On Saturday, October 22nd, UC San Diego Club Baseball hosted USC Club Baseball in a pre-season doubleheader winning both games by a count of 6-0.
In the first game, international transfer student Yuki Komine took the mound and effortlessly held USC without a hit for the first three innings of the game. This dominant pitching enabled the Tritons to jump on top for an early 3-0 lead keyed by big hits from Gerry Plascencia, Hunter Woodruff, and Shane Sudsbury. The pitching excellence continued for the Tritons as Ray Tarin and Andrew Campos each threw two scoreless innings to shut out USC in the first game of the doubleheader. The Triton bats continued to produce, scoring three more runs over their last three at bats thanks to Seamus Beyerle and Alex Uy to beat USC 6-0 in the first game of the day.
The second game saw freshman Peter Frame start at pitcher, who built on the great pitching performances from the first game by adding two scoreless innings of his own. He was followed by Richard Mendoza, who threw two scoreless innings, and Ray Young who kept USC off of the scoreboard in his one inning of work. After 5 innings, the Tritons had staked themselves to a 6-0 lead through big hits from Ray Estrada and Miguel Moreno and that was more than enough for UC San Diego’s pitching staff to close out the game. Senior Josh Barragan made his first appearance since battling back from a string of bad luck with injuries to throw a perfect sixth inning. This was followed by freshman Hunter Woodruff’s pitching debut, in which he shut the door on USC to lock down a second 6-0 victory for the Tritons.
The Tritons are off to a fantastic start to their fall season, with a 7-1 record in their first eight games, highlighted by 14 shutout innings this weekend from their pitching staff and a relentless lineup that has proven to be trouble for opposing pitchers so far. UC San Diego will look to continue their hot start with three games against Cal State Fullerton on the weekend of November 5th and 6th at York Field in Whittier, CA.