LA JOLLA, Calif. - A total of 19 hits, including a three-run home run by right fielder Scott Liske, lifted the No. 29 UC San Diego baseball team to a 15-6 victory over league opponent Cal State Dominguez Hills Monday night at Triton Ballpark.
UCSD won for the seventh time in its last eight games to improve to 24-16 overall and 22-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). CSUDH fell to 11-25 and 7-21. The victory gave the four-game series to the Tritons as they won the first two games as well.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Tritons struck for five runs in the bottom half to take the lead for good. They scored a single run in the second and at least two in each of the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Both the 15 runs and the 19 hits were the second-most posted by UCSD this season.
UCSD's two-three-four hitters in the lineup combined for 11 hits as first baseman Richard Seigel had three and shortstop Garrett Tuck and designated hitter Nick La Face each had four. The trio also accounted for seven runs with Seigel leading the way, crossing the plate four times. Liske also had a night, connecting for three hits while scoring a pair of runs and driving in four total.
Six of the Tritons' hits went for extra bases. Liske doubled to go along with his long ball, while Tuck doubled twice and catcher Brian Choi and Seigel each had a two-bagger.
Left-hander Richard Kilbury improved to 3-0 on the season as he won in a relief role. He came on in the third to replace starter Justin Burns and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits over 2.2 innings. Elias Tuma, Sean Rowan and Tony York kept Dominguez Hills scoreless over the final four innings.
The Toros had nine hits, three of those coming from second baseman Matt Akiyama. Akiyama also drove in two runs and shortstop Carlos Avila went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Starting pitcher Jonathan Boersma dropped to 0-3 with the loss. He surrendered eight runs on 10 hits over just 3.2 innings.
Both teams played less than stellar defense as UCSD committed four errors in the field and CSUDH was just behind with three. The Toros also racked up three passed balls and four wild pitches, while the Triton hurlers hit three batters.
Center fielder Matthew Young tripled to lead off the game and scored the first run when Avila singled. Avila put CSUDH up 2-0 when he scored on a fielder's choice.
The Tritons came back immediately. With one out in the bottom of the first, Seigel was hit by a pitch and Tuck singled. An errant throw from the outfield landed in the UCSD dugout, allowing Seigel to score and Tuck to move all the way around to third. La Face then singled to plate Tuck and knot the game at 2-2. Following a ground out, starting catcher Brett Levy had an infield single. With two outs and runners at first and third, Liske blasted a Boersma offering over the fence in left-center to give the Tritons a 5-2 advantage that they never relinquished. It was Liske's third home run of the season.
League-leading UCSD plays a home-and-home series against second place Cal State San Bernardino this week. The Coyotes host the first two games on Thursday, Apr. 19 and Friday, Apr. 20, both at 3 p.m. The teams then play a doubleheader in La Jolla on Saturday, Apr. 21 with the first game starting at noon.
UCSD students are admitted free to all regular season home games.
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