POMONA, Calif. -
The 28th-ranked UC San Diego baseball team posted a 5-2 win in the seven-inning nightcap after suffering its first shutout of the 2013 season, 6-0, to split a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) doubleheader with Cal Poly Pomona Saturday at Scolinos Field.
At the end of the day, the Tritons stood at 11-8 overall and 6-6 in the CCAA, while Cal Poly Pomona moved to 12-7 overall and 5-7 in league play. The teams thus split the four-game series, having each won a meeting in La Jolla the previous two nights.
UCSD resumes a season-long eight-game road stretch, entirely made up of conference activity, with a four-game series at No. 13 Sonoma State next weekend, Friday through Sunday, Mar. 8-10.
The teams each stranded a runner at third base in the opening frame following doubles by Triton centerfielder Danny Susdorf and Bronco first baseman Bo Walter.
Junior right-hander Blake Fassler, making his first mound start in a Triton uniform, struck out the side in the second, getting the first two Bronco batters looking.
The home third was a different story for UCSD, however, as Cal Poly Pomona produced its fifth frame of the series of three runs or more, sending 10 men to bat and scoring six times on six hits. Having scored seven of their 10 runs with two outs the previous night in La Jolla during a 10-8 victory, all six Bronco runs in that third inning came over two were away. The big knock was a two-run double on a 3-2 pitch down the left field line by Donald Walter, the older brother of Bo.
That explosion was more than enough for CPP senior ace Kevin Bosson (4-1), who ultimately notched the shutout. The right-hander gave up just six hits and one walk while striking out seven and retiring the Tritons in order in the second and third. It was Bosson's second complete game of the 2013 season.
UCSD put the leadoff man on in five straight frames from the fourth through the eighth, but was unable to push a run across. That stretch included a double by Richard Seigel to begin the seventh, but Bosson got a flyout, strikeout and groundout to keep the Tritons' senior first baseman standing on second.
Fassler (2-1) took his first loss, allowing the six runs on 10 hits and one walk, with his three second-inning punch-outs. Sophomore right-hander Devin Garrett needed just four pitches to get through a 1-2-3 sixth in his first of two innings of work. Jordan Goldsmith, in his second relief stint as a Triton, threw a scoreless eighth.
Andrew Hobson, a true freshman, entered the game at second base in the home fourth and started a pair of 4-6-3 double plays to end that frame with two men on, and then another in the seventh, both off the bat of CPP third baseman Jason Padlo.
The Tritons jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning. Junior shortstop Dillon Moyer singled to left on the first pitch of the contest, and was sacrificed to second by Corbin Wirta. Danny Susdorf followed with a single through the left side to put runners at the corners for Seigel, whose RBI groundout to the right side on an 0-2 offering from Bronco senior Erick Ruvalcaba (0-3) made it 1-0. Moments later, it was 2-0 as Nick La Face singled to right center to send Susdorf home.
Cal Poly Pomona loaded the bases in the home second with two gone after back-to-back one-out singles and a two-out walk by junior left-hander Justin Rahn, but leadoff man Trevor Magno popped up to Hobson, making his first collegiate start at second base, to end that threat.
UCSD added three runs to its advantage in the third to chase Ruvalcaba. For the third successive inning to begin the game, the Tritons put the leadoff runner on base as Moyer singled again on the first pitch he saw from the CPP right-hander. Once more, Wirta put down the successful sacrifice, and Moyer scored when Susdorf singled to left center. Susdorf advanced to second on the play on an outfield error, and promptly stole third ahead of Seigel's RBI single to right, again with two strikes.
After the pitching change, La Face singled to put Tritons on the corners, and Garrett Tuck's sacrifice fly on an 0-2 pitch from Kyle McNutt pushed the margin to 5-0.
The Broncos pulled a run back in the home half of the third. The younger Walter drew a five-pitch walk from Rahn, advanced to second on a one-out single by Chris Carlson and scored on an RBI single through the left side by Jordan Whitman. Sophomore right-hander Scott Zeman replaced Rahn on the mound and got a flyout and an infield popout to hold the damage to a single score.
Freshman right-hander Justin Donatella took over for Zeman and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth through a pair of infield popouts around a groundout.
Cal Poly Pomona made it a 5-2 game in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Magno, but Nicholas Cooksey was tagged out trying to advance from first to third on the play as Wirta fired to Hobson, who relayed to Tuck for the third out.
Freshman Troy Cruz retired the Broncos in order in the seventh on a groundout and two infield lineouts. The right-handed San Diego native tossed 2.1 innings in all, allowing an unearned run on one hit. He struck out one. Donatella (1-0) was credited with the winning decision, the first of his college career.
Moyer, Susdorf, La Face and Rahn provided two hits apiece for the Tritons, with Moyer and Susdorf each scoring twice and Seigel knocking in a pair.
Triton Notes: By achieving the split, UCSD has still not lost a series to Cal Poly Pomona since the 2005 season ... Prior to today's opener, the last time UCSD was shut out was on Apr. 28, 2012, in a seven-inning doubleheader nightcap at Cal State L.A. (3-0) ... The Tritons' previous nine-inning shutout defeat came at home against Sonoma State, 4-0, to open the 2011 NCAA West Regional on May 19, 2011 ... Nick La Face has started 76 straight games ... Richard Seigel has started 56 games in a row, all at first base ... Seigel's double in the first game was his seventh and his stolen base in the nightcap was his fifth in seven attempts ... With five more putouts today, Danny Susdorf's defensive streak without an error extended to his last 86 games and 208 chances dating back to April 29, 2011 ... Susdorf's first-inning double in the opener gave him a conference-leading nine on the year and 50 for his Triton career, fifth-most in program history ... Susdorf's theft of third in game two was his league-best 13th stolen base now on 13 tries ... Corbin Wirta's two sacrifices in the nightcap gave him a league-leading seven on the year ... Garrett Tuck's sacrifice fly in the same game was his team-best fourth ... Justin Rahn made his third collegiate pitching start in the second game, also providing his third double of the year offensively in that contest ... Chad Rieser made his second relief appearance of the season in the second game and struck out the only batter he faced looking.
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