No. 8 Tritons Split Doubleheader With Pioneers at Ohlone College
FREMONT, Calif. – The No. 8 University of California San Diego softball team split with Cal State East Bay in a doubleheader at Ohlone Junior College on Friday. With the outcome, the Tritons move to 26-7 on the season and 19-6 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play, while the Pioneers move to 10-26 overall and 6-18 in conference action.
Game One: UC San Diego 5, Cal State East Bay 4
After the Pioneers grabbed an early 1-0 lead in game one, the Tritons answered in the third. Danica Kazakoff reached on a fielder’s choice, and a single to right field by Maddy Lewis put runners on first and second for Sherriah Harrington. Harrington drove a single down the left field line, sending home Kazakoff and moving Lewis to second.
The next batter, Brittney Ross-Smith, followed up with a bases-clearing double to put the Tritons up 3-1. Entering the game, the junior was tied for third in the conference with 10 doubles on the season.
The Pioneers tied things up in the second half of the inning, and neither team was able to score again until the sixth, when the Tritons regained their lead. Danielle Stedman reached on a Pioneer error, and later stole third. Then, Keila Bosinger crushed a double to right field, bringing Stedman around to score. Bosinger, who advanced to third on a wild pitch, would score on a sacrifice fly by Harrington to extend the Tritons’ lead to 5-3.
Cal State East Bay tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth, but it was not enough to overcome the Tritons, who came away with a 5-4 victory.
In the pitcher’s circle, Robyn Wampler surrendered three earned runs over seven innings pitched. The sophomore recorded four strikeouts, while walking just two Pioneer batters.
Game Two: Cal State East Bay 8, UC San Diego 3
In game two, the Tritons’ efforts at the plate were not enough to top the Pioneers. UC San Diego nabbed their first of three runs when Stedman scored on a wild pitch in the third.
The Tritons tacked on two more in the seventh. Pinch hitter Alyssa Wing smacked a double to left field, and scored when Bosinger ripped a triple down the right field line. When the next batter, Kazakoff, grounded out to the Pioneer shortstop, Bosinger came around to score the Tritons’ final run.
In the pitcher’s circle, three Triton pitchers saw work. Alanna Phillips tossed 3.2 innings, allowing two earned runs, Dominique Acosta surrendered three earned runs over 1.1 innings, and Wampler gave up two earned runs across 1.0 inning.
“There were times we hit the ball hard and it was right at their players,” said Head Coach Patti Gerckens about the contests. “Their team did a good job of getting their barrels to the ball and getting a lot of hits when they needed to. We watched too many good pitches and swung at bad pitches. The overall theme is that we need to be more disciplined at the plate, and we need to get our pitchers back on track for tomorrow.”
The Tritons and Pioneers will play their second doubleheader tomorrow afternoon. The action is slated to begin at 11 a.m. at San Francisco State.
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