UCSD (14-14, 12-8 CCAA) at Cal State Stanislaus (15-11, 12-8 CCAA)
Friday, Mar. 30 • 3 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 31 • 11 a.m. doubleheader
Sunday, Apr. 1, 11 a.m.
Warrior Field • Turlock, Calif.
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UC San Diego vs. Cal State Stanislaus
UCSD holds a 31-17 (.646) record vs. Cal State Stanislaus since joining NCAA Division II in 2001. The Tritons have won the last 12 meetings.
Tritons Take Second Straight Series
A week after going 3-1 at Cal State Monterey Bay to win its first series of the season, UCSD repeated at San Francisco State and set a team record in the process. The Tritons won games one, two and four by scores of 4-3, 20-2 and 4-0 with the Gators taking game three, 5-2.
The highlight of the weekend came in the second game as UCSD booked a total of 26 hits, the most in a single game since the program moved to 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. UCSD scored at least one run in all nine innings. Six Tritons had multiple hits, including five for Sam Michaels, four each for Danny Susdorf and Garrett Tuck and three apiece for Brett Levy, Scott Liske and Gregg Ringold. Susdorf and Tuck each drove in four runs while Michaels scored four times and knocked in three more. Seven doubles were registered by UCSD, two each for Liske and Susdorf. Starting pitcher Jeff Rauh gave up just one run over five innings for his first win of the season.
Down 3-1 after three innings of play in the series opener, UCSD plated two runs in the sixth to tie it up. An RBI single in the eighth by Ringold that scored Spencer Frazier was the difference. Ryan Goodbrand went seven innings to improve to 4-0 with the victory.
The fourth and final game of the series was the first shutout for the Tritons this season. Trevor Scott went five innings for the win and Elias Tuma and Tony York each tossed a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout. First baseman Richard Seigel turned an unassisted triple play.
Cal State Stanislaus
The Warriors enter the series with a 15-11 overall record and are tied for third place in the league with UC San Diego with a 12-8 tally. CSUS has won its last four games, all against Cal State Monterey Bay in a home-and-home series last weekend. Outfielder Eli Davis is the reigning CCAA Player of the Week after going 10-for-16 (.625) with five runs scored, a double, two home runs and 10 RBI while posting a .684 on-base percentage and 1.062 slugging percentage over the CSUMB series. He leads the Warriors with his .418 average, 22 runs, 41 hits, four home runs, 23 RBI, .673 slugging percentage and .473 on-base percentage. On the mound, starters Byron Lemon and Rafael Vasquez each have three wins, as does reliever Anthony Gotelli. Vasquez has a team-best 33 strikeouts, while Shay Maltese is just behind with 30. As a team, CSUS holds a 3.68 ERA compared to its opponents' 4.93.
Tuck Named CCAA Player of the Week
Shortstop Garrett Tuck was namd the CCAA Player of the Week on Mar. 19. Over the four-game series at San Francisco State, he went 9-for-15 (.600) at the plate with three runs scored and five RBI. He walked twice and stole three bases. Tuck now leads the Tritons in average (.350), at-bats (100), hits (35), sac flies (5) and sac bunts (3).
With 49 stolen bases, UCSD is leading the CCAA. As a team, the Tritons have been successful in 49 of 66 attempts while opponents have stolen just 27 bags in 31 attempts. UCSD has stolen at least one base in 22 of 28 games played and has totaled multiple steals 14 times. Individually, Danny Susdorf ranks second in the league with 14 swipes and Gregg Ringold is third with 11.
No Baloney Tony
Relief pitcher Tony York (2-0) continues to baffle opponents. He's given up zero runs over 16.2 innings in 12 appearances and leads the Tritons with four saves and a .151 opponent batting average. The senior right-hander has scattered just eight hits and walked only three while striking out 11 this season. York has given up just one extra-base hit, a double against Western Oregon in his first game of the year.
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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