Perfect Defense and Dazzling Pitching as No. 11 Tritons Defeat Chaminade and No. 5 Concordia Irvine
TURLOCK, Calif. – The No. 11 University of California San Diego softball team remains perfect after the second day of the Tournament of Champions in Turlock, taking down Chaminade and No. 5 Concordia Irvine. With the pair of victories, UC San Diego improves to 24-6 on the season. It was a top effort all-around from the Tritons in both contests, from the batter’s box, to the field, to the pitcher’s circle.
Game Three: UC San Diego 7, Chaminade 1
The Tritons got on the scoreboard first in game three, putting up a run in the first inning. After Danica Kazakoff walked and stole second, Maddy Lewis’ flyout to right was deep enough for Kazakoff to take third. The junior came around to score when Sherriah Harrington ripped a single down the right field line, giving the Tritons a 1-0 advantage.
In the fourth, the Tritons extended their lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, pinch hitter Isabel Lavrov got the job done. Lavrov smacked a single to left center to send Clarissa Reynoso home and put the Tritons up 2-0.
Two innings later, UC San Diego piled on. Back-to-back doubles by Brittney Ross-Smith and Mikaila Reyes started a barrage of hits and gave the Tritons another run. Alyssa Wing and Danielle Stedman followed with back-to-back singles to make it a 4-0 game. After Bosinger walked, the bases were juiced. Kazakoff’s groundout brought one run home, and Harrington’s triple later in the inning secured a 7-0 lead for the Tritons.
Pitcher Alanna Phillips mowed through the Chaminade lineup, only surrendering one run in the seventh inning. Phillips allowed just three hits across seven innings, all of which were singles. The junior also tallied four Silversword strikeouts. With her complete-game win, Phillips improves to 8-1 on the season.
Defensively, the Tritons did not commit an error the entire game.
Game Four: UC San Diego 4, Concordia Irvine 1
The Tritons struck first against the Eagles as well. With one out in the third, Bosinger sent a single into right center field. Later in the inning, with two outs, Bosinger stole second to move into scoring position for Lewis. Lewis came up with a clutch hit, driving a single down the right field line to send Bosinger home and give the Tritons a 1-0 lead.
UC San Diego added to its advantage in the fifth. Kazakoff led off with a single, and advanced all the way to third on an error by the Eagles. The following batter, Lewis, was hit by a pitch and stole second to move into scoring position as well. Harrington’s flyout to left sent home Kazakoff, and Lewis moved to third. The next batter, Reynoso, executed a perfect bunt single that allowed Lewis to score, bringing the Tritons’ lead to 3-0.
In the seventh, UC San Diego extended its lead. Back-to-back two-out singles by Brittney Ross-Smith and Mikaila Reyes put two runners on, and pinch runner Brittney Baisden came around to score on an Eagle error.
As in the previous game, the Tritons’ opponent managed one run in the seventh, but that was the entirety of their scoring throughout the contest. Robyn Wampler held the Concordia Irvine bats quiet, scattering six hits across seven innings. The sophomore notched three strikeouts, while only walking one Eagle batter. With the complete-game victory, Wampler improves to 12-4 on the season.
Head Coach Patti Gerckens was thrilled with both of the Triton pitchers’ performances on the day.
“[Alanna and Robyn] were just stellar on the mound,” Gerckens said. “They were very composed. They were in control of their pitches and emotions, and they competed very well.”
Defensively, UC San Diego was perfect once again, not committing an error. For Gerckens, this was another highlight from the day.
“I’m very proud,” Gerckens said. “We played two games where we didn’t make any errors and that really makes our pitchers pitch even better. There’s a confidence that happens throughout the team. In general, everyone did such a good job. Danica has been exceptional at shortstop, as she was last year, but I would definitely say it was a team effort."
The Tritons will conclude action at the Tournament of Champions tomorrow morning. The final game for UC San Diego features Simon Fraser, with first pitch slated for 9 a.m. UC San Diego has only met with Simon Fraser once before in program history, capturing the win.
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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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