Seniors Lead The Way As No. 1 UC San Diego Defeats No. 21 Dowling 13-1; National Championships Down To Four Teams
Release: Wednesday 05/27/2009 
Trevor Decker faced only one over the minimum in his 98-pitch complete game on Wednesday afternoon.
Trevor Decker faced only one...
Courtesy: Willis Glassgow/WG Sports Photos

CARY, N.C.  The No. 1 ranked UC San Diego baseball team recorded a tournament high 13 runs and 23 hits en route to a 13-1 win over No. 21 Dowling as the Tritons will now be one of the last four teams remaining at the 2009 NCAA D-II College World Series.  Trevor Decker pitched a complete-game three-hitter in winning career game No. 30.  “We put it all together today,” said head coach Dan O'Brien.  “We had solid pitching with quality at-bats.”  With the win, the Tritons improve to 41-14, while Dowling’s season comes to a close at 35-18.  UCSD faces No. 3 Emporia State on Thursday, with a first pitch slated for 3:00 p.m. (EDT).

UCSD’s four-year letterwinners led the way offensively as Josh Tanner (4-for-4), Matt Cantele (3-for-4), Tim Mort (2-for-5) and Garrett Imeson (4-for-6) went a combined 13-for-19 at the plate. 


Decker was brilliant on the mound pitching a complete nine innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out five for his 10th win of the year.  He allowed a solo home run in the fourth and did not allow another hit until the eighth inning.  The senior’s complete game came on 98 pitches, facing 28 hitters, just one over the minimum.


Also for the Tritons, Vance Albitz went 3-for-6 with two RBI and Evan Kehoe also had two hits.  Nick Burke came on in the late innings with a double and sac fly.


UCSD broke open the 2-1 game with six runs in the sixth, all with two outs.


The Tritons got on the board first with a two-out RBI single to right field by Cantele, driving in Kehoe for UCSD’s 1-0 lead.  It was Cantele’s first hit of the College World Series in his first eight at-bats.


In the UCSD fourth with one out, Sedin singled to right field and Cantele doubled to left center to put runners on second and third.  Lee followed with a sac fly to left field which reached the warning track and the Tritons led 2-0. 


In the bottom of the fourth, Dowling’s Daniel Pembroke homered to left center to cut the UCSD lead in half to 2-1.


In the top of the sixth inning with two outs, the Tritons put two runners on and Albitz came through with the two-out RBI single to center, giving the Tritons a 3-1 edge.  Tanner continued the two-out rally with a single to left center and UCSD had its second run of the inning and a 4-1 lead.  Imeson then beat out a hit to third base for an RBI and the Tritons had a 5-1 edge.  Gregorich kept the two-out hit streak alive with an RBI single to right field and the Tritons went up 6-1.  Kehoe followed with UCSD’s sixth consecutive hit, an RBI single through the left side and the Tritons took a 7-1 lead.  Gregorich would score on a wild pitch for UCSD’s eighth run.


UCSD added two runs on four hits in the seventh and UCSD led 10-1.


Kellen Lee added a two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth, UCSD’s 19th hit of the game and UCSD’s 11th run.


Dowling got a lead off single in the eighth, which was the first hit off Decker since the homerun in the fourth inning.  The runner was quickly erased on a shortstop to first double play.


The Tritons added two more runs in the ninth and led 13-1.


After tonight’s elimination game between Mesa State and Belmont Abbey, only four teams will remain alive at the D-II National Championships.  The Tritons take on Emporia State on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) and the Mesa State/Belmont Abbey winner will take on Lynn at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday night.

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