SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The UC San Diego baseball team out-scored San Francisco State 24-5 Saturday en route to winning both ends of a doubleheader on the road at Maloney Field. After a relatively quiet 4-3 victory in the first game, the Tritons exploded for 26 hits to crush the Gators in the nightcap by a score of 20-2.
The wins evened UCSD's season record at 13-13 and upped its California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) mark to 11-7. SFSU fell to 10-10 overall and 7-7 in league play.
In the four-game series opener, the Tritons were down 3-1 after three innings. Two runs in the sixth tied it up and a small-ball run in the eighth proved to be the game-winner for UCSD.
The second game bat works led to at least one run in all nine innings, including four in the third and another five in the fourth. Six Tritons had multiple hits and starter Jeff Rauh gave up a single run over five innings for the win.
In game one, UCSD out-hit SFSU 12-8 as several Tritons turned in productive outings at the plate, including second baseman Spencer Frazier and shortstop Garrett Tuck. Both had three hits while Frazier scored the game-winning run and knocked in two others. Oufielder Gregg Ringold had a pair of hits and two RBI and third baseman Ryan O'Malley crossed the plate twice.
Right-hander Ryan Goodbrand won his second consecutive start to remain perfect on the season at 4-0. The junior gave up three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out three in seven full innings of work. Tony York kept the Gators scoreless and hitless over the final 1.2 frames to collect his team-leading fourth save.
UCSD got on the board first with a single unearned run in the second inning. With two outs, an outfield error allowed O'Malley to not only reach base, but continue on to second. Frazier's first hit of the day was a big one as he singled to left, scoring O'Malley.
San Francisco State jumped right back into it and more in the bottom of the third. Two singles and a balk put runners at first and third. Center fielder Dustin Wold drove in the runner from third on a fielder's choice and then stole second. A bunt single by outfielder Ivan Otsuka moved Wold to third and both runners scored on a double to left field by third baseman Miguel Flores, putting the Gators up 3-1.
With one away in the sixth, first baseman Richard Seigel singled to get things going for the Tritons. Back-to-back singles by O'Malley and Frazier propelled Seigel around to score and heads-up baserunning got O'Malley to third as he advanced on a foul ball out. SFSU starter Eric Watts was lifted in favor of Peter Reyes, who promptly gave up an RBI single to Ringold, tying the game at three apiece.
Frazier continued his hot streak in the eighth, reaching on a single to short with one out. He stole second and moved to third on a ground ball out. That brought up Ringold, who laced a two-out single back up the middle to score Frazier and put the Tritons up for good.
Reyes (4-2) suffered the loss as he surrendered the winning run and six hits over 2.1 innings. At the plate, Flores went 4-for-4.
Ringold and Tuck stole two bases each as the Tritons left 12 runners on base and the Gators stranded eight.
"We really showed some character coming back in the late innings," said UCSD head coach Eric Newman. "I was really proud of the way we kept at it."
In game two, UCSD out-hit SFSU 26 to seven as every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Tuck continued his torrid attack at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a run and four RBI, making him 7-for-9 over the two tilts. Outfielder Danny Susdorf matched Tuck with four hits and four RBI while scoring two runs and designated hitter Sam Michaels went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and three runs batted in.
Ringold, right fielder Scott Liske and third baseman Brett Levy all recorded four hits.
The Tritons swung for seven doubles in the game, two each by Susdorf and Liske. Liske also stole two bases.
It was Rauh's first win of the season, giving him a 1-3 record. He gave up four hits through five innings, walking four and striking out two. The one run he allowed came in the bottom of the third inning. Reliever Sean Rowan let in a run in the sixth, while Elias Tuma, Chad Rieser and Richard Kilbury kept the Gators scoreless over the last three innings.
Wold and shortstop Sam Wilkins had two hits apiece for San Francisco State. Starter Ryan DeJesus fell to 0-2, allowing seven runs on nine hits over 2.1 innings.
"Obviously our bats came alive in the second game and the guys stayed with a great approach," said Newman.
The 26 hits, four short of a CCAA single game record, were the most posted by UCSD since moving to NCAA Division II status for the 2001 season. The 20 runs were the most plated by the Tritons since putting up 21 at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Apr. 24, 2010.
"I thought our intensity throughout the day was really good in all phases of the game," said Newman.
The two teams complete the CCAA series Sunday with a second doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. at Maloney Field.
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