UCSD (12-11, 7-9 CCAA) vs. No. 28 Cal State L.A. (15-8, 13-3 CCAA)
Thursday, Mar. 14 • 6 p.m.
RHP Ryan Goodbrand (5-1, 2.17 ERA) vs. LHP Jordan Sechler (4-0, 1.64 ERA)
Friday, Mar. 15 • 6 p.m.
TBA vs. TBA
Reeder Field • Los Angeles, Calif
Live Video • Live Stats
Saturday, Mar. 16 • 12 p.m. (DH)
TBA vs. TBA
TBA vs. TBA
Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Live Video • Live Stats
TRITONS FINALLY RETURN TO HOME ACTION
UCSD concludes its season-long eight-game road stretch to start a four-game series with 28th-ranked California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) leader Cal State L.A. this week. UCSD is 12-11 overall and 7-9 in the CCAA. The red-hot Golden Eagles, winners of five straight, are now 15-8 overall and 13-3 in league play.
This week's four-game set with Cal State L.A. begins at Reeder Field in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Mar. 14. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Following another single game there underneath the lights at 6 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 15, the series will move south to La Jolla on Saturday, Mar. 16, and conclude at Triton Ballpark with a noon doubleheader. Thursday night's opener should see Triton senior right-hander Ryan Goodbrand (5-1, 2.17 ERA) back on the mound against senior left-hander Jordan Sechler (4-0, 1.64 ERA). Both aces have earned regional and conference Pitcher of the Week honors in 2013. The remainder of either side's probable pitching rotation was unavailable. After Saturday's action, the Tritons will take an 11-day break from competition for winter quarter final exams, next hosting third-place Cal State East Bay for four heading into Easter Sunday.
All UCSD home games at Triton Ballpark this season again feature a live online video stream and live stats, both free of charge. Weekday conference home games have audio commentary, with former Triton pitcher Tim Strombel (2007-08) calling the action. Fans can access live video and live stats from the Schedule/Results tab of the baseball page at UCSDtritons.com. Road games have live stats available at minimum, with links active at that same location on the baseball team's Schedule/Results page. This week's games in Los Angeles will also have live streaming video, free of charge. Finally, starting lineups, live between-inning updates and other in-game news and notes can be found during home contests by following Triton Baseball all season long on the UCSD Athletics Twitter handle (@UCSDtritons).
SCOUTING CAL STATE L.A.
Cal State L.A. (15-8, 13-3 CCAA) overpowered Cal State Stanislaus on the road last weekend, sweeping four games by the final scores of 7-2, 6-2, 7-4 (7) and 8-1. Junior catcher and cleanup hitter Cody Doyle leads the Golden Eagles with a .395 batting average, and is tied atop the CCAA with Triton senior Danny Susdorf at 34 hits apiece. Ryan Cooperstone (.375), Tyler Christian (.349), James Wharton (.337) and Ryan Casey (.333) have each started all 23 games for CSULA and are all batting .333 or better. Christian is a third baseman who transferred from Division I San Jose State and has 22 runs, 10 doubles and 18 RBI. Second baseman Cooperstone is another D-I product who played at Utah in 2012. A third senior, first baseman Wharton, paces the league with six home runs, 26 runs scored and 22 RBI (tied). Cal State L.A. as a team is hitting a robust .325, best in the CCAA. On the mound, however, the Golden Eagles are second-to-last in the conference with a 4.60 ERA. Senior left-hander Jordan Sechler (4-0, 1.64 ERA), Thursday's likely starter, has tossed a pair of shutouts among his three complete games, and has 35 strikeouts against just a pair of walks over his league-best 49.1 innings pitched. He spent the 2012 campaign at Division I Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Vince Beringhele is in his sixth season in charge at Cal State L.A.
Cal State L.A. leads the tight all-time series, 32-31. The Tritons and Golden Eagles split their four games a year ago, with each team winning their pair at home. In fact, the series is even at six wins apiece in the last 12 meetings over three seasons. In the opener of last year's series on Apr. 26, 2012, at Triton Ballpark, Ryan Goodbrand combined on an eight-hit shutout, 3-0, with Elias Tuma, going the first seven frames and striking out six. The Golden Eagles returned the favor by that exact same scoreline in the seven-inning weekend finale at home, the now-departed Gabriel Asakura allowing a pair of hits while fanning eight. In between, UCSD won 12-3 and CSULA won 5-2.
TRITONS IN THE POLLS
UCSD is currently not ranked in any of the four Division II national polls, but is still among several other schools receiving votes outside of the latest installment of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II poll, released each Monday. The Tritons have also fallen out of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and D2 Baseball News West Region polls. Chico State is atop both of those, with this week's opponent, Cal State L.A., third in the NCBWA listing and rated sixth by D2 Baseball News. UCSD is among three teams receiving votes from the NCBWA panel.
When UCSD salvaged the series finale at Sonoma State on Sunday, Mar. 10, it avoided suffering its first sweep in nine years since 2004, when it dropped all four games at then-Division II league rival UC Davis, Apr. 2-4.
Ryan Goodbrand has picked up right where he left off in 2012. The right-handed staff ace earned the winning decision in each of his first five 2013 starts. He threw 31.1 innings of shutout baseball prior to surrendering a five-run sixth to Cal Poly Pomona in a 7-6 home victory on Feb. 28. Goodbrand's senior campaign began with a workmanlike five frames against then-No. 20 Colorado Mesa at home on Feb. 1, when he allowed just three hits without a walk, retiring six Mavericks on strikes and four more on ground balls of the 15 outs he recorded before exiting on a 75-pitch limit. At Grand Canyon on Feb. 8, Goodbrand's no-hit bid was broken up on an infield single with one out in the sixth. He was replaced after that inning with just two hits and two walks against him. Back home on Feb. 15 in UCSD's conference opener, Goodbrand scattered three hits over 7.0 scoreless frames, striking out 11, believed to be his highest single-game output at any level of organized baseball. At Cal State Dominguez Hills on Feb. 21, he gave up five singles and a walk with eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Goodbrand is 16-1 in 21 career starts, with his undefeated run in a Triton uniform and streak of winning decisions in nine straight appearances finally snapped at then-22nd-ranked Sonoma State in his most recent outing on Friday, Mar. 8. He has gone a minimum of 5.0 frames in all 21 stints on the mound, with a pair of nine-inning complete games a year ago. UCSD is 18-3 when Goodbrand starts.
The Tritons are right back atop the CCAA in steals in 2013 with 39 so far on 53 attempts. Danny Susdorf has been successful on 17 of his 18 tries, easily leading the conference in thefts. Dillon Moyer is tied for second with eight on 10 attempts. UCSD led the CCAA and ranked 27th nationally in the NCAA Division II with 103 stolen bases in 2012, achieving a new single-season program record. The previous mark of 101 had been set in 1985 and matched in 1988.
SUSDORF'S GOLD-GLOVE STREAK
Danny Susdorf has handled 217 defensive chances in a row without an error, spanning 90 appearances dating back to his last charged error on April 29, 2011, at Chico State. He put away all 125 opportunities without a miscue in 2012 and 56 thus far to begin the 2013 season, including an outfield assist at Grand Canyon.
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