TURLOCK, Calif. - The UC San Diego baseball team split a conference doubleheader at Cal State Stanislaus Sunday, winning the first game 12-8 and narrowly losing the second by a score of 7-6. The Tritons won the weekend series, taking three of the four games at Warrior Field.
Sunday's opener saw UCSD lead the whole way after scoring five runs in each of the first and second innings. In the nightcap, a seven-inning affair, CSUS plated an unearned run in the bottom half of the final frame to salvage a win in the series.
Winners of seven of its last nine games, UCSD now holds a 17-15 overall record and is tied with Chico State for second place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) at 15-9. CSUS emerged from the weekend at 16-14 overall with a 13-11 mark in league play.
Game one featured plenty of hits and baserunners. The Warriors out-hit the Tritons 19-12 and recorded five doubles and a triple. However, they stranded 13 men on base and made four errors in the field. UCSD, which stole five bases and had four batters hit by a pitch, left 10 runners on base.
Shortstop Garrett Tuck paced UCSD at the plate, going 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI. The sophomore doubled twice. For the second time in the series, center fielder Danny Susdorf went 4-for-6 at the plate. He scored a pair of runs and stole a base. Designated hitter Nick La Face and left fielder Justin Rahn each scored twice as well.
Seven different Tritons drove in at least one run in the game.
On the mound, starter Greg Selarz earned the win to improve to 3-3 on the season. The righty allowed six runs (three earned) on 16 hits over six full innings. Selarz faced 34 batters, striking out one and walking none.
Left-handed specialist Richard Kilbury came on with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Two runs had already scored in the inning, making it 12-8 in favor of the Tritons. Kilbury shut it down quickly by getting the first batter he faced to line into a double play. Tuck caught the ball at short and tagged out the runner who had left second base to end the game and give Kilbury, a junior, the first save of his career.
The Warriors got four hits each out of Eli Davis and Jordan Long. Davis, Long and Garrett Wright all registered two RBI while seven different players scored runs, two by Ross Gonsalves. Starter Phil McQuade took the loss, dropping to 2-2. He lasted just 1.1 innings, surrendering eight runs (seven earned) on six hits.
In the second game, UCSD led 5-0 after plating three runs in the second inning and two more in the third. However, CSUS broke out for five runs in the fourth to knot the game. The teams traded runs in the sixth, sending the game to the seventh and final inning at a 6-6 deadlock.
In the top half of the seventh, the Tritons had the bases loaded with two outs following a single, an intentional walk and a hit batter, but they couldn't push any runs across.
Left fielder Craig Beevers led off the Warriors' half by getting hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and took third on an infield error by UCSD. Gonsalves singled to shortstop, driving in Beevers to end the game in walk-off fashion.
Seven Tritons accounted for the team's eight hits. Mossholder singled twice, while Rahn, Tuck and third baseman Ryan O'Malley each had a RBI. The Tritons swiped five bases again, two apiece for Tuck and Mossholder.
Gonsalves finished with two hits, two runs and two RBI, while Davis and catcher Michael Turay each knocked in a pair of runs.
Reliever Elias Tuma (0-2) suffered the loss while counterpart Anthony Gotelli (4-1) was the winner in a relief role.
It was the third consecutive CCAA series win for the Tritons.
UCSD returns to La Jolla to host league-leading Sonoma State in a four-game series Apr. 5-7. The Seawolves, which won three of four against San Francisco State this weekend, are 18-10 overall and 16-4 in the CCAA.
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