Tritons Swept by ASU in First Conference Series

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

UC San Diego Club Baseball played Arizona State Club Baseball in a triple-header on Sunday, 2/12, due to rain cancelling Saturday’s game. In the first game, Senior Yousef Koutnik started on the mound for the Tritons and did his best to keep the nationally ranked Sun Devils off of the scoreboard. He was very effective through the first 5 innings, striking out 7 Sun Devils while only allowing one unearned run on one hit and one walk. Things blew up quickly for Koutnik and the Tritons, though, as some shaky defense and relentless offense from ASU allowed them to score 8 runs in the 6th inning to jump out to a 9-0 lead. UCSD’s bats finally woke up in the 6th to score 2 runs, highlighted by Hunter Woodruff’s second triple of the game. Unfortunately, this was all UCSD could scratch across and wound up losing the game 9-2.

In the next game, Yuki Komine pitched for the Tritons and did his part to keep the Sun Devil offense in check allowing only 4 runs in 5 solid innings of work. Some very smart offense from Nick Walsh and Hunter Woodruff allowed the Tritons to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning but this would quickly vanish. ASU matched with one in the second, two more in the 4th, and one in the 5th to establish is 4-1 lead on UCSD. ASU would add one more run in the top of the 7th and managed to shut down the Triton bats for the remainder of the game to win 5-1.

In the final game of the series, Senior Shane Aldas did his best on the mound to salvage at least one win for UCSD on the weekend. The baseball gods, however, were not with Shane or the Tritons at all on Sunday as a few “seeing-eye” singles and bloop hits off of weak contact helped Arizona State score 3 runs in the 2nd inning and 4 runs in the 5th which would prove to plenty of run support for their starting pitcher as the Triton offense again had a tough time getting things going. UCSD battled back to score 3 runs in the 5th inning, closing the gap to 8-3 but the umpire would end the game after the rally due to not enough light left to play the game and the Triton’s lost the final game of the series 8-3 in a shortened 5 inning game.

UCSD will look to bounce back from the rough weekend by playing in UCSB’s “Carnival Classic” Tournament over the President’s Day weekend and then by taking on Grand Canyon University in Phoenix on the weekend of February 25/26th.

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Tritons Drop 2 out of 3 to Cal Bears

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

This past weekend of 1/28 and 1/29, UC San Diego Club Baseball travelled up to Berkeley to take on the Cal Bears in a 3 game pre-season series. In game 1, the Tritons sent freshman Ray Young to the mound. Ray scuffled through the first inning, allowing 2 runs right off the bat but settled down nicely after that, only allowing one more run to score in his 5 solid innings of work. In these 5 innings, the Triton bats took advantage of some sub-par Cal pitching and jumped out to a 7-3 lead thanks to clutch hits from Alec Lopez, Shane Aldas, and Alex Uy. Unfortunately for UC San Diego, this lead would not last as Cal strung together an amazing 6th inning to score 5 runs and take an 8-7 lead, which would end up being the game’s final score.

In game 2, Senior Shane Aldas was sent to the mound to get the Tritons back on the right track. Shane pitched excellently, only allowing 2 earned runs in 5 innings and kept UC San Diego in the game. Cal took a 1-0 lead in the 1st, which the Tritons matched in the 2nd only to have Cal jump back on top 2-1 in the bottom of the 2nd inning. UC San Diego tied the game at 2 in the 4th inning but again Cal answered back immediately with a run in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead again at 3-2. Cal would add one more run in the 6th inning thanks to some sloppy UC San Diego defense to take a 4-2 lead. In the top of the 7th, the Tritons gave it their all but were robbed of a couple of hits on excellent defensive plays from Cal and wound up losing the game by a final score of 4-2.

In the final game of the series, Senior Yousef Koutnik started on the mound to make his season debut after being out all Fall with injuries. The Tritons jumped on top to an early 2-0 lead with a run in each of the first two innings, and they never looked back thanks to solid pitching all game from Yousef and Jordan Kassem and great hitting up and down the lineup. Yousef struck out 7 and only walked 2 in his 6 innings while Jordan only allowed 2 hits in his 3 innings. After scuffling a bit in the first two games, UC San Diego’s bats woke up and threatened to score in almost every inning. A big 3-run 4th inning and 5-run 7th inning were keyed by big hits from Jared Vitug, Seamus Beyerle, Ray Estrada, Kyle Tanaka, and Chuy Torres.

Next up for the Tritons is the start of conference play with a monumental series against the always tough Arizona State University. Even though it will be the team’s first conference games, this series will have playoff implications and set the tone for the rest of the season. The games will be on Saturday 2/11 (9 inning, starting at 1:30PM) and on Sunday 2/12 (doubleheader starting at 9:00AM) at Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista. We would love to see as many of our fans as possible come out and cheer us on as we start SoPac Conference play!

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Titans Trump Tritons in Fullerton

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

UC San Diego Club Baseball took on Cal State Fullerton Club Baseball this past weekend of November 5-6 in a three game pre-season series. The Tritons dropped the first two games by a score of 6-5 but battled back to win the final game 8-3.

In the first of the three games, the Tritons sent senior starting pitcher Kevin Nieh to the hill to face off against the Fullerton Titans. Kevin did a great job battling through 4 ⅔ hard fought innings before having to leave the game down 2-1. The Titans were able to capitalize on some wild pitching from UC San Diego scoring 5 runs in the 5th inning and breaking out to a 6-1 lead. The score remained 6-1 until the 8th inning, where the Triton bats finally caught fire, striking for four runs in the inning to pull within one, making the score 6-5. Unfortunately, the Tritons weren’t able to complete the comeback and dropped the first game of the series 6-5. The big 8th inning rally for UC San Diego was sparked by key hits from Alex Uy, Shane Sudsbury, and Ray Estrada.

In the second game, Yuki Komine took the hill for UC San Diego and went four solid innings. Unfortunately, the Tritons didn’t bring their A-game on defense and some key errors in the third inning led to Fullerton scoring 5 runs and spelled the end for the Tritons. Fullerton would add one more run to make it a 6-0 lead and that was more than UC San Diego’s offense could handle. The Tritons were shut out until the 6th inning where they scored 2 runs to make it a 6-2 game. In the 7th inning, the Tritons showed late resilience as they did in the first game, with a two out, three run rally courtesy of great at bats from Hunter Woodruff, Seamus Beyerle, and Zeke Haenelt to make it a 6-5 game. Unfortunately, UC San Diego could not get that last big hit and dropped game two by the same count as game one, 6-5.

In the final game of the series, senior Shane Aldas started for the Tritons looking to salvage at least one win for the weekend. Shane was sharp throughout his four innings of work, only surrendering one run. The Triton offense came to life in this final game, giving Shane and other pitchers Joshua Barragan, John Driscoll, and Ray Young plenty of room to work with on the mound. The Tritons exploded for five runs in the third inning and added three more throughout the rest of the game thanks to great performances from Seamus Beyerle, Richie Mendoza, Alec Lopez, and Matthew Demarest. The Tritons won the game 8-3 and were able to head back to San Diego with something to be happy about.

This series wrapped up the Triton’s fall season. UC San Diego Club Baseball will have the rest of the 2016 calendar year to rest, practice, and gear up for what should be a great 2017 SoPac South campaign and hopefully another shot at making it to the conference regional tournament. We thank everyone for their support and look forward to seeing you cheering us on again when January rolls around!

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Tritons Fall Just Short of Tournament Championship in Las Vegas

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

The UC San Diego Club Baseball Tritons headed to Las Vegas this past weekend for the first ever NCBA Las Vegas Fall Tournament. The tournament was played on Saturday October the 15th, and Sunday October the 16th. The eight teams in the tournament were divided into two pools, with the winners of each pool facing off in the championship game. The teams in the Triton’s pool were Cal State Fullerton, Humboldt State University, and Northern Arizona University.

In UC San Diego’s first game of the tournament, the Triton’s bats wasted no time setting the tone against former conference opponent, Cal State Fullerton, by scoring 7 runs in the first inning to put the Titans in an early 7-0 hole. UC San Diego would add 3 more in the second inning and 6 more in the 5th for a total of 16 runs in the game. The scoring was highlighted by a monster performance from sophomore catcher, Seamus Beyerle, who went 3-4 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs in the game. Senior Kevin Nieh took the mound and pitched well, throwing a complete game and limiting the Titans to 4 runs, only 2 of them earned. The Tritons won the first game 16-4 in a 5 inning, mercy rule shortened game.

Next up, UC San Diego took on Humboldt State University. Again, the Tritons attacked early, giving freshman starting pitcher, Ray Young, a 3-0 lead after the first inning. That was all young Ray would need, as he threw a complete game in his first ever club baseball start, holding the Lumberjacks to only one run over seven innings. The bats stayed hot throughout the cool night, tallying up a total of 8 runs to send the Tritons home with an 8-1 victory and a 2-0 record after one day of tournament play. The scoring came via big games from senior Matt Demarest and freshman Ray Estrada, who each had 2 RBIs in the game.

On Sunday morning, the Tritons took on conference rival and the only other 2-0 team in their pool, Northern Arizona University with the winner advancing to the championship game. This time, it was NAU who came out swinging by scoring 3 in the first inning and adding another in the second off of starter Shane Aldas to take an early 4-0 lead. Shane settled down afterwards, limiting the Jacks for the rest of the game and keeping UC San Diego in the game. The Tritons showed grit and resilience by striking for 3 in the 3rd to pull within one run thanks to seniors Bobby Young and Alec Lopez and sophomore Seamus Beyerle. NAU showed a lot of determination to win the ballgame, scoring 3 more runs in the 4th inning to take another 4 run lead at 7-3. The Tritons were more determined, however, battling back for 3 runs in the 5th and one more in the 6th to tie the game 7. Pitcher Yuki Komine pitched excellently to keep the Tritons in the game, which gave them momentum and enabled them to score 4 runs in the 7th inning to win the game 11-9 and advance to the championship game.

In the championship game of the tournament UC San Diego Club Baseball matched up against Grand Canyon University. Both teams went 3-0 in their respective pools and edged out close games against good teams to earn a spot in the championship. The Tritons were the home team after accumulating the best run differential in the tournament and sent freshman Peter Frame to the mound to take on the Antelopes. GCU hopped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first, but UC San Diego continues their resilience by scoring 3 in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead after one inning. The game was very back and forth the whole way, being tied 3-3 after 3 innings and 5-5 after 5. Peter fought hard and gave the Tritons a great chance to win, surrendering only 4 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. UC San Diego took a 6-5 lead into the top of the 6th but GCU didn’t quit and was able to beat up on the Triton’s relief pitching, scoring 7 runs in the last two innings. UC San Diego did the best they could entering their last at bats down 12-6, getting three men on base and scoring a run but eventually fell in heartbreaking fashion 12-7 to the Grand Canyon University Antelopes. The Tritons will look to continue their great start to the fall season with a doubleheader at home (University City High School) against USC on Saturday, October 22nd.

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Tritons Shock Toreros in First Games of the Year

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY

The UC San Diego Club Baseball Tritons started their pre-season with a doubleheader against the University of San Diego Toreros this Sunday, October 9th. The Tritons were sharp all day, sweeping the doubleheader by winning the first game 6-1 and the second game 13-1.

In the first game, senior Kevin Nieh started his first game of the year and pitched excellently to limit USD to no hits and only 2 baserunners in the first 3 innings of the game. During the last 4 innings, pitchers Raymond Young, Louis Westfall, and Matt Demarest were able to shut down the Torero bats and hold them to only one run. The Triton offense started off quietly, but the bats showed some life in the 3rd inning with key RBIs from Seamus Beyerle and Alec Lopez to put the Tritons on top 2-0. Freshmen Richard Mendoza and Kyle Tanaka came up with key situational hitting in the 7th inning to pick up their first career RBIs and give the Tritons some insurance runs on their way to a 6-1 victory.

In the second game, the Tritons came out swinging by scoring 3 runs in the first inning off of RBIs from freshmen Miguel Moreno and Alex Uy and Senior Alec Lopez. UC San Diego added one more in the 2nd inning before exploding in the 5th for 6 runs to put up a 10-1 lead. The Tritons added 3 more runs in the 7th inning with the rest of the scoring highlighted by RBIs from Kelvin Murillo, Alex Uy, Zeke Haenelt, Shane Sudsbury and 4 more from Alec Lopez. Rookie pitchers Raymond Tarin, Yuki Komine, Peter Frame, and Richard Mendoza as well as second year pitcher John Driscoll silenced the Toreros, leading to a 13-1 UC San Diego win and a sweep of the doubleheader.

These games also served as the final part of UC San Diego Club Baseball’s tryout process and we would like to congratulate Ray Estrada, Peter Frame, James Furukawa, Zeke Haenelt, Yuki Komine, Alec Lopez, Richard Mendoza, Miguel Moreno, Kelvin Murillo, Kyle Tanaka, Raymond Tarin, Jesus Torres, Alex Uy, Louis Westfall, Hunter Woodruff, and Raymond Young for making the fall roster for the 2016-17 season!

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April 16 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Sweep Titans Before Upcoming Matchup with ASU

 

The Tritons swept the three game-series this past weekend with CSU Fullerton. The Tritons played the 9-inning game on Saturday and sent senior Andrew Hinkle to the mound. The Titans got lucky a couple times with a bloop hit down the right field line that scored two and then utilized the short left field fence to put up four runs over the first five innings but Hinkle settled down and managed to keep them to five runs over 8 innings to put the Tritons in position to win. The offense was paced by key hits by senior Matt Davidson, junior Bobby Young, and a 5 for 5 day by senior Shane Sudsbury. The offense took control of the game in the late innings and staked senior Nathan Domico to a three–run lead for the save and won the game 8-5.

In the second game, the Tritons offense came out firing getting the first 7 men on base with nobody out scoring 4 runs. With this big lead, junior Yousef Koutnik limited most of the damage to a tune of four runs over five innings. The offense was led by senior Tommy Valles, senior Andrew Hinkle, and junior Bobby Young. Senior Jake Cloutier was called on in relief of Koutnik to get a key out in the fifth that changed the momentum of the game and in the bottom of the inning, the Tritons hit around to walk-off on sophomore Jordan Kassem’s sacrifice fly that won the game for the Tritons 15-5 on a mercy rule.

In the final game, the Tritons had to battle back to win. The starter, sophomore Andrew Campos, only got through two innings giving up four runs in the process. But the Tritons battled back behind a key outing from Jordan Kassem that kept the in the game long enough to allow the Tritons to tie the game and to take the lead in the fifth inning. The Tritons were highlighted by Andrew Hinkle 2-run homerun that tied the game and then had a key go-ahead RBI by Nathan Domico. Shane Sudsbury provided a key insurance run scored by senior Patrick Levin that allowed Domico to save the game once again.

The Tritons look to take on the ASU Sun Devils in the biggest series of the year this weekend in Tempe, AZ. For any of those interested or possibly traveling with us, we will be playing two 7-inning games at 10am and 1pm on Saturday at Dobson High School and 1 9-inning game on Sunday at 10am. Go Tritons!

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April 2 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Come Back From Break to Win Doubleheader from Toreros

This past Saturday, April 2nd, the Tritons took both games from USD to add two victories to their non-conference resume. In the first game, senior Andrew Hinkle took the mound and fought through some rust to hold the Toreros to 1 run over four innings. The Tritons were held to a couple of runs through the first time through the lineup but then exploded for 8 runs in the fourth inning to take a commanding 8-1 lead. Senior Tommy Valles led the way with a 3 for 4 day. The Tritons managed to score three more runs behind junior Kevin Nieh to mercy USD to a score of 11-1 after six innings.

In the second game, sophomore Andrew Campos made his return to the team by shutting down the Toreros to 1 run over four innings with 5 strikeouts. The Tritons scored four runs in the second inning behind big hits from freshman Jared Vitug, senior Shane Sudsbury, and senior Matthew Demarest. Those four runs stood up for the rest of the game behind three strong innings from junior Yousef Koutnik. The Tritons won the second game 4-1.

The Tritons look to continue their winning ways in conference this weekend against Cal State Long Beach with a doubleheader on Saturday with game times at 10am and 1pm and a 9-inning game on Sunday with game time of 10am at Valhalla High School. Hope to see everyone out there with some support!

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Tritons Take One of Three in Conference Opener with NAU

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

In the first game of the conference season, the Tritons opened up with junior Yousef Koutnik on the mound. Koutnik ran into a little trouble in the first couple innings, giving up five runs. But the Tritons fought back with four runs of their own highlighted by a home run by senior Matthew Demarest. The next couple innings went back and forth with both teams exchanging home runs and the Tritons had two from freshman Seamus Beyerle and one from junior Amandip Bangar. The Tritons held the Lumberjacks to just a few runs in the middle innings thanks to senior Nathan Domico but walks and errors ultimately led to a one-run deficit that the Tritons couldn’t capitalize on in the bottom of the ninth and led to a 11-10 loss.

In the second game of the series, junior Kevin Nieh took the mound and held the Lumberjacks to just four runs over six innings. The Tritons got on the board with key hits from senior Tommy Valles and after being down three runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Tritons mustered a five-run rally that put them ahead 6-4. Senior Nathan Domico came in to close out the game narrowly after giving up one run and inducing a ground ball to senior Patrick Levin to close out the game 6-5.

In the final game of the series, freshman John Driscoll took the mound and held the Jacks to three runs over two innings. But then the Tritons ran out of pitching and walks and errors again plagued the Tritons as they gave up 15 runs over six innings and led to a 15-5 defeat in six innings.

The Tritons look to get back to their winning ways this weekend against St. Katherine’s with a Saturday doubleheader at 11am and 2pm at Valhalla High School. Hope to see you there!

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Tritons Drop Series to UCSB to Start Season

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE

The Tritons started off their season, on February 13th, this year with a slow start by dropping two out of the first three games in a non-conference matchup with UCSB this past weekend.

In the first game, senior Andrew Hinkle matched up with UCSB’s Jake Renzee in a pitcher’s duel that went back and forth for most of the game. The Tritons scored one early run to get on the board in the second inning thanks to an RBI hit by freshman, Seamus Beyerle. UCSB fought back with runs in the fourth and fifth innings against Andrew Hinkle and the Tritons struggled to cash in with runners in scoring position until the seventh inning when Hinkle hit a double down the right field line to tie the game at 2. But after a close play at the plate went against the Tritons, UCSB walked off in the bottom of the seventh inning to a 3-2 win.

In the second game of the series, the Tritons came out swinging with six runs in the first inning and never looked back with seven runs in the third inning and four in the fourth as well. All of the runs were highlighted by great games by sophomore Jordan Kassem, junior Bobby Young, senior Nathan Domico, junior Amandip Bangar, and senior Jake Cloutier. All the run support helped junior Yousef Koutnik get through four innings with only three runs given up and the Tritons mercied UCSB 21-6 after five innings. In the tiebreaking game of the series, the Tritons played a back and forth game that featured 27 runs over 9 innings. UCSB got out to a quick three-run start against junior Kevin Nieh but the Tritons fought back with five runs in the third inning highlighted by sophomore Jordan Kassem, junior Nick Walsh, junior Bobby Young, and freshman Seamus Beyerle. UCSB fought back with a run in the fourth and then both teams scored three runs in the fifth which had the Tritons holding onto a one run lead after the fifth inning. But a four-run seventh inning put the UCSB Gauchos ahead and although the Tritons fought back with two in the eighth, including the first home run courtesy of Seamus Beyerle, it wasn’t enough to make up for the deficit and the Tritons lost the last game 15-11.

The Tritons look to get off to a better start in conference with an upcoming series against NAU this weekend with one 9-inning game on Saturday 10am and two 7-inning games on Sunday at 10am and 1pm at Valhalla High School. Hope to see you all out there!

 

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Feb 27 & 28 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Take Doubleheader from CSU San Marcos

The Tritons took care of business this past weekend sweeping CSU San Marcos in a Saturday doubleheader on February 27 and 28. In the first game, junior Yousef Koutnik threw a complete game giving up only four runs and holding the Cougars at bay while the offense scored 14 runs to lead to a 6 inning mercy rule. The offense was powered by a 3 for 4 game by junior Amandip Bangar who had 2 doubles, 3 RBI’s, and 2 runs scored and also a 3 for 4 game by senior Tommy Valles who had 1 double, 3 RBI’s, and 3 runs scored including the walk-off single to seal the 10-run victory. The Tritons won the game 14-4.

In the second game, junior Kevin Nieh started on the mound and was staked to a 5 run lead thanks to key hits from senior Shane Sudsbury and senior Matthew Demarest. In the fourth inning, Nieh ran into a little trouble giving up four runs to bring the Cougars within 1 run. But the Tritons responded with big hits from junior Bobby Young, senior Andrew Hinkle, and freshman Jared Vitug to lead to a three-run inning that put the Tritons up 8-4. Senior Andrew Hinkle came in for the last two innings to secure the save and lead to a Triton victory 8-4.

Your Tritons travel to University of Arizona in this upcoming weekend for their second conference series and look to keep up their winning ways going into their midseason break. Games will be at 10am and 1pm on Saturday, March 5th, and 9:45am on Sunday, March 6th, in Tucson for any fans heading out there.

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Feb 20 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Take One of Three in Conference Opener with NAU

In the first game of the conference season, the Tritons opened up with junior Yousef Koutnik on the mound. Koutnik ran into a little trouble in the first couple innings, giving up five runs. But the Tritons fought back with four runs of their own highlighted by a home run by senior Matthew Demarest. The next couple innings went back and forth with both teams exchanging home runs and the Tritons had two from freshman Seamus Beyerle and one from junior Amandip Bangar. The Tritons held the Lumberjacks to just a few runs in the middle innings thanks to senior Nathan Domico but walks and errors ultimately led to a one-run deficit that the Tritons couldn’t capitalize on in the bottom of the ninth and led to a 11-10 loss.

In the second game of the series, junior Kevin Nieh took the mound and held the Lumberjacks to just four runs over six innings. The Tritons got on the board with key hits from senior Tommy Valles and after being down three runs in the bottom of the sixth, the Tritons mustered a five-run rally that put them ahead 6-4. Senior Nathan Domico came in to close out the game narrowly after giving up one run and inducing a ground ball to senior Patrick Levin to close out the game 6-5.

In the final game of the series, freshman John Driscoll took the mound and held the Jacks to three runs over two innings. But then the Tritons ran out of pitching and walks and errors again plagued the Tritons as they gave up 15 runs over six innings and led to a 15-5 defeat in six innings.

The Tritons look to get back to their winning ways this weekend against St. Katherine’s with a Saturday doubleheader at 11am and 2pm at Valhalla High School. Hope to see you there!

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Feb 13 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Drop Series to UCSB to Start Season

The Tritons started off their season, on February 13th, this year with a slow start by dropping two out of the first three games in a non-conference matchup with UCSB this past weekend.

In the first game, senior Andrew Hinkle matched up with UCSB’s Jake Renzee in a pitcher’s duel that went back and forth for most of the game. The Tritons scored one early run to get on the board in the second inning thanks to an RBI hit by freshman, Seamus Beyerle. UCSB fought back with runs in the fourth and fifth innings against Andrew Hinkle and the Tritons struggled to cash in with runners in scoring position until the seventh inning when Hinkle hit a double down the right field line to tie the game at 2. But after a close play at the plate went against the Tritons, UCSB walked off in the bottom of the seventh inning to a 3-2 win.

In the second game of the series, the Tritons came out swinging with six runs in the first inning and never looked back with seven runs in the third inning and four in the fourth as well. All of the runs were highlighted by great games by sophomore Jordan Kassem, junior Bobby Young, senior Nathan Domico, junior Amandip Bangar, and senior Jake Cloutier. All the run support helped junior Yousef Koutnik get through four innings with only three runs given up and the Tritons mercied UCSB 21-6 after five innings.

In the tiebreaking game of the series, the Tritons played a back and forth game that featured 27 runs over 9 innings. UCSB got out to a quick three-run start against junior Kevin Nieh but the Tritons fought back with five runs in the third inning highlighted by sophomore Jordan Kassem, junior Nick Walsh, junior Bobby Young, and freshman Seamus Beyerle. UCSB fought back with a run in the fourth and then both teams scored three runs in the fifth which had the Tritons holding onto a one run lead after the fifth inning. But a four-run seventh inning put the UCSB Gauchos ahead and although the Tritons fought back with two in the eighth, including the first home run courtesy of Seamus Beyerle, it wasn’t enough to make up for the deficit and the Tritons lost the last game 15-11.

The Tritons look to get off to a better start in conference with an upcoming series against NAU this weekend with one 9-inning game on Saturday 10am and two 7-inning games on Sunday at 10am and 1pm at Valhalla High School. Hope to see you all out there!

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Tritons Split Pregame Opener with Bruins

POSTED BY IRIS JIA

In a Sunday doubleheader with the UCLA Bruins, the Tritons lost their first game but came back to salvage the second game to split the series. In the first game, the Tritons came out firing on offense with four runs in the first inning highlighted by key hits by senior Matthew Demarest and sophomore Jordan Kassem. The Tritons offense then sputtered for the rest of the game only scoring once over the next six innings despite a 2 for 3 game from junior Amandip Bangar. The Tritons pitched well led by efforts by junior Kevin Nieh and sophomore Andrew Campos but got knocked around in the sixth inning fueled by defensive errors and walks. The Tritons ended up falling to the Bruins with a final score of 8-5.
The second game got off to a similar start with five runs in the first inning but this time the Tritons held onto their lead with key pitching from senior Andrew Hinkle and junior Shane Aldas. The Tritons offense went on to score 12 runs behind good offensive days from freshman Luke Andrachek, freshman Jared Vitug, and senior Patrick Levin. Junior Yousef Koutnik and senior Shane Sudsbury came in to close out the game with strong outings on the mound and the Tritons defeated the Bruins to a final score of 13-5. The Tritons travel to USC this upcoming weekend with a game on Sunday. Hope to see you out there!

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Nov 15 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Fall Just Short in Annual Fullerton Wood Bat Tournament

The Tritons headed north this past weekend to participate in their third annual Fullerton Wood Bat Tournament.

The Tritons opened up the tournament with an early game against ASU and had senior Andrew Hinkle on the mound to start. Hinkle held the Sun Devils for the beginning of the game but gave up a couple runs on errors and some timely hitting by the Devils. Hinkle failed to get any run support from the Triton offense as they were shut down by ASU’s opposing pitcher. Tritons ended up losing the game 8-1.

The Tritons then faced UCLA in a doubleheader and opened the game with junior Yousef Koutnik on the mound. The Tritons started hitting early and key hits by senior Nathan Domico, senior Tommy Valles, senior Shane Sudsbury, and senior Andrew Hinkle highlighted the early scoring while freshman Jared Vitug, freshman Luke Andrachek, and freshman Cameron Wilkinson highlighted the late scoring. The Tritons won behind a phenomenal effort by Yousef Koutnik who pitched 6 2/3 innings to lead the Tritons to a 13-7 victory.

The Tritons faced Cal State Fullerton in the night cap of a tripleheader on Saturday. The game started off as a pitcher’s duel between junior Kevin Nieh and the Titans starter. The Tritons were able to squeak a couple runs across behind big hits by senior Tommy Valles and junior Bobby Young to take the lead to 4-1. The Titans answered back with two runs in the sixth inning to make it 4-3 and were down one in the seventh when they stole home to tie the game. The Tritons stood off the furious rally by getting out of a bases loaded nobody out jam by junior Shane Aldas. The Tritons then answered back with 6 runs in the eighth inning to take the lead and win the game 10-4 in eight innings.

This lead to a championship game matchup with UCLA the next day which was started by sophomore Andrew Campos. Campos held the Bruin offense down to just one run over six innings. The Triton offense had plenty of opportunities to score with runners on base but grounded into double plays and squandered some key chances. The game went into the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead but the Bruins rallied back with a key two-run double with two outs to overtake the lead and held off a Triton rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game and the tournament to the dismay of the Tritons.

The Tritons will take the rest of the fall season off and are looking to come back strong in January to kick off the Winter/Spring season after winter break. Hope to see you then!

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Nov 8 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Beat Trojans Handedly in 9-inning Game

Due to field conditions and some miscommunication, the Tritons ended up playing just one 9-inning game against the Trojans instead of two 7-inning games. Regardless, the Tritons came out swinging a hot bat and pitched well enough to cruise to a 13-6 victory. The offense was highlighted by senior Matt Davidson who hit a 3-run bomb in the 3rd inning. Newcomer, Shane Sudsbury also joined the home run club by hitting a solo shot to lead off the 7th inning in only his 3rd at-bat with the team. Senior Tommy Valles, junior Bobby Young, senior Matthew Demarest and senior Nathan Domico highlighted the early Triton scoring while freshman Connor Campigli, freshman Seamus Beyerle, freshman Nathanial Villareal, and freshman Cameron Wilkinson highlighted the later scoring. The Triton pitching staff held down the Trojans for the majority of the game lead by senior Andrew Hinkle, junior Yousef Koutnik, junior Kevin Nieh, senior Nathan Domico, sophomore Andrew Campos, and freshman David Cohen. The Tritons look forward to this upcoming weekend for their biggest fall weekend yet as they take part in the Cal State Fullerton Tournament on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th at Boysen Park. Hope to see everyone out there!

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October 25 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Rally Late to Beat Valhalla High School

 

The Tritons continued their fall season with another trip to Valhalla High School. Sophomore Andrew Campos started the game but gave up three runs in two innings. The Triton bats managed to keep pace with the Norsemen owning a 4-3 lead after three innings with the help of key hits from senior Tommy Valles, junior Shane Aldas, and junior Bobby Young. Campos was followed up in relief by junior Kevin Nieh, junior Yousef Koutnik, junior Josh Barragan, senior Jake Cloutier, junior Shane Aldas, and sophomore Jordan Kassem. The Triton pitching staff did not have their best stuff on the mound Saturday as they battled through the heat. The Triton offense, on the other hand, was as hot as the weather and managed to carry the team to a 12-10 victory. The Triton offense was led by big hits from  senior Lu Ling, junior Amandip Bangar, Jake Cloutier, and freshman Connor Campigli as well as heads-up baserunning from freshman Jared Vitug and senior Matthew Demarest. The Tritons will take the Halloween weekend off and get ready to face the USC Club Baseball team on Sunday, November 8th in Los Angeles.

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October 17 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Fall in Last Inning to Valhalla High School

The Tritons continued their Fall Season schedule in a scrimmage against Valhalla High School. The Tritons played it like a split-squad type game with the returners playing the first half and the newcomers playing the second half. Sophomore Jordan Kassem got the Tritons off to a fast start with a single up the middle and then manufactured his own run with his speed. Senior, Andrew Hinkle started the game on the mound for the Tritons and got three quick outs to start. Hinkle was followed up by junior Kevin Nieh, freshman David Cohen, freshman John Driscoll, senior Nathan Domico, freshman Nathanial Villareal, junior Shane Aldas and sophomore Jordan Kassem. The Triton pitching staff helped the Norsemen offense to 4 runs over eight innings and pitched relatively well. The offense was highlighted by key hits by senior Matt Davidson, senior Tyler Pollak, freshman Nathanial Villareal, and freshman Zack Steffish. The Tritons were leading 7-5 going into the last inning but fell at the very end due to a missed call by the umpire and multiple walks and errors. The Tritons will look to get a win next week against Valhalla High School again on Saturday at 12pm.

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March 5 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Sweep Wildcats to Put Season Back on Track

Your Tritons got back to their winning ways this past weekend, on March 5th, by scoring 42 runs and sweeping a conference series against University of Arizona.

In the first game, senior Andrew Hinkle took the mound and threw a complete game in five innings with four strikeouts and limiting the Wildcats to only two runs in the first inning and then none after that. The offense came to life after a quiet first inning with big days from junior Nick Walsh, who went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and 2 stolen bases, senior Shane Sudsbury, who went 3 for four with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI’s, and a double, and senior Andrew Hinkle, who went 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI’s, a home run, and 2 doubles. Senior Tommy Valles also added a home run and senior Nathan Domico and junior Bobby Young also added two hits each. All this scoring led to twelve runs and a ten-run mercy rule after five innings. The Tritons won the first game 12-2.

In the second game, junior Yousef Koutnik took the mound and threw a dominating performance in which he held the Wildcats scoreless with only three hits and four strikeouts. The Tritons were only winning 1-0 going into the fourth inning but then the offense exploded thanks to a home run from Shane Sudsbury who went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. Good days from sophomore Jordan Kassem, who went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a stolen base, senior Patrick Levin, who had two hits including a run scored, a double, and an RBI, and Bobby Young who also had two hits with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. The Tritons won the second game 11-0.

In the final game, junior Kevin Nieh took the mound and had a little more trouble after cruising through the first three innings. He ended up giving up six runs but kept his team in the game as the Tritons kept fighting back to keep up with the slugfest. Junior Shane Aldas came in with a crucial bases loaded no-outs situation in the fifth inning and held the Wildcats to just one run that helped the Tritons win back the momentum. Aldas then pitched two more solid innings before turning it over to Jordan Kassem in the eighth inning and then Nathan Domico who closed out the game in the ninth inning. On the offensive side, freshman Seamus Beyerle had a big day by going 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored with a home run and 2 RBI’s. Senior Matt Davidson also had a big day by going 4 for 6 with 2 home runs, 4 RBI’s and a double. Nathan Domico also went 3 for 6 with two runs and a double, Andrew Hinkle went 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles and an RBI, Shane Sudsbury kept up his hot hitting by going 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a double, and Bobby Young went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI’s. All this hitting led to 19 runs scored and a final score of 19-14.

The Tritons will take the next three weeks off for finals and spring break and will return to action on April 2nd against USD. More details will be posted closer to game day. Go Tritons!

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Jan 24 Baseball

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG

Tritons Split Pregame Opener with Bruins

In a Sunday doubleheader with the UCLA Bruins, the Tritons lost their first game but came back to salvage the second game to split the series. In the first game, the Tritons came out firing on offense with four runs in the first inning highlighted by key hits by senior Matthew Demarest and sophomore Jordan Kassem. The Tritons offense then sputtered for the rest of the game only scoring once over the next six innings despite a 2 for 3 game from junior Amandip Bangar. The Tritons pitched well led by efforts by junior Kevin Nieh and sophomore Andrew Campos but got knocked around in the sixth inning fueled by defensive errors and walks. The Tritons ended up falling to the Bruins with a final score of 8-5.

The second game got off to a similar start with five runs in the first inning but this time the Tritons held onto their lead with key pitching from senior Andrew Hinkle and junior Shane Aldas. The Tritons offense went on to score 12 runs behind good offensive days from freshman Luke Andrachek, freshman Jared Vitug, and senior Patrick Levin. Junior Yousef Koutnik and senior Shane Sudsbury came in to close out the game with strong outings on the mound and the Tritons defeated the Bruins to a final score of 13-5. The Tritons travel to USC this upcoming weekend with a game on Sunday. Hope to see you out there!

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