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Huskies Fall to UC San Diego 7-2 in First of Four Game Series

Feb 25, 2022

The Huskies got off to a slow start against strong UC San Diego pitching going 1-2-3 in both the first and second innings. The home team Tritons settled in comfortably getting to starter Adam Bloebaum for three in the first. 

In the third, Cam Clayton sparked the offense with a lead off double to left center.  The spark failed to ignite however, as Johnny Tincher followed ripping a shot to the shortstop who was able to make a play and caught Clayton hung out to dry at second. This proved to be the only threat of the inning for the Dawgs. In the bottom of the third, Triton bats remained hot as they plated two more for a 5-0 lead.

First Baseman Will Simpson lead off the fourth with something to prove as he jumped on the first pitch sending a rocket over the left field fence to put the Huskies on the board. It was his third homerun of the season. Coby Morales and AJ Guerrero each singled through the left side, but three consecutive outs closed out the fourth.

After giving up a hit to start the bottom of the fifth, Bloebaum got a much needed grounder for the double-play. The success was short-lived however, as the next batter sent one out to the right field scoreboard. Coach Lindsay Meggs went to his bullpen bringing in Josh Emanuels who gave up a single before setting the next batter down on three pitches.

The Husky offense flashed signs of life again in the seventh as back-to-back hits by Tincher and Urps set the table with runners on first and third and one out. The struggles continued for the Huskies however, as a pitching change led to consecutive strike outs. Then in the bottom half of the seventh, Emanuels saw his first pitch of the inning sail over the right field fence before delivering a ground out, HBP, and ground ball double play.

In the top of the eighth, Coby Morales stroked a one-out single and soon found himself on third after a pair of wild pitches. Following a walk by AJ Guerrero, Michael Snyder came through with a deep sacrifice fly to center to make it a 7-2 ballgame. Clayton kept the inning alive with a single up the middle, but a fly out to center by Tincher closed things out leaving two runners stranded.  In the bottom half of the eighth, Gianluca Shinn took the mound and made quick work of the Tritons throwing a ground out and two pop ups.  

Strong pitching was the theme of the night for the Tritons as they finished off the top of the ninth with a trio of strike outs to seal the 7-2 victory.