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Toreros Fan 13, but season still ends at NCAA Regional in 4-2 loss to UCSB

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Jakob Christian is surrounded by his USD teammates after pulling the team closer, trailing 4-2, on a home run. But that ended the scoring for the Toreros, who were eliminated in their NCAA Regional. Photo credit: @USDbaseball via X

The University of San Diego could not defeat No. 14 UC Santa Barbara in Sunday’s elimination game at the NCAA Regional in Santa Barbara, falling 4-2.

With the loss, the Toreros, winners of both the West Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles, finish the year at 41-15. UCSB (44-13) will face Oregon in the regional final, in a rematch of a Saturday game in which Oregon had the upper hand.

Starter Logan Reddemann gave up two-run homeruns in the second and third inning to Jonah Sebring and Ivan Brethowr, respectively, and the runs held for the Gauchos.

Trailing 4-0, the Toreros finally got to starter Mike Gutierrez in the sixth thanks to WCC Player of the Year Jakob Christian. With Ariel Armas on, he offered up a two-run homer of his own to cut UCSB’s lead in half.

But that would be all, despite a golden opportunity in the seventh when they knocked out Gutierrez and had two runners in scoring position with one out. But a botched squeeze play eliminated Justin DeCriscio at home and left Dustin Allen stranded after reliever Jackson Flora struck out Angelo Peraza on a deep flyout.

Gaucho Cole Tryba earned the save by shutting out the Toreros in two innings of work, giving up no hits. However, he did walk Allen with two outs in the top of the ninth, bringing Will Worthington to the plate for the tying run.

And he worked Tryba hard, hitting six foul balls after falling behind 1-2, but striking out swinging on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.

Christian and Allen each had two hits in the losing effort, while the Toreros combined to strike out 13 Gauchos. Reddemann, who took the loss, had seven Ks, and Ivran Romero, who pinned him, six.

The winner of the Santa Barbara region will advance to the Super Regionals, where the College World Series participants will be determined.

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