No. 11 Tritons Look to Keep Momentum Going at Tournament of Champions
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 11 University of California San Diego softball team (20-6, 18-5 CCAA) pauses conference action this week to take part in the Tournament of Champions. The tournament will take place in Turlock from Friday through Sunday.
OPPONENTS, TIMES, AND RECORDS
UC San Diego will face five teams over the three-day span, including three teams from the PacWest and two teams from the GNAC.
Friday: 9 a.m. – Northwest Nazarene (16-12, 6-6 GNAC)
Friday: 11:30 a.m. – Academy of Art (5-6, 4-2 PacWest)
Saturday: 10 a.m. – Chaminade (10-23, 7-19 PacWest)
Saturday: 12:30 a.m. – No. 5 Concordia Irvine (26-4, 15-3 PacWest)
Sunday: 9 a.m. – Simon Fraser (6-13, 1-12 GNAC)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Tritons open the tournament against Northwest Nazarene, and the two teams most recently met at last season’s NCAA West Regional. UC San Diego was victorious, earning a 7-3 win over the Nighthawks. In the pitcher’s circle, Robyn Wampler held the Nighthawk bats in check, surrendering only three earned runs and ultimately earning the complete-game win. Maddy Lewis and Sherriah Harrington contributed at the plate, both going 2-for-4 while also scoring a run. This will be the first time the two teams have met this season.
The Tritons’ matchup with Concordia Irvine is a top-25 battle, as UC San Diego ranks 11th and Concordia Irvine ranks fifth. Previously, the two teams faced each other in a doubleheader at Triton Softball Field last season. Alanna Phillips and Wampler allowed just two runs in each game, but Concordia Irvine came away with the wins. UC San Diego is 15-7 all time against the Eagles.
The Tournament of Champions is a longstanding tradition for the Tritons, although last season was the first season in over a decade that UC San Diego did not participate. The Tritons went 4-2 during their most recent tournament appearance in 2017, coming away with wins over Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Concordia (Ore.), and Simon Fraser, but falling to Western Oregon and Western Washington.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons previously swept then-No. 4 Chico State in a rain-shortened, two-game series. With the pair of victories, the Tritons moved ahead of the Wildcats to take over first place in the CCAA standings. Wampler was rewarded for her efforts against the Wildcats, earning her third CCAA Pitcher of the Week accolade of the season for the critical role she played in the pitcher’s circle.
Following the tournament, the Tritons will return to conference play. UC San Diego opens the month of April with a series against Cal State East Bay in Hayward. The first doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m. on April 5, while the next day’s double header is scheduled for 11 a.m.
UC San Diego earned the 11th slot 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. 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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