UCSD (28-20) vs. Grand Canyon (26-22)
Friday, May 4 • 6 p.m. • Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday, May 5 • noon • Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
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UC San Diego vs. Grand Canyon
UCSD holds a 31-12 (.721) record vs. GCU since joining the NCAA Division II ranks for the 2001 season. For a full listing of games, go to the complete release.
UCSD Splits Series vs. Cal State L.A.
For the second straight week, the Tritons won the two home games and lost both road contests.
Game One, 3-0: Ryan Goodbrand threw seven scoreless innings to up his season record to 8-0. The Golden Eagles out-hit the Tritons, 8-5, but UCSD took advantage of it hits as well as nine walks issued by the CSULA pitching staff. Danny Susdorf had two doubles, a run scored, two walks and a stolen base. Richard Seigel knocked in two runs and stole a base, while Gregg Ringold scored a run, drove in another and walked twice.
Game Two, 12-3: UCSD banged out 12 hits and Jeff Rauh turned in a solid start on the mound. The Tritons scored runs in all but the second and seventh innings. Rauh went six full innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one. UCSD's top-five hitters in the lineup accounted for nine hits and 10 runs. Justin Rahn had a career-high four hits, scored a run and drove in two more. Susdorf scored four times, equaling his career-best, while Nick La Face and Seigel each scored twice. La Face finished with three RBI, two of those coming on a two-out home run. Sam Michaels had two hits and two RBI and Garrett Tuck chipped in with a run and a pair of RBI.
Game Three, 2-5: Cal State L.A. led 3-0 after three innings. Scott Liske and Rahn each had three hits. Liske doubled twice, drove in a run and stole a base, while Rahn scored a run and knocked in another. Greg Selarz took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) and 10 hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out six. For the Golden Eagles, Daniel Duran doubled twice and homered and Nick Rodarte went yard as well.
Game Four, 0-3: Gabriel Asakura threw a seven inning, complete game for CSULA, surrendering just two hits and striking out eight to hand UCSD its third shutout loss of the season. He had a no-hitter through 5.2 innings. The Golden Eagles had a 2-0 lead after one inning of play. Spencer Frazier and Susdorf accounted for the Tritons' two hits, both singles. Starter Trevor Scott suffered the loss as he allowed three runs (one earned) and five hits over four innings.
UCSD's 12-3 win over Cal State L.A. on April 27 clinched the Tritons a spot in next week's four-team CCAA Tournament. The other three spots are still up for grabs, to be determined after this week's CCAA play wraps up. At 26-14, UCSD is in good position to win its fourth straight regular season title and obtain the tourney's top seed. Only two other teams have a chance to take it from the Tritons. Chico State is currently 23-13 and Cal State San Bernardino is 22-14, both with four league games to play.
From Stockton to La Jolla
UCSD's Triton Ballpark will host 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 tournament titles. The tourney features a double-elimination format. Games on May 10 will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday's games are scheduled for 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., while Saturday's championship games are slated for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (if necessary).
Senior de Mayo
Prior to the start of Saturday's game vs. Grand Canyon, the six senior members of this season's Triton squad will be recognized - Justin Burns, Jeff Rauh, Gregg Ringold, Greg Selarz, Elias Tuma and Tony York.
Susdorf Honored by NCBWA and CCAA
Danny Susdorf was named the NCBWA West Region Player of the Week as well as the CCAA Player of the Week Tuesday. Over the four-game series against Cal State L.A., Susdorf hit .462 (6-for-13) with an .846 slugging percentage and a .588 on-base percentage. He had at least one hit in every game, including three doubles and a triple. He scored five total runs, matching a career-high with four runs in game two. Susdorf scored the game-winning run in the series opener. He led off the first and third innings of that game by doubling and reached base safely to lead off the first, sixth and eighth innings of the second contest (single, triple, walk). Currently holding an eight-game hit streak, Susdorf has reached base safely in nine consecutive games. His performance this past week allowed him to take over the team lead in batting average at .381.
This week, the Tritons are receiving votes in the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA national polls. They dropped out of the College Baseball Lineup poll, where they were ranked 30th last week.
On the Western Front
In this week's NCAA regional rankings, UCSD held onto second place in the West behind Western Oregon. Cal State San Bernardino is third, followed by Chico State, Cal State L.A., Dixie State, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Stanislaus. In this week's NCBWA West Region poll, Western Oregon is first followed by Cal Baptist, Chico State, UC San Diego, Cal State San Bernardino, Dixie State (tied for sixth), Cal Poly Pomona (tied for sixth), Cal State L.A., Cal State Stanislaus and Grand Canyon.
With a triple in the sixth inning of game two vs. Cal State L.A., Danny Susdorf tied UCSD's single season record of nine three-baggers (Matt Lawson, 2005). On April 21 vs. Cal State San Bernardino, Susdorf tripled to break the school's career record of 12. The junior now has 14 career triples to his name.
UCSD leads the CCAA and ranks 25th in the nation with its 96 stolen bases. Danny Susdorf has 25 of those steals, the 34th-highest total in the country. The team's single season record is 101, set in 1985 and again in 1988.
More National Rankings
UCSD ranks 17th in walks allowed per nine innings, 29th in sac bunts and 31st in triples. Individually, Danny Susdorf is first in triples and 30th in toughest to strike out. Tony York is 13th in saves, Garrett Tuck is 20th in sacrifice flies and Ryan Goodbrand is 24th in victories.
The Antelopes bring a 26-22 overall record to La Jolla. They finished 23-17 in the Pacific West Conference and are currently in third place behind Cal Baptist and Dixie State. GCU split its final league series of the season last week against Dixie State. Derek Mendoza (.427) and Michael Pomeroy (.425) are 1-2 in batting average in the league. Pomeroy is tops in hits (77) as well. Pitcher Brady Wager leads the PWC in strikeouts (74).
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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