NCAA Division II West Super Regional (Best-of-Three)
Friday, May 11 - 12:00 p.m.
No. 24 UC San Diego (39-20) at No. 10 Cal State Dominguez Hills (44-13)
Toro Diamond - Carson, Calif.
Game 3 (If necessary)
Saturday, May 12 - 30 minutes after Game 2
Don't miss a bit of the action with "NCAA Super Regional Today" on GoToros.com/Live. David Smock has got you covered with the live play-by-play and pregame show. The broadcast will begin on Friday at 11:30 a.m. with a special extended edition leading up to the first pitch at noon. Saturday's broadcast will start about 15 minutes before game two.
CSUDH, the CCAA's co-regular season champion along with Cal State Monterey Bay, went 3-0 at the NCAA West Region I Tournament at Toro Diamond with two wins over No. 8-seed Grand Canyon and a victory over No. 5-seed Sonoma State. After downing GCU in the opening game of the regional, 1-0, freshman Alyssa Cruz cracked a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against SSU in the regional semifinals. In the final, CSUDH erupted with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to top GCU, 4-1, for the West Region I title.
TRI, TRI, TRI AGAIN
The Tritons are 4-1 this season against the Toros. UCSD took three of four from CSUDH March 9-10 at Triton Softball Field and downed the Toros in the opening game of the CCAA Tournament, 1-0, on April 27. Kris Lesovsky leads the Tritons with a .389 (7-for-18) average this season against CSUDH, while Charly Swanberg has logged a .333 clip (5-for-15). Lesovsky has added four runs, four RBI and four stolen bases. Pitcher Camille Gaito is 3-1 with a .23 ERA against the Toros, limiting them to a .090 team batting average. The lone earned run which Gaito has surrendered to CSUDH was the game-winning home run by Jessica Hall in the top of the 10th inning in Dominguez's 4-3 win on March 9. UCSD is 32-48 all-time against the Toros and lost its only NCAA Tournament game against CSUDH on May 7, 2008, 6-4.
UCSD NCAA TOURNEY RECORD
The Tritons are 15-9 all-time in the NCAA Division II Tournament after going 4-1 last weekend at the West Region II Tournament in Seaside, Calif. UCSD went 9-0 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament on its way to its first-ever national championship. 2011 and 2012 are the first back-to-back seasons in which UCSD has advanced to the NCAA West Super Regional. The Tritons are 7-2 overall this postseason including a 3-1 record at the CCAA Championship, April 27-29, in Stockton.
UCSD fell in its opening game of the West Region II Tournament to No. 3-seed Dixie State, but rebounded with four straight victories - three of them shutouts - to take the title. The Tritons didn't allow a run on Saturday to either No. 7-seed Montana-State Billings (4-0) or No. 2-seed Cal State Monterey Bay (5-0). On Sunday, the Tritons topped DSC, 3-2, before pounding the Red Storm 10-0 via run-rule in the winner-take-all game. Gaito pitched all 32 innings for UCSD, surrendering 24 hits and three earned runs while striking out 25. She was 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA. Lesovsky went 10-for-16 (.625) with six runs and six RBI at the tourney, raising her batting average 21 percentage points. Caitlin Brown was 7-for-13 (.538) with three home runs, including a pair against CSUMB. Freshman Monique Portugal cracked a grand slam in the 10-0 win vs. DSC. Kirsten Willmon was 7-for-15 (.467) with two stolen bases and a double.
PLAYING THE FIELD
The Tritons committed three errors in their opening game against DSC, allowing the Red Storm to score a pair of unearned runs in the 3-2 loss. However, UCSD recovered and went without an error over its next four games. Shortstop Mya Romero and third baseman Emily McQuaid registered 16 and 13 assists, respectively, over the five games. McQuaid matched a team season-high with seven assists against CSUMB.
Lesovsky and Gaito moved to the top of the UCSD record books once again over the weekend in Seaside. Lesovsky became UCSD's all-time leader with her 257th career hit against DSC in the opening game and then became the school's career leader with her 124th RBI against MSUB. Lesovsky holds UCSD records in batting average (.389), hits (266), RBI (127), doubles (63), walks (142) and runs (178). Gaito moved to the top of UCSD's career list with her 141st appearance in game one against DSC and set UCSD's new all-time mark with 775.1 innings-pitched in the second frame. Gaito holds school records for wins (92), saves (9), appearances (145), innings (805.1), strikeouts (576) and complete games (92). Lesovsky and Gaito were named to the Daktronics All-West Region First Team on Tuesday.
WHILE WE'RE AT IT...
Lesovsky needs three hits against CSUDH to set a single-season UCSD record ... She set a single-season record with her 49th run of the year in game two on Sunday against Dixie State ... Romero's 40 RBI are tied for second-most in single-season school history ... Her 150 assists this year are also second-best ... Maria Sykes set a single-game season high with four walks in game two vs. DSC on Sunday ... Lesovsky is only the second UCSD player to reach the 30 home runs in her career ... Brown is a Daktronics All-West Region Second Team honoree ... Lesovsky is on a 15-game hitting streak ... The top three hitters in the UCSD lineup (Lesovsky, Willmon, Brown) went 24-for-44 (.545) in Seaside.
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