LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego baseball team pronounced in a 4-0 shutout of Cal State Stanislaus at Triton Ballpark on Friday night that it has no intention of surrendering its hold on the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
The 21st-ranked four-time defending CCAA regular-season champion Tritons used seven scoreless frames from ace Ryan Goodbrand and a pair of runs each in the second and seventh innings to win both teams' conference opener.
UCSD improved to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in league play, while visiting Cal State Stanislaus fell to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Goodbrand allowed just three singles and a pair of walks in his seven innings, striking out a career-high 11 in improving to 3-0 on the young season. The right-hander improved to 14-0 in a Triton uniform, and has opened his senior year with 18.0 innings of shutout baseball.
Sophomore catcher Brett Levy got things rolling for the Tritons in the second with a one-out single. Junior second baseman Spencer Frazier followed by poking his own single to the opposite field in right, with Levy running on the play. The throw from the outfield beat Levy to the bag, but with third baseman Skippy Ferreria unable to handle cleanly, everybody was safe. That set the stage for freshman rightfielder Gradeigh Sanchez to roll a grounder to the right side for his first collegiate RBI.
Sanchez advanced to second on a two-out balk, and trotted home for 2-0 when Warrior rightfielder Colt McLaughlin dropped Danny Susdorf's hard liner to right.
UCSD doubled its advantage as insurance with another pair in the seventh. After Sanchez worked the count full and walked to lead off, Susdorf shot a double down the right field line on a 1-2 pitch. Junior shortstop Dillon Moyer followed by dumping a single, also on a 1-2 offering, into space in right center for his first RBI as a Triton.
With a new pitcher on for Cal State Stanislaus, junior leftfielder Justin Rahn's hustle on a grounder to shortstop enabled the Tritons to stay out of the inning-ending double play, with Susdorf sprinting home from third. One pitch prior, Rahn had mashed a ball that curled just to the wrong side of the right field foul pole. For the night, UCSD scored all four of its runs on two-strike counts.
Goodbrand got in and out of trouble over his first three innings. In the first, Justin Charles drew an 11-pitch walk after fouling off five straight 3-2 offerings to put Warriors at first and second with only one out. Levy threw to Frazier to cut Charles down trying to swipe second, however, as Klayton Miller swung through on 0-1, and waved at an outside fastball by Goodbrand to end the threat. Levy would hook up with Frazier on a caught stealing for a second time in the fifth.
Goodbrand's first toss of the second hit Ross Gonsalves, but a foulout and back-to-back swinging strikeouts kept the Stanislaus DH at first.
Thanks to a third strike that was a bit wild, Goodbrand needed to register four outs in the third. A Ferreria single put runners again at first and second, but an infield fly preceded a second called third strike, of three strikeouts in all for the frame.
Goodbrand retired Stanislaus in order in the fourth and seventh, his final toss getting first baseman Andy Yingling to chase for his 11th punch-out.
Freshman Troy Cruz relieved Goodbrand and breezed through an eight-pitch eighth on a pair of groundouts and a strikeout. The local product added two more strikeouts in the ninth, fanning pinch-hitter Anthony Nicolosi to end the game.
Susdorf was 1-for-4 with the double, run and his sixth steal on six attempts in 2013. Sanchez walked, scored twice and knocked in the winner. UCSD played error-free baseball for the first time this season.
Over 6.0 innings, sophomore Stanislaus right-hander Dustin Baisdon (1-1) gave up four runs, three of them earned, on five hits and five walks. He struck out eight. Ferreria accounted for two of the Warriors' four hits in the game, all singles.
The four-game series continues with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Triton Ballpark. Dan Kolodin (0-0, 2.00 ERA) is expected to start the nine-inning first game for UCSD. The nightcap, scheduled for seven innings, should feature left-hander Rahn (0-0, 4.91 ERA), a two-way standout this season, in the first pitching start of his college career.
Triton Notes: UCSD is 33-22 all-time against Cal State Stanislaus with 12 straight wins over the Warriors in La Jolla dating back to April 27, 2007 ... The Tritons improved to 6-7 in CCAA openers since joining the conference ahead of the 2001 season ... The result marked the first shutout that UCSD has been involved in this year ... Garrett Tuck started for the 80th consecutive game and made his 87th straight appearance ... Nick La Face drew his 65th consecutive start ... Ryan Goodbrand made his 18th start in a Triton uniform and has gone at least 5.0 innings in each of those 18 outings, with UCSD now 16-2 when he pitches ... Goodbrand became the first Triton hurler to reach a double-digit strikeout total since sophomore teammate Trevor Scott fanned 10 vs. Sonoma State on April 6, 2012 ... Goodbrand's 11 strikeouts were the most by a Triton since Jeff Rauh set down 12 on strikes vs. Western Oregon on Feb. 3, 2012 ... Danny Susdorf's seventh-inning double extended his career-best hit streak to 25 games dating back to last season ... With zero chances on the night, Susdorf's defensive streak without an error also moved to his last 75 games (181 chances) dating back to April 29, 2011 ... With another double on the night to give him a team-leading seven in 2013 and 48 for his career, Susdorf moved up into a five-way tie for fifth on the all-time program chart ... Rich Hinzo, an assistant coach for the Tritons during the 2008 and 2012 seasons and longtime baseball mentor to the San Diego community who passed away earlier this week, was remembered during a moment of silence prior to first pitch.
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