UCSD (17-15, 15-9) vs. Sonoma State (18-10, 16-4)
Thursday, Apr. 5 • 6 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 6 • 3 p.m. doubleheader
Saturday, Apr. 7, 11 a.m.
Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
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UCSD students are admitted free to all regular season home games with a valid ID. General admission tickets are $5 and are available at Triton Ballpark one hour prior to the start of the game.
Before Friday's second game gets underway, the first 100 students will be able to grab dinner as Chipotle will be handing out free burritos!
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UCSD vs. Sonoma State
The UCSD/SSU series is dead even at 27-27 (.500) since the Tritons joined the NCAA Division II ranks in 2001. The Tritons have won eight of the last 10 meetings and went 3-2 against the Seawolves last season.
Tritons Win Third Straight Series
UCSD took three of four games at Cal State Stanislaus last week to collect its third consecutive series win. The Tritons topped the Warriors in the first three games and narrowly missed sweeping the series by getting edged in the fourth and final matchup.
Game One: Ryan Goodbrand struck out a career-high seven batters as UCSD won the series opener 3-2. The Tritons held a 3-0 lead after seven and a half innings before the Warriors struck for a pair in the bottom half of the eighth. However, closer Tony York came on and slammed the door shut the rest of the way. Nick La Face and Richard Seigel each finished with two hits while La Face, Scott Liske and Danny Susdorf scored runs. Sam Michaels, Seigel and Garrett Tuck drove in the runs and The Tritons had four stolen bases in the game.
Game Two: Susdorf had four hits, scored a run and drove in three more as UCSD won 11-4. The Tritons never trailed in the game. It was tight early, tied 2-2 after two innings, but UCSD led 4-2 after five and scored seven more times over the eighth and ninth innings. A total of 29 hits were put in the book, 17 of those going to the Warriors. Susdorf singled twice, doubled and tripled. Four other Tritons posted multiple hits. Starter Jeff Rauh went six full innings to pick up the win.
Game Three: UCSD led the whole way after scoring five runs in each of the first and second innings en route to a 12-8 victory. Tuck paced UCSD at the plate, going 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI. For the second straight game, Susdorf went 4-for-6 and seven different players drove in a run. Starter Greg Selarz earned the win while Richard Kilbury came on in the ninth with the bases loaded and shut it down. UCSD stole five bases.
Game Four: CSUS plated an unearned run in the bottom half of the seventh and final inning to take a 7-6 win and spoil the series sweep for UCSD. The Tritons led 5-0 after plating three runs in the second inning and two more in the third. However, the Warriors 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 at a 6-6 deadlock. UCSD loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but couldn't push across any runs. James Mossholder singled twice, while Tuck, Ryan O'Malley and Justin Rahn each had a RBI. Once again, the Tritons swiped five bags.
Oh Danny Boy
Danny Susdorf had a stellar series at Stanislaus, going 10-for-20 (.500) with a .700 slugging percentage and a .524 on-base percentage. He went 4-for-6 in back-to-back games, scored at least one run in all four games and had at least one hit in every game. He also stole a base in three of four games. In game two, he singled twice, doubled and tripled. Susdorf led off game one with a double, led off game two with a triple and led off game three with a single. Overall, he led off an inning with a hit six times in the series and took over the team lead in batting average.
No Baloney Tony
Relief pitcher Tony York (2-0) continues to baffle opponents. He's given up zero runs over 20.0 innings in 14 appearances and leads the Tritons with six saves and a .179 opponent batting average. The senior right-hander has allowed 12 hits and walked only three while striking out 13 this season. York has given up just two extra-base hits, both doubles.
In game one at Cal State Stanislaus, starting pitcher Ryan Goodbrand struck out a career-high seven batters. In game four, starter Trevor Scott matched a career-best with four Ks and reliever Elias Tuma set a new career mark with six strikeouts.
The West is the Best
The Tritons are once again ranked in the NCBWA West Region top-10 list this week. They moved up from 10th into a tie for seventh with Cal State San Bernardino. The top four remained the same with Chico State, Cal Baptist, Western Oregon and Sonoma State. Dixie State is fifth, Cal Poly Pomona is sixth, Cal State Stanislaus ranks ninth and Hawaii Pacific rounds out the top 10 teams in the West.
Sonoma State Notes
Sonoma State, which is receiving votes in this week's Collegiate Baseball national poll, enters the series with an 18-10 overall record and is currently in first place in the CCAA at 15-9. The Seawolves have won five of their last six games and most recently went 3-1 against San Francisco State in a home and home series. Thomas Lee (5-0) was named the CCAA Pitcher of the Week on Monday after throwing seven shutout innings and striking out six in the first game against the Gators. Lee is 5-0 with a 1.16 ERA, the second best in the CCAA. Harmen Sidhu is 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA over seven starts. The SSU staff holds a combined 3.31 ERA while opponents are at 4.57 against the Seawolves. Jackson Stogner leads the team with a .361 batting average, 21 runs, 35 hits, 10 doubles and a .466 on-base percentage. Garrett Gooselaw leads the league with seven home runs. SSU kicks off a two-week, eight-game road trip in La Jolla.
UCSD is leading the CCAA with its 67 stolen bases. The Tritons have 17 more swipes than the second place team, Cal Poly Pomona. Danny Susdorf ranks second among league players with 17 steals and Gregg Ringold is fourth with 12. UCSD has stolen at least one base in 26 of 32 games and multiple bases in its last nine games. Three times the Tritons have stolen a season-high five, including its last two games at Cal State Stanislaus. In comparison, the team stole a total of 68 bags over 57 games in 2011.
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.
Susdorf, La Face, Tuma Earn NCBWA 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.
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