No. 8 Tritons Head North to Face CCAA Rival Cal State East Bay
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 8 University of California San Diego softball team returns to conference action this week as it faces California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rival Cal State East Bay. The four-game series is slated to take place on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon at Ohlone Junior College, while Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 11 a.m. at San Francisco State. All times and dates are subject to change. Visit the team's schedule page, here, for the latest updates.
The Tritons’ seven-game winning streak has them atop the CCAA standings, with a 25-6 overall record and an 18-5 mark in conference play. Cal State East Bay ranks 11th of the 12 CCAA teams, with a 9-25 record on the season and a 5-17 mark in CCAA action.
The Tritons currently hold a five-game winning streak against the Pioneers, dating back to March 11, 2017. Last season, the Tritons swept the Pioneers. During the four-game series, UC San Diego outscored Cal State East Bay by a margin of 26-7.
Among the highlights for the Tritons was their dominant 10-1, five-inning victory in game three. Pinch hitter Isabel Lavrov crushed a grand slam to secure the win for the Tritons, and Maddy Lewis drove in a pair of runs during the contest as well. In the pitcher’s circle, Kristyana Boghossian tossed five innings while allowing just three hits and one earned run.
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The Tritons have the advantage in the all-time series, as they hold a 25-12 record against the Pioneers. UC San Diego’s .676 all-time winning percentage is its second best among CCAA teams, trailing only their mark against Cal State Marcos (17-1, .944).
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The Tritons and Pioneers previously took part of the Tournament of Champions in Turlock. UC San Diego came away a perfect 5-0 at the tournament, while Cal State East Bay went 2-3 on the weekend. The teams played two of the same opponents, Northwest Nazarene and the Academy of Art. The Tritons were triumphant over both teams, defeating Northwest Nazarene, 3-0, and the Academy of Art, 6-5. The Pioneers were shutout by both squads, falling to Northwest Nazarene, 0-8, and the Academy of Art, 0-5.
Following this series, the Tritons will return home for their makeup doubleheader with Azusa Pacific. The two contests, which were rained out on Feb. 13, are slated to start at 3 p.m. on April 10. Admission is free, but be aware that parking passes must be purchased at the on-campus parking meters.
The Pioneers will head to Carson after this series, taking on Cal State Dominguez Hills at Toro Diamond on April 12 and 13.
UC San Diego earned the eighth slot in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was voted on by 16 Division II head coaches and released on April 3. The ranking is the Tritons’ best since the 2013 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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