Top-ranked UCSD was brimming with enthusiasm and loaded with confidence coming into the NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C.
No. 21-ranked Dowling put a damper on that.
Make that Dowling's Gabriel Duran (10-2), who pitched a three-hitter today in a 3-1 win over the Tritons at the USA Baseball Training Complex. Dowling struck out four, walked two, overcame two errors and allowed only an unearned run in the sixth inning.
UCSD's Tim Shibuya (8-5) allowed the three runs — two in the fourth and one in the eighth — over 7 2/3 innings.
There are more details on the game here.
UCSD (39-14) meets West Chester (46-10) on Tuesday in a losers' bracket game. All of the sudden the Tritons must win to keep a dream season from coming to an abrupt end in the double-elimination tournament.
Here's the CWS bracket right here.