No. 14 Tritons Fall to Chico State, Defeat Sonoma State During NCAA West Sub-Regional
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 14 University of California San Diego softball team fell in its afternoon game to Chico State, 6-4, before winning the nightcap, 5-2, over Sonoma State during the NCAA West Sub-Regional. With the outcome, the Tritons’ record now stands at 33-15, while Chico State moves to 31-15 and Sonoma State falls to 36-20. Sonoma State was eliminated from the regional with the Tritons’ victory.
Game One: Chico State 6, UC San Diego 4
The Tritons struck early against the Wildcats. Maddy Lewis led off the game by reaching second on an error by the Wildcat left fielder. Danica Kazakoff then bunted Lewis over to third. UC San Diego continued to play small ball as Keila Bosinger followed with a bunt single. The Wildcat error proved costly, with Lewis coming home on Bosinger’s bunt to put the Tritons up, 1-0.
After the Wildcats answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, UC San Diego regained the lead in the second. Leading off the inning, Mikaila Reyes crushed a solo blast over the left field fence.
The next batter, Isabel Lavrov, kept things going as she drew a walk and stole second. Then, Brittney Ross-Smith’s sacrifice bunt moved Lavrov to third. The sophomore came around to score later in the inning, as Lewis grounded out to the Wildcat second baseman.
In the third, the Wildcats pulled within one, but it was the fourth that hurt the Tritons the most. Chico State managed to take a 5-3 lead after a three-run home run.
UC San Diego tacked on a run in the sixth, when Lavrov scored on a while pitch, but the Tritons ultimately fell short, 6-4.
Game Two UC San Diego 5, Sonoma State 2
After neither team scoring in the opening two frames, UC San Diego struck in the third. Danielle Stedman stroked a single to center field to lead off the inning, and Lewis followed with a double down the left field line to put both runners in scoring position for Kazakoff. Kazakoff came through in the high-pressure situation, singling to right field to bring Stedman and Lewis home.
Kazakaoff would later come around to score as well. Reyes sent a single into left field to allow her to score, increasing UC San Diego’s lead to 3-0.
Sonoma State answered with a pair of runs in the third, but UC San Diego put up two insurance runs in the sixth. The Tritons capitalized on poor defensive play by the Seawolves, as Stedman scored on an error. Later in the inning, a bases loaded walk brought home Alyssa Wing to bring the score to 5-2, where it would remain.
In the pitcher’s circle, Robyn Wampler tossed all seven innings, racking up six strikeouts and allowing just two earned runs. The sophomore only surrendered one walk during the contest. Wampler’s win improves her record to 20-7 on the season.
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