leskiw, an Australian native out of nearby San Diego Mesa College, is an outfielder, with Mattson (Golden West College) and Weed (Southwestern College) both right-handed pitchers.

TRITON NOTES
UC San Diego's 2019 schedule consists of 50 regular-season games, including 26 at home ... UC San Diego is 7-1 in season openers under Eric Newman, now with seven straight wins, and 16-3 since moving to Division II status for 2001 ... The Tritons are 6-2 in CCAA openers with Newman in charge, having last year had its five-game win streak snapped by San Francisco State, 4-1 ... UC San Diego is 11-8 in CCAA openers all-time (since 2001), and 10-1 with eight splits in sets to begin the league season ... The Tritons were 7-1-5 in sets in 2018, and were an undefeated 3-0-1 in their last four after a lone 3-1 series loss at Chico State, April 7-9.

ROSTER NOTES
UC San Diego brings back two unanimous All-West Region Second Team and All-CCAA First Team performers from 2018 in senior left-handers Alex Eliopulos at third base and Preston Mott on the mound ... Shay Whitcomb, the 2018 CCAA Freshman of the Year, earned All-CCAA honorable mention, as did fellow returners Blake Baumgartner, Keenan Brigman and Nick Kitzmann ... There are 16 players on the 2019 roster who were in Cary, N.C., last May, with seven of those Tritons (Brigman, Eliopulos, Kitzmann, Mott, Jonah Dipoto, Blaine Jarvis and Kyle Lucke) having also made the trip to Grand Prairie, Texas, for the 2017 NCAA Championship ... All but three players on the 35-man roster are California natives, the only exceptions being transfers Tyler Leskiw (Gold Coast, Australia) and Logan White, Jr. (Gilbert, Ariz.), and redshirt freshman Warren King (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) ... There are four San Diego products in Eliopulos (La Jolla/San Diego Mesa College/La Jolla HS), Brandon Weed (Lemon Grove/Southwestern College/Grossmont HS), Christopher Giovengo (San Diego/Grossmont HS) and Arjun Nichani (San Diego/Canyon Crest Academy) ... Dipoto, a fourth-year senior right-hander, is the son of Jerry Dipoto, who pitched eight seasons for three MLB organizations, and is the executive vice president and general manager of the Seattle Mariners ... Brigman (San Jose/UOP), a redshirt junior utility player, is the younger brother of former University of San Diego shortstop and current Miami Marlins top-30 prospect (No. 25) Bryson Brigman, a third-round selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Sophomore right-hander Noah Conlon is the younger brother of P.J. Conlon, a former left-handed ace for the University of San Diego who made his major-league debut for the New York Mets in Cincinnati on May 7, 2018 ... White, who redshirted as a freshman at Division I Coastal Carolina last year, is the son of Logan White, director of player personnel for the San Diego Padres and senior advisor to general manager A.J. Preller.

LAST SEASON
UC San Diego swept through a second successive NCAA West Regional in Azusa to make a return trip to the NCAA Championship, this time back in Cary, N.C., with 2010 marking its last visit. After a 4-0 shutout over Texas A&M Kingsville in their first game there, the Tritons dropped back-to-back contests to end the campaign at 43-17 overall. That was all after UC San Diego also swept through four games for its record seventh CCAA Tournament crown, up north in Stockton. The Tritons had shared the top spot in the final CCAA standings with Cal State Monterey Bay at 30-14 each, but lost out to the Otters for the regular-season banner by virtue of tiebreaker rules.

CCAA FORMAT
The CCAA baseball landscape stays the same in 2019. The top six teams in the final standings, by straight winning percentage, qualify for the 2019 CCAA Tournament. Each team plays a four-game series with the other 11 squads, for a 44-game schedule. UC San Diego is either entirely at home or away against the six northern teams, and faces split-venue sets with the southern ones. The automatic qualifier into the NCAA West Regional is still the winner of the CCAA Tournament, which remains a four-day, double-elimination event. It will be held in the neutral-site city of Stockton for the seventh year in a row, returning to Banner Island Ballpark of the minor-league Stockton Ports, May 8-11. UC San Diego has earned five successive trips.

REGIONAL CHANGES
UC San Diego's road back to Cary, N.C., this year will have a different look. Though six teams still qualify for the West Regional of the NCAA Championship, there will now be two weekends of action to determine the West's representative in Cary. A pair of three-team, double-elimination sub-regionals take place May 16-18, with a super regional added the following week to mirror the Division I format. That will be a best-of-three series, taking place at a campus site, May 24-25.

HEAD COACH ERIC NEWMAN
Eric Newman is in his eighth season as the UC San Diego head coach. The two-time reigning ABCA/Diamond Division II West Region Coach of the Year and 2012 CCAA Coach of the Year has a 258-144 record (175-103 CCAA) in charge of the Tritons and 353-216 overall in his 10-plus seasons as a head coach. Newman has guided UC San Diego to back-to-back West Region crowns, sweeping through all eight games at the last two regionals, both in Azusa. The Tritons were national runners-up in 2017 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Newman led UC San Diego to the CCAA regular-season and tournament titles in his first go-around in La Jolla in 2012, and record sixth and seventh CCAA tourney championships in 2014 and 2018, respectively. The Tritons have appeared in the NCAA West Regional in four of the last five seasons, advancing to the title round each time, and earned five NCAA Championship bids in all during Newman's tenure. With UC San Diego earning the region's top seed, Triton Ballpark played host to the 2014 NCAA West Regional. Newman has led the Tritons to seven plus-.500 and six 30-win seasons, and now back-to-back 40-win campaigns. He earned win No. 200 in charge of UC San Diego against Chico State, 13-4, on the final day of the 2017 CCAA Championship on May 13. Newman won his 100th CCAA contest at home against Cal State San Bernardino, 9-4, on Feb. 26, 2016. He previously went 95-72 in three seasons at the helm of Dallas Baptist University from 2005-07. Newman was the fifth-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres out of Texas Tech in 1994, pitching professionally for eight years with four different organizations.

TRITON STAFF
Eric Newman has welcomed in an entirely new staff for the 2019 campaign in Jonathan Johnston, Bryson LeBlanc, Matt Harvey, Michael Ramazzotti and Justin Beck. Johnston is in his second go-around in the Triton dugout, having assisted Newman over his first three seasons in La Jolla, 2012-14. Harvey is the pitching coach. Ramazzotti coaches first base, with LeBlanc at third. Johnston returned from UNC Asheville, with LeBlanc (UC Riverside) and Harvey (UC Santa Barbara) arriving from future Big West Conference foes, and Ramazzotti making the short jump from the University of San Diego. Beck was an All-West Region and All-CCAA second baseman for UC San Diego last year following a transfer from San Jose State. He is the undergraduate assistant coach while completing his degree in communication.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS
No. 16 Cal Poly Pomona (6-4, 4-0 CCAA) sits alone in first place after the opening weekend of CCAA play thanks to the dominant sweep of a split-venue series with Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Broncos swept a pair of doubleheaders, 6-0 and 8-6 at home on Saturday, and 7-0 and 17-3 (seven innings) in Carson on Sunday. They had previously dropped a four-gamer at UC-Colorado Springs (3-1) and split two meetings with Hope International. CPP's ace, senior right-hander Tim Holdgrafer (3-0, 1.47), played with Triton senior Alex Eliopulos at La Jolla High School. Junior newcomers Luke Mattson of UC San Diego and Troy Bethell of CPP were the top two pitchers at Golden West College together in 2018. Troy's older brother Max Bethell was himself a standout left-hander for the Broncos (2013-16). Junior Brennan McKenzie, the 2017 CCAA Freshman of the Year, is tied with Triton Blake Baumgartner for first in the CCAA at three home runs each, and second at 12 RBI apiece. In 2015, CPP secured its first CCAA regular-season title (28-12) since 1991, ahead of a first-ever tournament banner. The Broncos then earned the top seed in the West, and thus the right to host the West Regional for the first time since 1985, at Mt. SAC in nearby Walnut. CPP won that tourney over UC San Diego and ultimately was one of the last three teams left standing (46-17) in Cary, N.C. In 2016, the Broncos finished a full six games ahead of UC San Diego in the CCAA South, again ended the Tritons' season, this time on day three of the CCAA Championship, and earned a return trip to Cary as repeat champions of the West. The Broncos were among the final four squads remaining, getting eliminated by eventual national champion Nova Southeastern via 5-2 decision. Randy Betten, the 2015 NCBWA West Region and CCAA Coach of the Year, is in his ninth season in charge at Cal Poly Pomona.

SERIES HISTORY
UC San Diego leads the all-time series between these teams, 48-37, and holds a 30-23 advantage over the last 53 meetings since 2009. The Tritons won three out of five last year, with a 5-1 triumph in the CCAA Tournament finals in Stockton (CPP had to win twice) following a regular-season series split. The sides faced off six times in each of the previous four seasons, with at least one postseason matchup (Tritons 4-4) in five straight years. The Tritons went 2-4 against the Broncos in 2017 (1-1 at CCAA Championship) and 4-2 in 2016. In 2016, they first took a 6-2 non-conference decision in La Jolla (2/14), with Preston Mott tossing five shutout frames in his college debut. UC San Diego won the regular-season series, 3-1, taking the first three before dropping the finale in Pomona, 3-2. The Tritons then saw their season ended by the Broncos, 9-6, at the CCAA Championship. CPP went 5-1 against the Tritons in 2015, winning the regular-season set, 3-1, with UC San Diego only procuring the opener, 4-3, in walk-off fashion in 11. The Broncos were narrow 2-1 victors in the winner's bracket at the CCAA Championship, and 7-4 in a riveting West Region final in Walnut. The two teams played each other six times in 2014 as well, splitting their regular-season series before the Tritons took a pair of postseason matchups at the CCAA tourney and the West Regional. Four of those showdowns were decided in the final inning. Three were of the walk-off variety, with one apiece in Pomona and La Jolla before UC San Diego earned a 5-4 victory on an RBI double by Nick La Face with two outs in the 11th inning into the left field corner on the second night of the CCAA tournament in Stockton. Of the 29 meetings from 2014-18, 10 had one-run margins, with UC San Diego 5-5 in those games, with four extra-inning affairs and seven walk-offs. Prior to 2014, the sides also split their four-game sets in 2012 and 2013, with both 2-2 at home and 2-2 on the road. CPP ended UC San Diego's 2011 season at the West Regional in La Jolla, and the Tritons returned the favor on May 16, 2014, through a 22-hit, 20-5 thumping. In five of the past eight years, one team has ended the other's season in this rivalry. Apart from that 20-5 rout, the average margin of the other 28 matchups (74/28) the last five seasons, has been 2.64 runs.

#BIGWESTBOUND
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for the NCAA Championship in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

TRITON BALLPARK
Triton Ballpark on East Campus at UC San Diego was given a brand-new look outside the foul lines in 2015. Some of the main features of the extensive renovation included a permanent grandstand to seat just over 500, a press box, new sunken dugouts, an area for food trucks, and restrooms, among several other amenities. Read details here. Perhaps most significant is the Marye Anne Fox Clubhouse down the right field line, which was introduced to the players on March 17, 2015. The official Triton Ballpark re-opening and clubhouse dedication took place on April 10, 2015. View photo galleries from the ballpark construction, Opening Day and dedication.

GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UC San Diego Athletics' online partner, Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are in eighth grade or younger, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UC San Diego home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego hosts Sonoma State in a four-game series at Triton Ballpark, March 1-3, with a primetime opener under Friday night lights at 6 p.m.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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