UCSD (11-13, 9-7 CCAA) at San Francisco State (10-8, 7-5 CCAA)
Friday, Mar. 16 • 2 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 17 • 11 a.m. doubleheader
Sunday, Mar. 18, 11 a.m.
Maloney Field • San Francisco, Calif. Live Stats
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UC San Diego vs. San Francisco State
The Tritons hold a 31-11 (.738) record vs. San Francisco State since joining NCAA Division II in 2001. For a listing of all games, check out the complete release.
Tritons Win First Series of Season
UCSD won its first series of the year last week, going 3-1 at home against No. 29 Cal State Monterey Bay. The Tritons won games one, two and four by scores of 10-1, 4-3 and 5-3, while the Otters took game three, 9-0.
Game One: UCSD totaled 12 hits while Ryan Goodbrand and Justin Burns combined to hold the Otters scoreless through eight innings. The Tritons scored single runs in the first and fifth innings, three runs in the fourth and another five in the seventh inning. CSUMB avoided the shutout by scoring its run in the ninth. At the plate, Danny Susdorf was 2-for-2 with a RBI and two walks. The leadoff batter crossed the plate three times and swiped a pair of bases. Hitting just behind Susdorf in the lineup, Gregg Ringold also had two hits, scored a run and knocked in two runs. Ryan O'Malley was 2-for-3 with a run and designated hitter Nick La Face scored twice and drove in a pair. Cal State Monterey Bay left nine runners on base while UC San Diego stranded just two.
Game Two: Spencer Frazier played the hero as he knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. UC San Diego had nine hits, two each for Brett Levy, Richard Seigel and Susdorf. Tony York got the win in a relief role, giving up one hit over 1.2 innings of work. Monterey Bay left 11 runners stranded for a total of 20 through two games. The Tritons played from behind early as the Otters scored twice in the third to take a 2-0 lead. A single run in the third and two more in the fourth put UCSD up 3-2 before CSUMB scored in the eighth to tie the game.
Game Three: CSUMB's Jeff Owen threw a gem, giving up just one hit while facing the minimum over the seven-inning game. He struck out seven and got plenty of offensive support with nine hits. The Otter plated six runs in the third inning as Jason Merjano launched a three-run home run and finished the game with four RBI. Seigel had the Tritons' lone hit and Trevor Scott took the loss on the mound, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings.
Game Four: UCSD scored three runs in the first inning and held a 5-1 lead before Monterey Bay tallied single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Greg Selarz threw 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking none. Garrett Tuck, Ringold and Susdorf all had two hits apiece and Susdorf scored twice and stole a pair of bases. York shut the Otters down in order in the ninth to record his third save.
San Francisco State enters this week's series with a 10-8 overall record and sits in second place in the CCAA, tied with Chico State at 7-5. The Gators have won six of their last eight games and five of their last six. Most recently, SFSU won a pair of non-conference games, downing Nevada, 5-4, on Mar. 7 and Sonoma State, 6-5, on Mar. 10. The victory over Nevada was the team's first win against a Division I team since 2004. Matt Quintero leads the Gators offensively with a .341 batting average and a .463 slugging percentage. Dustin Wold has a team-best 13 runs scored, 11 walks and five stolen bases. AJ Almarez has posted a .444 on-base percentage while driving in a team-best 13 runs. Mark Lindsay leads the team with 22 hits. On the mound, Peter Reyes has posted a team-low 1.38 earned run average while leading the team with four victories and 11 appearances. Branden Petrangelo has recorded a team-best four saves in a team-high 30.2 innings pitched while also leading the team with 19 strikeouts.
UCSD has been swiping bases at a consistent pace this season. With 37 steals, the Tritons rank second in the CCAA behind Chico State, which has totaled 41 thus far. UCSD has stolen multiple bases in 10 games this season, while opponents have stolen 23 against the Tritons. Danny Susdorf leads all league players with his 14 steals. Matthew Young (12) of Cal State Dominguez Hills and Chico State's Blake Gibbs (10) are the only other players in the CCAA with double-digit steal totals. Susdorf has had at least one steal in 10 of 20 games played and set a new career-high with three at Colorado Mesa on Feb. 12.
Keepin' Them in the Yard
The UCSD pitching staff has given up just six home runs over 24 games this season, the lowest total in the CCAA. Cal State Monterey Bay went yard twice on Mar. 10, while Cal Poly Pomona homered in three straight games back in late February. The first long ball given up by the Tritons was on Feb. 18 vs. Chico State, the team's 10th game of the season.
Susdorf, La Face and Tuma Earn NCBWA Preseason Recognition
Danny Susdorf was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America Second Team and the NCBWA Preseason All-West Region First Team. Nick La Face and Elias Tuma were also selected to the all-region second team. In additon, Susdorf was also named to the initial watch list for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award for the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez. The finalists will be named on May 21st with the winner announced after the conclusion of the NCAA DII Baseball Championships.
From Stockton to La Jolla
UCSD's Triton Ballpark will host to the 2012 CCAA Baseball Tournament May 10-12, marking the first time since 2008 that the tourney has been held on a campus site. The league's top four squads will compete for the tourney title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. In 2009, the CCAA tourney was held in Palm Springs, while the 2010 and 2011 tournaments were contested at Klein Family Field in Stockton. The Tritons have won the past three CCAA regular season and tournament crowns.
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