No. 23 Tritons Take Two From Toros in Home Opener Doubleheader
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 23 University of California San Diego softball team took two from the Toros today as they swept their home opener doubleheader. In game one, the Tritons came away with a 4-2 win, while in game two, they earned a 3-1 victory. The Tritons improve to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in CCAA play, while Cal State Dominguez Hills falls to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
In game one, UC San Diego took an early lead. Sherriah Harrington led off the game with a double, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Danica Kazakoff. Maddy Lewis’ sacrifice fly sent Harrington home to put the Tritons up 1-0.
After the Toros took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, the Tritons answered in the bottom of the inning. UC San Diego took advantage of a Toro error and five Tritons recorded singles to help put three runs on the scoreboard and take back the lead.
Alanna Phillips and Robyn Wampler combined to keep the Toros in check in game one. Phillips’ only blemish was a two-run home run by the Toros, which provided their only runs of the game. The junior allowed only two other hits and walked just one batter over five innings.
Wampler came in after the fifth to pitch the final two innings. The sophomore allowed just one hit to the seven batters she faced, and ultimately earned the save.
Wampler got the start in game two and continued to dominate. The Berkeley native scattered four Toro hits throughout the early innings, and did not allow a hit in her final three innings. Wampler pitched a complete game, surrendering only one walk and just one earned run.
The Triton bats gave Wampler the support she needed. Freshman Kinley Kyro led off the second inning with a double to left center field, and later came around to score on a single by classmate Clarissa Reynoso.
In the next inning, UC San Diego added on two more. After leading off with a single to right field, Harrington once again advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Kazakoff. Lewis then took a walk, putting runners on first and second. Later in the inning, Kyro rocketed another double into center field to gain a 3-1 advantage for the Tritons. Neither team scored in the final four innings, making the 3-1 score a final.
The Tritons return to action for the second half of their series with Cal State Dominguez Hills tomorrow afternoon. Game one of the doubleheader will begin at noon, with game two to follow at approximately 2 p.m. Admission to the games is free.
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