LA JOLLA, Calif. - Both ends of a doubleheader went to No. 29 UC San Diego Saturday at Triton Ballpark as it downed Cal State San Bernardino by scores of 8-4 and 5-2 in a battle of the top two squads in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
UCSD moved to 26-18 overall and 24-12 in the CCAA while CSUSB fell to 22-15 and 19-13. The four-game series went down as a split as the Coyotes defeated the Tritons in games one and two in San Bernardino Thursday and Friday.
The Tritons wasted no time in Saturday's opener, posting three runs in the first inning and holding on to the lead the rest of the way. In the nightcap, starting pitcher Trevor Scott limited the Coyotes to a single run and two hits as UCSD once again never trailed.
Five players had multiple hits for UC San Diego in game one, including designated hitter Nick La Face, who was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Right fielder Scott Liske went 3-for-5 with two RBI while left fielder Justin Rahn, first baseman Richard Seigel and shortstop Garrett Tuck all had two hits apiece. Tuck scored a career-high four runs and Rahn doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
Starter Greg Selarz (4-3) earned the victory on the mound, allowing four runs and nine hits over 5.2 innings. Richard Kilbury and Elias Tuma held San Bernardino scoreless over the final 3.1 frames with Tuma recording his first save of the season.
Darren Dworak and Alex Gutierrez each homered for Cal State San Bernardino. Bryant Hollingsworth (4-1) lost his first game, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits over six innings.
Junior center fielder Danny Susdorf doubled, tripled and crossed the plate twice in the second game. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a booming triple to deep center, giving him 13 for his career, breaking the school record of 12, which was held by Bob Natal (1984-87) and Chris Miyake (1992-95). Susdorf has eight triples this year, which ranks second on UCSD's single season list behind Matt Lawson, who had nine in 2005.
Scott, who improved to 4-4, had a no-hitter going through five innings before catcher Eric Dow smacked a solo home run off of him to lead off the sixth. The freshman struck out four and walked two over his 5.2 innings of work.
Tony York replaced Scott with two outs and two runners on in the sixth. He struck out the first batter he faced to end the threat. York surrendered a run in the seventh and final inning, but picked up his 10th save of the year, the second-most in a single season at UCSD.
Tuck had another two hits in the game.
The Tritons scored a single run in the first inning and took a 5-0 lead with four runs in the fifth.
Next up, UCSD plays a home-and-home series with CCAA opponent Cal State L.A. Triton Ballpark hosts the first two games on Thursday, Apr. 26, and Friday, Apr. 27. Both tilts are slated for 6 p.m. starts. The CCAA regular season closes out for UCSD on Saturday, Apr. 28, when the two teams play a doubleheader in Los Angeles.
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