No. 23 Tritons Come Out on Top in Pair of Extra Inning Thrillers
LA JOLLA, Calif – The No. 23 University of California San Diego softball team picked up a pair of extra-inning thriller wins over Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. The Tritons improves to 7-2 and 5-1 in conference play, while Monterey Bay moves to 5-4 on the season and 4-2 in CCAA action.
Game one: Tritons 2, Otters 1 (9 innings)
Isabel Lavrov was the hero of game one. With a 1-1 tie in the ninth, Mikaila Reyes started things off with a double down the left field line. Brittney Ross-Smith then supplied a sacrifice bunt to move Reyes to third. After a walk to Clarissa Reynoso, Lavrov came up to the plate with two on and one out. Her hit to left field was all the Tritons needed, sending Reyes home and giving the Tritons the 2-1 victory.
Robyn Wampler pitched all nine innings, securing the complete-game win. The sophomore allowed just one earned run to the Otters during the game.
Game two: Tritons 4, Otters 3 (10 innings)
Game two brought more extra-inning fireworks. This time, Alyssa Wing came through with a clutch solo home run in the 10th inning to put the Tritons on top, 4-3. The first-year Triton brought her best throughout the game, going 3-for-4.
Alanna Phillips got the start in the second game, pitching the first five innings and surrendering just one earned run. Wampler picked up where she left off, coming in after the fifth inning. The reigning CCAA Pitcher of the Week was impressive once more, giving up only one hit and holding the Otters scoreless in the remaining five innings. Wampler also picked up six strikeouts along the way.
Tomorrow, both teams return to action. The doubleheader, which was originally slated to start at 11 a.m., will now begin at 10 a.m. due to weather.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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