No. 23 Tritons Complete Four Game Sweep of Otters Behind Dominant Pitching
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 23 University of California San Diego softball team completed a four-game sweep of Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday afternoon. With the victories, the Tritons improve to 9-2 on the season and 7-1 in CCAA play, while the Otters fall to 5-6 overall and an even 4-4 in conference action.
Game Three: UCSD 2, CSUMB 1
The Otters were able to put a run on the scoreboard in the first inning, but the Tritons answered in the second. After Brittney Ross-Smith singled to center field, Clarissa Reynoso rocketed the ball over the center field fence, giving the Tritons a 2-1 lead.
Those were all of the runs that the Tritons would need, as Robyn Wampler dazzled in the pitcher’s circle. Over the course of seven innings, she threw a one-hitter, and did not allow an earned run. Wampler was the definition of control, not surrendering a single walk or extra-base hit during the entirety of the game. The sophomore also racked up five strikeouts in the process. Her dominant performance earned her the win, her fourth of the season.
Game Four: UCSD 6, CSUMB 2
In game four, with starters Dominique Acosta and Celeste Villagrana locked in a pitcher’s duel, the Tritons broke the scoreless tie in the fourth. Ross-Smith led off the inning with a double, and came around to score when Alyssa Wing singled through the left side.
The Tritons tacked on another run in the next inning. This time, Lewis led off the inning with a double. Mikaila Reyes bunted her over to third, and Lewis was able to score on a groundout by Ross-Smith.
Wampler played a crucial role in game four as well. With the game on the line, tied up at 2-2, the Berkeley native entered the game. She held the Otters scoreless over the final 1.1 innings of the contest, long enough for the Triton lineup to provide the offense they needed to claim the win.
It was UC San Diego’s big sixth inning that put them on top. With Danielle Stedman and Sherriah Harrington on base, Danica Kazakoff came through with a clutch double to right center field, knocking in two runs and giving the Tritons the lead. Maddy Lewis then followed up with a double of her own to bring Kazakoff home. The Tritons’ final run came when Ross-Smith singled to drive in Lewis.
Next, the Tritons hit the road for their first conference road games of the season. UC San Diego will face the Warriors of Stanislaus State in a pair of doubleheaders at 3 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 23.
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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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