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Four-Game Set with Broncos on Tap for No. 28 UCSD
Release: Wednesday 02/27/2013 
No. 28 UCSD (9-6, 4-4 CCAA) vs. Cal Poly Pomona (10-5, 3-5 CCAA)

Games 16-19
Thursday, Feb. 28 • 6 p.m.
RHP Ryan Goodbrand (4-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Max Bethell (2-0, 3.42 ERA)
Live Audio/VideoLive Stats
Friday, Mar. 1 • 6 p.m.
Live Audio/VideoLive Stats
Triton Ballpark • La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday, Mar. 2 • 11 a.m. (DH)
Live AudioLive Stats
Live AudioLive Stats
Scolinos Field • Pomona, Calif.

The 28th-ranked UCSD baseball team continues its California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season schedule this week, taking on the Broncos of Cal Poly Pomona in a four-game series. UCSD is 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the CCAA. Cal Poly Pomona is 10-5 overall and 3-5 in league play. Both teams are coming off of three-games-to-one CCAA series losses last week.

This week's four-game series with Cal Poly Pomona begins at Triton Ballpark in La Jolla with a pair of primetime match-ups under the lights on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, Mar. 1. First pitch each evening is set for 6 p.m. UCSD is a perfect 5-0 in night games thus far in 2013. The series then shifts to Pomona and concludes with a doubleheader at Scolinos Field on Saturday, Mar. 2, beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday's opener will see Triton ace Ryan Goodbrand (4-0, 0.00 ERA) back on the mound, attempting to extend his scoreless innings streak to start the year past 26.0, as well as improve on his unblemished season (4-0) and career (15-0) marks as a Triton. The senior right-hander is likely to go up against Bronco left-hander Max Bethell (2-0, 3.42 ERA), a true freshman out of Garden Grove. Neither side has announced the remainder of their probable rotation.

All UCSD home games at Triton Ballpark this season again feature a live online video stream and live stats, both free of charge. Weekday conference home games, including this Thursday and Friday, will have audio commentary, with former Triton pitcher Tim Strombel (2007-08) calling the action. Fans can access live video and live stats from the Schedule/Results tab of the baseball page at Most road games will also at minimum have live stats available, with links active at that same location on the baseball team's Schedule/Results page. This Saturday's games in Pomona will have live audio, free of charge through Ustream. 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).

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.

Cal Poly Pomona (10-5, 3-5 CCAA) split two home games with Cal State L.A. last Thursday and Friday, dropping a 9-5 decision before posting a narrow 8-7, and then was swept in a road doubleheader by the Golden Eagles on Saturday, 9-3 and 3-0. The Broncos have lost five of their last seven since a perfect 8-0 start to the season. They are 7-2 at home and an even 3-3 on the road. Tops among five players with double-digit RBI totals is junior outfielder Joseph Eusebio (.255) with 13. Sophomore second baseman Nicholas Cooksey has 12 RBI and a team-best three home runs, though he is hitting just .180 (9-for-50). Cal Poly Pomona's leading hitters are Bo Walter (.396), Trevor Magno (.358) and Jason Padlo (.357). The Broncos are batting .320 as a team, fielding at a .961 clip, and have a 4.22 ERA as a staff. Senior right-hander Kevin Bosson is 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA over his four starts. Freshman right-hander Cody Ponce (2.89 ERA, 2-0, eight appearances, three saves) has been stellar out of the bullpen. Randy Betten is in his third season in charge of the Broncos.

UCSD leads the all-time series between these teams, 32-20, and holds a 14-6 advantage over the last 20 meetings since 2009. The teams split their four-game set a year ago after Cal Poly Pomona had ended the Tritons' 2011 campaign at the NCAA West Regional held in La Jolla.

UCSD fell from No. 18 to No. 28 in the latest installment of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II poll, released each Monday. The Tritons are currently sitting outside of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), College Baseball Lineup and D2 Baseball News rankings.

UCSD is seventh in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) West Region Top 10, released on Feb. 25. The Tritons (24 points) are rated behind Chico State (58), which picked up five of six first-place votes, Dixie State (53), Sonoma State (49), Cal State Monterey Bay (39), Cal Poly Pomona (33) and Cal State L.A. (30). D2 Baseball News has UCSD ranked eighth in the West, with this week's opponent, Cal Poly Pomona, up in third.

Last week's 3-1 series loss for UCSD against Cal State Dominguez Hills was its first in 2013 after three straight wins, and first in a set of three games or more since back-to-back 3-1 non-conference series defeats to begin the 2012 season against Western Oregon at home (Feb. 3-5) and Colorado Mesa on the road (Feb. 10-12). The Tritons went through the 2012 CCAA slate an undefeated 5-0-5 in league sets, and had not dropped a conference series since a 3-1 loss to Cal State L.A., Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2011. They had gone 10-0-5 in CCAA weekends between that match-up and this past week.

Ryan Goodbrand has picked up right where he left off in 2012. The right-handed staff ace has thrown 26.0 innings of shutout baseball through his first four starts, all wins. His 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. Most recently at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Feb. 21, he gave up five singles and a walk with eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings. Goodbrand is now an undefeated 15-0 in his 19 career starts in a Triton uniform, with winning decisions in eight straight appearances. He has gone a minimum of 5.0 frames in all 19 stints on the mound, with a pair of nine-inning complete games a year ago. UCSD is 17-2 when Goodbrand starts.

The Tritons are right back atop the CCAA in steals in 2013 with 29 so far on 37 attempts. Danny Susdorf has been successful on all 11 of his personal tries, leading the conference in thefts. Dillon Moyer is tied for second with seven on eight 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.

Danny Susdorf has handled 198 defensive chances in a row without an error, spanning 82 appearances dating back to his last charged error on April 29, 2011, at Chico State. He put away all 125 opportunities without a miscue in 2012 and 38 thus far to begin the 2013 season, including an outfield assist at Grand Canyon.

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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