No. 17 Tritons Pick Up a Pair of Road Wins in Turlock
TURLOCK, Calif. – The No. 17 University of California San Diego softball team picked up a pair of wins at Stanislaus State on Friday. The Tritons improve to 11-2 on the season and 9-2 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play, while the Warriors fall to 4-11 overall and 1-9 in conference action.
Game one: UC San Diego 8, Stanislaus State 3
The Tritons jumped out to an early lead in game one. Sherriah Harrington and Danica Kazakoff started things off with back-to-back singles. Maddy Lewis then moved the pair into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Coming through in the clutch, Mikaila Reyes sent a single up the middle to drive in both Harrington and Kazakoff, giving the Tritons a 2-0 advantage.
The Warriors evened things in the bottom of the first, and were able to tack on a run in the fourth, but the Tritons responded in the fifth. Danielle Stedman bunted her way to first base to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Harrington. When Kazakoff attempted a bunt as well, the Warrior third baseman botched the play, and Stedman was able to cross home plate to tie the game.
The Tritons pulled ahead during a big sixth inning, with all five of their runs coming with two outs. Clarissa Reynoso, who reached base on a walk, came around to score on a Warrior error. Another Stanislaus State miscue on the following play brought Alyssa Wing home, giving the Tritons a 5-3 lead.
Danielle Stedman, who was at the plate during the second error of the inning, stole third base. Then, it was back-to-back-to-back hits from the Tritons. First, Harrington drove in Stedman with a single to center field. Kazakoff then stroked a double to left field to move Harrington to third. Lewis’ single brought home both runners, giving UC San Diego its 8-3 lead, which lasted through the end of the game.
In the pitcher’s circle, reigning CCAA Pitcher of the Week Robyn Wampler tossed a complete game. The sophomore scattered five hits across seven innings, and only allowed two earned runs. Wampler picked up seven strikeouts along the way.
Game two: UC San Diego 4, Stanislaus State 2
Harrington made an early impact in game two, leading off the game with a blast. Despite falling behind in the count, 0-2, the sophomore came back by sending a solo shot over the left field fence.
The Warriors tied it up in the bottom of the first, but the Tritons answered in the second. Brittney Ross-Smith drilled a double to left field, and came around to score on a throwing error by the Warrior pitcher to give UC San Diego a 2-1 lead.
UC San Diego continued to add to its lead in the third. Kazakoff, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning, eventually came around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Reyes.
In the seventh, the Tritons scored their final run. Stedman opened the inning by drawing a walk, and moved to second on a passed ball. Keila Bosinger bunted her over to third, and Stedman came home on a groundout by Kazakoff.
Alanna Phillips got the start, pitching six innings while only allowing two earned runs and surrendering just two walks. Wampler came in to pitch the final inning, striking out two and ultimately earning the save.
For Head Coach Patti Gerckens, the victories came with some important learning experiences.
“We did capitalize on some of [the Warriors’] mistakes, but we need to make adjustments a lot faster,” Gerckens said. “We made some baserunning mistakes as well. I think we came back in the second game and competed a lot better. As for pitching, Robyn kept them off balance. Both she and Alanna started off with a little hesitancy but got stronger as the games went on.”
The Tritons and Warriors will face off in another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.
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