The first game of the fall quarter did not go as planned for the Tritons as they fell to UC Berkeley by a score of 7-0. Starting pitcher Ethan Ou worked in and out of trouble through four innings, allowing one run, three hits, striking out one, and walking two, before giving way to the bullpen. The Tritons only trailed 1-0 going into the fifth inning, however the game would quickly get out of control as 4 walks, 3 singles, and an error in the field led to a six-run inning for Cal. The Tritons’ offense failed to get going as they only mustered up 2 hits by Tyler Geraty and Ben Pajak, who were also the only two hitters in the lineup who didn’t have a strikeout this game.
Following the tough loss in game 1, the Tritons looked to bounce back with a lineup made up entirely of new players that joined the team this year. The new-look Tritons’ offense was silenced for the first two innings, but finally broke through in the third inning, where they ended their nine-inning scoreless streak with a run. With their first lead of the series, the Tritons got the big inning they were looking for in the fourth, scoring 7 times to the tune of 5 hits and 2 walks with Cal’s defense committing 2 costly errors. With starting pitcher Matt Draves cruising through four innings of 1 run ball, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3, the Tritons dominated the first half of the game. However, the 8-0 lead was not safe as Cal stormed back with a run in the bottom half of the fourth and six runs in the fifth inning bringing the score to 8-7. With a slim one-run lead, the Tritons entered the last inning trying to close things out, but Cal had other plans as they tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Going into extra innings, the Tritons failed to score in the top of the eighth, then an error, a walk, and a double in the bottom half of the inning sealed the Tritons’ fate as they lost in walkoff fashion.
Despite dropping the first two games of the series, the Tritons were confident going into this final game, boasting a lineup of the best performers from the first two games. This lineup got off to a hot start with 3 straight singles in a first inning that was capped off by a two-run double by first baseman Nick Aiken. After being silenced in the second inning, the Tritons got right back to work in the third, scratching across 4 runs thanks to a massive bases-clearing triple by the sure-handed shortstop Makai Morisaki and a double that drove him in by center fielder Curtis Faletti. While the offense was firing on all cylinders, starting pitcher Ethan Adamson was working on an impressive outing that ended after four innings where he didn’t allow a hit, with the only baserunners being two walks, while striking out three. With a score of 9-2 going into the sixth inning and the Tritons having learned their lesson from the previous game, they didn’t take their foot off the gas, putting up a seven spot, thanks to 5 hits, including a two-run double by Justin Takano, and 6 walks, putting the game out of reach for good. The Tritons showed their potential this game, winning by a score of 16-2, putting up 16 hits and walking 9 times, while limiting Cal to two runs and a single hit.
Chris Haven was named player of the week after going 5-9 on the weekend with 3 RBIs and an OPS of 1.417