LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego allowed a season-high 19 hits in losing to No. 25 Cal State East Bay, 11-3, in the finale of a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) baseball series Saturday at Triton Ballpark.
The 11 runs given up matched a season high for the Tritons.
UCSD fell to 17-14 overall and back to an even 12-12 in the CCAA. Cal State East Bay moved to 24-10 overall and 14-10 in league play. The teams thus split the series at two games apiece. The Tritons had swept Friday’s doubleheader, 3-2 and 3-0 in seven innings, after the visiting Pioneers took Thursday night’s opener, 10-7.
Cal State East Bay broke open a close game, up just 2-1, with a five-run fourth, and didn’t look back, adding four more scores in the sixth, seventh and eighth. The Pioneers produced four sacrifice flies on the afternoon. Two of them accounted for those first two runs in the third, the latter of which came at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat by DH Naea Kalehuawehe, with five two-strike fouls.
The Tritons answered a two-run East Bay third with a single score of their own in the home half. Senior centerfielder Danny Susdorf singled through the left side with one out, stole second and scored when freshman teammate Troy Cruz went opposite field with a 3-2 pitch for an RBI double.
The Pioneers would score the next nine runs, sending nine men to the plate in their big fourth which featured runs driven in by five different players.
UCSD would ultimately cap the scoring with a pair in the ninth as pinch-hitter Scott Liske was hit by a pitch to begin the frame and crossed the plate on a passed ball. Fellow junior Dillon Moyer came around from second on the same play as the East Bay catcher’s attempt to get Liske caromed off the Triton for a throwing error.
Cal State East Bay threatened from the get-go in the opening inning. With runners at the corners, UCSD starter Trevor Scott got Brandon Alexander swinging for the second out. Leftfielder Charlie Sharrer then stung a ball at Andrew Hobson, and the freshman second baseman gathered nicely off the short hop, and went the short way to shortstop Moyer from his knees to save a run.
Cruz put a charge into the first pitch he saw of the afternoon during a 1-2-3 home first, but Sharrer backed up and made the catch on the warning track in left.
East Bay then loaded the bases with two away in the second before a harmless pop-up got Scott out of it. The Pioneers finally got to the sophomore in the next inning.
Scott (1-4) allowed five runs, four of them earned, on eight hits and three walks over three-plus innings, striking out a pair. Four relievers followed him.
Junior right-hander Nick Hudson (2-1) went seven strong for the Pioneers against his former team. Having made seven relief appearances in a Triton uniform in 2010 and 2011, Hudson fanned six, giving up just a single run on five hits and three walks.
Sharrer and Kalehuawehe finished with four hits apiece to lead six East Bay players in all with multiple knocks. Sharrer, the reigning national, regional and conference Player of the Week, had two doubles, three runs, two RBI and a steal.
Nick La Face was 2-for-4 for the Tritons with his first stolen base in the second. Seigel made a tough, diving stab toward the line at first before strolling to the bag for the first out on Alexander in the sixth.
UCSD briefly dips out of conference action this Tuesday, Apr. 2, taking on Point Loma Nazarene at scenic Carroll B. Land Stadium in game two of the city rivals’ three-game season series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Triton Notes: UCSD is now 16-8-1 all-time against Cal State East Bay, and 11-5 as fellow members of the CCAA … The Tritons are 8-7 against ranked opponents in 2013 … Nick La Face has started 88 straight games … Richard Seigel has started 68 games in a row, all at first base … With four more putouts today, Danny Susdorf’s defensive streak without an error extended to his last 98 games and 240 chances dating back to April 29, 2011 … Susdorf’s two steals gave him a conference-best 19 this season on 20 tries, and 68 for his UCSD career, second-most in program history behind Mark Sharpe (103, 1977-80) … It marked Susdorf’s fourth game this season with a pair of steals, and 10th multi-steal effort of his career … The Tritons also allowed 11 runs in an 11-9 loss at Cal State L.A. on Mar. 15, and have surrendered double-digit runs four times in 2013, all losses … UCSD has won six of its past nine games overall, giving up a double-figure run total in each of the three defeats … The Tritons previously gave up 16 hits in a pair of games, both also in home losses, against Cal Poly Pomona (10-8) on Mar. 1 and Cal State East Bay (10-7) on Thursday night.