Tritons Split Doubleheader Against Sonoma State in Home Opener
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego softball team split its first home doubleheader of the season on Friday, defeating Sonoma State in five innings, 9-1, in the first game before falling to the Seawolves, 2-0, in game 2 at Triton Softball Field.
UC San Diego (6-1, 1-1 CCAA) scored three runs in both the first and second innings en route to defeating Sonoma State, 9-1, in five innings.
Senior left fielder Kendall Baker went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, freshman Sherriah Harrington finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and freshman pitcher Robyn Wampler allowed one unearned run on six hits while striking out four to earn her fifth win of the season.
Baker got the Tritons started early with an RBI triple to score senior Kelsi Maday and put UCSD ahead, 1-0, and sophomore Mikaila Reyes’ RBI double to center later in the frame scored Harrington to push the Tritons lead to 3-0.
Consecutive doubles to center in the bottom of the fifth by junior shortstop Maddy Lewis and freshman Michele Ota made it 8-1, and Baker followed with a single to right to score Ota and seal the victory in the fifth.
The Tritons finished with 12 hits, drew three walks and were 4-of-5 in stolen-base attempts.
Sophomore pitcher Alanna Phillips allowed just two earned runs on four hits in five innings pitched, but it wasn’t enough as UC San Diego fell to Sonoma State, 2-0, in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.
Baker, Harrington, Ota and freshman Bobbi Aguirre each recorded a hit for the Tritons.
Sonoma State (4-3, 1-1) scored one run in the first inning and added another in the third. Seawolves starting pitcher Brielle Vidmar allowed four hits in seven innings pitched to earn the win.
The two teams face off again at Triton Softball Field on Saturday, with game 1 of the doubleheader scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.