First Place in CCAA Standings at Stake as No. 16 Tritons Visit No. 4 Chico State
LA JOLLA, Calif. – A top-25 battle approaches, as the No. 16 University of California San Diego softball team gets set to face No. 4 Chico State. The series is crucial for both teams, as first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings is at stake. The teams will face off in Chico starting with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Sunday, followed by another doubleheader slated for 11 a.m. on Monday.
The Wildcats and Tritons hold the top two spots of the CCAA standings, separated by just one game. Chico State holds an 18-5 overall record with a 16-4 mark in CCAA play, while UC San Diego stands at 18-6 on the season and 16-5 in conference action.
Last year when the two teams met, the Wildcats took the series, 3-1. The highlight for the Tritons was a commanding five-inning 10-2 victory in game three. Robyn Wampler stifled the Wildcat bats, surrendering just one earned run over five innings pitched. The Berkeley native also struck out five batters while only walking two. UC San Diego provided plenty of run support, as six different Tritons recorded RBIs in the contest.
The Tritons have the advantage in the all-time series, leading Chico State, 46-31. UC San Diego will look to increase its .597 winning percentage this weekend.
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The Tritons previously split with CCAA foe San Francisco State, coming away with a walk-off 3-2 victory (11 innings) in game two, and a 7-6 win in game three. Sherriah Harrington led the offensive efforts, with a team-best .533 batting average over the four games. Harrington recorded multi-hit games in three of the four contests and drove in five runs during the series.
Chico State most recently came away with three wins and a loss in its series at Cal State Dominguez Hills. It was a split on day one, as the Wildcats narrowly took game one, 5-4, and fell in game two, 1-3. On the second day, the Wildcats clinched the series victory with a pair of 8-2 and 11-1 wins.
Following this series, both teams will prepare for the Tournament of Champions in Turlock. The tournament is scheduled from March 29-31, with the Tritons playing a pair of games on each of the first two days, and a single game on the final day. UC San Diego is slated to face Northwest Nazarene, Academy of Art, Chaminade, Concordia Irvine, and Simon Fraser. View the full season schedule here.
UC San Diego earned the 16th slot and Chico State holds fourth in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was voted on by 16 Division II head coaches and released on March 20. Both teams have been included in the poll every week so far this season. View the full poll results here.
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