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Seniors Milana Casillas (middle left) and Ashley Chestnut with the UCSD coaching staff.

UCSD Sweeps Doubleheader Against Cal State Dominguez Hills On Senior Day

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego softball team scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off a 9-8 victory over California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opponent Cal State Dominguez Hills in the first game of a doubleheader, Saturday at Triton Softball Field. UC San Diego cruised to an 8-2 win in the series finale. With the sweep, UCSD takes the series, 3-1, after splitting a doubleheader on Friday.

The Tritons are 26-22 overall and remain seventh in the CCAA standings with a 17-19 record. CSUDH is last in the conference with a 5-31 record. The Toros are 7-42 overall.

Before the start of the doubleheader, two seniors, left-handed pitcher Milana Casillas and first baseman Ashley Chestnut, were recognized as they played in their final home games at Triton Softball Field.

Despite trailing 8-2 through the top of the seventh inning, UCSD scored seven runs in the bottom of the inning, walking off on a two-run error to seal the 9-8 victory.

In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Kristyana Boghossian got things started with a two-run double up the middle. Chestnut followed with a bomb over centerfield that scored three runs, making it an 8-7 ballgame. With two outs on the board, junior Kendall Baker hit a ball to the pitcher in what should have been the final out, but a throwing error on the Toro pitcher scored freshman Danica Kazakoff and junior Rachel Phillips to give the Tritons the walkoff win.

CSUDH dominated through most of the game, scoring runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings. The Toros’ Kayla Lock got things started with a three-run homer over right field in the second frame.

Junior Kelsi Maday had a sacrifice fly in the third inning to put the Tritons on the board.

A throwing error on the UCSD pitcher gave CSUDH two more runs in the fourth inning. The Toro centerfielder had an error in the bottom of the inning that allowed Brittney Ross-Smith to score, making it a 5-2 game.

In the top of the seventh inning, CSUDH added on three more runs to jump to an 8-2 lead before the Tritons’ dominated in the bottom of the inning to come from behind and win it.

Freshman Lizzy Beutter (8-8) was credited with the win. She struck out five and allowed three runs in four innings of work. Sophomore Lauren Brown threw the first three innings, giving up three runs and two walks. The Toros’ Jade Loe (3-13) earned the loss after allowing five earned runs, four walks and five hits.

UCSD used five runs in the bottom of the third inning to break open the lead and ultimately seal the 8-2 triumph.

Kendall Messersmith and Lock each had an RBI single to give CSUDH a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Tritons answered in the bottom of the frame when junior Lauren Sanders doubled to score Maday.

In the second inning, UCSD took over the lead, scoring two runs after junior Kendall Woken had an RBI double followed by an RBI single from Kazakoff.

Five runs in the third inning sealed the series finale victory for the Tritons. Sophomore Caitlyn Weisner got things started with an RBI single before Reyes doubled to left center to bring home two runs. Reyes scored on a throwing error by the Toro first baseman followed by an RBI single from Kazakoff to cap the scoring frenzy.

Casillas (8-5) threw a complete game, giving up two runs and striking out two. Reyes finished with two RBI and two hits while Kazakoff went 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI. As a team, UCSD stole seven bases.

Sharie Albert (3-21) earned the loss for CSUDH after giving up seven runs in 2.1 innings of work.

The Tritons will travel to Stanislaus State for their final regular-season series April 28-29. The doubleheader on Friday is set to start at 2:30 p.m. while Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 11 a.m.


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