No. 8 Tritons to Host Azusa Pacific in Nonconference Doubleheader
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 8 University of California San Diego softball team is set to host Azusa Pacific for a doubleheader at Triton Softball Field on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 3 p.m., with game two to follow. The contests serve as a makeup of a doubleheader between the two teams that was originally slated for Feb. 13, which was canceled due to rain.
The Tritons enter the series at 26-7 on the season, while the Cougars hold a 19-13 overall record. UC San Diego is 19-6 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play, holding first place in its conference. Azusa Pacific, who is a member of the PacWest, is 12-7 in their conference action and currently ranks fifth.
In the all-time series between the Tritons and Cougars, UC San Diego holds a 23-21 advantage, for a winning percentage of .523.
TRITON SOFTBALL FIELD INFORMATION
Admission is free to games at Triton Softball Field. There is parking available near the field, but be aware that parking passes are required in order to park on campus on weekdays. There are machines where passes can be purchased in the parking lots and garages.
Last year, the Tritons and Cougars met three times. First, the teams met at the start of the season at the Desert Stinger Softball Tournament. The Tritons came away victorious after a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair, capturing an 11-10 win.
Later in the season, the two teams met for a doubleheader at Azusa. In game one, Robyn Wampler was lights out in the pitcher’s circle, tossing seven shutout innings. UC San Diego came away with a 1-0 win. In game two, pitching was key once again, as Wampler and Alanna Phillips teamed up for another shutout of Azusa. This time, the Tritons provided a surplus of run support at the plate, snagging a 6-0 victory.
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The series will be live streamed here, and the live streams are free to view for the remainder of the regular season. Free live stats will be provided for all games and links for each game can be found here.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons previously split with Cal State East Bay in a series that was shortened due to field conditions. UC San Diego won game one, 5-4, but fell in game two, 3-8. Keila Bosinger led the Tritons’ efforts at the plate, batting .750 with a pair of doubles and a triple.
Azusa Pacific is coming off of a doubleheader sweep over PacWest foe Biola. The Cougars narrowly won game one, 1-0, and were victorious again in game two, 9-2.
Following this series, both teams return to conference play. UC San Diego will travel to North County to face San Marcos on April 19 and 20. The action begins with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on April 19.
The Cougars will travel to Oakland to take on Holy Names 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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