Tritons Suffer Sweep At Hands of San Diego State in Opening Series of Conference Play
This past weekend, the UCSD Tritons opened their regular season with a crosstown series against the
San Diego State Aztecs. The bats struggled to push across timely runs while the pitching also came up
short in big spots.
The first game of the weekend started out positively for the Tritons. Senior Hunter Woodruff scored
fellow senior Alex Uy with a single to left. The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the third,
when the Aztecs pushed two runs across on a double and a single. They would add another in the
fourth. The Tritons meanwhile struggled to figure out SDSU’s starter, who wound up tossing a complete
game in the Aztec victory.
Game 1: Aztecs 3 Tritons 1
As would be a theme of the weekend, the Tritons would open the scoring in the top of the first.
Sophomore Jordan Doole poked an RBI single to center which brought home senior Miguel Moreno.
UCSD scored another run in the second with freshman Curtis Faletti scoring on Alex Uy’s sacrifice fly.
The pitching would would maintain the two run advantage until the seventh, when the Tritons did well
to only escape a bases loaded, no out jam with a tie game and headed to extra innings knotted at two
runs apiece. The Tritons would retake the lead in the ninth with a ringing two run double off the right-
center field wall from Hunter Woodruff. This again would be matched by the Aztecs who would take the
game yet further. The Tritons again took a lead in the tenth with a RBI single from freshman Jason
Cheng. Again the Tritons could not hold the lead. San Diego State cashed in on another bases loaded
situation, scoring two runs on a single to win the game in walk-off fashion.
Game 2: Aztecs 6 Tritons 5 (10)
With the threat of rain pushed back to later in the day, the final game of the weekend occurred as
scheduled. Once again, UCSD opened the scoring with a single from senior Jacob Springman in the first.
Once again, the pitching held strong early as the offense struggled to add run support. The Aztecs found
a breakthrough against a depleted Tritons staff in the fifth, with a grand slam catapulting them in front.
They would add another run later in the inning and one more in the next. The Tritons continued to fight,
bring the deficit back to three in the seventh with a double from Springman and a fielder’s choice from
sophomore Jonathan Lutz. But those would be the last at-bats the Tritons would have. The weariness of
the pitching continued to show, and the Aztecs poured it on in the bottom of the seventh with walks,
hits, and wild pitches scoring seven runs and ending the game with a ten-run mercy rule.
Game 3: Aztecs 13 Tritons 3 (7)
The sweep means UCSD is now squarely behind the eight ball in the conference playoff picture heading
into the rest of the schedule. The Tritons must recover from this rough weekend quickly as the 4th
ranked Grand Canyon University Lopes come into San Diego this weekend for another pivotal
conference series. Be on the look out for information regarding game times and locations.