UC San Diego exploded for 12 runs in the seventh and eighth innings Friday en route to a 13-9 pasting of host Cal State San Bernardino in a CCAA conference baseball game at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.
The victory kept the Tritons – 28-11 overall and 22-8 in the CCAA – in sole possession of first place in the conference and evened the series with the Coyotes at 1-1 after CSUSB had won Thursday’s series opener 4-1. The Coyotes are now 19-21 overall and 13-16 in the conference.
The two teams will wind up their four-game series with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tritons ballpark.
Friday’s game was 1-0 pitcher’s duel for six innings as CSUSB starter Erick Carrillo allowed only one run on four hits entering the seventh but the Coyotes were being shutout by the combined offerings of Matt Rossman, the CCAA pitcher of the week, and Ryland MacFadyen.
Rossman had allowed four hits and struck out four in 3.1 innings before leaving the game after being hit by a batted ball in the face. The extent of his injury was not immediately known. MacFadyen then pitched 5.2 innings of relief, allowing only one run and one hit for his first victory of the season. Carrillo (3-6) took the loss.
The Tritons, ranked No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 in the West Region, went ahead 1-0 in the fourth on an RBI triple by Brandon Gregorich then scored three times in the seventh on two hits and an error to take a 4-0 lead.
UCSD then scored nine times in the eighth off three CSUSB pitchers. Tim Mort had a two-run double while Kellen Lee, Robert Sedin and Josh Tanner had RBI hits and Gregorich continued the scoring with a bases-clearing double that produced three runs. Kyle Saul drove in Gregorich to conclude the scoring.
The Coyotes got their loan run in the ninth as Andrew Tapia walked advanced to third on a single by Jesus Beltran and scored as UCSD turned a double play. McFadyen retired the Coyotes on a ground ball to shortstop to end the game.
Gregorich and Tanner each had three hits in the game and Gregorich drove in four runs. Johnnie Haas had two of CSUSB’s five hits.