LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego was swept by Cal State Monterey Bay in a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) baseball doubleheader at Triton Ballpark on Saturday. Game scores were 10-5 and 6-2 in seven innings.
The day’s losses snapped a season-best five-game win streak and dropped the Tritons to 12-8 overall and 9-6 in the CCAA. Defending regular-season champion Cal State Monterey Bay improved to 11-15 overall and 8-11 in the CCAA. The Otters thus took a 2-1 series lead, after UCSD posted a 10-2 victory on Friday night.
UCSD and CSUMB conclude the series at Triton Ballpark on Sunday at 11 a.m.
UCSD took brief leads of 1-0 and 2-1 over its first two turns at-bat, but surrendered a four-run third and three-run fourth and was unable to recover. Due to a season-high four errors by the Triton defense, CSUMB tallied five unearned runs. UCSD had previously not committed more than two errors in a game in 2014.
The Tritons began the game playing good situational baseball. They opened the scoring in the first, as Erik Lewis and Brandon Shirley produced back-to-back one-out singles before Nick La Face worked the count full and walked to load the bases. Troy Cruz lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
With the game tied 1-1 in the home second, Garrett Tuck drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a Brett Levy single to right center, then to third on a Gradeigh Sanchez bunt, and came home on Lewis’ RBI groundout to the right side.
Despite the defensive miscues, UCSD got a pair of great plays in the field, as third baseman Cruz dove full-stretch to his left, rose and fired to first to rob Kaden Kamoe of a single in the sixth, and Tuck deftly gathered a tough, high hop in the seventh.
Junior left-hander Trevor Scott (1-2) took the loss (4.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) for UCSD. Sophomore Dan Kolodin (3 H, 1 BB) gave up just a pair of unearned runs while striking out four over 4.0 frames of his own. Javier Carrillo, Jr. threw a scoreless ninth. Jack Larsen and Michael Mann had two hits and one RBI each.
Otter starter Chris Daniels (1-1) earned the win, going 6.0 innings with six strikeouts. Catcher Travis Bonner was 4-for-5 with a double, run and two RBI. The first four batters in the Monterey Bay order tallied nine of its 10 runs.
The visitors broke a 1-1 deadlock in the seven-inning nightcap with a three-run fifth, and made the advantage hold up.
Just like the first game, UCSD managed a first-inning run, as Lewis walked with one out, La Face singled to put runners at the corners, and Cruz provided the RBI groundout.
CSUMB turned two double plays in the final two frames around grabbing a pair of insurance runs in its half of the seventh.
La Face, the CCAA leader in both batting average (.413) and on-base percentage (.575), reached base in three out of four plate appearances, finishing 2-for-3 with his team-leading seventh double and league-leading 20th walk.
Blake Fassler (2-2) started on the mound and took the loss. Jeff Owen (5-1) was the winner for the Otters, with Bonner getting the final three outs to notch his third save after going 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate as the starting catcher.
Triton Notes: Troy Cruz is the only Triton to have started all 20 games, with three of those starts coming on the mound ... Justin Rahn is the only Triton to have reached base in all 20 games so far in 2014 ... Nick La Face had reached base in six straight plate appearances prior to a strikeout in the third inning of game one ... The double by Gradeigh Sanchez in the seventh inning of game one marked the sophomore’s first career extra-base hit.