CARSON, Calif. - UC San Diego split a league doubleheader against Cal State Dominguez Hills Sunday, winning the opener big, 14-2, before dropping a 1-0 pitchers' duel in the nightcap at Toro Field.
Outfielder Danny Susdorf led the charge in game one, going 3-for-5 with a double and two triples while scoring a run and driving in three more. After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Tritons tied it up in the fourth and slammed the door shut with 12 more runs over the next three innings.
UCSD out-hit CSUDH, 5-4, in the second contest, but the Toros pushed across a run in the first inning for the second straight game and made the lead stick.
UC San Diego is now 23-16 overall and 21-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The loss snapped the first place Tritons' six-game win streak, but they boast victories in 10 of their last 12 games. Extending the numbers further, UCSD has won 16 of its last 20 tilts. Dominguez Hills, in last place in the league, is 11-24 on the season and 7-20 in the CCAA.
Also banging out three hits in the first game were designated hitter Nick La Face and shortstop Garrett Tuck. Tuck, along with right fielder Scott Liske, each scored three runs. Third baseman Sam Michaels was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while second baseman Spencer Frazier crossed the plate twice and drove in a pair.
Susdorf now has seven doubles and seven triples this season and leads the Tritons with a .510 slugging percentage. He also has a team-best 26 RBI, one more than Tuck and three more than La Face.
The Tritons were not only dangerous at the plate, but on the basepaths as well. The league-leader in stolen bases, UCSD swiped nine bags in the game. Tuck accounted for three of those and Frazier and Liske each had two.
On the mound, Jeff Rauh (3-3), usually a starter, picked up the win in a relief role. He came on in the fifth and threw three innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three and walking one. Dan Kolodin kept the Toros scoreless over the final two innings. Starter Greg Selarz surrendered the first run and five hits over four innings.
First baseman Drew Rodela was 3-for-4 with two RBI and left fielder Danny Haley and center fielder Devon Ramirez each had two hits for CSUDH. Starting pitcher Nick Plantz (1-5) suffered the loss as he gave up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out five Tritons, but also walked six.
Five errors were committed in the field, four of those by the Toros. UCSD left 12 runners on base and Dominguez Hills stranded eight.
It was the ninth time this season that the Tritons had scored 10 or more runs. They've now hit double digits in five of their last 10 games.
"Greg and Jeff did a great job pitching ahead today and really pounded the strike zone," said UCSD head coach Eric Newman. "Our offense did a good job of grinding out at bats and played solid team baseaball in the middle innings to put pressure on them."
In the second game, designated hitter Justin Rahn had two of UCSD's five hits. Starter Trevor Scott (3-4) was the hard luck loser, tossing 5.1 innings with just the one run on four hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Danny Torres (2-3) threw all seven innings for the win, striking out three and walking none. Rodela added two more hits, giving him five on the day.
Toro center fielder Matthew Young led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to left-center. He stole third and scored the game's only run on a sacrifice fly by catcher Sako Chapjian.
"It was a good matchup on the mound and it came down to one or two pitches, that was the difference," said Newman. "Trevor was outstanding and he's really showing up for us start after start. It is fun to watch him go about it."
The four-game series concludes Monday with a 6 p.m. game under the lights at Triton Ballpark.
"I thought we competed really well on the mound all day and I liked the aggressiveness of our pitching staff," Newman said. "We need to have that same approach tomorrow from our guys on the mound and our offense needs to bounce back and refocus."
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