No. 14 Tritons Fall in Game One, Put Up 14 Runs in Dominant Game Two Win
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The No. 14 University of California San Diego softball team split its doubleheader with Sonoma State on Friday afternoon. With the result, the Tritons move to 16-4 on the season and 14-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) action, while the Seawolves move to 6-8 overall and 4-5 in conference play.
Game one: Sonoma State 3, UC San Diego 1
In game one, Sonoma State took an early 2-0 lead in the first and tacked on another run in the third. Two innings later, the Tritons cut the deficit. Kinley Kyro was hit by a pitch at the start of the inning, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Kyro then moved to third on a groundout by Isabel Lavrov, and later came home on a sacrifice fly by Danica Kazakoff.
That was the only run for the Tritons, as Sonoma State starter Brielle Vidmar was unhittable. Neither team scored for the remainder of the contest, and the Seawolves came away with a 3-1 win.
In the pitcher’s circle, Robyn Wampler tossed a complete game. The sophomore surrendered only two earned runs over six innings, striking out five Seawolf batters along the way.
“They didn’t compete in game one at all and that was very disappointing,” said Head Coach Patti Gerckens about the team’s performance. “We were watching third strikes, swinging at ball four, and swinging at pitches when I’m giving signs to take. I think Robyn pitched a great game and we needed to do better."
Game two: UC San Diego 14, Sonoma State 2 (5 innings)
Game two was a turnaround for the Tritons’ offensive efforts. In the second inning, Kyro singled and Lavrov doubled to put two runners on for Keila Bosinger. The freshman sent the ball over the right field fence, recording her second home run of the year and giving the Tritons a 3-0 lead.
With a new Seawolf in the pitcher’s circle, the Tritons continued to pile on. Kazakoff reached on an error by the Sonoma State shortstop, and Maddy Lewis and Sherriah Harrington were both hit by pitches to load the bases. Back-to-back singles by Mikaila Reyes and Alyssa Wing brought home two runs to put UC San Diego up, 5-0. The Tritons’ final run of the inning came on a passed ball, as Harrington was able to capitalize off the Seawolf miscue to bring the score to 6-0.
The Tritons were back at it again in the third. Kazakoff stroked a single to left center field, and Lewis’ double to right brought her home. With Clarissa Reynoso up to bat, Lewis was able to round home plate as well, as Reynoso sent a single up the middle. Later in the inning, with two outs, Reyes smacked a double to left field to put two runners in scoring position for Wing. Wing came through with a single to left, bringing the score to 10-0.
After Sonoma State put up two runs, the Tritons added on again. In the fifth, a pair of two-run blasts helped secure the victory for UC San Diego. First, it was Wing who homered to left to give the Tritons a 12-2 advantage. Later in the inning, Bosinger notched her second dinger of the day, homering to left to bring the score to its final of 14-2.
Wing and Bosinger tied with a game-high five RBIs each. Gerckens discussed the pair’s contributions.
“I think Keila has really contributed a lot in the last couple weekends,” Gerckens said. “She’s our leadoff and she’s getting on base and getting RBIs, and that’s really fun to see from her. Keila really hustles. Wing had been struggling a little bit, but she made the adjustments we talked about and that was great to see.”
In the pitcher’s circle, Alanna Phillips tossed the first four innings, allowing just two earned runs to the Seawolves without surrendering a walk. Grace Garcia came in for the final inning, keeping the Sonoma State bats quiet and allowing only a single.
The Tritons and Seawolves will resume their series tomorrow afternoon. The doubleheader is slated to start at 11 a.m. at Santa Rosa Junior College.
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