UCSD (21-15, 19-9) vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-22, 6-18)
Thursday, Apr. 12 • 6 p.m. • Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Sunday, Apr. 15 • noon doubleheader • Toro Field • Carson, Calif.
Monday, Apr. 16 • 6 p.m. • Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
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UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
UCSD holds a 33-22 (.600) advantage over CSUDH since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 2001. For a complete listing of games in the series, check out the complete release.
UCSD Earns First Series Sweep of Season
The Tritons not only earned their first series sweep of the year with four wins against Sonoma State last week, they also overtook the Seawolves for first place in the CCAA.
Game One, 11-6: Every Triton in the starting lineup scored at least one run. UCSD led 5-3 after four and a half innings and plated five runs in the bottom half of the fourth to put the game out of reach. The Tritons out-hit the Seawolves 13-9 as four players had multiple hits. Scott Liske was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and also scored two runs. Nick La Face doubled, tripled, scored a run, drove in a pair of runs and stole a base. Ryan Goodbrand improved to 6-0 as he struck out a career-high eight batters in 5.2 innings of work. He allowed all six runs on nine hits.
Game Two, 10-8: UCSD came back from a 6-2 deficit. Danny Susdorf scored four times and joined Richard Seigel and Garrett Tuck with two RBI each. Susdorf led off the game with his fifth triple of the season, Seigel smashed his fourth home run and Tuck was 3-for-3 at the plate. Liske doubled twice and scored a pair of runs. Reliever Richard Kilbury picked up the win as he gave up no runs and no hits over the seventh and eighth innings. Tony York finished the game to earn his seventh save.
Game Three, 4-1: Trevor Scott struck out a career-high 10 batters and gave up just two hits in five scoreless innings of work. Susdorf again had two hits while Seigel and Brett Levy both doubled. Spencer Frazier and Sam Michaels each had an RBI. After three and a half scoreless innings, the Tritons broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Game Four, 6-4: James Mossholder's RBI single sparked a three-run eighth inning to lead UCSD to the sweep. Eight of nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit or one run scored. Six different Tritons crossed the plate and nine different players accounted for the team's nine hits. Frazier, La Face, Liske, Mossholder and Susdorf each had an RBI. Kilbury earned his second win in as many days, throwing a scoreless eighth inning, and York picked up his eighth save of the season.
Welcome Dr. Sawrey!
Dr. Barbara Sawrey, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, will serve as an honorary coach for the Tritons Thursday night as part of the Athletics Department's Honorary Coach Program.
This week, the Tritons are receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's top-30 national poll for the first time since February. UCSD was ranked 30th in CBN's preseason poll before dropping to receiving votes status in the Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 polls. Also this week, the Tritons made their debut in the College Baseball Lineup top-30 poll, coming in at 28.
The West is the Best
The Tritons moved from seventh up to fourth in this week's NCBWA West Region poll. Cal Baptist took over the top spot, while Western Oregon is second and Chico State, which was first last week, is third. Following UCSD is Dixie State, Cal Poly Pomona (tied for sixth), Cal State San Bernardino (tied for sixth), Sonoma State, Cal State Stanislaus and Hawaii Pacific. The Tritons took the fourth place spot from Sonoma State.
Liske on Fire
In the sweep of Sonoma State, right fielder Scott Liske led the Tritons in batting average (.500), hits (7), on-base percentage (.533) and doubles (3). He tied for the team lead in runs (6) while slugging .857 and adding three RBI and a triple. Liske had at least a hit and a run in all games and multiple hits and multiple runs in two games. He scored the game-winning run in game two and had the game-winning RBI in game four. His outfield assist, along with second baseman Spencer Frazier, nailed a runner at the plate to prevent the Seawolves from taking lead in the sixth inning of game two.
Left-handed reliever Richard Kilbury won in back-to-back appearances vs. Sonoma State for the first time in his career. He gave up zero runs and one hit over 4.1 innings. The lone hit was a single and he picked that runner off first base. In the sixth inning of game one, Kilbury came on with two outs and runners on first and third to retire the first batter he faced, ending the inning. In game two, the junior retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth innings.
CSUDH enters the series at 10-22 overall and is in last place in the CCAA at 6-18. The Toros have lost three straight, going 1-3 against Cal State East Bay in their latest series. In the league, they have wins over San Francisco State, Cal State L.A., Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Stanislaus (2) and Cal State East Bay. CSUDH leads the CCAA in doubles (79), is second in strikeouts (239), fourth in stolen bases (39) and fifth in batting average (.291). Matthew Young is tied with UCSD's Danny Susdorf for the league lead in steals (20), while Carlos Avila ranks third in batting average (.384) and slugging (.593). Drew Rodela is third in doubles (14) and Sako Chapjian ranks fifth in runs (30).
UCSD leads the CCAA with 72 stolen bases, 18 more than the second place team. Danny Susdorf is tied for first with 20 steals and Gregg Ringold is fourth with 12. UCSD has stolen at least one base in 29 of 36 games and multiple bases 20 times, including 11 of its last 13 games. Three times the Tritons have stolen a season-high five bags. In comparison, the team stole a total of 68 bags over 57 games in 2011.
In the Record Books
In UCSD's single season record book, Danny Susdorf's five triples are tied for third while his 20 steals rank eighth. Tony York's eight saves are tied for the third-most in a single season. Career-wise, Susdorf has 10 three-baggers, which ties him for fourth all-time. His 43 stolen bases put him in seventh. York's eight saves are tied for eighth on the school's career list.
A Tale of Two Teams
After starting the season 7-12, UCSD has gone 14-3 in its last 17 games. Comparing some numbers between the two spans, the Tritons raised their batting average from .247 to .330, scored 116 runs to 85, upped their slugging from .339 to .414 and elevated their on-base percentage from .324 to .397. On the mound, UCSD has lowered its ERA to 3.39 from 4.53.
In the Nation
Nationally, Garrett Tuck ranks seventh in sacrifice flies (6), Danny Susdorf ranks ninth in triples (5) and 36th in stolen bases (20), Tony York is 11th in saves (8) and Ryan Goodbrand is 23rd in pitching wins (6). As a team, the Tritons are 19th in walks per nine innings (2.88), 24th in steals (72), 28th in sacrifice bunts (33), 34th in hit by pitches (48) and 35th in sacrifice flies (18).
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.
Shibuya Playing in Wisconsin
Former Triton All-American Tim Shibuya is currently playing for the Beloit Snappers in Beloit, Wisconsin, a low-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The right-handed pitcher was drafted by the Twins in the 23rd round (718th overall pick) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2011 with the Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins, Shibuya was named the Appalachian League's Pitcher of the Year and was a league All-Star. He went 8-2 with a 3.30 ERA, striking out 70 batters and walking just 11 over 73.2 innings. Follow Tim and the Snappers at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t554.
Albitz Playing in Florida
Former Triton infielder Vance Albitz is currently playing for the Palm Beach (Florida) Cardinals, an Advanced Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals that competes in the Florida State League. In 2011, the shortstop hit .283 with nine runs scored and five doubles over 12 games for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. Albitz graduated from UCSD in 2010. Follow Albitz and Palm Beach at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t279.
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