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Justin Rahn slides across home plate with the game-winning run against East Bay last Friday, Mar. 29, as Ho-Kyun Choi (background) celebrates his walk-off sacrifice fly.
Crucial Home Set on Tap for UCSD Against SF State
Release: Thursday 04/04/2013 

UCSD (17-15, 12-12 CCAA) vs. San Francisco State (10-22, 7-17 CCAA)

Games 33-36
Friday, Apr. 5 • 6 p.m.
RHP Ryan Goodbrand (6-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. TBA
Saturday, Apr. 6 • 12 p.m. (DH)
Sunday, Apr. 7 • 11 a.m.
Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Live Audio/VideoLive Stats

Following a non-conference loss at crosstown rival Point Loma on Tuesday, Apr. 2, UCSD concludes its 10-game California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) homestand against San Francisco State this weekend. UCSD is 17-15 overall and an even 12-12 in the CCAA, still sitting in a tie for sixth. The Gators are 10-22 overall and 7-17 in league play, currently in ninth. The Tritons are 11-7 in La Jolla in 2013 and 4-2 in the midst of this stretch of 10 consecutive conference tilts in their friendly confines.

The four-game set with San Francisco State at Triton Ballpark will run Friday through Sunday, Apr. 5-7. Triton ace Ryan Goodbrand’s (6-2, 3.00 ERA) first pitch for Friday night’s opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. A doubleheader will follow on Saturday beginning at noon, with Sunday’s finale set for an 11 a.m. start.

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.

All UCSD home games at Triton Ballpark feature a live online video stream and live stats, both free of charge. Friday night’s series opener with San Francisco State will have audio commentary provided by former Triton pitcher Tim Strombel (2007-08). Fans can access live video and live stats from the Schedule/Results tab of the baseball page at Road games have live stats available at minimum, with links active at that same location on the baseball team’s Schedule/Results page. Finally, starting lineups, live between-inning updates and other in-game news and notes can be found during home contests by following Triton Baseball all season long on the UCSD Athletics Twitter handle (@UCSDtritons).

San Francisco State (10-22, 7-17 CCAA) suffered a four-game sweep at home to Chico State last weekend. Scores were 7-1, 5-2, 3-2 and 4-1 as the Gators managed just six runs in the set. They previously dropped a four-game series to another nationally-ranked conference foe, Sonoma State, the weekend before (3-1), scoring only five times. All told, SF State has produced a total of 18 runs over its last 12 games in going 2-10 since a four-game sweep of last-placed Cal State Stanislaus early last month. The Gators are 3-9 in road games in 2013. Their top arm is junior right-hander Zack Malik, who is 2-4 with a 2.91 ERA over his eight appearances, all starts, including three complete games. Sophomore right-hander Peter Reyes (1-4, 3.15 ERA) is tied for the conference lead with his five saves among a team-high 15 appearances. Offensively, junior outfielder Grady Espinosa is one of three Gators to start all 32 games and leads the squad with a .331 batting average (40-for-121), 17 runs, seven doubles and 13 steals. Catcher Mark Lindsay, the 2012 CCAA Freshman of the Year, has also started all 32 games and is batting .261 with 14 RBI. He is without an extra-base hit thus far in 2013. A third every-day starter, senior infielder Miguel Flores, is hitting .298 with 13 runs and 10 RBI. Espinosa and Flores have accounted for SF State’s only two home runs on the year. Mike Cummins is in his fourth season in charge at SF State.

UCSD is 34-12 against SF State since joining the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for the 2001 season, and 17-3 over the past 20 meetings. This includes a 16-6 mark in La Jolla, with four-game sweeps in 2007 and 2009. UCSD took last year’s series in San Francisco, three games to one, sweeping a Mar. 17 doubleheader, 4-3 and 20-2, before splitting another twin bill the next day (2-5, 4-0). The only time that SF State has bested the Tritons in a series was in UCSD’s first year in the league, 2001, sweeping a shortened two-game set in La Jolla.

Freshman dual threat Troy Cruz has won each of his first two starting assignments on the mound, both in seven-inning shutouts (4-0 and 3-0) to complete doubleheader sweeps at home over nationally-ranked league foes Cal State L.A. (3/16) and Cal State East Bay (3/29). The Chula Vista native has tossed 12.0 scoreless frames over those past two outings, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out five. He needed just 89 pitches and 87 minutes against East Bay to produce the first complete game by a Triton pitcher in 2013 and first individual shutout since Feb. 12, 2011.

Danny Susdorf had handled 241 defensive chances in a row without an error, spanning 98-plus appearances dating back to his last charged error on Apr. 29, 2011, at Chico State, when he was charged with a fielding error in the third inning of the 3-2 loss at Point Loma on Tuesday, Apr. 2. He put away all 125 opportunities without a miscue in 2012 and first 80 to begin the 2013 season, including an outfield assist at Grand Canyon.

Senior first baseman Richard Seigel leads the conference with his .651 slugging percentage. His team-best and career-high eight home runs tie him for first in the CCAA with Cal State L.A.’s James Wharton. Seigel also has produced a pair of triples and 10 doubles, and is tied for seventh in the league with his team-leading 27 runs batted in.

Danny Susdorf’s team-leading 44 hits in 2013 have moved him from 10th up into fourth-place on the program’s all-time list, now with 264. 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 .384 career average (264-for-687) is third all-time at UCSD behind Brandon Gregorich (.424; 2009-10) and Ryan Hill (.386; 1997-99). He is first in triples (17), second in steals (68), fifth in doubles (54) and fifth in runs (159). Imeson (59) and Kehoe (164) are next on the doubles and runs charts, respectively.

Former Triton All-American shortstop Vance Albitz (2007-10) was assigned on Apr. 1 to the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Redbirds opened their 2013 season at home inside Memphis’ AutoZone Park against the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Apr. 4. Previously, Albitz was sent up to the big club on Thursday, Mar. 28, making his official Major League Baseball Spring Training debut later that same afternoon as a pinch-hitter during the Cardinals’ 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. Wearing No. 91, Albitz lined an 0-2 pitch to right for a two-out single to put runners at the corners in his first and only plate appearance. This past off-season, Albitz created his own movement, Gloves 4 Troops, and sent a total of 1,965 to United States troops serving overseas.

Another former Triton All-American, starting pitcher Tim Shibuya (2008-11), was assigned to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and placed on the 7-Day Disabled List on Apr. 1.

There are a number of ways to follow the Tritons. In addition to, get instant updates on Twitter (@UCSDtritons) and like us on Facebook. For a more visual approach, watch our YouTube channel. Head coach Eric Newman is also on Twitter (@CoachEricNewman)

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