ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Ryan Goodbrand's undefeated run on the mound ended at 16 consecutive wins as UC San Diego fell to No. 22 Sonoma State, 5-1, in the opener of a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) baseball series at Seawolf Diamond on Friday afternoon.
In the midst of a season-long eight-game road stretch, the Tritons dropped to 11-9 overall and 6-7 in the CCAA. Sonoma State is 11-4 overall and 3-2 in league play.
The game amounted to an old-fashioned pitchers' duel through the first five frames, pitting senior right-handers Goodbrand (5-1) and Harmen Sidhu (3-1) of the Seawolves. Goodbrand entered as the CCAA leader in wins (5) and strikeouts (34) and undefeated in his Triton career at 16-0. Sidhu came into the game with just one run against him in 19.0 innings of work for a 0.47 ERA.
For his second straight outing, however, Goodbrand suffered through a tough sixth inning after looking virtually unhittable through five. In a 7-6 home win over Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday night, Feb. 28, he allowed just a pair of singles before a five-run Bronco sixth snapped his season-opening string of 31.1 shutout frames. Today, he cruised through five more scoreless prior to a four-run SSU sixth.
Sonoma State put a runner at third base with two away in both the first and third innings after the leadoff man reached base, but stranded them each time as Goodbrand got a flyout and a groundout. In between, he struck out the side in the second.
Offensively, UCSD threatened in its half of the second, loading the bases with one away on a leadoff double to right center by Richard Seigel, a hit-by-pitch to Nick La Face and a walk to Garrett Tuck, but SSU senior right-hander Harmen Sidhu induced a 4-6-3 double-play ground ball by rightfielder Gradeigh Sanchez to get out of it.
The Tritons were first to the scoreboard in the fourth as All-American centerfielder Danny Susdorf tallied one of his typical runs. The senior singled to lead things off, stole second and scored on a two-strike RBI single through the right side by Seigel.
The Seawolves nearly tied the game in the home fourth when leftfielder Steven Filippi singled with two outs advanced to second on the second balk called against Goodbrand in the game. The next batter, DH Garrett Gooselaw, reached on an infield error, and Filippi was thrown out at the plate as he raced around third.
In the bottom of the fifth, Goodbrand got a pair of called third strikes around a lineout to shortstop Dillon Moyer.
Sonoma State brought the top of the order to the plate to begin its half of the sixth, however, and loaded the bases with nobody out on back-to-back singles, the second of the bunt variety down the third-base line, and a hit-by-pitch. Clean-up hitter Devon Zenn then put a charge into one to vie for a grand slam, but the ball was caught near the wall by rightfielder Corbin Wirta for a game-tying sacrifice fly.
A wild pitch and an intentional walk signaled the end of Goodbrand's afternoon in favor of Scott Zeman. On his second pitch, Gooselaw sent a bases-clearing double in the left field corner for a 4-1 Seawolf advantage. A walk and a strikeout later, Scott Harkin's single made it 5-1. Freshman Adrian Orozco entered and got the strikeout to end the bleeding.
Goodbrand allowed four runs on four hits over 5.1 innings, with the one intentional base on balls and seven strikouts. He set the Seawolves down in order in the second and fifth with the ball not leaving the infield. Goodbrand had earned the winning decision in each of his previous nine starts dating back to last season.
Seigel was 2-for-4 with his double and an RBI. Susdorf finished 1-for-4 with a run scored and stolen base.
Sidhu gave up one run on three hits and two walks over 8.0 frames. He struck out nine and retired the Tritons in order in the first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth. The last 10 outs he registered all came on the infield.
Eight consecutive UCSD batters were retired by Sonoma State in between a pair of walks to freshman second baseman Troy Cruz in the sixth and to open the ninth.
UCSD and Sonoma State resume the four-game series at Seawolf Diamond on Saturday, Mar. 9, with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
Triton Notes: Nick La Face has started 77 straight games ... Richard Seigel has started 57 games in a row, all at first base ... Seigel's double to lead off the second inning was his eighth of the year ... Ryan Goodbrand made his 21st start in a Triton uniform and has gone at least 5.0 innings in each of those 21 outings, with UCSD now 18-3 when he pitches ... With one more putout today, Danny Susdorf's defensive streak without an error extended to his last 87 games and 209 chances dating back to April 29, 2011 ... Susdorf's fourth-inning stolen base increased his conference-leading season total to 14 on 14 attempts.
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