LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego softball team faces a rematch of the 2011 CCAA Tournament First Round on Friday when the team clashes with top-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:30 p.m.
No. 4 UC San Diego (32-18, 23-13) vs. No. 1 Cal State Dominguez Hills (41-11, 21-7)
Arnaiz Stadium - Stockton, Calif.
CCAA TOURNAMENT TIME
UCSD will be making its fourth appearance at the CCAA Tournament this weekend and third in its past four seasons. UCSD is 4-4 all-time at the tournament and has never won the competition. UCSD fell 1-0 in the title game last season to Sonoma State and was declared runner-up in 2009 when the championship game was rained out (Cal State Monterey Bay, UCSD's opponent, was the higher seed). CSUMB is the only team in the field to have won a CCAA postseason title.
TRITONS-TOROS CCAA HISTORY
UCSD and CSUDH met twice in the 2011 version of the CCAA tournament, with UCSD winning both games 4-0 and 6-2. The Tritons went 3-1 this season in their only series against the Toros, March 9-10 at Triton Softball Field. Kris Lesovsky hit .400 while Charly Swanberg and Kirsten Willmon each batted .333. Camille Gaito went 2-1 on the weekend with a three-hit shutout in the opening game and a two-hitter in game three; Triton pitchers limited CSUDH to just a .188 clip at the plate. UCSD is 31-48 all-time against the Toros.
NO. 2 CAL STATE MONTEREY BAY
CSUMB became the first team in history to sweep the Tritons at home on April 20-21. The Otters took four games from UCSD last weekend on their way to clinching a co-regular season CCAA championship along with CSUDH. Due to a 0-2 record this season against CSUDH, CSUMB was granted the No. 2 seed for the postseason tournament. The Tritons are 17-15 all-time against the Otters. CSUMB's Cori Reinhardt was recently named CCAA Newcomer of the Year and the team placed three players on the all-conference first team.
NO. 3 CHICO STATE
CSUC, who entered the last weekend of the regular season in fourth place, leapfrogged UCSD for the No. 3 seed by securing a four-game sweep over Cal State East Bay last Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats took three of four games from the Tritons February 10-11 at Triton Softball Field, yet UCSD outscored CSUC 9-8 in the series. Lesovsky went 7-for-14 in the series while Jennifer Manuel was 3-for-10, but they were the only two Tritons with multiple at-bats to hit over .300 in the set. UCSD is 30-19 all-time against CSUC and defeated the Wildcats for the NCAA West Regional title in 2011.
IN THE RANKS
UCSD slipped out of the NFCA Top 25 for the second time this season and down to No. 7 in the NCAA Division II West Region rankings released on April 25. The top eight teams in each region make the postseason tournament, so a strong showing by the Tritons this weekend in Stockton would certainly help their cause.
ALL-CCAA TEAM ANNOUNCED
UCSD and Chico State placed a conference-high six players on the CCAA All-Conference Team, it was announced Wednesday by the conference. The Tritons also tied with the Otters for the most players on the All-CCAA First Team with three - Camille Gaito, Kris Lesovsky and Charly Swanberg. Lesovsky has earned first-team honors in each of her four seasons at UCSD while Gaito was named to the first team for the third time. Caitlin Brown was named All-CCAA Second Team while Mya Romero and Kirsten Willmon garnered All-CCAA Honorable Mention.
Kris Lesovsky needs five more hits and four more RBIs to become UCSD's all-time career leader in each category. After batting .500 against CSUMB last weekend, Lesovsky raised her career average by two points to .385 and leads Kristin Schueler's (1994-97) mark of .383. The senior centerfielder already holds three other career marks for UCSD.
Not a lot of things went right for UCSD last weekend against the Otters, but the Tritons made their mark on the base paths. UCSD went 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts with Lesovsky and Emily McQuaid going 2-for-2 apiece. Willmon leads all Tritons with 20 steals on the season - third-best in the conference - while Lesovsky is 15-for-16. As a team, UCSD is 61-for-75 stealing this season.
McQuaid notched her first extra-base hit this season with a triple in game one on Friday ... UCSD is 4-8 against the field at the CCAA Championships this season ... Willmon and Lesovsky both had a team-high five hits against CSUMB ... Gaito needs to pitch 15 more innings and tally one more complete game to set school records in both fields ... Romero's 37 RBI this season is fifth-most all-time ... CSUMB, CSUDH and CSUC are all ranked in the national Top 25 ... Brown's .460 on-base percentage is eight-best in the conference.