No. 1 UC San Diego Falls To No. 21 Dowling At The D-II College World Series
Release: Sunday 05/24/2009 
Josh Tanner had two hits and an RBI in UCSD's loss on Sunday.
Josh Tanner had two hits and...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

CARY, N.C.  The No. 1 ranked UC San Diego baseball team lost its first game of the NCAA D-II National Championship tournament, losing 3-1 to No. 21 Dowling on Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, N.C.  The 2009 Daktronics National Pitcher of the Year pitched a complete game and limited the Tritons to just three hits in the game.  Josh Tanner had two of those hits and UCSD put the potential tying runs on base in the ninth but could not get the key hit.  With the loss, UCSD drops to 39-14 while Dowling improves to 35-16.


The Tritons did not get their first hit until a two-out RBI double by Tanner in the sixth.  Gabriel Duran finished the game with 9.0 innings pitched, allowing three hits and one unearned run.  “I was impressed with Dowling, I felt like they were well prepared,” said UCSD head coach Dan O’Brien.  “Not to take away from Duran, he pitched a great game, but our hitters were not well prepared today.”


In the Dowling third inning with two outs, Frank Intagliata doubled to left and Eddie Squeri singled for a potential RBI.  UCSD’s Robert Sedin through a strike from center field to get the final out of the inning at the plate to keep the game scoreless.


In the Dowling fourth, the Golden Lions loaded the bases with no outs.  With one out, Joe Trainor singled through the right side to give Dowling a 1-0 lead.  A sac fly would give the Golden Lions the 2-0 lead as Erik Cabrera got the RBI. 


With two outs in the bottom half of the sixth, Josh Tanner got UCSD’s first hit of the game, a double off the left field wall driving in Kellen Lee and UCSD pulled within 2-1.  Tanner’s ball just missed being a homerun by two feet.


In the UCSD seventh, the Tritons put runners on the corners with one out.  The next two Tritons were retired on a pop up to shortstop and a fly ball to left field and Dowling held a 2-1 lead through seven frames. 


Dowling got an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Daniel Pembroke to lead 3-1. 


With one out in the UCSD ninth, Evan Kehoe singled to right field, while Matt Canetele drew a two-out walk to put the potential tying runs on base.  UCSD left the runners stranded on base and Dowling had the 3-1 win.


UCSD is back in action on Tuesday in the losers’ bracket, facing the loser of the Lynn vs. West Chester game.

Sunday, May 27
Baseball at Texas A&M Kingsville
12:00 PM
Cary, NC (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Tuesday, May 29
Baseball at Columbus State/Mercyhurst
Cary, NC (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Wednesday, May 30
Baseball at NCAA Championship
Cary, NC (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
New Triton Ballpark AD