UC San Diego Wraps Up Regular Season at Stanislaus State
UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
CCAA Standing: 7th
The University of California San Diego softball team will wrap up its 2017 regular season with a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) series at Stanislaus State, April 28-29. UCSD (26-22, 17-19) is mathematically eliminated from CCAA Tournament contention and currently sits seventh in the conference standings. The top four teams will advance to the CCAA Tournament, May 5-7. Stanislaus State (23-28, 13-23) is also eliminated from the tournament and sits in eighth place. Cal State Monterey Bay (41-8, 29-7) is currently in first place with a four-game cushion.
UC San Diego won three of its four games against Cal State Dominguez Hills at home. The Tritons split a doubleheader on the first day, earning an 8-2 victory in the first game before dropping the nightcap, 7-6. UCSD scored seven runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and walk off the win the the third game, 9-8. In the series finale, the Tritons scored eight runs early and held off the Toros to capture an 8-2 triumph.
UCSD is currently not ranked in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll. The Tritons were rated as high as 14th and started the year outside the top-25. To view the complete rankings, click here.
The second edition of the NCAA Division II softball rankings were released on April 26. UCSD is currently in 10th place in the West Region. To view the complete ranking, click here. The top eight teams in the final version on May 8, make up the two-section NCAA Division II Championship West Regional. The 64-team field will be unveiled at 7 a.m. PT on Monday, May 8, and will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
CCAA STANDINGS (4/26)
1. Cal State Monterey Bay 29-7, 41-8
2. Sonoma State 25-11, 35-15
3. Humboldt State 21-10, 33-11
4. Cal State San Bernandino 24-12, 34-16
5. Chico State 22-12, 32-13
6. Cal State East Bay 18-16, 26-20
7. UC San Diego 17-19, 26-22
8. Stanislaus State 13-23, 23-28
9. San Francisco State 13-27, 19-31
10. Cal State San Marcos 8-27, 9-35
11. Cal State Dominguez Hills 5-31, 7-42
UCSD leads the conference in sacrifice flies (16) and stolen bases (116) . The Tritons are second in sacrifice hits (55) and third in base on balls (147).
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING IN THE CCAA
Team (All games, in top 3)
1. Sacrifice flies (16)
1. Stolen bases (116)
2. Sacrifice hits (55)
3. Base on balls (147)
2. Saves (9)
Individual (all games, in top 5)
1. Kelsi Maday, sacrifice flies (5)
1. Maddy Lewis, sacrifice hits (13)
2. Danica Kazakoff, sacrifice hits (12)
2. Kelsi Maday, stolen bases (39)
2. Kelsi Maday, batting average (.393)
3. Kendall Baker, at bats (168)
5. Kelsi Maday, total bases (86)
4. Kendall Baker, hits (58)
5. Kendall Baker, stolen bases (30)
5. Kelsi Maday, slugging percentage (.614)
5. Kelsi Maday, runs (40)
5. Kelsi Maday, on base percentage (.471)
3. Lizzy Beutter, saves (4)
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING IN THE NCAA
Team (all games, in top 50)
9. Stolen bases per game (2.42)
Individual (all games, in top 50)
8. Kelsi Maday, sacrifice flies (5)
10. Kelsi Maday, stolen bases per game (.81)
14. Lizzy Beutter, saves (4)
29. Maddy Lewis, sacrifice hits per game (.28)
45. Danica Kazakoff, sacrifice hits per game (.26)
The Tritons currently lead the CCAA in several "small ball" categories. UCSD tops the league in sacrifice flies (16) and stolen bases with (116). The Tritons are second in sacrifice hits (55). Individually, Kelsi Maday leads conference in sacrifice flies (5) and is second in stolen bases (39). Maddy Lewis tops the CCAA in sacrifice hits with 13.
Only a junior, Kelsi Maday is UCSD's career steals leader with 91. Maday is also fifth all-time in home runs with 16. Her 39 stolen bases this season makers her UCSD's single season leader. She currently leads the Tritons' with a .393 batting average, 40 runs and 33 RBI.
FIRST WIN OVER NO. 1 SINCE 2012
UCSD's 4-2 win over No. 1 Humboldt State on April 7 was the first time since the 2012 season that the Tritons defeated the nation's No. 1 team. At the NCAA Championship on May 16, No. 24 UCSD beat No. 1 Valdosta State, 7-5, before ultimately losing to the Blazers in the national title game. The Tritons went on to split the series with Humboldt State, winning the series finale by a score of 3-2.
KELSI MADAY NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
Junior outfielder Kelsi Maday was named the CCAA Player of the week for the second time this season, for April 4-11. Maday led UCSD to a 5-5 week including a 4-2 record at the Tournament of Champions.The Napa product hit .469 with 15 hits, 10 runs, three RBI, three doubles and a home run over 10 games. She also stole a team-high nine bases to increase her season total to 31. In the Tritons 7-2 win over Northwest Nazarene, Maday went a perfect three-for-three at the plate with two runs, an RBI and a double. She recorded a hit in eight of 10 games and had 12 putouts in the outfield.In UCSD's four-game series at Sonoma State, she went eight-for-14 and tallied four runs, two doubles, two RBI and a home run.It is Maday's second time this season receiving the conference's weekly award after earning it for the week of Feb. 21-28. She also grabbed the honor during the 2016 season (for the week of Feb. 9).
ABOUT THE WARRIORS
Stanislaus State 23-28 overall and ninth in the CCAA standing with a 13-23 record. Alexus Martinez leads the Warriors in batting average (.373), runs (38) and hits (66). Katelyn McDonald has a team-best 47 RBI and 12 doubles. In the cirlce, Kylie Ragsdales boasts a 12-10 record with a 2.66 ERA and 13 complete games. She is joined by Megan Stacey who has a team-best 2.57 ERA in 68 innings pitched. Jessica Ventoza is in her second season at Stan State.
UCSD holds a 55-29 advantage over the Warriors in the all-time series. The Tritons swept a four-game series against Stan State last season by scores of 17-0 (5 inn.), 5-4 (8 inn.), 8-4 and 11-2 (5 inn.).
MADAY AND CASILLAS SWEEP CCAA WEEKLY HONORS
Junior outfielder Kelsi Maday and senior left-handed pitcher Milana Casillas earned CCAA Player and Pitcher of the week, respectively, for the week of Feb. 21-28. Maday helped 17th-ranked UC San Diego split a doubleheader with Azusa Pacific to improve to a 9-1 record overall. The Napa product finished the day with two RBI, two sacrifice hits, and one run. In game one, the Tritons trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh before Maday hit a two-run single to knot the game, 3-3. Maday also scored the game-winning run after sophomore Caitlin Weisner drew the walk-off walk to seal the 4-3 victory. Casillas saw two relief appearances, pitched 7.4 innings and earned her fourth win of the season. The Venice product did not allow a hit or a walk in 1.2 innings of action to secure the 4-3 win in game one. In the 12-inning nightcap, Casillas pitched 6.2 innings in relief allowing two earned runs, three hits and two walks. She collected one strikeout and was credited with her first loss of the season. This marks Maday's second time receiving the weekly honor. Casillas earned the weekly honor for the first time in her career.
LAUREN BROWN NAMED CCAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Lauren Brown was named the CCAA Pitcher of the Week for the week of Feb. 14-21. Brown helped UC San Diego sweep Cal State San Marcos in a four-game series to open CCAA play with a perfect 4-0 record. After the weekend, UCSD also moved to 8-0 on the season. The San Diego product started two games on the mound for the Tritons, she pitched 13 innings including one complete game and picked up two wins in the process. Brown only gave up two earned runs, one walk and eight hits. On Friday against CSUSM, she pitched all seven innings, tallied five strikeouts and only allowed three hits as UCSD won 5-1. This marks Brown's second time receiving the weekly honor, she earned it once last season (for the week of Feb. 9).
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT
UC San Diego is coming off a 37-21 overall season and finished fourth in the CCAA with a 23-15 record. The Tritons won the CCAA Tournament with a 3-0 swept and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA West Regionals, where they fell to Central Washington in the second elimination game.
Head coach Patti Gerckens, in her milestone 25th season, welcomes back three all-conference players, and two All-West Region honorees, including the CCAA Freshman of the Year, Maddy Lewis. Lewis, a first team all-conference and second team all-region selection, will return for her sophomore year as an infielder for the Tritons. The Alameda product finished sixth in the CCAA in batting average (.367), with 47 hits, 33 RBI and 16 stolen bases. She also led the conference in sacrifice flies (5) and played in 49 games. First team All-CCAA and second team All-Region honoree, Kelsi Maday, will enter her junior year after starting all 58 games in the outfield last season. In 2016, Maday set a single-season school record with 37 stolen bases and tied a single-season Triton record with 54 runs. The Napa product also finished with a .368 batting average, 40 RBI and 64 hits. Junior Lauren Sanders also returns after finishing the season as an All-CCAA second team selection. Sanders finished the season with 37 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
The Tritons lost Lexi Edwards, a three-time All-CCAA pitcher. Edwards capped her senior season after starting 26 games, with a 1.96 ERA, 16-9 record and 80 strikeouts. She also paced the CCAA in saves with eight. UCSD also lost key players in Taylor Abeyta (52 hits, 18 RBI, 17 stolen bases) and Emma Schneider (29 hits, 11 doubles, 13 runs, 21 RBI).
GET TO KNOW THE 2017 TRITONS
The Tritons welcome seven newcomers to the 2017 squad ... UCSD has 16 California natives on its roster, with Kendall Baker (Berthoud, Colo.) and freshman Alanna Phillips (Utica, N.Y.) being the only players out of state ... The Tritons have two local products on the roster: Mikaila Reyes (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) and Lauren Brown (San Diego/Academy of Our Lady of Peace) ... To check out the roster and read about the Tritons, click here.
KALABA, SILVA AND MITCHELL ADDED TO COACHING STAFF
UCSD has added Carissa Kalaba, Liz Silva and Carly Mitchell as the newest members to its coaching staff. Kalaba has 10 years of head coaching experience and was most recently the head coach of Utah State from 2009-13, where she coached one All-American and seven all-conference players. Prior to Utah State, Kalaba was the head coach at Biola University from 2004-09, where she compiled a 143-94 record as the all-time winningest coach in program history. She played softball collegiately at UCLA, helping the team win the 1999 NCAA and Pac-10 titles, as well as served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Bruins in 2000.
Silva arrives in La Jolla after spending two years as the assistant coach (2015) and head coach (2016) of the varsity softball team at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista. She guided her team to two Metro-Pacific League titles and a semifinal berth in the CIF Division III Championship. She played softball collegiately for Oklahoma State, primarily as a catcher and second baseman for the Cowgirls. She was an All-Big XII selection and a member of the 1998 Oklahoma State team that finished third in the Women's College World Series. Mitchell played softball at Cal State Dominguez Hills from 2014-15, after transferring from San Diego Mesa College.
HEAD COACH PATTI GERCKENS
Patti Gerckens is in her milestone 25th season in charge of the UC San Diego softball program. She has amassed an overall record of 655-545 (.546) over her 24-year career, with eight straight 30-win seasons among 11 total, including 2016's 37 wins. The Tritons have gone 511-381 (.573) in 16 years since Gerckens guided the team's transition from Division III to Division II in 2001, including 307-224 (.578) as a member of the ultra-competitive CCAA, widely considered the best Division II conference in the country. The winningest coach in program history, Gerckens led the Tritons to four straight NCAA postseason berths from 2011-14, beginning with back-to-back school-record 45-win seasons and appearances in the Division II championship game, the first of which brought UCSD its first softball title in 2011. The Tritons finished as national runners-up in her 20th campaign in 2012. Gerckens has led UCSD to 11 NCAA postseason appearances, with nine at the Division II level. UCSD is 22-18 (.55) in the NCAA Division II Championship. A native of Old Tappan, N.J., Gerckens graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She was a four-year starter at second base for the Tar Heels and also played for the New Jersey Blue Jays of the Amateur Softball Association for nine years, winning a championship in 1992.
2017 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
The Tritons were picked to finish third in the CCAA based on a preseason poll of the league's coaches. Last season, UCSD won the CCAA Tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA West Regional. Humboldt State was picked to repeat as the league champion after finishing as the 2016 national runner-up.
2017 CCAA SOFTBALL PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Humboldt State, 99 points (9 first-place votes)
2. Chico State, 87 (2)
3. UC San Diego, 80
4. Sonoma State, 74
5. Cal State San Bernardino, 62
6. San Francisco State, 54
7. Cal State Monterey Bay, 45
8. Stanislaus State, 38
9. Cal State East Bay, 34
10. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 19
11. Cal State San Marcos, 13
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