UCSD Bats Falter As Tritons Drop Series to UC Davis
The Tritons made their first road trip of the year this past weekend against the UC Davis Aggies.
The bats were quiet on Saturday in a pair of losses but a come from behind effort on Sunday
salvaged one win.
The first game of the weekend slate was tight early. Despite having runners on, Davis only
managed a pair of runs in the first few innings off of starter, sophomore Jordan Doole. The
Tritons pushed a run across in the second on a single by sophomore Rocco Novello.
Unfortunately for UCSD, it would be the Aggies that would find a big inning. Davis in the fifth
strung together walks and hits to score five runs to make it a 7-1 lead. That would be more than
enough as UCSD failed to plate any more runs for themselves.
Game 1: Aggies 7 Tritons 1
Hoping to bounce back in the second game of Saturday’s double header, the Tritons would once
again struggle to score runs. After a scoreless two innings from both sides, it would again be UC
Davis who would grab a commanding lead. Four Aggie players crossed the plate in the bottom of
the third, with all four runs being unearned after Triton errors. They would add another in the
fourth and a pair in the fifth to once again put up seven on the scoreboard. A sacrifice fly by
freshman D’Artagnan Ramirez in the seventh inning gave the game the same score as the first.
Despite giving up a pair of earned runs in relief, freshman Kai Sawamura got eight of his nine
outs via strikeouts in an impressive showing.
Game 2: Aggies 7 Tritons 1
With a night to refocus, the Tritons came out Sunday looking to avoid a sweep on the weekend.
Game 3 was again a low scoring affair early. UCSD would grab the lead first on a second inning
sac fly by senior Joey Flores. Rocco Novello would single home another in the third. Senior Ray
Estrada cruised through the first three innings on the mound without allowing a baserunner, but
the Aggies put men on in the fourth, scoring twice to tie the game. Flores would collect another
RBI sac fly in the fifth to regain the lead, but another pair of Davis runs in the bottom of the
inning would flip the lead their way. In the seventh, it would again be Flores who would give the
Tritons the lead, this time for good. His two run single with the bases loaded also led to another
run after a pair of Davis errors helped senior Kelvin Murillo score from first on the play.
Sophomore Kenta Okada would drive in Flores later that inning with a RBI groundout. The
UCSD pitchers would take it from there as freshman Darryl Contrano and senior Matt Hosino
combined for four scoreless innings of relief.
Game 3: Tritons 8 Aggies 4
The Tritons sit at 4-3 on the fall season. They again hit the road this weekend to play in the
NCBA wood bat tournament in Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas. UCSD hopes to
make a run at the title in a tournament that they nearly won three years ago.