UCSD Sweeps Cal on the Road!
Coming out in dominant fashion, The boys swept Cal over the weekend on the road, outscoring them 20-4 in the three games. Led by strong pitching outings by Harrison Humberstone, Ethan Adamson, and Ethan Ou, the Tritons limited UC Berkeley to only fourteen hits over the course of the series. The dominant pitching was backed by strong defense from the tritons, with only two errors. The Tritons’ most impressive offensive stat was the whopping fourteen stolen bases they accumulated throughout the series.
In game 1, the Tritons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to Chris Fung’s home run to right field with a runner on first. Berkeley tried to fire back with offensive support of their own in the bottom of the first, with runners on first and third and one out. However, Harrison stayed calm and collected, got a measly ground ball which was turned into an inning ending double play. After two walks and a stolen base in the top of the second, the Tritons were able to get a fielder’s choice to bring in their third run of the game. In the top of the third, a pair of singles coupled with a walk and an error brought the Tritons up 5-0. The next scoring opportunity came in the top of the fifth inning, where UCSD strung together three singles, a double, and two walks to plate four runs. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth inning when a walk and an error allowed UC Berkeley to plate two runs, bringing the score to 9-2.
In game 2, UCSD once again jumped out to an early lead, plating three runs in the first off a single by Rocco Novello and a fielder’s choice. UC Berkeley threatened in the bottom of the first, with a single and a double, but failed to plate a run. In the top of the third, a two run homerun to right center by Dylan Vargas put the Tritons up 5-0. The rest of the game went silently, with both pitcher’s pitching well until the bottom of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, a pair of singles put Berkeley on the board, still trailing 5-1 which would end up being the final score.
In game 3, the Tritons started off with a lead once again, plating one run off of a double and a single by Rocco Novello. After a four inning pitcher’s duel, the Tritons plated two more runs off a leadoff single. In the sixth, a leadoff single by Connor Long, followed up by Brandon Imai getting hit by a pitch, led to an RBI single plating two more runs, putting the Tritons up 5-0 by the end of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, an RBI single by Kyle Young brought in UCSD’s sixth run of the game. Cal was able to plate one run in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough, and the Tritons went on to win 6-1.