TURLOCK, Calif. - Ryan Goodbrand struck out a career-high seven batters to lead the UC San Diego baseball team to a 3-2 league win Friday against Cal State Stanislaus at Warrior Field.
UCSD held a 3-0 lead after seven and a half innings before CSUS struck for a pair in the bottom half of the eighth. Trusty Triton closer Tony York came on and slammed the door shut the rest of the way.
The win upped UCSD's overall record to 15-14 and its California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) mark to 13-8. CSUS dropped to 15-12 overall and 12-9 in the league. The teams entered the game tied for third place in the CCAA. The Tritons are now tied for second place with Chico State, which lost at Cal State L.A. Friday.
"Ryan did a great job today and showed a lot of toughness," said UCSD head coach Eric Newman. "Our defense made some great plays and we scratched across a couple runs that made the difference."
Goodbrand remained perfect on the season, improving his record to 5-0 with the victory. The junior right-hander went 7.1 innings, surrendering both Warrior runs while scattering five hits and walking none. He retired the side in order in the first, third and seventh innings and struck out the side in the third.
UCSD got on the board in the second inning. Designated hitter Nick La Face led off with a single and moved to second when left fielder Justin Rahn was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Brett Levy and La Face came in to score on a ground out by first baseman Richard Seigel.
Stanislaus had a chance to even the score in the bottom half of the second. Third baseman Justin Manci doubled and took third on a sacrifice. However, he ended up getting thrown out at home on a ground ball back to Goodbrand.
The Tritons took a 2-0 lead by manufacturing a single run in the seventh inning. Right fielder Scott Liske was hit by a pitch to lead off and he promptly stole second base. He advanced to third when Seigel lined out to center and crossed the plate on a ground ball out by third baseman Sam Michaels.
UC San Diego tacked on another single run in the eighth as a leadoff batter reached and ended up scoring once again. Center fielder Danny Susdorf, second in the CCAA in stolen bases, got on as a result of an infield error and then swiped second. Two batters later, he scored what would prove to be the game-winning run when shortstop Garrett Tuck singled through the left side of the infield.
The Warriors touched Goodbrand for two runs in the eighth as center fielder Eli Davis, the CCAA Player of the Week, cracked a two-run home run to left field, bringing CSUS within a run at 3-2. With one out, York relieved Goodbrand and retired the next two batters, striking out the first looking and getting the next to foul out to Michaels at third.
Both teams had two base runners in the ninth but they were all stranded.
It was York's fifth save of the season. The senior from Escondido has given up zero runs over 13 appearances and 18.1 innings.
La Face and Seigel each finished with two hits. The Tritons had four stolen bases in the game.
Warrior starter Byron Lemon (3-3) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out three over eight innings of work. Designated hitter Colton Beatty had two of Stanislaus' seven hits.
"I'm very proud of our guys' toughness today and how effectively we competed on the mound," said Newman.
Friday's contest was the opener of a four-game set between the Tritons and Warriors. The two teams play a doubleheader Saturday with the first game slated for an 11 a.m. first pitch. The series wraps up Sunday with a single game at 11 a.m. All games will be covered by live stats.
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