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Caitlin Brown homered twice to lead the Tritons to the West subregional final for the second consecutive season.
UCSD Plays Long Ball in Shutout of Cal State Monterey Bay, Advances to West Region II Final
Release: Saturday 05/05/2012 
SEASIDE, Calif. - UC San Diego right fielder Caitlin Brown homered twice, Kris Lesovsky added a two-run home run and Camille Gaito tossed a complete game three-hitter, as the sixth-seeded Tritons shutout second-seeded Cal State Monterey Bay 5-0 in the NCAA Division II West Regional semifinal on Saturday afternoon at Otter Sports Complex.

UCSD (37-20) advances to the West subregional final for the second consecutive season and will face No. 3-seed Dixie State at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Tritons will need to beat the Red Storm twice in order to advance to the Super Regional next weekend.

CSUMB, the highest-seed and host of the West Region II Tournament, finishes the season at 46-14 overall.

Kirsten Willmon ignited the scoring in the second inning for the Tritons, lacing a one-out single to left field to drive in Emily McQuaid. Willmon took third on an overthrow, but was picked off on a failed squeeze play on the first pitch to Brown.

Brown pounded Kylie Linnane's (13-4) next offering over the scoreboard in left to put the Tritons up 2-0.

Meanwhile, Gaito (25-9) kept the Otters bats at bay, surrendering just a single hit over the first four innings. The senior right-hander struck out two, walked none and forced the Otters into 15 groundball outs in the contest.

Lesovsky made it 4-0 in the fifth, bringing Monique Portugal home with a line-drive off the left field foul pole. Willmon followed with a single, forcing Linnane out of the circle for reliever Cory Reinhardt.

Brown, the first batter Reinhardt faced, tacked on another with a two-out home run to left-center.

The first three batters in the Triton line-up - Lesovsky, Willmon and Brown - were a combined 5-for-7 with five RBI, three runs and three home runs. McQuaid was 1-for-1 with a run and tallied a game-high seven assists at third base. Willmon went 2-for-2.

UCSD and CSUMB met seven times this year. The Otters won the first five contests between the teams, but the Tritons took down CSUMB when it mattered most - in the CCAA Championship game on April 29, and then today in the West Region semifinal.

DSC defeated UCSD, 3-2, in the opening game of the West Regional before beating CSUMB on Saturday morning to advance to Sunday's final.

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