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No. 13 Top-Seeded Tritons Ready for 2019 CCAA Softball Tournament

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SEASIDE, Calif. – The No. 9 University of California San Diego softball team is in Seaside for the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Softball Tournament. Earning a first-round bye, the Tritons’ first contest will take place at noon on Friday at Otter Sports Complex as they face either Sonoma State or Cal State Monterey Bay.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 2

  • Noon: Game 1 | No. 3 San Francisco State vs. No. 6 Cal State San Bernardino
  • 2:30 p.m.: Game 2 | No. 4 Sonoma State vs. No. 5 Cal State Monterey Bay
  • 5 p.m.: Game 3 | No. 2 Chico State vs. Game 1 winner

Friday, May 3

  • Noon: Game 4 | No. 1 UC San Diego vs. Game 2 winner 
  • 2:30 p.m.: Game 5 | loser Game 2 vs. loser Game 3 (elimination game)
  • 5 p.m.: Game 6 | loser Game 1 vs. loser Game 4 (elimination game)

Saturday, May 4

  • Noon: Game 7 | winner Game 5 vs. winner Game 6 (elimination game)
  • 2:30 p.m.: Game 8 | winner Game 3 vs. winner Game 4
  • 5 p.m.: Game 9 | winner Game 7 vs. loser Game 8 (elimination game)

Sunday, May 5

  • 10 a.m.: Game 10: winner Game 8 vs. winner Game 9
  • 12:30 p.m.: Game 11 (if necessary): repeat Game 10

SEEDINGS AND FORMAT

As the regular season champions with a conference record of 24-9, the Tritons claimed the top seed in the conference. This year’s tournament will feature the top six teams in the conference. The champion of the double-elimination tournament will earn the CCAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. View the tournament page here

1. UC San Diego - 24-9 (.727)

2. Chico State - 23-11 (.676)

3. San Francisco State - 26-13 (.667)

4. Sonoma State - 21-15 (.583)

5. Cal State Monterey Bay - 23-17 (.575)

6. Cal State San Bernardino - 20-16 (.556)

PREVIEW

The Tritons will face either host Cal State Monterey Bay, who holds the fifth seed, or fourth-seeded Sonoma State in their first game at noon on Friday. When the Otters and Seawolves played each other during the season, the Otters won the series, 3-1.

UC San Diego faced the Otters on Feb. 16-17 in La Jolla, coming away with a four-game sweep. Across the pair of doubleheaders, the Tritons outscored the Otters, 14-7. Not only did UC San Diego sweep the Otters, but the team also swept the CCAA weekly awards as a result. Robyn Wampler shined in the pitcher’s circle against the Otters, while Alyssa Wing led the Tritons’ efforts at the plate. Claiming all four wins, Wampler was recognized with the CCAA Pitcher of the Week award. Wing, who batted .556 and drilled a walk-off home run in game two, took home the CCAA Player of the Week accolade.

Since the Tritons and Otters battled, the Otters were 4-2-2 in their conference series. Alyssa Burt and Courtney Hennings led the Otters’ offensive efforts throughout the regular season, batting .344 and .331, respectively. The Otters also have double-threat Hayley Fein on their roster, who posted a 2.41 ERA in the pitcher’s circle and a .295 batting average at the plate.

The Tritons and Seawolves faced off on March 8 in a rain-shortened, two-game series. After dropping game one of the doubleheader, 1-3, the Tritons bounced back with a huge 14-2 win in five innings. Five Tritons had multi-hit performances in game two. Triton newcomers Keila Bosinger and Alyssa Wing exploded for five RBIs apiece.

Since the Tritons’ series with the Seawolves, Sonoma State has gone 4-2-1 in CCAA series. Upperclassmen Brielle Vidmar and Alee Balanon have been crucial to the Seawolves’ season. With a 17-8 record in the pitcher’s circle, Vidmar has tossed 19 complete games this year. Balanon leads the conference with a .713 slugging percentage and also has recorded a CCAA-best six triples.

In its program history, UC San Diego is 13-12 at the CCAA Tournament. The Tritons’ last CCAA Tournament title came in 2016. 

HOW TO ATTEND

The CCAA Tournament will take place at Cal State Monterey Bay’s Otter Sports Complex. General admission seating is $10, cash only, while students (with valid ID), seniors, and children 12 and under are $5. Parking permits are $4 per day, and are required for every day of the tournament. Parking permits can be purchased here or on campus.

FOLLOW ALONG FROM HOME

Live stats for all games will be available here, and live video will be available here. 

LAST TIME OUT

The Tritons previously closed their regular season against Cal State San Bernardino. The Tritons and Coyotes split their series, with UC San Diego taking games one and three. In the pitcher’s circle, Robyn Wampler came away with complete-game wins in both of the Tritons’ victories. Wampler stifled the Coyote bats, allowing just three earned runs over 14 innings. At the plate, freshmen Keila Bosinger and Clarissa Reynoso did the damage in game one, each recording an RBI. In game three, Sherriah Harrington went three-for-four, driving in three runs. 

RANKINGS

UC San Diego earned the ninth slot in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, which was voted on by 16 Division II head coaches and released on April 24. In the latest NCAA regional rankings, which were also released on April 24, UC San Diego earned second in the West Region. The Tritons trailed only Concordia Irvine. View the full results for both polls here.

FOLLOW THE TRITONS

Keep up with the Tritons all season long on social media through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The team’s handle is @UCSDsoftball.

TRITON GEAR

For the latest Triton apparel, visit the official team store of the Tritons here.

 

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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