No. 13 Tritons Narrowly Fall to Sonoma State in Extras at CCAA Tournament
SEASIDE, Calif. – The No. 13 University of California San Diego softball team narrowly fell to Sonoma State, 5-4, in extras at Otter Sports Complex on Friday afternoon. UC San Diego moves to 31-13 with the outcome, while Sonoma State improves to 33-18.
After a 1-2-3 inning to begin the game by starting pitcher Robyn Wampler, UC San Diego jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first. Maddy Lewis and Danica Kazakoff capitalized on the struggling Sonoma State starting pitcher, drawing walks. Then, All-CCAA First Team honoree Keila Bosinger made the Seawolves pay with a towering blast over the left field fence.
UC San Diego continued to take advantage of the Seawolves’ struggles, as Sherriah Harrington took first after being hit by a pitch. Still without an out in the inning, Sonoma State swapped pitchers.
The next batter, Clarissa Reynoso, was able to reach on a fielder’s choice to the Seawolf second baseman, who muffed the throw and allowed Harrington to safely reach second.
Mikaila Reyes then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position, and Alyssa Wing’s single to right field brought Harrington home for the Tritons’ final run of the inning. After the first, UC San Diego held a 4-0 advantage.
In the second, Sonoma State managed to get three runs back, and tacked on another in the third to tie things up.
Danielle Stedman helped keep the score tied up in the fifth. Leaping at the center field fence, Stedman robbed the Seawolves of a home run to keep it a 4-4 ballgame.
Despite the early runs by the Seawolves, Wampler settled in after the third frame, allowing just one hit through the rest of regulation.
UC San Diego threatened in the bottom of the seventh, as Maddy Lewis was hit by a pitch to start things off. Lewis moved to second on a single by Bosinger, and then moved to third on a deep fly out by Harrington. The Tritons were unable to score, however, and the teams entered extras.
In the eighth, Sonoma State snagged a 5-4 lead. UC San Diego was unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning, and the Seawolves came away with the win.
With the outcome, the Tritons will play again today. The Tritons will face San Francisco State in an elimination game at 5 p.m. at Otter Sports Complex.
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