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Sophomore shortstop Danica Kazakoff and the Tritons pulled out two more victories on Day 2 of the Desert Stinger Tournament.

Tritons Rally to Beat Azusa Pacific, 11-10; Hold Off Academy of Art, 4-2, on Day 2 of Desert Stinger


LAS VEGAS - Freshman Sherriah Harrington (Chula Vista/Eastlake HS) hit a home run in her first career start and finished the day a combined 5-for-7 with five RBI, lifting the University of California San Diego softball team to victories over Academy of Art, 4-2, and Azusa Pacific, 11-10, on Day 2 of the Desert Stinger Tournament.

UC San Diego (4-0) has won its first four games of the season for the second-consecutive year, and has won 10-straight games dating back to last season.

Game 1

Harrington went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and three RBI in her first career start to lift the Tritons past Academy of Art, 4-2.

Fellow freshman Bobbi Aguirre put the Tritons ahead 1-0 early with an RBI double to left center, scoring senior Kelsi Maday in the first.

Harrington homered down the left field line in the fourth and added a two-out, two-run double to left center in the fifth to make it 4-1.

Sophomore Alanna Phillips pitched 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out two to record her first career victory in the pitcher’s circle. Freshman Robyn Wampler closed the game’s final 2.1 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits with two strikeouts.

Game 2

The Tritons battled back from a four-run deficit to knock off Azusa Pacific, 11-10, in their second game of the day.

Maday went 2-for-4 with her first home run of the season, senior Kendall Baker finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and freshman third baseman Isabel Lavrov was 3-for-3 with four RBI.

Maday began the three-run rally in the sixth with a single to center and Baker followed with a bunt single to put two on with none out. Harrington continued her heroics with an RBI single to right to cut the Tritons' deficit to 10-9.

Sophomore Mikaila Reyes came through with an RBI single to knot the score, and senior Kendall Woken followed with an RBI sacrifice bunt to score Harrington and put the Tritons on top for good, 11-10. Phillips pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn her second victory of the day.

UC San Diego scored three runs in the third to take a one-run advantage, but Azusa Pacific (2-3) responded with five in the top half of the fourth to regain the lead, 9-5.

Maday quickly answered with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, cutting the deficit to three.

The Tritons conclude tournament play on Sunday against Saint Martin’s, beginning at 11:30 a.m.


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