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UCSD Hits the Road to Face Cal State East Bay
Release: Wednesday 03/06/2013 

Games 23 & 24
UC San Diego at Cal State East Bay
Friday, March 8 - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
Pioneer Softball Field - Hayward, Calif.
Live Stats

Games 25 & 26
UC San Diego at Cal State East Bay
Saturday, March 9 - 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
Pioneer Softball Field - Hayward, Calif.
Live Stats

Nicole Spangler currently leads the team with a .375 batting average with seven doubles and 12 RBI. Callie Grant, a .361 hitter this season, has a team high 22 hits. Caitlin Brown has a team best .508 slugging percentage, 14 RBI and two homeruns. Emily McQuaid has a team high seven stolen bases, while Kirsten Willmon is 6-for-7. Kayla Hensel is 8-3 on the year with a 2.97 ERA in a team high 13 appearnaces on the mound. Hensel has 19 strikeouts.

The Pioneers enter the weekend posting a 6-12 overall record and 4-8 record in CCAA play. CSUEB earned split series decisions with Cal State Monterey Bay and No. 18 Sonoma State after opening conference play dropping a 0-4 series to Humboldt State on Feb. 15-16.

As a team, the Pioneers are hitting .288. Taryn Thomas, currently on a seven-game hitting streak, is the Pioneers top hitter with a .365 batting average. Chelsie Kakela is hitting .240 with three doubles and two triples. Shaunna Purkey leads the Pioneers with six stolen bases, including a big steal in the bottom of the 10th inning in a Pioneer victory over Cal State Monterey Bay last Saturday. Pitcher Lauren Zweigle is 5-7 with a 2.73 ERA in 15 appearances. Zweigle has 76 strikeouts.

The Tritons made positive movement in the CCAA standings after going 3-1 this past weekend with Cal State Monterey Bay. UCSD is currently second with a 8-4 record, coming in right behind Cal State Dominguez Hills at 6-2 with a .750 winning percentage. The Tritons have shown their quickness  in the field as they lead the CCAA in both assists (199) and double plays (20).


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Junior Caitlin Brown popped her 13th career homerun, and second of the season, in game three with Cal State Monterey Bay on Mar. 2. The catcher currently sits at the number five spot on the programs record list. Brown is on track to make moves up the list as she currently sits behind 1986 graduate Pam Hardaway with 14. Jenny Maze (2005-08) owns the program record with 35 career home runs... Nicole Spangler is posting chart climbing numbers with seven double on the season. At this rate, Spangler will easily reach the programs Individual Single Season top ten list with no. 10 coming in at 13. The record holder, Kim Aggabao hit 23 in 2004.

The Tritons have already won two conference matches in run rule fashion, both in the Cal State San Bernardino series. Last season, UCSD was able to accomplish this feat nine times throughout regular and post season play.

Honors continue to roll in for UCSD as Hensel earned her second Worth/CCAA Pitcher of the Week award on Monday, Mar. 4 for her performances against Cal State Monterey Bay. The Tritons received their first honors of the season with back-to-back CCAA accolades as Nicole Spangler earned Player of the Week on Feb. 4 for going 7-for-11 at the plate, good for a .636 average, while tallying three doubles, four runs scored and seven runs batted in. She had at least one hit and one RBI in all four games and also drew a pair of walks against Western Oregon. Hensel earned her first conference honor the following week, on Feb. 11 for her performances with  Cal State San Bernardino.

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