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No. 14 Tritons to Face No. 9 Concordia Irvine in West Super Regional

UC San Diego

IRVINE, Calif. – The No. 14 University of California San Diego softball team will face off with No. 9 Concordia Irvine at the NCAA Division II West Super Regional at Eagles Field in Irvine from May 16-17. This is the Tritons’ first Super Regional appearance since the 2012 season.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 16

  • 2:30 p.m.: Game 1 (changed from noon due to rain)

Friday, May 17

  • Noon: Game 2
  • 2:30 p.m.: Game 3 (if necessary)

SEEDINGS AND FORMAT

The regional is a best two-of-three series. First seed Concordia Irvine and second-seeded UC San Diego were the top seeds in the West Region. Both teams hosted their respective West Regionals, emerging victorious to advance to the Super Regional. As the higher seed, Concordia Irvine will host the Super Regional.

HOW THEY GOT THERE

UC San Diego opened its regional with a 2-1 win over Central Washington. Robyn Wampler stifled the bats of the Wildcats, who entered the matchup with the nation’s 11th-highest batting average (.340).

The Tritons were then pitted against California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rival Chico State, who defeated Sonoma State by a score of 7-0 to open the regional. Despite eight hits and four runs from the Tritons, they fell just short to the Wildcats, 6-4.

UC San Diego fought hard, securing a 5-2 victory over Sonoma State to earn a rematch with the Wildcats. After a thrilling 5-4 victory, the Tritons forced another game. Again the Tritons came out on top, defeating the Wildcats, 2-1 behind another outstanding performance by Wampler.

Concordia Irvine went undefeated at its regional. The Eagles opened with a narrow 3-2 win over Concordia Oregon, setting up a matchup with the Tritons’ fellow CCAA member San Francisco State. It was a low-scoring game through the first five frames, but a four-spot by the Eagles in the sixth was a difference maker, as they ultimately won 5-3.

In the final game of the regional, the Eagles faced Western Oregon. The Eagles’ bats were hot behind starting pitcher Callie Nunes, and they claimed a 5-0 victory in order to advance to the Super Regional.

PREVIEW

UC San Diego holds the advantage in the all-time series, going 16-7 against Concordia Irvine in its program history. The two most recently squared off at the Tournament of Champions in Turlock this season. UC San Diego came away with a 4-1 win over the then-No. 5 Eagles on March 30.

It was a top effort all around for UC San Diego. The Tritons racked up 10 hits against starting pitcher Callie Nunes and reliever Erika Morris, with three Tritons recording multi-hit games (Clarissa Reynoso, Brittney Ross-Smith, and Isabel Lavrov). Only two of the runs the Tritons scored were earned, as the Eagles faltered defensively. Concordia Irvine committed three errors, while UC San Diego did not commit any.

In the pitcher’s circle, Robyn Wampler was dominant, allowing just one earned run over seven innings. With the victory, Wampler earned her 12th win of the season. The sophomore currently stands at a record of 22-7.

Since the Tournament of Champions, the Eagles have been hot. Concordia Irvine holds an 18-game winning streak heading into the Super Regional. 

Both teams finished the regular season as their conferences’ regular season champions, as the Tritons captured the title for the CCAA and the Eagles were the PacWest’s regular season victors. The two squads have garnered numerous accolades for their performances so far this season. Tritons Robyn Wampler and Sherriah Harrington were recently named to the D2CCA All-West Region First Team, as were Eagles Amanda Gjertsen, Erika Morris, and the region’s Pitcher of the Year Callie Nunes.

HOW TO ATTEND

General admission is $5 per day or $15 for a weekend pass. Admission for college students, military, and senior citizens with IDs is $3 per day or $9 for a weekend pass. Children ages 3-12 are $2 per day or $6 for a weekend pass, while children under 3 are free.

For directions and more information on how to attend, visit the tournament page here.

FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME

Live stats and live video will be available for all games here.

UP NEXT

The victor of the West Super Regional will advance to the finals of the NCAA Division II Softball Championship. The finals will be held from May 23-27 at Regency Athletic Complex in Denver.

RANKINGS

UC San Diego earned the 14th slot and Concordia Irvine was ranked ninth in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, which was voted on by 16 Division II head coaches and released on May 8. View the full poll results here. 

FOLLOW THE TRITONS

Keep up with the Tritons all season long on social media through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The team’s handle is @UCSDsoftball.

TRITON GEAR

For the latest Triton apparel, visit the official team store of the Tritons here.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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