No. 23 Tritons Look for Another Successful Start to the Season at Desert Stinger Tournament
LAS VEGAS – The No. 23 University of California San Diego softball team is set to open their 2019 season at the Desert Stinger Softball Tournament starting today and lasting through the weekend.
The Tritons are looking for continued success in their second year at the tournament. UC San Diego achieved a 5-0 record at Desert Stinger in 2018, with wins over Concordia (Ore.), Fort Lewis College, Academy of Art, Azusa Pacific, and Saint Martin’s. The Tritons were particularly hot on the base paths, setting a tournament record with 20 stolen bases.
UC San Diego had three players named to the All-Tournament Team, tied for the most with MSU Billings. Then-freshmen Sherriah Harrington and Robyn Wampler, who were making their collegiate debuts, earned spots on the team. Then-sophomore Brittney Ross-Smith was named to the All-Tournament Team as well.
The Tritons will only be seeing one of last year’s opponents again this season. Last year, they opened the season with a 9-1 victory over Concordia (Ore.). Wampler’s Triton debut stifled the Cavaliers, as she allowed just one earned run. The Berkeley native was in complete control, surrendering only one walk over seven innings.
Offensively, the Tritons were equally sharp. Ross-Smith was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and she drew a walk as well. Nine Tritons had hits during the game, combining for 11 overall.
After the Tritons face Concordia (Ore.) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, they will follow up against Hawaii Pacific at 7 p.m. The next day, UC San Diego battles a pair of northwest schools, as it plays Western Washington at 2 p.m. and Western Oregon at 4:30 p.m. Desert Stinger wraps up on Sunday afternoon, as the Tritons face University of Mary at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets are required to attend Desert Stinger. They can be purchased here, or at the gate with cash only.
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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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