Champions! No. 9 Tritons Clinch Regular Season CCAA Title With Win Over Coyotes
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 9 University of California San Diego softball team clinched the regular-season California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title this afternoon with a 2-1 victory over conference foe Cal State San Bernardino. With the title-clinching win in game one and a loss in game two, the Tritons move to 30-11 on the season and 23-8 in conference action. The Coyotes, looking for a spot in the six-team CCAA Tournament, move to 25-17 overall with a 19-15 record in CCAA play.
The regular-season CCAA title is the Tritons’ second since moving to the conference in 2001. The team won their first in 2011, the same year they won the NCAA Championship.
"It definitely was our goal at the beginning of the season," said Head Coach Patti Gerckens about the team's title. "They were really focused and we put a lot of work in. There was a lot of adversity. I give a lot of credit to San Bernardino; they gave us a great game, but I was really proud of how Robyn pitched and we had some clutch hits. It's a great feeling."
Game One: UC San Diego 2, Cal State San Bernardino 1
It was a low-scoring affair in game one, as Triton starter Robyn Wampler dueled her Coyote counterpart. After a quiet first two frames, the Tritons struck in the third.
The scoring all took place with two outs, as the Tritons rallied back after a double play. Maddy Lewis crushed a double to left field to get things rolling, and after Danica Kazakoff was hit by a pitch, there were two runners on for Keila Bosinger. Bosinger came through with a clutch single, perfectly placed near the right field line, to bring home Lewis. Fellow freshman Clarissa Reynoso also executed in the crucial situation, following up with a single up the middle to score Kazakoff.
Bosinger’s hit was one of three she recorded in the contest, as she went a perfect three-for-three at the plate. Her three hits were a game high.
The Tritons’ two runs were all that they would need to top the Coyotes, as Wampler shined in the pitcher’s circle. The sophomore tossed a complete game, allowing just one earned run. Wampler demonstrated her usual control, racking up six strikeouts while not issuing a single walk. In fact, the lefty has not walked a batter in her past 23 innings pitched.
For her efforts, Wampler came away with the win. The Berkeley native has recorded 17 wins this year, and is now tied for first in the CCAA with Chico State’s Brooke Larsen.
Game Two: Cal State San Bernardino 10, UC San Diego 0 (5 innings)
Game two was a different story for the Tritons, as they could not contain the Coyote bats or get anything going offensively. Alanna Phillips took the loss, allowing six earned runs over four innings pitched. Dominique Acosta pitched an inning, surrendering two earned runs.
The Tritons and Coyotes return to action for another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon, scheduled for 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the Tritons will recognize their two seniors, Kristyana Boghossian and Maddy Lewis. This is the Tritons' final series of the regular season, as they will then take part in the CCAA Tournament. As the top seed, UC San Diego has earned 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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