Tritons Rally To Sweep Doubleheader Over Cal State Fullerton
This past Saturday, the UCSD Tritons hosted the Cal State Fullerton Titans at Triton Ballpark for a non-conference doubleheader. The Tritons survived scares of different variety to secure the two wins.
The first game of the set started off well for UCSD. After a balk scored one and put a runner in scoring position, junior Ray Estrada poked a single to left to bring in the Triton’s second run of the first inning. But a combination of walks and timely hits for Fullerton chased starter, junior Ray Young, midway through the second. By the time senior David Gomez brought the inning to a close, the Titans had scored six runs in the inning. The 6-2 score would hold steady as the Triton bats stalled and Gomez continued to provide solid relief. The breakthrough came in the sixth when Estrada reached second on a leadoff error. A hit and a walk loaded the bases, then junior Miguel Moreno singled in two runs. Junior Hunter Woodruff then had an RBI single of his own. Junior Jacob Springman brought home two more to give the Tritons a one run lead. Gomez finished off his near flawless 5 2/3 innings of relief to secure the win.
Game 1: Tritons 7 Titans 6
Game number two also started well for UCSD. A leadoff walk by Miguel Moreno, a pass ball, and two sac flies, the second of which notched an RBI for Jacob Springman, led to the first Triton run. On the mound, freshman Austin Uresti authored three scoreless innings to start the game. In the third, the Tritons put up 4 runs on a Fullerton error and RBIs from Springman, senior Seamus Beyerle, and freshman Kenta Okada. Junior Matt Hosino kept the Titans off the board with two scoreless innings of his own. UCSD added two runs each in the fourth and fifth. The fifth inning runs were driven in by Ray Young in his first at bat of the regular season on a double. In the sixth, with the Tritons up 9-0, Alec Wilson struggled with his control. Some unfortunate hops also contributed to a five run Fullerton sixth. Two runs came across for the Titans in the seventh, but the Tritons hung on to win game 2 and sweep the doubleheader as Surya Kumaraguru slammed the door on Fullerton’s comeback attempt.
Game 2: Tritons 9 Titans 7
The Tritons now sit at an official record of 7-3 at about the halfway point of their schedule. The Tritons resume conference play March 30 and 31 at home against the Arizona State Sun Devils.