No. 9 Tritons Split With Coyotes on Senior Day to Close Regular Season
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 9 University of California San Diego softball team split its series with California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) competitor Cal State San Bernardino on Friday. With the outcome, the Tritons move to 31-12 on the season and 24-9 in CCAA play, while the Coyotes move to 26-18 overall and 20-16 in conference action.
“Both Maddy and Kristyana have been unbelievable teammates and players, and have grown up into fine young ladies," said Head Coach Patti Gerckens about her seniors. "They are truly selfless teammates and to watch them grow and mature is what coaching is all about.”
Game Three: UC San Diego 5, CSUSB 2
The Tritons struck first in the early game of Friday’s doubleheader. In the third inning, Danielle Stedman led off with an infield single to the Coyote shortstop. Then, Lewis drew a walk to put runners on first and second for Danica Kazakoff. Kazakoff executed a perfect sacrifice bunt, moving both runners over.
Next, the Coyotes intentionally walked UC San Diego’s batting average leader, Keila Bosinger. With the bases loaded and just one out, Clarissa Reynoso was able to reach on a fielder’s choice as the Coyote pitcher could not handle the grounder that came her way. The miscue allowed Stedman to score, and the bases were once again loaded.
Sherriah Harrington came up with a big hit, crushing a bases-clearing double to left field. Harrington’s hit extended the Tritons’ lead to 4-0.
After the Coyotes picked up a pair of runs, the Tritons responded in the fifth. It was déjà vu, as Harrington smacked another double to left field. A sacrifice bunt by Alyssa Wing allowed the sophomore to move to third. When the Coyote catcher attempted to pick off Harrington, the throw sailed into left field, and Harrington headed home to make it a 5-2 game.
In the pitcher’s circle, starting pitcher Robyn Wampler allowed just two earned runs over seven innings, picking up her 18th complete game of the season. The sophomore issued only one walk while striking out four Coyote batters. Wampler came away with the win, moving into sole possession of first place in the conference with her 18 victories.
Game Four: CSUSB 5, UC San Diego 1
The Tritons’ lone run in the final game of the series came in the fifth inning. With one out in the inning, Kazakoff drove a single into right field. Then, sending a single through the left side, Bosinger moved Kazakoff to second. A double steal put both runners in scoring position, and an error by the Coyote pitcher allowed Kazakoff to come home.
Five Tritons recorded hits during the contest. Mikaila Reyes’ two hits were a team best, and she also turned in a pair of impressive catches in right field.
Allowing four earned runs over seven innings pitched, Alanna Phillips took the loss. Phillips struck out three batters while walking only one.
Today’s games concluded the Tritons’ regular season. Up next is the CCAA Tournament, which will take place from May 2-5 at Cal State Monterey Bay’s Otter Sports Complex. The double-elimination tournament will determine which team earns the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA field. With the Tritons’ regular season conference record, they have earned the top seed as well as a first-round bye at the CCAA Tournament.
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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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