No. 17 Tritons Head North to Turlock to Face the Warriors
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 17 University of California San Diego softball team heads north this weekend for its first conference road series of the season. The Tritons will face Stanislaus State in Turlock for doubleheaders on Friday, starting at 3 p.m., and Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.
UC San Diego currently stands at 9-2 overall and 7-1 in conference play. The Warriors hold a 4-9 record heading into the series, and are 1-7 in CCAA action. The two teams have faced the same two CCAA opponents this season, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Monterey Bay. The Warriors are coming off of a 1-3 series with Dominguez Hills, who the Tritons went 3-1 against to open conference play. Meanwhile, the Tritons are coming off of a four-game sweep of Monterey Bay, who swept Stanislaus State earlier this season.
Last year, the Tritons and Warriors split their series. UC San Diego won game one, 3-2, and game two, 1-0, but fell to the Warriors on the second day of the series. The Warriors took game three, 2-3, and game four, 0-8 (six innings). Robyn Wampler pitched the first game of the series, allowing just two earned runs and striking out nine Warrior batters. Wampler teamed up with Alanna Phillips to hold the Warriors scoreless in game two. Phillips got the start, pitching six innings and only surrendering three hits. Wampler finished off the Warriors, pitching a hitless final inning.
The Tritons have historically had success against the Warriors. UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 62-31. That winning percentage (.667) is the third best that the Tritons have against a CCAA team, following only Cal State San Marcos (17-1, .944) and Cal State East Bay (25-12, .676).
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UC San Diego previously swept CCAA rival Monterey Bay. The first doubleheader brought a pair of extra-inning thrillers. The Tritons walked off in both games, 2-1 in nine innings in game one and 4-3 in 10 innings in game two. On day two, the Tritons were victorious in game three’s pitcher’s duel, 2-1, and finished the sweep with a 6-2 win in game four.
The series with Monterey Bay was not the only sweep for the Tritons last week, as they also swept the CCAA weekly awards. Wampler, who came away with all four wins and allowed just one earned run over 22.1 innings pitched, was named the CCAA Pitcher of the Week. Alyssa Wing earned the CCAA Player of the Week title, batting a team-best .556 during the series.
SPECIAL EVENTS COMING UP
The Tritons are back at home to start the month of March. UC San Diego will host Humboldt State for doubleheaders at 1 p.m. on March 1 and 11 a.m. on March 2. March 2 will be the Girls and Women in Sports Celebration Festival, as community organizations and vendors will be on hand while UC San Diego recognizes girls and women in sports. That same day, there will be a social for softball alumnae and parents.
UC San Diego earned the 17th slot in the 2019 NFCA Division II Top Coaches Poll, which was voted on by 16 Division II head coaches and released on Feb. 20. The Tritons moved up from 23rd, which was their ranking in the NFCA’s preseason poll. View the full poll results here.
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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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