SSU baseball falls in playoff opener 3-0

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

UC San Diego did all its scoring in the seventh inning as the Tritons defeated Sonoma State, 3-0, Thursday night in an opening round game of the NCAA Division II West Regional in La Jolla.

The Seawolves play Dixie State at 11 a.m. today in an elimination game.

Pitcher Jason Richards, who was making the first start of his college career, pitched shutout ball through six innings and left after the lead-off man reached in the seventh.

Aaron Gillis came on and allowed three hits, including a two-run triple to Brandon Shirley and a single to left by Eric Lewis.

“Gillis was a little excited when he came in,” coach John Goelz said.

“He overthrew the ball and it flattened out.”

Trevor Scott, now 7-2, limited Sonoma State to five singles.

The Seawolves’ best scoring opportunity came in the ninth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. However, the next batter struck out and the game ended with a routine fly ball.

“The difference was that we got no two-out hits and no hits with runners in scoring position,” Goelz said.

“We played good defense and Richards pitched a great game.”

The SSU hits were by: Jordan Weiks, Jackson Stogner, Steve Moen, Wesley Wallace and Dan Caresio.

The Seawolves (27-17) are the No. 6 and lowest seed in the double-elimination regional. San Diego (36-14) is the top seed.

This is the second year in a row Sonoma State has made it to the tournament and 11th time since 1998.

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