LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Center fielder Kris Lesovsky
went 5-for-8 with a grand slam and eight RBI in No. 22 UC San Diego's 12-1 and 7-0 wins over Felician College on Wednesday evening in non-conference action at Triton Softball Field.
With UCSD up 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the bases loaded, the senior from Simi Valley, Calif. pounded the ball over the left-center field fence to end the opening game before adding a triple and two RBI in UCSD's game-two win. She hit for the cycle over the two games; she had a homerun and a double in game in game one, and a triple, a double and a single in game two.
UCSD improves to 17-7 overall while Felician College drops to 0-12. The Tritons batted .415 (22-for-53) with eight extra-base hits as a team, and held the Golden Falcons to just six hits and .142 (6-for-42) team average.
"We've been working on some things offensively and we put everything into action today," said UCSD head coach Patti Gerckens. "We stayed up the whole game and it's going to be a big confidence boost going into this weekend's series against [Cal State] Dominguez Hills."
Mya Romero ignited the Triton offense in the opening game with a three-run home run to left field to put the Tritons out in front 3-0 in the third inning. Felician got one back the next half-inning on Carissa Trujillo's RBI single, but it would be the only run the Golden Falcons mustered on the day.
Tess Granath drove-in Anne Wethe in the fourth inning with a double to left-center
before Lesovsky doubled-home Emily McQuaid and Granath to hand UCSD a 6-1 lead.
Caitlin Brown drew a one-out walk in the sixth and was followed by Nicole Spangler's hard single to right field. Maria Sykes cracked a double to drive-in Brown and Spangler scored on the next play due to a throwing error by the Felician catcher. Leading 8-1 with a runners on first and third, pinch-hitter Annie Heskett drew a walk to load the bases.
Needing only to reach base to finish the contest via run-rule, Lesovsky ended the game in style by lifting her first career grand slam off Tori Bradburn (0-3). Lesovsky finished with six RBI, two runs and six total bases in the opening game.
Camille Gaito (10-3) cruised to double-digit victories on the year, surrendering just three hits, a run and a walk while striking out four.
Michelle Escamilla took the ball in game two and worked the first two innings without giving up a hit.
UCSD put up five runs in its first at-bat. A half-hour after homering to win game one, Lesovsky lead-off with a triple to right field before being driven-in on Jennifer Manuel's two-run, one-out single. Brown followed with an RBI single and Spangler added a two-run double to push the Tritons out in front 5-0.
Lesovsky accounted for the Tritons' final two runs of the game in the third inning with a bases-loaded single through the left side to score Monique Portugal and Spangler.
Kayla Hensel took over for Escamilla in the bottom of the third and promptly struck out the side. Hensel gave up only two hits over three innings while striking out six Golden Falcons on the way to her second victory of the season (2-2). Manuel worked the sixth inning for the Tritons without surrendering a run.
CCAA play resumes when first-place No. 5 Cal State Dominguez Hills comes to town for a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, March 9 & 10. Friday's games start at 1:00 p.m. while Saturday's doubleheader gets underway at noon.
"We haven't really seen [CSUDH] play at all, but I think it's going to be four really good games," said Gerckens. "They are very balanced with great defense, pitching and offense. But I think, as we saw tonight, we have all three as well."