SAN FRANCISCO - The UC San Diego baseball team split a conference doubleheader against San Francisco State Sunday, dropping the first game, 5-2, and rebounding to take the second, 4-0, at Maloney Field in the Bay Area.
Winners of seven of its last nine games, UCSD is 14-14 overall and 12-8 in the California Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAA). SFSU is now 11-11 with an 8-8 mark in the league. The Tritons won the four-game series against the Gators as they earned a pair of wins Saturday by scores of 4-3 and 20-2.
Solid pitching was abundant Sunday as SFSU starter Branden Petrangelo threw a complete nine-inning game in the first contest of the day. UCSD came back with freshman hurler Trevor Scott in the seven inning nightcap, who picked up the win with five scoreless innings of work.
Scott improved to 2-3 on the year with the victory. He allowed four hits and matched a career-best by striking out four Gators. Elias Tuma and Tony York worked an inning each and kept SFSU scoreless for the team's first shutout win of the year.
The Tritons jumped on it quickly at the plate, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. With outfielder Gregg Ringold and shortstop Garrett Tuck on base, catcher Nick La Face doubled to left center, scoring both runners. La Face ended up scoring on a ground out by left fielder Justin Rahn.
UCSD left the bases loaded in the second inning, but made up for it on the defensive end. Catcher Mark Lindsay singled to lead off and right fielder Devon King was hit by a pitch. With a 3-2 count and the runners going on the pitch, left fielder Thomas Wood lined out to first baseman Richard Seigel, who tagged King and then stepped on second to catch Lindsay and complete the trifecta.
In the fourth inning, the Tritons squeezed in a run as second baseman Spencer Frazier crossed the plate on a bunt by Tuck.
UCSD out-hit SFSU 11-6 as nine different players had hits, third baseman Brett Levy and Seigel each recording two. Ringold stole two bases, giving him four on the day.
Gator starter Matthew Cummins (1-2) lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Six players each had one hit.
The Tritons left 11 runners on base.
"We jumped out early on Nick's double and then the pitching staff really did a good job," said UCSD head coach Eric Newman.
In game one, the Gators led the whole way, scoring once in the first inning and twice in the third before UCSD struck for a pair of runs in the fifth. Up 3-2, SFSU tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to account for the final 5-2 score.
"We have to give their pitcher credit for pitching as well as he did," said Newman of Petrangelo. "We had some opportunities early to break through. We put together a good inning in the fifth, but we just couldn't sustain that."
With two outs in the first frame, Gator first baseman Andrew Suvunnachuen doubled to left off of UCSD starter Greg Selarz. Two batters later, he was driven in by a Lindsay single.
Suvunnachuen and Lindsay figured in the scoring in the bottom of the third as well. Center fielder Dustin Wold led off with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Ivan Otsuka. Suvunnachuen was first pitch swinging and he drove a double to the gap in left center, scoring Wold and putting the Gators up 2-0. Third baseman Miguel Flores singled to advance Suvunnachuen to third and Lindsay picked him up with a ground ball out to second base, giving SFSU a three-run lead.
In the top of the fifth, UCSD wasted no time putting runners on base. Levy led off by being hit by a pitch and Seigel followed with a double to right. Levy came home for the Tritons' first run when third baseman Jonah Northrop singled to right. Seigel, who had taken third base on Northrop's base hit, scored when Frazier grounded into a double play.
Wold drove in SFSU's fourth run in the seventh inning when he singled to plate shortstop Sam Wilkins. Another insurance run came in the eighth as catcher Matt Quintero doubled off Triton reliever Justin Burns to score Wood.
Petrangelo evened his season record at 2-2 with the victory. Over the nine innings, he gave up eight hits and walked one. Suvunnachuen finished 3-for-4 at the plate.
Selarz dropped to 2-3 on the season with the loss. He threw 6.2 innings, surrendering four runs on six hits while walking one. Tuck joined Ringold with two stolen bases.
UCSD was retired in order in the second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, while SFSU went down 1-2-3 in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth.
"I am very proud of our guys for winning a road series," said Newman of the team's first series win away from La Jolla. "Teams play you tough in this league. Everyone is well-coached, so for us to go on the road and win a series, it's really a big step for us."
The Tritons will enjoy a week off before returning to action at CCAA opponent Cal State Stanislaus Mar. 30 through Apr. 1.
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