UCSD (22-20, 16-16 CCAA) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (15-25, 9-23 CCAA)
Thursday, Apr. 25 • 6 p.m.
RHP Ryan Goodbrand (7-3, 3.65 ERA) vs. TBA
Friday, Apr. 26 • Senior Night • 6 p.m.
TBA vs. TBA
Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Live Audio/Video • Live Stats
Saturday, Apr. 27 • 12 p.m. (DH)
TBA vs. TBA
TBA vs. TBA
Fiscalini Field • San Bernardino, Calif.
STILL IN THE POSTSEASON HUNT, TRITONS NEEDING WINS
Following a four-game split at third-ranked league leader Chico State last weekend, UCSD remains in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) action this week against Cal State San Bernardino. UCSD is 22-20 overall and an even 16-16 in the CCAA, still sitting in a tie for sixth with eight games to play. The Coyotes are 15-25 overall and 10th in the league at 9-23.
The four-game set with Cal State San Bernardino will run Thursday through Saturday, Apr. 25-27. Thursday and Friday night’s primetime affairs at Triton Ballpark have 6 p.m. starts, with the opener likely to serve as the final home appearance for senior right-hander Ryan Goodbrand (7-3, 3.65 ERA). Friday’s first pitch follows Senior Night festivities (approx. 5:40 p.m.) for Goodbrand and seven teammates. A doubleheader at Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino will conclude the set Saturday at 12 p.m.
UCSD (16-16) remains tied for sixth, now three games back of Sonoma State for the all-important fourth spot, with the top four sides earning CCAA Championship berths. With Sunday’s 3-1 loss, the Tritons were eliminated from contention to defend their four successive CCAA regular-season titles. Chico State, the 2012 co-champion with UCSD, leads the field by two full games.
All UCSD home games at Triton Ballpark feature a live online video stream and live stats, both free of charge. Thursday and Friday’s home games with Cal State San Bernardino will additionally have audio commentary provided by former Triton pitcher Tim Strombel (2007-08). Saturday’s doubleheader in San Bernardino will have live stats only. Fans can access all of the live audio/video and live stats from the Schedule/Results tab of the baseball page at UCSDtritons.com. Finally, starting lineups, live between-inning updates and other in-game news and notes can be found during home contests and select road games by following Triton Baseball all season long on the UCSD Athletics Twitter handle (@UCSDtritons).
General admission tickets to all regular-season home games at Triton Ballpark are $5, and are available for purchase beginning one hour prior to start time. All UCSD students are admitted FREE with valid ID. A parking permit is required on the UCSD campus on weeknights. They can be purchased at the machine near the parking lot entrance.
SCOUTING CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
Cal State San Bernardino (15-25, 9-23 CCAA) is coming off of a four-game home split against San Francisco State. The Coyotes won the opener, 8-2, and the Sunday finale, 6-5. In between, they were swept in a doubleheader, 8-4 and 10-5 in seven innings. CSUSB earned the split Sunday courtesy of a two-run 10th-inning rally, Curtis Cassise scoring the walk-off winner as Andrew Harrison reached base via infield error. Remington Miller (.317, 21 R, 45 H, 22 RBI), Christian Gomez (.310) and Richard Mount (.300, 3 HR) are hitting at .300 or better, though CSUSB is 10th in the league with a .248 team batting average. Aaron Beckley (.265) leads the squad in runs (33), doubles (7) and walks (26). Cassise, a senior third baseman, is the lone Coyote to have both played in and started all 40 contests. On the mound, junior right-hander Ken Kissell (3-5, 4.08 ERA, 68.1 IP) has been the most effective starter, with both of CSUSB’s complete games. Sophomore right-hander Matt LeVert (2-2, 4.32 ERA, three saves) is the top arm out of the bullpen, with 11 of his 13 appearances coming in relief. Don Parnell is in his 22nd season at the helm.
UCSD holds a commanding 44-22 advantage over Cal State San Bernardino in the all-time series, and is 35-16 against the Coyotes since 2001, when the Tritons moved up to the NCAA Division II and joined the CCAA. This includes a 15-5 edge over the last 20 meetings since 2007. The teams split the four-game set a year ago, each winning twice on its home diamond. UCSD has won four straight over CSUSB in La Jolla.
SENIOR NIGHT FRIDAY
The career contributions of eight Triton Baseball seniors will be celebrated prior to the first pitch this Friday night, Apr. 26, against Cal State San Bernardino. Those seniors are Ryan Goodbrand, Richard Kilbury, Scott Liske, Sam Michaels, James Mossholder, Jonah Northrop, Richard Seigel and Danny Susdorf. Fans should arrive accordingly that evening for the approximate 5:40 p.m. start of Senior Night festivities, with the game slated to begin just after 6 p.m.
SUSDORF MOVING UP ALL-TIME CHARTS
Danny Susdorf’s team-leading 56 hits in 2013 have moved him from 10th up into fourth-place on the program’s all-time list, now with 276. Former teammates Vance Albitz (329; 2007-10) and Evan Kehoe (310; 2008-11), and Garrett Imeson (306; 2006-09) are the lone Tritons ahead of Susdorf in the 300-Hit Club. Susdorf’s .379 career average (276-for-728) is fourth all-time at UCSD behind Brandon Gregorich (.424; 2009-10), Ryan Hill (.386; 1997-99) and John Dickinson (.380; 1976-79). He is first in triples (17), second in steals (72), fifth in doubles (55) and fourth in runs (167). Imeson (59) and Matt Cantele (175) are next on the doubles and runs charts, respectively.
Senior first baseman Richard Seigel leads the league with a .621 slugging percentage. His career-best 10 home runs also have him atop the CCAA, tied with Cal State L.A.’s James Wharton. Seigel is vying to become the first Triton to lead the CCAA in home runs since Matt Cantele blasted 23 in 2007. He also has produced three triples and 11 doubles, and is fifth in the league with his team-leading 35 runs batted in.
Ryan Goodbrand has been the Triton ace for a second year in a row. The right-handed staff ace earned the winning decision in each of his first five 2013 starts. He threw 31.1 innings of shutout baseball prior to surrendering a five-run sixth to Cal Poly Pomona in a 7-6 home victory on Feb. 28. Goodbrand’s senior campaign began with a workmanlike five frames against then-No. 20 Colorado Mesa at home on Feb. 1, when he allowed just three hits without a walk, retiring six Mavericks on strikes and four more on ground balls of the 15 outs he recorded before exiting on a 75-pitch limit. At Grand Canyon on Feb. 8, Goodbrand’s no-hit bid was broken up on an infield single with one out in the sixth. He was replaced after that inning with just two hits and two walks against him. Back home on Feb. 15 in UCSD’s conference opener, Goodbrand scattered three hits over 7.0 scoreless frames, striking out 11, believed to be his highest single-game output at any level of organized baseball. At CSUDH on Feb. 21, he gave up five singles and a walk with eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Goodbrand’s undefeated run in a Triton uniform and streak of winning decisions in nine straight appearances finally snapped at then-22nd-ranked Sonoma State on Mar. 8. He had gone a minimum of 5.0 frames in each of his first 22 stints prior to lasting 4.2 innings on Mar. 28. Goodbrand is 18-3 in 24 career starts. UCSD is 20-5 when he starts.
LA FACE ON VERGE OF 100TH STRAIGHT START
Junior catcher/DH Nick La Face has drawn 99 starts in a row dating back to the 2012 season opener. He had reached base safely in 29 consecutive games, with the last nine of 2012, and each of the first 20 contests this year, before that streak was ended in game one of a doubleheader at Sonoma State (3/9). La Face is second in the CCAA with 31 walks.
CRUZ OFF TO GREAT START AS COLLEGIATE STARTING PITCHER
Freshman dual threat Troy Cruz has won each of his first four starting assignments on the mound, the first two coming in seven-inning shutouts (4-0 and 3-0). The first three completed doubleheader sweeps at home in league play, two of them over nationally-ranked Cal State L.A. (3/16) and Cal State East Bay (3/29). His ERA is just 1.17 (23.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER) as a starter. The Chula Vista native tossed 16.2 scoreless frames to begin his first three college starts, before finally surrendering a two-run fifth to San Francisco State (4/6). He needed just 89 pitches and 87 minutes against East Bay to produce the first and only complete game by a Triton pitcher in 2013, and first individual shutout since Feb. 12, 2011.
NO FREE PASS FROM FASS
Junior right-hander Blake Fassler has made seven starts since joining the Triton rotation. He won two straight at Sonoma State (3/10) and vs. Cal State L.A. (3/16) prior to three straight no-decisions and a loss at Chico State (4/20). He went six complete innings in those back-to-back wins without allowing a single walk. Fassler threw a total of 21.1 consecutive innings without issuing a base on balls before that streak was snapped in his final inning on Mar. 29. He has walked seven in 50.2 frames, and has gone at least 5.0 innings in six of his seven starting assignments.
The Tritons are back atop the CCAA in steals in 2013, now ahead of CSUDH (60) with 62 on 86 attempts. Danny Susdorf has been successful on 23 of his 28 tries to lead the conference. Dillon Moyer is tied for seventh with 11 on 13 attempts. UCSD led the CCAA and ranked 27th nationally in the NCAA Division II with 103 stolen bases in 2012, achieving a new single-season program record. The previous mark of 101 had been set in 1985 and matched in 1988.
UCSD’s four-game split at third-ranked rival Chico State last weekend meant a third straight trip to Chico for the Tritons without a series loss, having won 3-1 in 2009 and swept 4-0 in 2011. Scott Zeman saved both victories, notching the final four outs in each with three strikeouts and one single allowed. Scott Liske hit .417 with a hit in each game, including his second home run of the year in the opener.
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