No. 10 Tritons Win Series Against Cougars, Gerckens Earns 750th Career Win
SAN MARCOS, Calif. – The No. 10 University of California San Diego softball team captured the series against California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) foe Cal State San Marcos with a pair of wins, 5-2 and 3-0, in San Marcos on Saturday afternoon. With the victories, UC San Diego improves to 29-10 on the season and 22-7 in CCAA play, while the Cougars fall to 12-29 overall and 8-26 in conference action. The final win of the series was Patti Gerckens’ 750th career win, as she now holds a record of 750-597.
Game Three: UC San Diego 5, Cal State San Marcos 2
The Tritons got on the scoreboard early in game one. Keila Bosinger led off the contest by stroking a double to left center field, and Danica Kazakoff’s sacrifice bunt moved her to third. The next batter, Maddy Lewis, smacked a sacrifice fly to left field, and Bosinger was able to come home.
UC San Diego extended its lead in the second inning. With one out, Sherriah Harrington sent a single into shallow right field. Later in the inning, Mikaila Reyes crushed a two-run homer to left field, giving the Tritons a 3-0 advantage. The homer was Reyes’ third of the season.
Harrington went deep for her second hit of the game. Her solo shot in the fourth inning brought the score to 4-0.
In the seventh, the Tritons tacked on another run, taking advantage of Cougar miscues. Alyssa Wing reached on an error by the Cougar third baseman, and moved to second on a groundout by Reyes. Kinley Kyro then singled to right, and an error by the right fielder allowed Wing plenty of time to cross home plate.
Coming off of yesterday’s no-hitter, Robyn Wampler again was in control in the pitcher’s circle. Wampler cruised through the first few innings, not even surrendering a hit until the fourth inning. The sophomore held the Cougars scoreless until the seventh, but a two-run shot by Cal State San Marcos put them on the scoreboard. Wampler closed things out after that, coming away with the complete-game win.
Game Four: UC San Diego 3, Cal State San Marcos 0
In game four, the Tritons again scored early. This time, Bosinger started off the contest with a single to right center field, and was able to steal second base. Kazakoff’s groundout allowed Bosinger to move to third for Lewis. The senior then came through by drilling a double to the left field fence, and Bosinger came home.
The Tritons tacked on a run to their lead in the fifth. Reyes stroked a double to left field to lead off the inning, and Wing’s sacrifice bunt advanced her to third. Bosinger then smacked a sacrifice fly to deep left field, and Reyes came around to score.
UC San Diego’s third and final run came in the seventh inning, when Brittney Baisden came around to score on an error by the Cougar shortstop.
In the pitcher’s circle, starting pitcher Alanna Phillips held the Cougars scoreless, scattering four hits – all singles – across four innings. Phillips also recorded four strikeouts and did not walk a single Cougar batter.
Dominique Acosta came in in relief for the fifth inning, not surrendering a hit and protecting the shutout.
In the sixth, Wampler entered the pitcher’s circle. Like Acosta, she held the Cougars hitless to preserve the shutout. Wampler also picked up a pair of strikeouts during her two innings.
When the Tritons return to action, they will conclude their regular season. UC San Diego will play host to Cal State San Bernardino for a pair of doubleheaders on April 25 and 26, with Senior Day taking place on April 26.
In addition, the Tritons have clinched a spot in the CCAA Tournament, as well as a first round bye.
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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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