The eighth-ranked University of California San Diego baseball program heads to Northern California for a third and final time for the regular season this weekend, continuing California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play with another three-game series against a North opponent. The Tritons (20-5, 12-3 CCAA) visit Turlock and Stanislaus State (19-10, 9-9 CCAA), with a doubleheader at Warrior Baseball Field on Saturday, April 1, set for a 2 p.m. first pitch. Both games are scheduled for the regulation nine innings, with about a 30- to 40-minute break in between. Sunday's finale starts at 12 p.m. The Tritons are 7-2 on the road with three straight wins.
For the second straight week, UCSD's series will pit two of the top pitching staffs in the NCAA Division II against one another, with the Tritons still sixth in ERA (2.55) and the Warriors up to ninth (2.95). Just like UCSD and Sonoma State last week, the teams are 2-3 in the CCAA behind Chico State (2.42). UCSD continues to lead the CCAA South, now by 2.5 games over two-time reigning West Region champion Cal Poly Pomona. Stanislaus State is tied for fourth in the six-team North, which defending CCAA champ Chico State, the Tritons' home opponent next week, tops at 17-1.
UCSD home games at Triton Ballpark feature live online video at our streaming portal, UCSDtritons.tv. Some road contests also have video. This week's series in Turlock has both video and audio. All games have live stats. Fans can access live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above. Starting lineups, live between-inning updates and other in-game news and notes can be found by following Triton Baseball all season long on the UCSD Athletics Twitter handle (@UCSDtritons). Also be sure to follow the team @UCSDbsb. Finally, check out the CCAA live scoreboard here to keep up on results around the league.
TRITON BASEBALL ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
UCSD Athletics and local technology giant ViaSat bring you Triton Baseball on UCSDtritons.tv, an online streaming platform. All broadcasts are in high definition, and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets. Viewing is subscription-based, though it is free from UCSD campus IP addresses. A package that gives viewers access to all streamed events through the 2016-17 academic year is available for $34.99. A single-day option can be purchased for $5.99, meaning doubleheaders are two-for-one. The channel also carries all Triton home basketball and volleyball contests, a majority of soccer, softball and water polo games, and a variety of other home events featuring virtually every one of UCSD's 23 intercollegiate sports at least once. Events are archived.
Triton Ballpark on East Campus at UCSD was given a brand-new look outside the foul lines in 2015. Some of the main features of the extensive renovation included a permanent grandstand to seat just over 500, a press box, new sunken dugouts, an area for food trucks, and restrooms, among several other amenities. Read details here. Perhaps most significant is the Marye Anne Fox Clubhouse down the right field line, which was introduced to the players on March 17, 2015. The official Triton Ballpark re-opening and clubhouse dedication took place on April 10, 2015. View photo galleries from the ballpark construction, Opening Day and dedication.
1987 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ANNIVERSARY
This season marks the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 squad that advanced to the program's first College World Series, that at the NCAA Division III level. Members of that team were back at Triton Ballpark to be recognized prior to the March 11 doubleheader against Cal State Monterey Bay. The 1987 Tritons posted a then-program-best 32-13 record under the direction of head coach Lyle Yates, sweeping through La Verne in the West Regional on their way to Marietta, Ohio, before being eliminated in extra innings by eventual national champion Montclair State.
UCSD was at No. 24 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II preseason top 40 (Dec. 21), and surged up to No. 7 in the first in-season edition on Feb. 27. The Tritons were a season-best No. 5 on March 20, and are No. 8 this week. They did not appear in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game preseason listings, but are currently No. 14 and No. 18, respectively, in those polls. UCSD was No. 24 in the D2 Baseball News preseason ranking, and are up to No. 3 as of March 27. Regionally speaking, UCSD is listed No. 2 in the West by D2 Baseball News and No. 3 by the NCBWA.
|Tritons in the Polls|
|Collegiate Baseball Newspaper||No. 8||March 27||Poll||N/A|
|D2 Baseball News||No. 3||March 27||Poll||No. 2|
|NCBWA||No. 14||March 28||Poll||No. 3|
|Perfect Game||No. 18||March 29||Poll||N/A|
LAST TIME OUT
UCSD came back after dropping game one to win a three-game home series for the second time this season last weekend against Sonoma State. The Tritons relinquished Saturday night's opener, 5-1, to CCAA Pitcher of the Week Haydon Turpin, as their own ace, Preston Mott (6-1), took his first losing decision of 2017. They came back, however, to absolutely throttle the Seawolves in a resounding doubleheader sweep on Sunday, by final scores of 11-1 and 14-1. UCSD totaled 25 hits en route to its 25 runs on the day, five of them home runs, all to right field by left-handed batters. Two of those blasts came from Tyler Durna in the nightcap, as the sophomore first baseman totaled six runs scored and five driven in for the twin bill. Alex Eliopulos, Justin Flatt and Jack Larsen also provided blasts. Starters Kyle Goodbrand and Adrian Orozco each tossed 5.0 shutout innings. The pitching staff allowed just two runs over the final 23.1 frames of the set.
DURNA THE CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
Sophomore first baseman Tyler Durna was named Tuesday the CCAA Player of the Week for the second time this season. In the series win over Sonoma State, he hit a team-best .545 (6-for-11) and slugged 1.273 with team highs of six runs, two home runs and five RBI. Durna was 2-for-3 with two home runs, one walk, a career-high four runs and career-high-matching four RBI in Sunday's doubleheader nightcap. It was his first career multi-home run game. After beginning the year 1-for-11 to see his average at .091, the Chino Hills native has really turned it on, going 26-for-57 (.456) with six doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI over the Tritons' last 16 games, all of them starts at first. He has reached base in all 16 and produced at least one hit in 15, including the last 11 straight for the top hit streak of his career and longest by a Triton so far in 2017. Durna had two hits in eight of those 11 contests. His team-best batting average is now up to a season-high .397, third in the CCAA.
LARSEN JOINS 200-HIT CLUB
Jack Larsen has appeared in 89 consecutive games, all of them starts in either right or center field. His third home run of 2017, a solo blast with two outs in the second inning of the March 17 doubleheader nightcap at SF State, gave him 200 hits for his four-year Triton career. Larsen, who has worn the No. 16 jersey throughout his days on the La Jolla campus, thus became the 16th player in program history to achieve that milestone. He now has 204 hits, 16 of them home runs. Larsen's first long ball of the year was a three-run shot at Concordia Irvine (2/11), pushing him over the 100 RBI mark. He now has 120. Larsen successfully stole second base on his first attempt of 2017 (2/12), to make him 21-for-21 in steals as a Triton, prior to finally getting caught for the first time in the fourth inning of a doubleheader nightcap against Western Oregon (2/16).
MOTT EMBRACING ACE ROLE
Sophomore left-hander Preston Mott has parlayed his first career Opening Day start into a strong introduction as the Triton ace. He is 6-1 through eight outings after having gone 2-3 with a 4.08 ERA over a team-best 14 starts in his rookie campaign. The Clovis product has a 2.25 ERA over 44.0 innings, with 21 strikeouts against 14 walks. Opponents are hitting just .224. Mott extended a streak of consecutive complete shutout innings all the way to 22 from Feb. 3 to March 4. He is tied for first in the CCAA and West Region at six wins, currently tied with 14 others for 10th nationally.
UCSD has yet to lose a series this season, having won seven and split one. The Tritons have sweeps over Western Oregon (shortened 2-0), Cal State San Marcos (4-0) and SF State (3-0). They began the year with back-to-back 3-1 series victories over Concordia (OR) and Concordia Irvine. UCSD also topped Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State at home, 2-1, both after having lost game one. The lone split (1-1) came in a shortened series at Cal State East Bay.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
UCSD is 20-1 in 2017 in games in which it scores three or more runs, after finishing the 2016 season at 30-6 in such contests. The Tritons won their first 16 games a year ago when tallying at least three, and first 13 this season prior to an 8-6 defeat to CSUMB in 10 innings on March 11. Conversely, they are 0-4 in 2017 when managing fewer than three runs. UCSD was 1-15 with two runs or less last season. The Tritons have produced five runs or more in 19 of their 20 wins in the current campaign.
UCSD's starters' ERA over the opening weekend was a miniscule 0.47, as, in order, Preston Mott, Kyle Mora, Jack Rupe, Jr., and Adrian Orozco combined to allow a solitary earned run over their 19.0 innings pitched. Now through 25 games, the Triton starters' ERA stands at 2.31, with 32 earned runs over 124.2 innings and a 12-2 record.
UCSD AMONG NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS
The UCSD pitching staff currently ranks sixth in the NCAA Division II in ERA (2.55), 20th in WHIP (1.25), tied for 23rd in shutouts (three), 29th in walks allowed per nine innings (2.92) and 32nd in hits allowed per nine innings (8.35). The Tritons are seventh in sacrifice bunts (31), eighth sacrifice flies (18), 10th in win-loss percentage (.800) and 25th in fielding percentage (.970).
HOME SWEET HOME
UCSD is 13-3 in La Jolla in 2017. The Tritons reached 20 home wins for the second time under sixth-year head coach Eric Newman a season ago. The Tritons were 22-9 in La Jolla in 2016 and are 108-50 (.684) at Triton Ballpark under Newman.
LOTS OF STRIKEOUTS
Redshirt senior Adrian Orozco's 12-strikeout performance on March 12 against visiting Cal State Monterey Bay, was the best of his career at any level. It was the most strikeouts by a Triton, and in fact the first double-digit output, since former All-American ace Justin Donatella also had a dozen in a home meeting with CSUMB on April 10, 2015. The total fell one shy of matching Donatella's single-game record for the program's Division II era (since 2001), from 2014. Four Triton arms combined for 16 punchouts against the Otters, the team's first double-digit effort of 2017 and most since another 16 in the 2012 opener in La Jolla against Western Oregon on Feb. 3.
NINE-GAME WIN STREAK
The 6-1 loss in game two of the March 4 doubleheader at Cal State East Bay snapped UCSD's nine-game win streak, its longest since a 19-gamer in 2011, from April 9 to May 13.
Fifth-year senior Troy Cruz made his return to the diamond in the Feb. 5 series finale with Concordia (OR). The 2014 All-American and three-time All-CCAA pick out of Chula Vista, who was limited to just three appearances in 2016 before being shut down due to injury, flamed through the top of the ninth inning, striking out the side before earning the win as UCSD rallied with three runs in the home half. Cruz threw just 12 pitches, nine of them for strikes. He picked up another winning decision in his second relief outing at Concordia Irvine (2/11). On Feb. 24, Cruz tossed a scoreless ninth for his first save since his freshman year back on Feb. 28, 2013. He added a second save with two shutout frames at Cal State East Bay (3/4), and a third win at SF State (3/17).
MORE HAPPY RETURNS
During game one of the March 11 doubleheader against Cal State Monterey Bay, Kyle Goodbrand made his return to the mound, having been hit in the face by a hard liner in the Feb. 16 nightcap versus Western Oregon. He then tossed 3.2 no-hit frames, retiring 11 of 12 batters faced, again in relief at SF State (3/16), before notching his first winning decision as a Triton with five more shutout innings in a starting role versus Sonoma State (3/25). Fellow redshirt junior right-hander John Erhardt was on the active roster for the CSUMB series, but was not utilized. He took the hill at SF State for 0.2 innings in the finale (3/17), having made just two appearances, both starts, in 2016 before being shut down and eventually having Tommy John surgery. Erhardt was the Tritons' Opening Day starter a season ago. He had not pitched in a game since a short stint at Cal Poly Pomona on March 21, 2016.
IRON MAN TY
Fourth-year senior Tyler Howsley has appeared in 134 consecutive games for UC San Diego, dating back to Opening Day in 2015. He had started 111 straight contests, all at shortstop, before coming off of the bench in the doubleheader nightcap with Concordia (OR) on Feb. 4. In the fifth inning of game one of the March 17 doubleheader at SF State, Howsley was credited with his first error since Feb. 5, snapping a string of 75 consecutive defensive chances handled cleanly.
BIG SERIES FOR SHIRLEY AGAINST SAN MARCOS
Fifth-year senior centerfielder Brandon Shirley went 10-for-19 and posted multiple hits in all four games of the Cal State San Marcos series, Feb. 23-25, scoring six times with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. He is currently hitting .276, leads the team with seven stolen bases in eight attempts, and has handled all 55 of his chances cleanly in center, including three assists.
UCSD has one walk-off victory in 2017, courtesy of redshirt senior Brandon Shirley's two-out, two-run double to plate Chad Crosbie and Steven Coe on Feb. 5. It was Shirley's first career walk-off hit. Coe now has been involved in five, as the winning run in three, and the deciding hit in two.
• Feb. 5: UCSD 9, CU 8 (Watch)
Shirley walked off Concordia (OR) to clinch the season-opening series, his two-out, two-run double finding the base of the wall in left center and chasing freshman pinch-runner Crosbie home ahead of Coe from first for the winner. Coe's RBI single had moved the Tritons back within a run.
UCSD's 10-run fifth against Concordia (OR) on Feb. 4 was its largest since an 11-run ninth in a 17-3 win at SF State on April 18, 2014 ... Concordia's (OR) six-run seventh on Feb. 5 has been the biggest frame against UCSD this year ... The Tritons' five errors on Feb. 5 were there most since being charged with 11 in a 21-10 loss at Cal State East Bay on March 1, 2015 ... Ten players have made their college and/or Triton debuts in 2017, all but one over the opening weekend, in Keenan Brigman, Chad Crosbie, Alex Eliopulos, Kyle Goodbrand, Blaine Jarvis, Nick Kitzmann, Jesse Moore, Steven Schuknecht and Ted Stuka, with J.T. Williams returning from injury on March 26 ... UCSD is 5-1 in season openers under Eric Newman and 14-3 since moving to Division II in 2001 ... UCSD is 5-1 in CCAA openers with Newman in charge, with five straight wins after a 4-1 loss to Chico State in La Jolla on Feb. 17, 2012 ... The Tritons are 10-7 in CCAA openers all-time (since 2001), and 10-1 with six splits in sets to begin the league season ... UCSD was picked to place third overall and second in the South in the 2017 CCAA race by the league's head coaches, as announced on Jan. 27, with defending CCAA tournament champion Chico State the favorite for the fifth time in six years.
DURNA NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Tyler Durna was named for the first time as the CCAA Player of the Week on March 7, for the week of Feb. 27-March 5. He went 4-for-8 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI during the doubleheader split at Cal State East Bay.
LARSEN NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jack Larsen on Feb. 14 was named UCSD's first CCAA Player of the Week for 2017, earning the award for the fourth time. He hit .429 (6-for-14) with six runs and five RBI in a 3-1 series victory over Concordia. Larsen launched his first home run of the year, a three-run shot, in a 7-6 win on Feb. 11, and reached base safely in all five plate appearances in a 5-4 decision the next day.
UCSD placed second in the CCAA in 2016 behind now-two-time reigning West Region champion Cal Poly Pomona (26-11) with a league mark of 20-17, qualifying for a third consecutive CCAA Championship. The fourth-seeded Tritons had a 31-21 record after a 1-2 showing in Stockton.
UCSD's 40-player 2017 roster features 21 letterwinners, five returning redshirts and 14 newcomers. The Tritons return all but two primary position player starters and all but one starter on the mound. Among those back are fourth-year starters Jack Larsen in the outfield and Tyler Howsley at shortstop. Larsen is a two-time All-CCAA First Team selection who added NCBWA All-West Region honorable mention as a junior, while Howsley has a pair of All-CCAA honorable mentions. Joining them are the likes of senior infielder JD Hearn, veteran outfielders Brandon Shirley and Christian Leung, catcher Steven Coe, Justin Flatt, Tyler Durna and Tim White.
In his sixth season in charge, Eric Newman welcomes back a large bulk of a pitching staff that saw 35 of 52 starts made by true freshmen in 2016. All are in the stable with a full year of college baseball under their belts, that group being made up of Brent Bell, Jonah Dipoto, Kyle Lucke, Kyle Mora and Preston Mott. Bullpen options are Jack Rupe, Jr., Erik Amundson, Cameron Kurz and Tim Nelson.
UCSD will be bolstered by the fifth-year return of Troy Cruz, a 2014 All-American and three-time All-CCAA selection in a dual role as a pitcher and hitter who was only able to make three appearances in 2016 before being shut down due to injury.
There is plenty of excitement for a group of transfers which includes Keenan Brigman (Pacific), Alex Eliopulos (San Diego Mesa College), Kyle Goodbrand (Irvine Valley College), Jesse Moore (Edmonds CC), Adrian Orozco (San Diego State) and J.T. Williams (Mt. Hood CC). Orozco is a former two-year Triton reliever (2013-14) who spent the past two seasons at Southwestern College and SDSU.
UCSD's 2017 schedule consists of 47 regular-season games, including 27 at home within the friendly confines of Triton Ballpark. Three have been lost to weather. After contesting eight of 10 non-conference dates in La Jolla, the Tritons started league play with a split-venue, four-game sweep over crosstown rival Cal State San Marcos. UCSD hosts defending CCAA tournament champion and league favorite Chico State in a three-gamer, April 8-9. The Tritons then face two-time reigning region champion and CCAA South favorite Cal Poly Pomona in another split-venue, four-game series, April 13-15. The CCAA Championship will be held in the neutral-site city of Stockton for the fifth year in a row, returning to Banner Island Ballpark of the minor-league Stockton Ports, May 10-13. UCSD has earned three successive trips.
YOUNG PITCHING FROM 2016 BACK WITH EXPERIENCE
In 2016, 35 of 52 games for UCSD were started on the mound by true freshmen, including all three games of the CCAA Championship. Despite that, the Triton pitching staff compiled an earned-run average of 3.91, good enough for second in the CCAA and 30th nationally in Division II. UCSD has thus placed among the top three in the CCAA in ERA in four of the past five years. All of those arms return, in the form of Brent Bell, Jonah Dipoto, Kyle Lucke, Kyle Mora and Preston Mott.
UCSD continues a tradition of being strong defensively. The Tritons posted a .970 fielding percentage for the second straight year in 2016, leading the CCAA and ranking 20th in Division II. They were second in the CCAA, behind only Cal Poly Pomona (.971), and 21st in Division II, in 2015. UCSD has been in the top 30 nationally and top three in the conference in fielding for each of the past seven seasons. The Tritons were also second in the CCAA (behind Chico State) in 2014 with a .974 clip, and fifth in the country. In 2013, they were second in the league behind Chico State and 11th nationally (.972). They were 29th in Division II in 2012 (.966) and third in the conference. UCSD led the nation with a Division II- and school-record mark of .984 (1611-673-38) in 2010 and was fifth in 2011 (.972), pacing the CCAA both years. No program in the country has even fielded at a .980 rate since 2010.
The CCAA baseball landscape remains largely the same for 2017, with two geographically-balanced, six-team divisions. The top three squads in the final standings of each division will again make up the CCAA Championship field. Second-year member Cal State San Marcos, UCSD's crosstown foe and South opponent, is still ineligible for postseason play. The CCAA maintains a 38-game league slate, made up of a four-game series within divisions, and three-gamers across divisions. The automatic qualifier into the NCAA Championship is still the winner of the CCAA tournament, which remains a six-team, double-elimination event over four days. New this year, however, is that the top seed in that tourney will be crowned regular-season champion.
UCSD returns five all-conference performers from 2016 in fourth-year standouts Jack Larsen (first team for second straight year), Tyler Howsley (honorable mention for second straight year) and Steven Coe (honorable mention), and sophomore right-handers Kyle Mora (second team) and Tim Nelson (honorable mention) ... Larsen also picked up NCBWA All-West Region honorable mention in 2016 ... Howsley and Larsen played together at Mission Viejo's Capistrano Valley High School, as did Nelson and Tyler Durna at Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills ... All but four players on the 40-man 2017 roster, redshirt junior Tim White (Stratford, CT), redshirt freshman Nick Balley (Austin, TX) and newcomers Jesse Moore (Port Orchard, WA) and J.T. Williams (Eagle, ID), are California natives ... There are seven San Diego products in Steven Coe (Valley Center/Valley Center HS), Troy Cruz (Chula Vista/Bonita Vista HS), Alex Eliopulos (La Jolla/La Jolla HS), Garrett Henkel (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS), Cameron Kurz (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS), Adrian Orozco (Chula Vista/Otay Ranch HS) and Jack Rupe, Jr. (San Marcos/Mission Hills HS) ... Sophomore right-hander Jonah Dipoto is the son of Jerry Dipoto, who pitched eight seasons for three Major League Baseball organizations, and is the general manager of the Seattle Mariners ... Redshirt freshman transfer Keenan Brigman (UOP) is the younger brother of former USD standout and current Seattle Mariners prospect Bryson Brigman, a third-round selection in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
HEAD COACH ERIC NEWMAN
Eric Newman is in his sixth season as the UCSD head coach. The 2012 CCAA Coach of the Year has a 184-111 record (131-77 CCAA) in charge of the Tritons and 279-183 overall in his eight-plus seasons as a head coach. Newman guided UCSD to the 2012 CCAA regular-season and tournament titles in his first go-around in La Jolla, and a subsequent trip to the NCAA Division II West Regional. His Tritons won a record sixth conference tourney crown in May of 2014 in Stockton, to again nab the CCAA's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. With UCSD earning the region's top seed, Triton Ballpark played host to the 2014 NCAA West Regional. Newman has led the Tritons to three CCAA banners and three NCAA postseason berths in his five years, including back-to-back appearances in West Region finals (2014-15), as well as five plus-.500 and four 30-win campaigns. He won his 100th CCAA contest at home against Cal State San Bernardino, 9-4, on Feb. 26, 2016. Newman previously went 95-72 in three seasons at the helm of Dallas Baptist University from 2005-07. He was the fifth-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres out of Texas Tech in 1994, pitching professionally for eight years with four different organizations.
Eric Newman added Justin James to his staff as the new pitching coach this off-season. James came over from his alma mater, Point Loma. J.T. Bloodworth returns for a fifth season in the UCSD dugout, now in his third year as the Tritons' recruiting coordinator. Jeff Calhoon and former Triton relief pitcher (2011-12) Tony York are back for their second year. Bloodworth coaches third base and Calhoon is at first base.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS
Stanislaus State (19-10, 9-9 CCAA), like UCSD, is coming off of a 2-1 series triumph. The Warriors, however, did that on the road, at two-time reigning West Region champion Cal Poly Pomona. They swept the Saturday doubleheader, 14-7 and 4-2, before relinquishing Sunday's finale, 7-3. Stan State has in fact won its last three sets, with a 3-1 decision at SF State and 2-1 home success over Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Warriors are 11-5 in Turlock. Kenny Leonesio is in his 15th season as the Stan State head coach.
UCSD leads the all-time series, 45-26, and had won nine straight before the Warriors narrowly salvaged the finale of the four-game set in Turlock in 2015, 2-1. The Tritons won two out of three in La Jolla a year ago, sweeping the doubleheader (11-10, 10-2) and dropping the finale (11-8). In 2015 they had blanked Stan State in the first three tilts, by scores of 11-0, 10-0, and 2-0 in seven innings. The Tritons have taken the season series in each of the last 10 years, with a four-game sweep in Turlock in 2014 (13-4, 5-4, 10-1, 4-3) following back-to-back 3-1 successes. The 2013 matchup in La Jolla featured a pair of shutouts, 4-0 and 3-0 (seven innings), an 8-7 Triton triumph in the finale, and a 4-3 loss in 10 innings. The Warriors picked up the seven-inning finale of the 2012 set in Turlock, 7-6, after UCSD had clinched the win by final scores of 3-2, 11-4 and 12-8. The lone loss snapped a 15-game win streak for the Tritons against Stanislaus going back to May 9, 2008. UCSD swept in 2009 and 2011 in La Jolla, around a sweep in Turlock in 2010. The Tritons last dropped a series to the Warriors in Turlock in 2006, 3-1. They are 46-21 against Stanislaus since joining the CCAA for the 2001 campaign, including 19-11 in La Jolla (5-2 with one split in CCAA sets), 27-9 in Turlock (7-1 in league sets), and 0-1 in Chico (2008 CCAA tournament).
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UC San Diego returns home for a sixth and final three-game series against an CCAA North opponent, this time against none other than third-ranked rival and reigning CCAA tournament champion Chico State. The doubleheader on Saturday, April 8, will begin at 1 p.m. at Triton Ballpark, with the finale set for a noon first pitch on Sunday, April 9.