24th-Ranked Tritons Return Home to Face Cal State San Marcos
ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 9-4
• CCAA: 4-4
• Home: 2-2
• Away: 2-2
• Neutral: 5-0
• Highest National Ranking (NFCA): 24
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 2-2
• NFCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll: NR
• CCAA Standings: 3rd
TRITON SOFTBALL ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
UC San Diego Athletics and local technology giant ViaSat once again in 2018 bring you Triton Softball on UCSDtritons.tv, an online streaming platform. All broadcasts are in high definition, and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets. Viewing is subscription-based, though it is free from UCSD campus IP addresses. The single-day fee is $5.99, meaning doubleheaders are two-for-one. Events are archived. Local media personality Miles Himmel (@mileshimmel) is back this season as the primary play-by-play voice.
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HOME SWEET HOME
UC San Diego has 22 scheduled home games for the 2018 season, including a 10-game homestand beginning on March 9 with a doubleheader against Cal State East Bay and finishing with a doubleheader against Concordia Irvine on March 27. The Tritons begin their home schedule with a doubleheader against Sonoma State on Feb. 9, and conclude their home slate with a doubleheader against Stanislaus State on April 14. Check out UC San Diego’s complete 2018 schedule here. Admission is once again free for all in 2018. Parking is free only on weekends.
BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for NCAA Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.
UC San Diego is coming off a 30-22 overall mark in 2017 and sixth-place finish in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings with a 21-19 record. The Tritons concluded conference play winning seven of their last eight games. UC San Diego welcomes back two all-conference selections in seniors Kelsi Maday and Kendall Baker.
Maday was a first-team All-CCAA honoree for the second-consecutive season, while also garnering All-West Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as well as the Conference Commissioners Association (CCA). The senior started all 52 games in the outfield in 2017, finishing the season batting .395 with 13 doubles and 42 stolen bases. In addition, Maday led the Tritons with 44 runs scored, 37 RBI and a .468 on-base percentage. The Napa native has already set UC San Diego’s single-season record for stolen bases in a season (42) and for a career (94).
Baker was named to the All-CCAA second team in 2017 for the second-straight season, as she led UC San Diego with 66 hits and three triples. A native of Berthoud, Colo., Baker finished second on the team behind Maday with 36 stolen bases, which ranks second all-time for the program in a single season. In addition, the second baseman/outfielder led the Tritons with 43 runs scored, putting her fifth all-time for a single season. Baker was also an Academic All-District 8 selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for her combined performance on the field and in the classroom.
ABOUT CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 2-8
• CCAA: 1-7
• Home: 1-3
• Away: 1-5
• Neutral: 0-0
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• CCAA Standing: Last
• NOTES — The Cougars were predicted to finish eleventh in the CCAA Preseason Poll ... Cal State San Marcos battle a ranked opponent for the second consecutive weekend after playing then No. 21-ranked Chico State last weekend ... CSUSM dropped every game of its four-game series at Chico State last Friday and Saturday ... Cal State San Marcos was outscored 18-1 in its series with Chico State ... Freshman Jaqlyn Newhouser has team-highs in both batting average (.440) and on-base percentage (.563) ... Junior Caitlyn Vinyard has pitched a team-high 27.1 innings this season, allowing 19 earned runs on 34 hits with seven strikeouts ... Freshman Kymmie Woken is the younger sister of UC San Diego senior Kendall Woken.
UC SAN DIEGO ALL-TIME AGAINST THE COUGARS
• All-Time Record: 13-1 (.923)
• Last Meeting: UC San Diego won 4-3, sweeping a four-game series (2/12/17)
- The Tritons have begun the 2018 season 9-4 overall with a 4-4 mark in CCAA play.
- UC San Diego split four games with then No. 5-ranked Humboldt State last weekend.
- The Tritons have won six of their last nine homes games at Triton Softball Field dating back to 2017.
- Senior Kelsi Maday batted .692 (9-for-13) with two home runs, a double, a triple, three RBI, four runs scored and four stolen bases in the four-game set against Humboldt State. Maday currently ranks tied for first in the conference in stolen bases (11) and is second in hits (20), second in runs scored (15), tied for second in triples (2), fifth in batting average (.444) and fifth in on-base percentage (.537). The Napa native with 106 career RBI is just 25 RBI short of breaking the school record currently held by Kris Lesovsky (2009-12).
- Freshman pitcher Robyn Wampler improved to 8-2 on the season after earning two victories against Humboldt State. Wampler led the Tritons to a 9-0 victory to begin the weekend, not allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts in seven innings pitched. The Berkeley native threw a total of 15.1 innings, allowing just five earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in the weekend series. Wampler leads the CCAA in wins (9) and innings pitched (54), and ranks second in strikeouts (34), third in complete games (4) and fifth in earned run average of those with at least ten innings pitched (1.81).
- Freshman Isabel Lavrov leads UC San Diego with 13 RBI and is hitting .417 for the season, good for ninth in the CCAA. In game two of the series against Humboldt State, the Berkeley native was 3-for-4 with three RBI, a double and a stolen base.
- Senior Kendall Baker leads the Tritons in walks (10) and is tied for first in runs scored (16).
- UC San Diego ranks first in the CCAA in batting average (.334) and stolen bases (43).
2018 CCAA STANDINGS
1. Chico State, 8-0
2. Sonoma State, 6-2
3. UC San Diego, 4-4
4. Cal State East Bay, 4-4
5. San Francisco State, 4-4
6. Humboldt State, 4-4
7. Stanislaus State, 2-2
8. Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-2
9. Cal State San Bernardino, 3-5
10. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2-6
11. Cal State San Marcos, 1-7
NFCA TOP 25 COACHES POLL (RELEASED FEB. 21)
The University of California San Diego came in ranked at No. 24 in the latest 2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. UC San Diego, who received 55 total points, join Chico State (No. 8) as the only other California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) member in this week's updated rankings.
1. Minnesota State (14 first-place votes)
2. North Georgia (2)
3. Colorado Mesa
4. Dixie State
5. Angelo State
6. West Virginia Wesleyan
7. Southern Arkansas
8. Chico State
9. Southern Indiana
10. Saint Leo
10. West Texas A&M
13. North Alabama
15. Wayne State (Mich.)
16. Concordia Irvine
17. West Florida
18. Palm Beach Atlantic
19. Winona State
20. Valdosta State
23. North Greenville
24. UC San Diego
25. Texas A&M Commerce
2018 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
The Tritons were picked to finish sixth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) based on a preseason poll of the league’s coaches. UC San Diego earned 54 points in the poll to finish ahead of Cal State East Bay (53 points) and behind Sonoma State (69). The Tritons finished sixth in last season’s final CCAA standings with a 30-22 overall record and 21-19 mark in conference play.
1. Cal State Monterey Bay, 96 points (6 first-place votes)
2. Chico State, 88 (3)
3. Humboldt State, 78 (2)
4. Cal State San Bernardino, 72
5. Sonoma State, 69
6. UC San Diego, 54
7. Cal State East Bay, 53
8. Stanislaus State, 35
9. San Francisco State, 27
10. Cal State San Marcos, 22
11. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 13
HEAD COACH PATTI GERCKENS
Patti Gerckens is in her 26th season at the helm of the UC San Diego softball program in 2018. Gerckens has amassed an overall record of 687-569 (.546) over her 25-year career, with 10 30-win seasons in the last 11 years. The Tritons have gone 543-405 (.572) in 17 years since Gerckens guided the team’s transition from Division III to Division II in 2001, including 330-245 (.574) as a member of the ultra-competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association (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 milestone 20th campaign in 2012. Gerckens has led UCSD softball to 11 NCAA postseason appearances, with nine at the Division II level. UCSD is 22-18 (.550) in the NCAA Division II Championship. For Gerckens’ complete bio, click here.
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Following this weekend’s action, UC San Diego heads north to play Azusa Pacific for a two-game series. The non-conference doubleheader will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2.