LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 22 UC San Diego softball team faces winless Felician College on Wednesday evening before hosting the California Collegiate Athletic Association's first-place team, No. 16 Cal State Dominguez Hills, this weekend at Triton Softball Field.
Games 23 & 24
No. 22 UCSD (15-7) vs. Felician College (0-10)
Wednesday, March 7 - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Triton Softball Field - La Jolla, Calif.
No. 22 UCSD (15-7, 11-5) vs. No. 5 Cal Dominguez Hills (24-3, 15-1)
Friday, March 9 - 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Triton Softball Field - La Jolla, Calif.
CAN'T MAKE IT SATURDAY? WE GOTCHA'
Fans interested in watching the UCSD-Cal State Dominguez Hills doubleheader on Saturday, March 10 can sign up now for their FREE Triton Zone subscription by clicking here. Your subscription allows you to create your own username and password so that you can login and enjoy any of UCSD's live-streamed athletic events. All of UCSD softball's Saturday home contests will be streamed live on UCSDTritons.com. Tim Strombel will provide the live play-by-play.
GOT A QUESTION? TWEET UP!
Former UCSD softball player and 2011 national champion Katrin Gabriel, along with other Triton alumni, will join Tim Strombel on Saturday's webcast on UCSDtritons.com. Fans can tweet-in their questions all week for Katrin and other former players by following @ucsdtritons on Twitter and using the hashtag #ucsdsoftball. Or, post a question to UCSD Athletics' Facebook wall at facebook.com/ucsdtritons and include #softball. Katrin and the gang will answer fans' questions over the air on Saturday against CSUDH.
UNDER THE LIGHTS
UCSD will host New Jersey's Felician College on Wednesday evening at Triton Softball Field in a non-conference match-up at 4:00 p.m. The Golden Falcons are currently on a West Coast road trip to get out of the cold - it was 48 degrees in Rutherford on Tuesday - and into the sun, but it's been anything but a relaxing vacation for them. Felician is 0-8 so far on its California adventure and has been shutout over its last five contests. In games against Concordia, Vanguard, Azusa Pacific and Cal State Dominguez Hills in the past week, the Falcons have been outscored 59-7. UCSD is 1-0 all-time against Felician.
TORO THE TERRIBLE
CSUDH, which sits in first place in the CCAA with a 15-1 conference record, has won seven consecutive games and 24 of its last 25 contests dating back to February 4. The Toros are ranked in the top six of the CCAA in every major offensive category - batting average (3rd), runs (1st), hits (1st), total bases (2nd), RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (5th), on-base percentage (3rd) home runs (6th) - and have the lowest ERA (1.72) while allowing the least amount of runs (47) and hits (102) in the conference. Jessica Hall leads the CCAA with 37 hits and Christina Chavez's 34 RBI are a league-best. In the circle, Lauren Harper and Stephanie Jimenez rank one-two in the CCAA while holding opponents to .151 and .185 batting averages, respectively. Additionally, the pair is in the CCAA's top three for total strikeouts Christina Chavez was named an NFCA Top Performer last week by hitting .636 with three home runs and 15 RBI.
UCSD is 28-47 (.373) all-time against CSUDH. The Toros were the only team to take a series from the Tritons in 2011, winning three out of four contests March 11-12 in Carson. However, UCSD recovered to take down CSUDH twice in the CCAA Tournament. Since 2007, the Tritons have won 16 of their last 25 games with the Toros.
UC San Diego head coach Patti Gerckens earned her 500th career victory in Saturday's game one victory against Cal State San Bernardino. Gerckens is now 500-440 (.532) in her 20 seasons as head coach. She holds 381 more victories than any other coach in UCSD softball program history. Arguably her most successful season came last year when she led the program to its first-ever national championship and CCAA regular season title on her way to becoming the CCAA and NFCA Coach of the Year.
HOWLING FOR MERCY
UCSD outscored CSUSB 19-1 on the first day of the teams' series in San Bernardino on Friday. Kris Lesovsky went 4-for-7 with five runs, four RBI and 11 total bases. In game two, Lesovsky went 3-for-4 with a homerun, a double, a single and three runs. A triple would have given her ‘the cycle'. Instead, she matched team season-highs for hits (3) and runs (3) while setting a season high with seven total bases. Lesovsky needs seven more hits to move into second place all-time for hits and five more RBI to move into third for career RBI in UCSD history. She's on a five-game hitting streak, one away from tying her longest hit streak of the season.
JUST A THOUGHT
Mya Romero hit the first grand slam of her career on Friday against CSUSB ... Camille Gaito went 2-0 with two complete games, a shutout and 10 strikeouts against the Coyotes ... Gaito ranks third all-time in career appearances (117), innings (643.2), ERA (1.13), strikeouts (462) and complete games (72) ... Caitlin Brown has reached base in 10 consecutive games after hitting .625 (5-for-8) with five RBI, a double and a home run at CSUSB ... UCSD is 7-0 when Monique Portugal bats eighth in the line-up ... UCSD has won 10 of its last 12 CCAA contests ... Michelle Escamilla has surrendered the least amount of earned runs (8) and hits (28) in the conference.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AT RIMAC
UC San Diego is playing host to the NCAA Women's Basketball West Regional March 9-10 & 12 at RIMAC. The Tritons have earned the West's top seed and will face No. 8-seed Chico State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. For more information on how to get tickets and the teams involved, visit the Tournament Central page here.