POMONA, Calif. - A one-run, complete game effort by Ryan Goodbrand and 11 hits by the UC San Diego offense led the Tritons to a 6-1 win at Cal Poly Pomona Friday in the second contest of a four-game series between the two California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rivals.
UCSD improved to 5-9 overall and evened its CCAA record at 3-3. CPP, which won Thursday's series opener 10-5 at Scolinos Field, fell to 10-3 on the year and 3-3 in the league.
Goodbrand (2-0), a junior right-hander, scattered just three hits, struck out two Broncos and walked only one en route to picking up his second win in four starts as a Triton. He mowed down CPP in order in the second, third, fifth, eighth and ninth innings. After the leadoff batter reached base on an error in the top of the seventh, Goodbrand retired the next nine Broncos he faced to end the game.
The opening inning was reminiscent of yesterday's start as three runs were scored. However, it was the Tritons that took the 2-1 lead this time. With one out, left fielder Justin Rahn singled back up the middle off of Pomona starter Ryan Dunn. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third on a ground ball out. First baseman Richard Seigel came to the plate and reached on an error by the Broncos' first baseman, allowing Rahn to score the game's first run. Seigel stole second and was plated by a single from shortstop Garrett Tuck.
CPP immediately got a run back in its half of the first inning, but it would prove to be its lone score of the game. The first two batters were retired before catcher Jenzen Torres took a 2-2 offering from Goodbrand over the wall for his second home run of the season.
The Tritons tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Designated hitter Nick La Face ripped a one-out double down the right field line and moved to third on the next at-bat as Seigel singled to center. Tuck also came through again, singling to left to score La Face. The Broncos went to the bullpen and replaced Dunn with Jake Reed. With Tuck on first and Seigel at second, third baseman Jonah Northrop reached on a fielder's choice, but an infield error allowed Seigel to come all the way around and score, giving UCSD a 4-1 lead. Catcher Brett Levy flied out to right for the second out and Tuck was gunned down at the plate on the play to end the inning.
La Face doubled again in the seventh inning, driving in UCSD's fifth run as Rahn crossed the plate after reaching base on a lead-off single. La Face's two-bagger was the 10th hit for the Tritons in the game. He took second base on a ground out and scored on a single by Tuck, who picked up his third RBI of the afternoon, equaling a career-best.
Goodbrand shut Pomona down in the final inning, inducing two ground ball outs and a pop-up to shortstop to cap off his stellar performance.
"This team showed a lot of grit today to come out and be aggressive," said UCSD head coach Eric Newman. "The guys showed a lot of resolve and faith and I was really proud of the way they competed with two strikes. It was fun to watch."
It was the second consecutive game that Tuck recorded three hits and the second time this season that La Face had multiple doubles in a game. He hit four two-baggers on Feb. 12 at Colorado Mesa.
UCSD and Cal Poly Pomona conclude the series Saturday with a noon doubleheader at Triton Ballpark in La Jolla. UCSD students are admitted free with a valid ID and general admission tickets are $5. If you can't make it to the park, both games will be covered by live video and live stats.
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