Tritons Split With Gators, Walk Off in 11th Inning in Game Two
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 13 University of California San Diego softball team split with San Francisco State in a doubleheader on Thursday evening. The Tritons move to 17-5 overall and 15-4 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play with the result, while SF State moves to 12-10 on the season and 9-10 in conference action.
Game One: SF State 14, UC San Diego 10
It was a high-scoring affair in game one. Sherriah Harrington and Clarissa Reynoso netted two RBIs each in the early innings, helping the Tritons to a 4-0 lead after three. After back-and-forth scoring from both teams, the score stood at 5-2 in UC San Diego’s favor heading into the sixth.
The sixth inning was difficult for the Triton defense and pitching staff, but the bats looked to put together a comeback. Behind 14-5, the Tritons’ own sixth inning fireworks pulled them back within five. Danica Kazakoff stroked a triple down the left field line to start the inning, and a double by Maddy Lewis quickly brought her home. Lewis would later score when Harrington recorded a double of her own. Clarissa Reynoso and Kinley Kyro also drove in a run apiece during the inning to bring the score to 14-9.
In the seventh, the duo of Kazakoff and Lewis were at it again. Kazakoff walked to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position by stealing second. Lewis’ single up the middle knocked her in, but UC San Diego was unable to complete the comeback. The Tritons ultimately dropped game one, 10-14.
Game Two: UC San Diego 3, SF State 2
Despite the high-scoring first game, things were much quieter in the second. The Gators managed to get a run off of Robyn Wampler in the third, but the Tritons evened the score in the fourth. Mikaila Reyes blasted a solo home run over the left field fence to make it a 1-1 ballgame.
It continued to be pitcher’s duel the rest of the way. With the teams still tied after seven, the Tritons and Gators headed into extras.
Things remained quiet in extras as well, until a Triton error and Gator single allowed SF State to grab a narrow 2-1 lead in the 11th, but the Tritons fought back. In the bottom of the inning, UC San Diego tied the game when Reyes scored on a fielder’s choice by Keila Bosinger. With the bases loaded and one out, Danica Kazakoff came through with a clutch single to the Gator second baseman, and Alyssa Wing crossed home plate to secure the walk-off win.
In the pitcher’s circle, Wampler’s efforts kept the Tritons in the game. The sophomore pitched all 11 innings and surrendered just one earned run, while striking out seven Gators.
The series between the Tritons and Gators continues tomorrow afternoon. First pitch of tomorrow’s doubleheader is slated for noon.
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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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