Photo by: Andy Wilhelm
Danica Kazakoff and No. 25 UC San Diego look to extend their six-game winning streak against Cal State East Bay

No. 25 Tritons Return Home Friday and Saturday for Four-Game Series Against Cal State East Bay

UCSD

Related Links

THE SCHEDULE
Game 20
vs. Cal State East Bay (9-13, 5-11 CCAA)
Thursday, March 8 • 8:15 p.m.
Triton Softball Field • La Jolla
Live VideoLive Stats

Game 21
vs. Cal State East Bay (9-13, 5-11 CCAA)
Friday, March 9 • 1 p.m.
Triton Softball Field • La Jolla
Live Stats

Game 22
vs. Cal State East Bay (9-13, 5-11 CCAA)
Friday, March 9 • 3 p.m.
Triton Softball Field • La Jolla
Live VideoLive Stats

Game 23
vs. Cal State East Bay (9-13, 5-11 CCAA)
Saturday, March 10 • 11 a.m.
Triton Softball Field • La Jolla
Live VideoLive Stats

TRITON SOFTBALL ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
UC San Diego Athletics and local technology giant ViaSat once again in 2018 bring you Triton Softball on UCSDtritons.tv, an online streaming platform. All broadcasts are in high definition, and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets. Viewing is subscription-based, though it is free from UCSD campus IP addresses. The single-day fee is $5.99, meaning doubleheaders are two-for-one. Events are archived. Local media personality Miles Himmel (@mileshimmel) is back this season as the primary play-by-play voice. Three games of this weekend's series are slated to be aired, with the exception being the doubleheader nightcap on Friday, due to a scheduling conflict, with Seth Smith (@Cougar_Voice) filling in for Himmel.

GOING LIVE
Live stats are available for all Triton softball games. Follow the play-by-play action by clicking here.

HOME SWEET HOME
UC San Diego has 22 scheduled home games for the 2018 season, including a 10-game homestand beginning on March 9 with a doubleheader against Cal State East Bay and finishing with a doubleheader against Concordia Irvine on March 27. The Tritons begin their home schedule with a doubleheader against Sonoma State on Feb. 9, and conclude their home slate with a doubleheader against Stanislaus State on April 14. Check out UC San Diego’s complete 2018 schedule here. Admission is once again free for all in 2018. Parking is free only on weekends.

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for NCAA Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

ABOUT CAL STATE EAST BAY
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 9-13
• CCAA: 5-11
• Home: 7-5
• Away: 2-8
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: 10th out of 11 teams

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS

Head Coach Claire Sua-Amundson (3rd season)
Career Record at East Bay 45-53
All-Time Record vs.  21-12 (.636)
Streak L1
Last Meeting March 11, 2017, L, 5-3

TEAM LEADERS

Avg. M. Ramirez (.328) Wins A. Greer (3)
Hits J. Palmares (25) | ERA

A. Greer (2.08)

HR 3 Tied (1) | SO A. Greer (41)
RBI M. Ramirez (15) | IP A. Greer (60.2)

CAL STATE EAST BAY DROPS THREE OF FOUR GAMES LAST TIME OUT
The Pioneers dropped to 9-13 on the season following their series loss to conference for Cal State Dominguez Hills last weekend. Sophomore Sarah Fukushima batted 6-for-12 with a home run, three doubles, two walks, three RBI and four runs scored. Freshman Maddie Ramirez went 4-for-13 with three doubles, a walk and an RBI. Sophomore Abby Greer pitched 14.1 innings in three appearances, allowing three earned runs on eight hits, walked seven and struck out 12 batters.

Sophomore Jennifer Palmares ranks in the top-five in the conference in hits (25) and doubles (7). Greer ranks in the top-10 in innings pitched (60.2) and strikeouts (41). 

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 15-4
• CCAA: 8-4
• Home: 6-2
• Away: 4-2
• Neutral: 5-0

• Highest National Ranking (NFCA): 24
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 2-2
• NFCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll: NR
• CCAA Standings: 3rd

TEAM LEADERS

Avg. K. Maday (.436) | Wins R. Wampler (12)
Hits K. Maday (24) | ERA R. Wampler (1.30)
HR B. Aguirre (4) | SO R. Wampler (54)
RBI B. Aguirre (20) | IP R. Wampler (75.1)

WHO'S BACK?
UC San Diego is coming off a 30-22 overall mark in 2017 and sixth-place finish in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings with a 21-19 record. The Tritons concluded conference play winning seven of their last eight games. UC San Diego welcomes back two all-conference selections in seniors Kelsi Maday and Kendall Baker.

Maday was a first-team All-CCAA honoree for the second-consecutive season, while also garnering All-West Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as well as the Conference Commissioners Association (CCA). The senior started all 52 games in the outfield in 2017, finishing the season batting .395 with 13 doubles and 42 stolen bases. In addition, Maday led the Tritons with 44 runs scored, 37 RBI and a .468 on-base percentage. The Napa native has already set UC San Diego's single-season record for stolen bases in a season (42) and for a career (94).

Baker was named to the All-CCAA second team in 2017 for the second-straight season, as she led UC San Diego with 66 hits and three triples. A native of Berthoud, Colo., Baker finished second on the team behind Maday with 36 stolen bases, which ranks second all-time for the program in a single season. In addition, the second baseman/outfielder led the Tritons with 43 runs scored, putting her fifth all-time for a single season. Baker was also an Academic All-District 8 selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for her combined performance on the field and in the classroom.

HEAD COACH PATTI GERCKENS EARNS HER 700TH CAREER VICTORY
Patti Gerckens is in her 26th season at the helm of the UC San Diego softball program in 2018 and with the two victories at Azusa Pacific last Friday, has now amassed 700 for her career. Gerckens has amassed an overall record of 700-573 (.549) over her 25-plus-year career, with 10 30-win seasons in the last 11 years. The Tritons have gone 558-409 (.577) in 17 years since Gerckens guided the team's transition from Division III to Division II in 2001, including 332-245 (.575) as a member of the ultra-competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), widely considered the best Division II conference in the country. The winningest coach in program history, Gerckens led the Tritons to four straight NCAA postseason berths from 2011-14, beginning with back-to-back school-record 45-win seasons and appearances in the Division II championship game, the first of which brought UCSD its first softball title in 2011. The Tritons finished as national runners-up in her milestone 20th campaign in 2012. Gerckens has led UCSD softball to 11 NCAA postseason appearances, with nine at the Division II level. UCSD is 22-18 (.550) in the NCAA Division II Championship. For Gerckens' complete bio, click here.

FRESHMAN ROBYN WAMPLER DOMINATES AGAINST AZUSA PACIFIC
Robyn Wampler pitched 12.1 scoreless innings in two appearances en route to a doubleheader sweep of Azusa Pacific last Thursday. She only surrendered five hits, walked none and struck out seven starting Game 1 and pitching in relief in Game 2 as she improved her season record to 12-2.

TRITONS WHO RANK IN THE TOP-FIVE IN THE CCAA
Kelsi Maday ranks first in the conference in hits (27) and on-base percentage (.541), second in batting average (.458) and third in runs (22). Freshman Bobbi Aguirre ranks second in RBI (21) and third in home runs (4). A pair of Tritons hold a spot in the top five in stolen bases with Maday (16) and freshman Isabel Lavrov (11). Robyn Wampler ranks first in wins (12) and innings pitched (75.1), second in strikeouts (55) and opponent batting-average (.180), fourth in ERA (1.30) and fifth in complete games (6).

2018 CCAA STANDINGS
(through 3/5)
1. Chico State, 13-1
2. Sonoma State, 10-4
3. UC San Diego, 8-4
4. Humboldt State, 8-6
5. Cal State Monterey Bay, 6-5
6. Stanislaus State, 4-4
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 7-9
8. Cal State San Bernandino, 6-8
9. San Francisco State, 4-7
10. Cal State East Bay, 5-11
11. Cal State San Marcos, 2-14

NFCA TOP 25 COACHES POLL (RELEASED MARCH 7)
UC San Diego jumped back into the top 25 on Wednesday, coming in at No. 25 in the latest poll. The Tritons were ranked No. 24 two polls ago before falling out of the top 25, but received votes in last week's poll. Undefeated Colorado Mesa is the new No. 1 this week after Minnesota State held down the top spot for every poll this season. UC San Diego joins their CCAA counterparts Chico State (No. 5) and Sonoma State (No. 15) in this week's poll. 

1. Colorado Mesa (8 first-place votes)
2. North Georgia (9)
3. Dixie State (1) 
4. Angelo State 
5. Chico State 
6. North Alabama
7. Southern Arkansas
8. Winona State
9. Minnesota State
10. Saint Leo
11. Texas A&M Commerce
12. Lenoir Rhyne
13. Palm Beach Atlantic
14. Southern Indiana
t15. Sonoma State
t15. West Texas A&M
17. Harding
18. Valdosta State
19. Concordia Irvine
20. Indianapolis
21. Cameron
t22. Merrimack
t22. Queens
24. West Florida
25. UC San Diego

GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UC San Diego Athletics' online partner, Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UC San Diego home athletic events, and much more!

SOCIAL MEDIA- #BigWestBound
UCSD Athletics on Facebook (UCSDtritons)
UCSD Softball on Facebook (/UCSDsoftball)
UCSD Athletics on Instagram (@UCSDtritons)
UCSD Softball on Instagram (@UCSDsoftball)
UCSD Athletics on Twitter(@UCSDtritons)
Coach Gerckens on Twitter (@UCSDCoachG)
UCSD Softball on Twitter (@ucsdsoftball)
UCSD Athletics on YouTube(UCSDAthletics)

UP NEXT
Following this week's action, UC San Diego remains home for a four-game series against conference opponent No. 5 Chico State with doubleheaders on Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16. First pitch for Thursday's Game 1 is set for 4 p.m.

#BigWestBound

More From UCSD
Softball