No. 10 Tritons to Host Coyotes for Final Regular Season Series, Friday Will be Senior Day
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 10 University of California San Diego softball team is set to host Cal State San Bernardino at Triton Softball Field for its final series of the regular season. Thursday’s doubleheader is slated to begin at 3 p.m., while Friday’s doubleheader will start at 1 p.m.
The conference-leading Tritons enter the series at 29-10 on the season with a 22-7 record in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. The Coyotes are 24-16 overall and hold an 18-14 mark in CCAA action, good for sixth place among the 11 conference teams.
Prior to Friday’s games, the Tritons will recognize their two seniors as well as Cal State San Bernardino’s seniors. Human Biology major Kristyana Boghossian and Communication major Maddy Lewis are both fourth-year seniors for UC San Diego.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Tritons have already clinched a spot in the six-team CCAA Tournament, as well as a first-round bye. With one win during their series with the Coyotes, the Tritons would also claim the CCAA title. Chico State, the only other contender for the conference title with a 23-11 record in CCAA play, has concluded their season.
Cal State San Bernardino is among five teams still looking to clinch a spot in the tournament. The Coyotes are in the hunt along with San Francisco State, Cal State Monterey Bay, Sonoma State, and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
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.
BATTLE OF THE WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
During the series, the reigning CCAA Pitcher and Player of the Week will face off. Robyn Wampler earned the Pitcher of the Week award after going 2-0 with a save at Cal State San Marcos, tossing her first collegiate no-hitter. Jamaina Gateb of Cal State Bernardino won the Player of the Week accolade after batting .600 with a 1.000 slugging percentage as the Coyotes split their series with the Toros.
Last year, the Tritons and Coyotes split their series. UC San Diego won the middle two games, with scores of 13-6 and 6-4. During the two wins, Sherriah Harrington went 5-for-8 with three RBIs, while current senior Maddy Lewis batted 4-for-8 with a pair of RBIs.
In the all-time series between the Tritons and Coyotes, the Tritons hold the advantage. With a record of 62-53 over the Coyotes, UC San Diego recorded a .539 winning percentage.
FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME
Following this series, the CCAA Tournament will take place May 3-5. The Tritons will battle their CCAA foes at Cal State Monterey Bay’s Otter Sports Complex. The double-elimination tournament will determine which team earns the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tritons previously took three of four games from Cal State San Marcos. The series began with Robyn Wampler tossing her first collegiate no-hitter, as the Tritons won 1-0. After dropping game two, the Tritons bounced back the next day with a pair of wins. Pitching was again key, as Wampler held the Cougars to two runs in a 5-2 win, and Alanna Phillips, Dominique Acosta, and Wampler teamed up for a 3-0 shutout in the final game. The 3-0 victory was the 750th career win for Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
UC San Diego earned the 10th 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 17. 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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