LA JOLLA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific baseball team closed its 20-game road trip with a pair of losses against 25th ranked UC San Diego Saturday. The Cougars fell behind early in each game, facing a six-run deficit after two innings in both contests, falling 11-7 in game one before suffering a 16-0 defeat against the Tritons in the nightcap.
Blake James had a team-high three RBIs on the day, driving in three in the ninth inning of game one to pull Azusa Pacific within four runs. The Cougars, however, didn’t have much offense in game two, tallying four hits in their second shutout loss of the season.
Cam Bennett drove in two runs in the opener, while Matt Kimmel and Jordan Brower each tabbed RBIs.
The Tritons (29-13) batted around in the first inning of each game, scoring four times in both of the opening frames before adding a pair of runs in the second to put Azusa Pacific in a pair of early 6-0 holes.
Josh Staumont (7-4) suffered the loss in game one, surrendering six earned runs in 1.1 innings, and Joel Belk fell to 5-2 on the year with a game two defeat. Belk had nine runs against him (six earned) in 3.2 innings before four Cougar relievers combined for seven runs against over the course of the game. Wyatt Wood, Seth Gill, and Kyle Pine each notched scoreless outings, with Pine giving up just one hit to go with a strikeout in 1.2 innings.
The losses pushed Azusa Pacific’s record to 9-11 in its 20-game road trip. The Cougars will have a chance to get back on track against Cal Poly Pomona Tuesday at home, and will finish up the regular season with a four-game Pacific West Conference series beginning Thursday.