LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The 20th-ranked Tritons head to Turlock for the 11th Annual Tournament of Champions Presented by Mizuno Sports this weekend.
Friday, March 30
11:00 a.m. - No. 20 UCSD (26-10) vs. Central Washington (9-15)
3:30 p.m. - No. 20 UCSD (26-10) vs. Grand Canyon (20-10)
5:45 p.m. - No. 20 UCSD (26-10) vs. Hawaii Hilo (14-11)
Pedretti Sports Complex - Turlock, Calif.
Saturday, March 31
11:15 a.m. - No. 20 UCSD (26-10) vs. Hawaii Pacific (18-12)
3:30 p.m. - No. 20 UCSD (26-10) vs. Notre Dame de Namur (14-14)
Pedretti Sports Complex - Turlock, Calif.
Sunday, April 1
TBA - No. 20 UCSD (26-10) vs. TBA
(if necessary) TBA - No. 20 UCSD (26-10) vs. TBA
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BAYSIDERS HALT TRITON STREAK
UCSD split its Monday-Tuesday four-game set against Cal State East Bay earlier this week, ending a seven-game win streak with a 5-2 loss to the Pioneers on Monday. The series draw marked the first time the Tritons hadn't won a four-game series since falling in three of four contests against Chico State on March 10-11. Camille Gaito earned the win in the opening game of each doubleheader, allowing 13 hits and a single earned run while striking out six batters in three appearances. Mya Romero led the Tritons with a .455 average, while Emily McQuaid followed close behind with a .444 clip and her first two RBI of the season. Charly Swanberg hit .400 and Caitlin Brown was 5-for-13 (.385) with a team-high four RBI. In their 5-2 and 7-5 losses to the Pioneers, the Tritons left 19 runners on base compared with only nine for CSUEB.
2011 T.O.C. REVISITED
UCSD took home the Silver Bracket championship at last year's Tournament of Champions on the heels of a 6-1 overall record, a shutout of defending 2010 Division II national champion Hawaii Pacific and a come-from-behind extra-inning victory to exact revenge on Montana State-Billings to take home the title. Gaito was tabbed the event's Pitcher of the Tournament after posting a 5-0 record, 0.25 ERA and three complete games in five appearances, including four starts. In 27.2 innings, Gaito limited the opposition to nine hits, one earned run, two walks and a .098 average while striking out 21. Then-freshman Jennifer Manuel earned All-Tournament honors, hitting .600 (6-for-10) over five games. She drove in both runs in a 2-1 semifinal win over Dixie State before knocking a two-run single in the Silver Bracket championship to force extras. Now-graduated Jennifer De Fazio was named the event's Top Hitter after batting .579 (11-for-19) with five runs scored, three doubles, six RBI and five stolen bases, while posting a .737 slugging and .579 on-base percentage.
THE LAST 10
Despite losing two-of-four to CSUEB, the Tritons are 8-2 over their last 10 games and have outscored its opponents 58-23 in the process. And, it seems to be the sophomores leading the way. Second-year catcher and designated player Charly Swanberg is 13-for-26 (.500) over that time span with nine RBI and a .533 on-base percentage. Shortstop Mya Romero is 12-for-27 (.444) with eight runs, nine RBI and a team-high 26 assists in the field. Caitlin Brown is also hitting .444 (12-for-27) with team-highs of 10 RBI, two home runs, 20 total bases and .741 slugging. Left fielder Kirsten Willmon is 8-for-9 on stolen base attempts, has scored eight times and is hitting .364 (12-for-33).
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS PERSPECTIVE
UCSD is a combined 30-25 all-time against the five opponents already on the slate at the T.O.C. - Central Washington (5-0), Grand Canyon (11-8), Hawaii Hilo (6-9), Hawaii Pacific (4-7) and Notre Dame de Namur (4-1). Despite having losing records in its all-time series' against HPU and Hawaii Hilo, UCSD is 3-2 against HPU and 1-1 against Hawaii Hilo at the Tournament of Champions since 2006. In fact, UCSD is 26-10 (.722) at the T.O.C. since '06 and has posted at least four wins in the competition each year since 2006.
Gaito became just the third Triton pitcher in school history to reach 500 career strikeouts on Tuesday and now just needs three more strikeouts to move past Leea Harlan's (1999-02) record mark of 505. She currently ranks second in five UCSD career categories - appearances (127), innings pitched (697), ERA (1.07), complete games (tied, 78) and strikeouts (503). The senior from San Rafael already holds a school record with 81 career wins and is tied for a school-best with eight saves. Senior center fielder Kris Lesovsky, who has the highest batting average (.386), most doubles (61) and most walks (133) in school annals, ranks second in career history with 235 hits and 161 runs scored. She needs just one more score to tie Amy Mettee (2001-04) for the school record and 21 more hits to tie Mettee for the nine-year-old school record.
Lesovsky and Willmon were thrown out for the first time while stealing this season by CSUEB catcher Taylor Neumann ... Lesovsky and Willmon are a combined 28-for-30 stealing in 2012 ... Maria Sykes leads the team with six walks over her last ten games ... Romero's three-hit game in game two against CSUEB on Monday was the 13th time a Triton has had three hits in a single contest this season ... Nicole Spangler recorded an individual season high 13 putouts against CSUEB in game one on Monday.