No. 9 Tritons Fall in Pair of Nonconference Contests Against Azusa Pacific
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 9 University of California San Diego softball team fell to Azusa Pacific in both games of its home doubleheader this afternoon. With the losses, the Tritons move to 26-9 on the season, while the Cougars improve to 21-13.
Game One: Azusa Pacific 2, UC San Diego 1
All of the scoring action for both teams in game one took place early on. A two-run homer put Azusa Pacific on the scoreboard in the first, but the Tritons responded in the second. UC San Diego took advantage of back-to-back errors by the Cougars, which put Alyssa Wing and Clarissa Reynoso on first and second, respectively. Mikaila Reyes then stroked a clutch single to center field, bringing Reynoso home and cutting the deficit to one.
After the Cougar home run, starting pitcher Robyn Wampler settled in and cruised, but the Triton bats were unable to give her a boost. Wampler tossed a complete game, scattering six hits and allowing just the two-run homer, but ultimately took the loss in the pitchers’ duel. The sophomore racked up eight strikeouts across her seven innings of work.
Game Two: Azusa Pacific 8, UC San Diego 2
In game two, the Tritons once again capitalized on Cougar miscues. A walk to Keila Bosinger started the first inning, and a throwing error by the Cougar first baseman while Danica Kazakoff attempted a sacrifice bunt made it two runners on for the Tritons without an out. The next batter, Maddy Lewis, bunted to move both Triton base runners into scoring position.
Later in the inning, the Cougar catcher attempted to catch Kazakoff off of second base, but a poor throw allowed Bosinger to come home instead. The issues continued for Azusa Pacific, as back-to-back wild pitches brought home Kazakoff as well. Despite no hits for the Tritons in the first, UC San Diego grabbed a 2-0 lead.
From then on, it was all the Cougars’ bats. UC San Diego ultimately fell, 8-2.
UC San Diego will return to conference action on April 19 and 20, as they head north for a four-game series with Cal State San Marcos. The action begins with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on April 19 and will continue with another doubleheader at noon on April 20.
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