LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 21 UC San Diego softball team made quick work of Humboldt State with a pair of run-rule victories on Wednesday afternoon in California Collegiate Athletic Association play at Triton Softball Field. The Tritons used six innings to top the Lumberjacks 8-0 in game one before posting a 9-1 victory in five innings.
After taking both ends of Tuesday's doubleheader with HSU, UCSD secured its third four-game sweep of the season. UCSD, sitting at 24-8 overall and 16-8 in the CCAA, is currently riding a six-game winning streak and has won 13 of its last 15.
HSU drops to 8-21 and 2-18 in conference play. The Jacks managed just three runs combined in the four games off the Triton pitching staff.
Camille Gaito (14-4) followed her Tuesday one-hit shutout with another gem on Wednesday. She shutout the Jacks with a four-hitter, striking out two without allowing a runner past second base. Jennifer Manuel, Michelle Escamilla (5-1) and Kayla Hensel pitched in the final game of the series, limiting the Jacks to their lone run on one hit.
"I think it was amazing how well we played. I have to give credit to our pitching staff because Humboldt State is one of the best-hitting teams in the conference, and to hold them to three runs in the series says a lot about our staff," said UCSD head coach Patti Gerckens.
Caitlin Brown carried the load on Wednesday, going a combined 4-for-7 with two home runs, a double and six RBI. Kris Lesovsky was also 4-for-7 with two doubles, two runs and a pair of RBI.
Kirsten Willmon led the Tritons in game one, scoring twice while going 3-for-4. Mya Romero crossed the plate a game-high three times and added a RBI single in the fourth inning. Charly Swanberg went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles.
Brown got the scoring underway for the Tritons, delivering a two-run double in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Emily McQuaid scored from second base on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 before Romero and Swanberg followed with RBI singles.
Lesovsky led off the sixth with a two-bagger to right center before being knocked-in by Swanberg. After Nicole Spangler walked to load the bases, Brown singled to drive in Romero before Annie Heskett delivered the first RBI of her career to end the game, 8-0.
"From an offensive standpoint, we got our bats working and we made the right adjustments up there. We never let down and I'm very proud of them," said Gerckens.
UCSD put up six runs in the second inning of the evening affair to jump out to an early lead. Brown notched an RBI on a grounder to second, Maria Sykes delivered an RBI single, Lesovsky added a two-run single up the middle and Romero followed with a two-run single to make it 6-0.
Brown's solo home run to left center made it 7-0 in the third.
HSU's only hit came in the fourth inning on a bloop-single by Alison McKibbon. After a walk and a hit-batsman by Escamilla loaded the bases, the Jacks pushed a run across on Serena Aragones' ground out to second base for the second out of the inning.
Brown cracked her second solo homer to lead off the fifth and was followed by Monique Portugal's double to right center. Heskett pinch hit for McQuaid and drew a walk before Lesovsky singled to center to load the bases with one out. Portugal was thrown out on a force play at home on Willmon's grounder to the pitcher, but Romero picked Heskett up from third with her third hit of the day.
Romero was 2-for-4 with three RBI in game two. Brown scored three times and drove in three while Lesovsky posted a 3-for-4 outing. Swanberg was 2-for-2.
"The difference between last week to this week is tremendous. They really worked hard since last week and to have that type of performance is really exciting," said Gerckens.
UCSD will go on a week and a half hiatus before picking it back up at Triton Softball Field on March 25 and 26 against Cal State East Bay.