UCSD (24-16, 22-10) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (20-13, 17-11)
Thursday, Apr. 19 • 3 p.m. • Fiscalini Field • San Bernardino, Calif.
Friday, Apr. 20 • 3 p.m. • Fiscalini Field • San Bernardino, Calif.
Saturday, Apr. 21 • noon doubleheader • Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats - Thursday/Friday
Live Video - Saturday
Live Stats - Saturday
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UC San Diego vs. Cal State San Bernardino
UCSD holds a 34-14 (.708) advantage over CSUSB since joining the NCAA Division II ranks for the 2001 season. For a game-by-game listing, check out the complete release.
UCSD Wins Series vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
The Tritons won their fifth straight CCAA series, going 3-1 against Cal State Dominguez Hills in a home-and-home slate.
Game One, 3-1: Danny Susdorf and Spencer Frazier each had two hits and Ryan Goodbrand tossed six strong innings to guide UCSD to a win in the opener. The Tritons scored three runs in the second inning and limited the Toros to a single run in the fourth. Goodbrand gave up the one run on four hits en route to his seventh win of the season. He struck out three and walked none. Tony York earned his ninth save of the season, which ranks third on UCSD's single season list.
Game Two, 14-2: Susdorf led the charge in the second game, 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. Also banging out three hits were Nick La Face and Garrett Tuck. Tuck, along with Scott Liske, each scored three runs. Sam Michaels was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Frazier crossed the plate twice and drove in a pair. UCSD swiped nine bags in the game. Tuck accounted for three and Frazier and Liske each had two.
Game Three, 0-1: UCSD out-hit CSUDH, 5-4, but the Toros pushed across a run in the first inning for the second straight game and made the lead stick. Justin Rahn had two of UCSD's five hits. Starter Trevor Scott was the hard luck loser, tossing 5.1 innings with just the one run on four hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Game Four, 15-6: A total of 19 hits, including a three-run home run by Liske, lifted UCSD to the win and gave the series to the Tritons. 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 Richard Seigel had three and Tuck and 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 Brian Choi and Seigel each had a two-bagger. Richard Kilbury improved to 3-0 on the season as he won in a relief role. 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 Triton hurlers hit three batters.
This week, the Tritons got back into the Collegiate Baseball poll for the first time since the preseason, coming in tied for 29th with three other teams. They stayed at No. 28 in the College Baseball Lineup poll and are receiving votes in the NCBWA poll for the second straight week. Tampa owns the top spot in three of four polls with St. Mary's in first in the NCBWA list.
The West is the Best
The Tritons continued climbing in the NCBWA West Region poll, moving from fourth to third this week. Cal Baptist retained the top spot, followed by Western Oregon, UCSD, Chico State, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino, Dixie State, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Los Angeles and Hawaii Pacific.
Danny Susdorf currently leads the nation with his seven triples and has tied UCSD's career record with 12 (Bob Natal, 1984-87). On the school's single season list, Susdorf's seven three-baggers rank third. In the stolen base department, his 21 swipes this year rank eighth for a single season and his 44 career steals are tied for sixth in program history (Bret Sandstrom, 1979-81).
Relief pitcher Tony York (2-0) has come on strong this season, leading the team with an .038 ERA and nine saves over 24 innings. The league-leading nine saves rank third on UCSD's single season list and fourth in the school's career rankings. Nationally, York's save total ranks 12th. In 2011, York finished with a 4.91 ERA and a 2-0 record over a total of 18.1 innings.
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.
Cal State San Bernardino enters the series with a 20-13 overall record and is in second place in the CCAA at 17-11. The Coyotes have won six of their last seven and saw their six-game win streak halted by Cal State East Bay Monday. In the CCAA, CSUSB ranks second in home runs (27), third in slugging (.425), fourth in batting average (.295) and on-base percentage (.379) and fifth in walks (130). On the mound, the Coyotes lead the league in fewest runs allowed (154) and hits allowed (281) and are second in ERA (3.76) and opponent average (.261), third in fewest walks (95) and fourth in pick-offs (8). Edwin Mendoza is first in home runs (8), Ethan Chapman ranks third in triples (6), Paul Eshleman is third in home runs (6) and Curtis Cassise is fourth in walks (23). Pitcher Mike Mudron ranks first in opponent average (.200) and fewest hits allowed (29), second in fewest runs allowed (14) and ERA (1.69) and fourth in wins (5). Bryant Hollingsworth is third in fewest hits allowed (34) and fourth in fewest runs allowed (19) and Casey McCarthy is fourth in innings pitched (64.1)
UCSD leads the CCAA with its 83 stolen bases, a whopping 28 more than the second place team. Danny Susdorf is second in the league with 21 steals and Garrett Tuck, who stole a career-high three on Apr. 15 at CSUDH, is seventh with 11 swipes. The Tritons stole 68 bags in 2011 and 83 in 2010. The team record for steals is 101, set in 1985 and again in 1988.
With its 15-6 win over Dominguez Hills Monday night, UCSD has posted 10 or more runs 10 times this season. The Tritons have won all 10 of those games. They've hit double digits in six of their last 11 games.
More National Numbers
In the country, UCSD ranks 17th in walks allowed per nine innings, 23rd in triples, 24th in sac bunts and 26th in steals. Individually, Garrett Tuck is eighth in sacrifice flies and Ryan Goodbrand is 20th in pitching victories.
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. Follow Albitz and Palm Beach at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t279.
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