Bosinger With Walk-Off Double, Wampler Tosses Shutout as No. 11 Tritons Take Two
TURLOCK, Calif. – The No. 11 University of California San Diego softball team came away with a pair of nonconference victories on the opening day of the Tournament of Champions in Turlock. The Tritons improve to 22-6 on the season with the two wins.
Game One: UC San Diego 3, Northwest Nazarene 0
Reigning California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Pitcher of the Week Robyn Wampler was dominant once again in game one, cruising through the Nighthawk lineup. Wampler tossed a two-hitter, not surrendering a run to Northwest Nazarene. The sophomore was in complete control throughout the entirety of the contest, striking out 11 Nighthawk batters while walking just two.
The Tritons gave Wampler an early lead to protect. Keila Bosinger led off with a double to right center field in the first inning, and moved to third when Danica Kazakoff grounded out to the Nighthawk third baseman. On the next play, UC San Diego capitalized on a throwing error by Northwest Nazarene, and Bosinger crossed home to put the Tritons on the scoreboard.
UC San Diego added to its lead in the fifth. Again, the Tritons led off with a double, this time drilled by Danielle Stedman to left center. Later in the inning, with two outs, Maddy Lewis smacked a homer over the center field fence to give the Tritons a 3-0 lead. That was all the Tritons would need behind lights-out Wampler, and UC San Diego came away with the win.
“Robyn’s pitches were working great,” said Head Coach Patti Gerckens about her pitcher’s performance. “She really kept them off balance. They’re a good hitting team, but she really dominated, and our defense was good behind her.”
Game Two: UC San Diego 6, Academy of Art 5
It was a quiet first few innings for both teams’ bats in game two, but that would quickly change. When the Urban Knights took a 2-0 lead in the fourth, the Tritons responded. Mikaila Reyes and Brittney Ross-Smith led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and both runners were in scoring position following a sacrifice bunt by Alyssa Wing. When Isabel Lavrov reached on a fielder’s choice, the bases were loaded for Bosinger. Bosinger came through with a single to right center, bringing home Ross-Smith.
With the bases still loaded, Kazakoff followed with a single of her own, and Lavrov and Wing both came around to score on the play. Later in the inning, with two outs, the Tritons tacked on their fourth run when Sherriah Harrington sent a single to left to score Kazakoff.
After Lewis’ sacrifice fly in the sixth gave the Tritons a 5-2 lead, things got tricky in the seventh. The Academy of Art managed to tie the game, sending it into the bottom of the seventh.
Ross-Smith drove a single through the left side with one out, and later moved to second after Stedman drew a two-out walk. Bosinger then smacked a clutch double to left field to send Ross-Smith home, sealing a walk-off victory for the Tritons.
In the pitcher’s circle, Alanna Phillips only surrendered two earned runs across 6.2 innings pitched while collecting four strikeouts. Dominique Acosta relieved Phillips in the seventh, tossing 1/3 of an inning and earning the win.
Gerckens praised Phillips’ performance in the pitcher’s circle.
“Alanna pitched just as well as Robyn did, but our defense let down,” said Gerckens. “That was very disappointing that our defense let down. The grit is great and I’m glad we came back and won, but we should be shutting the door on these teams.”
The Tritons will continue action tomorrow with another pair of games. At 10 a.m., UC San Diego is slated to face Chaminade. Around 12:30 p.m., the Tritons will take on No. 5 Concordia Irvine. The Tritons will look to continue their historic success against both teams, as they hold a 9-2 all-time record against Chaminade and a 15-7 mark in contests with Concordia Irvine.
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