Games 47 & 48
No. 24 UC San Diego (32-14, 23-9) vs. No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay (37-9, 22-6)
Friday, April 20 - 5:00 p.m.
Triton Softball Field - La Jolla, Calif.
SENIOR DAY SET FOR APRIL 21
In addition to free burritos, Triton fans will get to enjoy some well-deserved recognition for four Tritons seniors before they play their last regular season home game against the Otters. Kris Lesovsky, Camille Gaito, Tess Granath and Anne Wethe will graduate upon season's end and will be honored in a special Senior Day ceremony prior to the first pitch.
Austin Olson will provide live play-by-play and commentary for the live video stream of both games on Saturday. Got a question for Austin about the Tritons? Tweet @UCSDtritons with the hashtag #softball, or post a question to our Facebook wall at facebook.com/ucsdtritons to have your inquiries read and answered on the air!
UCSD is heading to Stockton April 27-29 for the CCAA Tournament. The Tritons have clinched a tournament berth along with Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Monterey Bay and Chico State.
TRITON HURLERS SHINE AT SONOMA
The UCSD pitching staff kept SSU at bay during the April 6-7 series in Rohnert Park, holding the Seawolves to just a single run over the four contests between the teams. Camille Gaito (20-6) registered a five-hit shutout in the opening game and a four-hit shutout in game three. Jennifer Manuel (4-3) went five and a third while giving up five hits and a single run in UCSD's game two loss before delivering the best game of her Triton career. Her two-hit shutout of the Seawolves in the series finale helped UCSD jump into third place in the CCAA.
Gaito, Manuel and Michelle Escamilla appear in the CCAA's top 10 in three different pitching categories. Gaito leads the CCAA with the lowest ERA (1.08) while Escamilla (2.12) and Manuel (3.17) rank seventh and 10th, respectively. Escamilla (20), Manuel (21) and Gaito (26) rank No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, in earned runs surrendered. The trio is one-two-three in the least amount of runs (earned and unearned) allowed (Manuel- 23, Escamilla- 24, Gaito- 31). Manuel's 45 hits allowed are least in the CCAA.
Tess Granath -
Granath, a pitcher-turned-left fielder, has spent a large chunk of the 2012 campaign on the disabled list due to a sprained ankle suffered when attempting to make a play at the wall on March 9 against Cal State Dominguez Hills. After spending her first three years in a Triton uniform performing primarily as a pitcher, Granath made the switch to the outfield for her senior campaign. Granath went 14-12 with a 2.56 ERA and 107 strikeouts as a pitcher and hit .207 in 82 at-bats. She provided a pinch-hit two-run single in the 2011 West Super Region title game against Cal State San Bernardino, supplying the game-winning runs in a 3-1 Triton victory.
Camille Gaito -
Gaito will go down as one of the most prolific Triton pitchers in school history. She holds school records for wins (85), saves (9) and strikeouts (533), and ranks second in career appearances (134), innings pitched (737.2), ERA (1.06) and complete games (83). In 2011, Gaito established single-season UCSD records for wins (35), appearances (47), innings pitched (262.1), strikeouts (208), complete games (32) and saves (4) while going 9-0 during the NCAA Tournament and leading the Tritons to their first-ever national championship. This season, Gaito is 20-6 with a 1.08 ERA.
Lesovsky, who was granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA in the fall, will graduate as one of the great Triton hitters to play for head coach Patti Gerckens. Lesovsky holds school records for doubles (61), walks (135) and runs scored (135) and is currently second in hits (247) and home runs (29). Her career .383 batting average is tied for first and she needs six more RBI to set a school record. Her .446 clip in 2009 is by far the best batting average the school has seen in a single season. Lesovsky has led the team in hits, doubles, homers and runs scored in each of the last three seasons.
Wethe, who lettered four years for the UCSD women's soccer team prior to joining the UCSD softball team in her senior year, has appeared in 32 games this season as a pinch-runner for the Tritons. She's scored 14 times this season and is 1-for-2 on stolen base attempts. The first run of her career came in the sixth inning of UCSD's 5-2 victory over Northwest Nazarene on February 3. She tallied a run in four consecutive appearances between February 3-10.
UCSD's next win will be the 800th victory in program history. Patti Gerckens has coached the team in over 500 of those wins ... Four UCSD players are currently in the CCAA top 10 for walks - Caitlin Brown (25), Mya Romero (24), Maria Sykes (23) and Lesovsky (22) ... UCSD was no-hit for the second time in three games against SSU hurler Samantha Lipperd two weeks ago, but the Tritons took three of four games in the series to have the last laugh ... UCSD has already guaranteed a spot in the CCAA Tournament ... Gaito needs one more complete game to tie the school record ... SSU managed to hit just .173 against Manuel and Gaito in the Tritons' last series ... CSUDH and CSUMB will play 34 CCAA games while UCSD will finish with 36 conference contests.
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