LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 22nd-ranked University of California San Diego softball team struggled to produce enough offense as it lost two games to non-conference opponent Concordia Irvine on Tuesday at Triton Softball Field.
After winning ten consecutive games, UC San Diego (20-10) has now lost five of its last six.
Concordia pitcher Callie Nunes tossed a complete-game shutout and held UC San Diego to just two hits as the Tritons fell 2-0 in the opener of the twin bill.
In the top of the fourth inning, Concordia's Amanda Gjertsen singled up the middle before being driven home by a Kailey Palazzolo triple to put the Eagles ahead 1-0.
Gjertsen and Palazzolo would strike again in the sixth inning. Gjertsen doubled down the right field line and was plated by a Palazzolo single to right, making the score 2-0 in favor of Concordia.
Wampler (14-10) turned in another strong effort as the freshman pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and striking out eight.
The Tritons could not manufacture enough offense to support a well-pitched performance by Phillips in a 2-1 loss in the second game of the doubleheader.
A sophomore, Phillips (4-4) allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out six across six frames.
In the first inning, Concordia's Ryann Ferguson walked and stole second. Gjertsen drove Ferguson in with a double to left center for her third RBI of the day, putting the Eagles ahead 1-0.
After Concordia tacked on another run in the second, UCSD would answer with its first run of the day in the fifth inning as senior Kelsi Maday doubled to drive in classmate Kendall Baker, pushing the score to 2-1.
Unfortunately, the Tritons would not score again as Nunes pitched the sixth and seventh innings in relief and did not allow a UCSD baserunner.
UC San Diego returns to action for a four-game road series against CCAA opponent San Francisco State with doubleheaders on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. First pitch for Friday is set for 1 p.m.