20. UC SAN DIEGO TRITONS (33-24)
Final 2012 Ranking: Not Ranked
The Tritons spent more of 2012 in the unsavory “receiving votes” section of the national rankings. Despite a substandard year by recent Triton standards, UCSD did complete the regular season as the CCAA co-champions along with Chico State. It was the Tritons fourth consecutive conference crown. UCSD consequently earned an invite to the West Regional where they went 1-2, with both of their losses to Dixie State. The Tritons will once again go head to head with the Wildcats for conference supremacy, and with a talented veteran group back on the diamond, the Tritons will be competing for a return trip to Cary as well.
Head Coach Eric Newman could practically reuse some of last year’s lineup cards with as
a cache of vets will be in the starting nine. Danny Susdorf, who has amassed 220 hits while wearing a Triton jersey, will be back once more. Last season the former Sportscenter Top Playmaker led the team with a .393 batting average and had 26 extra base hits. He also added 26 stolen bases and only struck out 15 times in 214 at bats. Other potent bats returning to the beach include Garrett Tuck who hit .362, Nick LaFace who led the team with five home runs and batted .294 and big swinging first baseman Richard Seigel who earned a .296 batting average. Dillon Moyer, the son of former MLB All Star Jamie Moyer, is projected to be UCSD’s starting shortstop after transferring from UC Irvine where he made 31 starts in 40 appearances last season.
The staff ace will once again be Ryan Goodbrand who won 11 games (tied for eighth in the nation) and had a 2.90 ERA. Trevor Scott also put up impressive numbers, posting a 2.82 ERA and held opposing batters to a .208 batting average. Richard Kilbury has the most appearances (44) of any Triton on the roster and excelled in a setup role last season. In 26.1 innings, Kilbury only allowed 20 hits and nine walks and had a 2.73 ERA and 3-0 record. Sophomore Dan Kolodin made nine relief appearances last year, but after an impressive offseason he is a candidate to join the starting rotation.