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UC San Diego Finally Back at Home, Entertaining Cal State East Bay for Four Thursday Night Through Saturday

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THE SCHEDULE
Games 26-29 - CCAA Series
vs. Cal State East Bay (13-13, 10-10 CCAA)
Thursday, March 29 • 6 p.m.
Triton Ballpark • La Jolla
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Friday, March 30 • 1 p.m. (DH)
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Saturday, March 31 • 12 p.m.
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The University of California San Diego baseball program is back in front of the home crowd this week for the first time since March 2, for a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) series against Cal State East Bay (13-13, 10-10 CCAA). The Tritons (16-9, 12-8 CCAA) and Pioneers will begin their set in primetime on Thursday, March 29, with first pitch at 6 p.m. at Triton Ballpark on East Campus in La Jolla. Friday's doubleheader starts at 1 p.m., with the nightcap scheduled for a shortened seven innings, and about a 40-minute gap in between contests. Saturday's single getaway game ahead of the Easter holiday begins at 12 p.m. UC San Diego will be at the exact midway point of the CCAA schedule after Friday's first game. The Tritons are tied for third place with Cal Poly Pomona (15-11, 12-8 CCAA), one game behind leaders Cal State Monterey Bay (19-7, 13-7 CCAA) and Cal State LA (16-9, 13-7). CSUEB is in a three-way tie for sixth, just two games back of UCSD. The Tritons are 8-4 at home in 2018. They got through their just-concluded, season-long 10-game road stretch at 6-4.

ADMISSION POLICIES FOR TRITON BALLPARK
General admission tickets to all regular-season home dates at Triton Ballpark are $5, whether a single game or doubleheader. UC San Diego students are admitted FREE with valid identification. Dogs and other pets are not allowed, nor are coolers. Bullseye Kettle Corn is on site for all home contests, with the menu featuring hot dogs, nachos, and of course, kettle corn, among other snacks, as well as both cold and hot beverages, like coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

PARKING INFO
Parking on the UCSD campus is free on weekends, but a permit is required for weeknight contests. They can be purchased at the machine near the entrance to the Triton Ballpark parking lot. Parking will also be free all day this Friday, for the Cesar Chavez holiday. Please be aware of the danger of foul balls to your vehicle when parking. Overflow parking is available adjacent to the aquatics facility (across freeway bridge), or in the opposite direction, further down Voigt Drive and well beyond the right field wall and trolley construction site.

LIVE COVERAGE
UC San Diego home games at Triton Ballpark feature live online video on UCSDtritons.tv. 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. The single-day fee is $5.99 (24-hour window), meaning doubleheaders are two-for-one. The play-by-play commentary is again provided by local radio personality Ted Mendenhall (@TedMendenhall). Events are archived. Some road contests also have video and/or 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 this year primarily by following Triton Baseball all season long at their own Twitter handle (@UCSDbsb), with Instagram stories at @ucsd_baseball. Fans are encouraged to also still follow @UCSDtritons. Finally, check out the CCAA live scoreboard here to keep up on results around the league.

#BIGWESTBOUND
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for the NCAA Championship in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

RANKINGS REPORT
UC San Diego was at No. 7 in the preseason edition of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Division II top-40 poll (Dec. 20). The Tritons were No. 4 and No. 19 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game preseason polls, respectively. UCSD is tied for No. 3 in the NCBWA West Region poll.

Tritons in the Polls
Publication Current Preseason West
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper RV No. 7 N/A
NCBWA No. 23 No. 4 No. 3
Perfect Game No. 21 No. 19 N/A

QUICK STATS

Stat UCSD CSUEB
AVG .283 .297
ERA 4.60 5.22
FLD% .974 .958
R 166 169
2B 35 42
3B 6 8
HR 26 10
BB 140 90
SO 191 168
SB 11-14 39-49

LAST TIME OUT
UC San Diego split its four-game series at nationally-ranked league leader Cal State Monterey Bay this past Sunday and Monday, following winter quarter final exams. The teams split a pair of doubleheaders on those days. The Tritons won Sunday's opener, 14-7, behind a season-best seven-run fourth, but dropped the nine-inning nightcap, 12-7, allowing a season-worst seven-run fifth. UCSD pulled out a dramatic 7-6 decision in 10 innings to begin Monday's activity, before falling in the seven-inning finale, 8-4, due in large part to a fifth-inning grand slam after having turned a 3-0 first-inning deficit into a 4-3 lead through two-run home runs by Alex Eliopulos and Tyler Durna.

SHAY ON BASE
Heading into this week's Cal State East Bay series, true freshman Shay Whitcomb has begun his college career by reaching base safely in all 24 of his games played. The Newbury Park native has missed a single contest and started the other 24 at shortstop, and in the leadoff position of the batting order. Whitcomb is tied for fifth in the CCAA with teammate Tyler Durna at 17 walks each. He is also tied for seventh in the league in runs (23) and tied for ninth in hits (33).

SERIES SUCCESS
UC San Diego has yet to lose a series in 2018. The Tritons have won two CCAA sets by 3-1 counts, and split the other three. That was after a three-game sweep and two-game split in non-conference action.

CLARKE FINDING POWER STROKE
Junior rightfielder Zander Clarke, a first-year transfer from UCLA, homered in each of the first three games of this past week's Cal State Monterey Bay series, giving him five for the month of March, and seven on the season, fourth-best in the CCAA. The Newbury Park native drove in nine runs against the Otters, and has 32 RBI for the year, with his batting average up to .357.

TOP OF THE ORDER
The top of the Triton batting order has been a monster for opposing pitchers to deal with. Shay Whitcomb, Tyler Durna, Zander Clarke and Alex Eliopulos are all batting .333 or better, led by Durna for the second straight season at .358. They have combined for 89 of UCSD's 166 runs (.536), and more impressively, 94 of 147 RBI (.639).

FIRST WEEKLY HONORS FOR MOTT AFTER LIGHTS-OUT START
On March 6, junior left-hander Preston Mott was selected the CCAA and NCBWA West Region Pitcher of the Week, both for the first time in his career. The awards came thanks to seven shutout innings against then-14th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona in a 6-4 home victory on March 2, with a career-best 10 strikeouts. Mott scattered three singles and a walk. He had two perfect frames and also struck out the side twice. Mott had won three starts in a row prior to a no-decision at Sonoma State on March 9. He allowed just two runs over four outings from Feb. 17-March 9, in 24.0 innings for a 0.75 ERA. Mott is 4-0 over his six starts, with a season ERA of 2.04, and is tied for third in the CCAA with 48 strikeouts. Mott has improved on his single-game career best in strikeouts three times in 2018, and has at least seven in all six appearances. That season total is against just six walks, for an 8.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which ranks No. 3 in the CCAA and No. 19 nationally.

BIG WEEK NETS ELIOPULOS SEVERAL AWARDS
For the week of Feb. 19-25, Alex Eliopulos was named among Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's National Players of the Week, with the other 11 all being from Division I, as well as the CCAA Player of the Week for the first time, and then NCBWA West Region Player of the Week. That all came after a Cal State Dominguez Hills series in which he hit .600 (9-15) and slugged 1.467, with a .714 on-base percentage, four home runs, one double, six runs, eight RBI and six walks. The La Jolla native produced back-to-back two-home-run games at home on Feb. 23 and in Carson to begin the Feb. 24 doubleheader, and in fact has three of them on the season, as well as a pair of grand slams. Eliopulos' nine home runs, all to right field, lead the Tritons and tie him for second in the CCAA.

TOP 50 IN NATIONAL STATISTICS
As of the NCAA Division II statistical report from March 26, Cameron Kurz is tied for eighth nationally with his six saves. Preston Mott is 19th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00), 37th in strikeouts per nine innings (12.23), and 47th in walks allowed per nine innings (1.53). Nick Kitzmann is tied for 14th with 11 hit-by-pitches. Alex Eliopulos is tied for 23rd with his nine home runs, 32nd in home runs per game (0.36), tied for 34th in RBI (33), and 26th in RBI per game (1.32). Tyler Durna is 29th in base on balls per game (0.90) and 40th in runs per game (1.25). Zander Clarke is tied for 44th in RBI (32) and 37th in RBI per game (1.28). Shay Whitcomb is tied for 50th in sacrifice flies (three). The Tritons' top rankings as a team are 14th in fielding percentage (.974) and 16th in walks (140).

CCAA LEADERS
Tyler Durna leads the CCAA in base on balls per game (0.90) and runs per game (1.25). Preston Mott is tops in strikeouts per nine innings (12.23). Alex Eliopulos is tied for second with nine home runs. As a team, UC San Diego paces the conference in fielding percentage (0.974), home runs (tied-26), and home runs per game (1.04).

POWER SURGE
UC San Diego is tied for first in the CCAA with Cal State Monterey Bay at 26 home runs each. The Tritons had topped the league with 53 a year ago. The first 10 in 2018 were all to right field, prior to Zander Clarke's solo shot to left center in the first inning to kick off the Feb. 24 doubleheader at CSUDH. Among a team-best nine by redshirt junior third baseman Alex Eliopulos have been two grand slams and three two-home-run games. UC San Diego's 53 long balls last season included 11 in a four-game series against Cal State San Bernardino to wrap up the regular season, and 11 more in six contests at the CCAA Championship. The Tritons topped the league thanks to a late-season outburst that saw them hit at least one long ball in a Division II-era (since 2001) program-record 11 consecutive games (May 4-18), with multiple blasts in eight of them, and 26 in all over the last 20 contests. It was the most home runs by a UCSD squad since the Tritons had 60 in 2010. The 53 were more than what UCSD managed in the previous three years combined (41), and is the fourth-largest single-season total in the program's D-II history.

DURNA NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior first baseman Tyler Durna was named the CCAA Player of the Week for the third time in his career on Feb. 13. Durna hit .524 (11-21) and slugged .810 (2B, 3B, HR, 17 TB) with a .615 on-base percentage, all team bests, producing 11 hits, seven runs and 10 RBI. He walked five times without a single strikeout, and handled all 39 defensive chances cleanly. Durna reached base at least twice in each game.

PRIME PITCHING
The UC San Diego pitching staff finished with a 3.67 ERA a season ago, 24th in the nation, fourth in the West Region and third in the CCAA. The Tritons have thus placed among the top three in the CCAA in ERA in five of the past six years. The UCSD staff in fact threw the most total innings in all of Division II in 2017, at 557.1, with fellow national semifinalist St. Thomas Aquinas closest at 530.1. The Tritons are currently fifth in the CCAA with a 4.60 ERA.

STRONG FIELDING
UCSD continues a tradition of being strong defensively, still first in the CCAA with a .974 fielding percentage. The Tritons fielded at a .974 clip in 2017, ninth nationally and second in both the West and CCAA behind Division II-leading Chico State's .983. UCSD had finished at .970 for two straight years in 2015 and 2016, topping the CCAA and ranking 20th in Division II in the latter. The Tritons 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 eight 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. Only one program in the country has even fielded at a .980 rate since 2010, and that was Chico State a year ago, falling just short of the Tritons' D-II standard.

LAST SEASON
UC San Diego wound up second in the CCAA South in 2017 behind Cal Poly Pomona (27-11) for the second year in a row, with a league record of 24-13, qualifying for a fourth consecutive CCAA Championship. That's when the Tritons caught fire, winning three straight elimination games at the CCAA Championship in Stockton before dropping a winner-take-all final to rival Chico State, and then sweeping through the NCAA West Regional with two victories each against higher seeds Dixie State and host Azusa Pacific. In its first return to the NCAA Championship since 2010, UC San Diego dropped a heartbreaker in its opener, only to take four more elimination games within a five-day span, and make it to the final round. Needing to beat West Chester of Pennsylvania twice on that final day of the season on June 4, the Tritons fell by a score of 5-2 in the initial meeting. Their final overall record stood at 44-19, marking the second-most wins in program history.

BANNER YEAR
Last year, the Tritons were NCAA Division II West Region champions for the first time under head coach Eric Newman and third since moving up to Division II for the 2001 season. They were previously crowned in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010, finishing as national runners-up in the latter season, as well as in 2017. UC San Diego also won a pair of West titles in Division III, in 1987 and 1994.

2018 SYNOPSIS
UC San Diego head coach Eric Newman, the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Diamond NCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year, has 19 returners and 16 newcomers to form a 35-player roster for 2018, after last season's edition posted a 44-19 overall record and secured the program's first regional crown since 2010. It marked UCSD's second-best win total all-time, as Newman's club went 12-4 in postseason play, including 7-2 in elimination games.

The Tritons are led by junior first baseman Tyler Durna, who produced the opposite of a sophomore slump and took a star turn a year ago, with his team-best .363 batting average, dazzling defense, a memorable 28-game hitting streak, and a stretch of 41 straight contests in which he reached base safely. Redshirt junior Alex Eliopulos, a La Jolla native (La Jolla HS) and second-year transfer from San Diego Mesa College, should be across the diamond from Durna again at third base. Jack Rupe, Jr. (San Marcos/Mission Hills HS), is a fourth-year senior right-hander, and Preston Mott a junior left-hander who was the Opening Day mound starter in 2017.

Among the prized incoming contingent are a pair of notable transfers from Pac-12 Conference powerhouses in redshirt junior power-hitting outfielder Zander Clarke from UCLA and senior right-handed starting pitcher Mitch Hickey out of Oregon State. Clarke, who bats from the right side, slammed 15 total home runs over an incredible summer as the Great West League (GWL) Player of the Year with the Portland Pickles, adding a second straight GWL All-Star Game appearance and in fact, GWL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player distinction as well. All of that netted the Newbury Park native an outfield spot on the 2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Summer Collegiate All-America First Team. Hickey was one of 13 arms who saw action for Oregon State during a historic 2017 campaign that finished at 56-6 at the College World Series. That staff completed the year with a 1.93 team ERA. Hickey, a product of Morgan Hill in Northern California, compiled a 4.91 ERA over seven relief appearances, with one save.

Not to be outshone is an exciting crop of true freshmen, highlighted by the likes of right-handers Noah Conlon and Cameron Leonard, and shortstop Shay Whitcomb. In late September, Whitcomb and Conlon made Perfect Game's Top NCAA Division II Freshmen list at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, among 34 total prospects recognized. UC San Diego was one of four programs with multiple freshmen honored, but the lone one from the West Region, and the only one nationally with two in the top 10.

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
UC San Diego's 2018 schedule consists of 49 regular-season games, including 26 at home. Having contested four of just five non-conference dates in La Jolla, including two top-10 matchups with No. 4 Colorado Mesa, the Tritons dove right into league play with a four-game home split against San Francisco State, Feb. 16-18. UCSD also split a four-game set with then-14th-ranked 2015 and 2016 West Region champion Cal Poly Pomona, March 1-4. The Tritons still travel north for a four-gamer at two-time reigning CCAA tournament champion, 2017 CCAA regular-season champion and league favorite Chico State, April 6-8. The CCAA Championship will be held in the neutral-site city of Stockton for the sixth year in a row, returning to Banner Island Ballpark of the minor-league Stockton Ports, May 9-12. UCSD has earned four successive trips.

DURNA LOCKED IN
Tyler Durna finished fifth in the league with his team-best .363 batting average as a sophomore a year ago. He started each of the last 54 games at first base, reached safely in all but one, and had a hit in all but eight of them, including a 28-game streak from March 4-April 29 that was a record for UCSD's Division II era (since 2001), and likely a program standard. It is tied for the third-longest hit streak in the CCAA's unofficial record book. Durna had multiple hits in 16 of those 28 contests. He was fourth in the CCAA in on-base percentage (.469).

TRITON NOTES
Nick Kitzmann has a team-best 11 hit-by-pitches (tied-No. 2 in CCAA), after six all of last year, and on Feb. 11 against Concordia Irvine became the first Triton to be hit by a pitch three times in the same game, since Nick La Face at Cal State LA on April 1, 2011 ... The 18 runners the Tritons stranded in their CCAA opener with SF State on Feb. 16 were their most since leaving 19 at Chico State over a decade ago on May 14, 2005, in a 12-inning, 7-6 triumph for the program's first CCAA tournament title ... UCSD's first 10 home runs of 2018 were all to right field ... UCSD is 6-1 in season openers under Eric Newman and 15-3 since moving to Division II status for 2001 ... UCSD is 5-2 in CCAA openers with Newman in charge, having this year had its five-game win streak snapped by SF State, 4-1, since another 4-1 loss to Chico State in La Jolla on Feb. 17, 2012 ... The Tritons are 10-8 in CCAA openers all-time (since 2001), and 10-1 with seven splits in sets to begin the league season ... UCSD was picked to place second in the 2018 CCAA race by the league's head coaches, as announced on Jan. 29, with defending CCAA regular-season and tournament champion Chico State the favorite for the sixth time in seven years.

CCAA FORMAT
The CCAA baseball landscape has changed again, and after having two six-team divisions, North and South, the past two seasons, there are no divisions in 2018. The top six teams, by straight winning percentage, in the final standings, will qualify for the 2018 CCAA Championship. Third-year member and city rival Cal State San Marcos is eligible for the postseason for the first time. The CCAA has also gone away from a 38-game league slate, with four-game sets within the division and three-gamers against the opposite division. Each team now plays a four-game series with the other 11 squads, for a 44-game schedule. UC San Diego is either entirely at home or away against the six northern teams, and faces split-venue sets with the southern ones. The automatic qualifier into the NCAA West Regional is still the winner of the CCAA tournament, which remains a four-day, double-elimination event.

ROSTER NOTES
UCSD returns two all-conference performers from 2017 in All-CCAA First Team first baseman Tyler Durna and Alex Eliopulos, who earned honorable mention ... Durna was also a unanimous All-West Region selection by ABCA/Rawlings (First Team), the NCBWA (First) and D2CCA (Second) ... Eliopulos represented the Tritons on the NCBWA's preseason All-West Region Second Team ... All but five players on the 35-man 2018 roster, senior Jesse Moore (Port Orchard, WA) and newcomers Warren King (Bainbridge Island, WA), Garett Lake (Henderson, NV), Nick Senicka (Oak Brook, IL) and Tom Simpson (Port Orchard, WA), are California natives ... There are four San Diego products in senior Jack Rupe, Jr. (San Marcos/Mission Hills HS), redshirt juniors Eliopulos (La Jolla/San Diego Mesa College/La Jolla HS) and Cameron Kurz (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS), and freshman Evan Ianniciello (San Marcos/San Marcos HS) ... Junior 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 sophomore utility Keenan Brigman (San Jose/UOP) is the younger brother of former University of San Diego shortstop and current Seattle Mariners top-30 prospect (No. 27) Bryson Brigman, a third-round selection in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... True freshman right-hander Noah Conlon is the younger brother of PJ Conlon, a former left-handed ace for the University of San Diego who is currently the No. 24 prospect in the New York Mets organization.

DEBUT DETAILS
Over the first week of UC San Diego's season, redshirt freshman Antonio Barrios, Blake Baumgartner, Aaron Kim, Kyle Selor and Brandon Stewart, and true freshmen Noah Conlon, Garett Lake, Cameron Leonard and Shay Whitcomb, all earned their college debuts. Transfers Justin Beck, Zander Clarke, Mitch Hickey, Rj Prince, Mark Quinby, Christopher Schasteen and Tom Simpson made their first appearances as Tritons.

HEAD COACH ERIC NEWMAN
Eric Newman is in his seventh season as the UC San Diego head coach. The 2017 ABCA/Diamond Division II West Region Coach of the Year and 2012 CCAA Coach of the Year has a 224-134 record (155-95 CCAA) in charge of the Tritons and 319-206 overall in his nine-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. After reaching the finals of the West Regional in both 2014 and 2015, UCSD won its first West crown since 2010 last week in Azusa. Newman has led the Tritons to three CCAA banners, four NCAA postseason berths and one regional championship in his six years, as well as six plus-.500 and five 30-win campaigns. Last year's was his first 40-win squad. He earned win No. 200 in charge of UCSD against Chico State, 13-4, on the final day of the 2017 CCAA Championship on May 13. Newman won his 100th CCAA contest at home against Cal State San Bernardino, 9-4, on Feb. 26, 2016. He previously went 95-72 in three seasons at the helm of Dallas Baptist University from 2005-07. Newman 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.

TRITON STAFF
Eric Newman has Justin James back on his staff for a second year as the pitching coach, and J.T. Bloodworth for a sixth season in the UC San Diego dugout, now in his fourth year as the Tritons' recruiting coordinator. Jeff Calhoon is in his third go-around with Newman, who has also retained two former star right-handed Triton pitchers and Chula Vista natives who graduated in 2017 in Troy Cruz and Adrian Orozco. Bloodworth coaches third base and Calhoon is again at first base.

ABOUT THE PIONEERS
Cal State East Bay (13-13, 10-10 CCAA) is coming off back-to-back 3-1 series victories, at Chico State, and at home against Cal State San Marcos. The Pioneers have played most of their games to date at home, and are 4-5 outside of Hayward. East Bay continues to be one of the CCAA's top teams in terms of stolen bases, currently sharing the lead with two other teams at 39 apiece. The Pioneers were second with 81 a season ago. Junior second baseman Dakota Conners (.316) leads the CCAA in both doubles (11) and triples (tied-three). Senior left-hander Alex Vesia (3-2, 2.82 ERA) is the team's top pitcher. Mike Cummins is the second-year head coach of East Bay, after spending the 2017 season in the interim role and guiding the Pioneers to a 25-24 overall mark. One of his assistants, Nick Hudson, began his college career at UCSD as a pitcher in 2010-11, before transferring to East Bay.

SERIES HISTORY
UCSD leads the all-time series, 24-13-1, and holds a 19-10 advantage since 2010, when Cal State East Bay joined the CCAA as its 11th member. The teams split a doubleheader in Hayward a year ago, with the Tritons grabbing game one, 9-4, and dropping the nightcap, 6-1, to snap their nine-game overall win streak. The series finale the next day was canceled, as the umpires deemed the field conditions unsafe following overnight rain. The Pioneers won the 2016 series in La Jolla, two games to one. The Tritons were 3-1 victors on the road in 2015. They took the first two meetings, 5-0 (one-hit shutout by Justin Donatella with no walks and 11 strikeouts) and 9-3, before splitting the Sunday doubleheader, 10-21 and 10-2 in seven innings. Game one of that twin bill featured the rarity of 11 UCSD errors, including six during a nine-run Pioneer third, that led to 15 unearned tallies. The Tritons rallied to win the 2014 set, also 3-1 in Hayward, after dropping the opener. Each of the previous two years resulted in four-game splits. Both times, the home team produced a doubleheader sweep in the middle of two wins by the visitors. In 2013, the Pioneers posted scores of 10-7 and 11-3 around Triton victories of 3-2 and 3-0. The 2012 season featured four close affairs in Hayward in early March. UCSD bookended the series with wins of 5-4 and 4-1 around a doubleheader sweep by East Bay, 6-5 in 10 innings and 3-2 in seven. In La Jolla in 2011, the then-top-ranked Tritons took three out of four. The teams previously faced off nine times as fellow NCAA Division III programs prior to UCSD's move up to Division II in 2001.

TRITON BALLPARK
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.

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego faces a third and final Northern California road trip for the regular season, flying up to Chico to take on the reigning CCAA regular-season and tournament champion Chico State Wildcats in a four-game series beginning in primetime at Nettleton Stadium on Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m.

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