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Brittney Ross-Smith and the Tritons get set for their doubleheader with Azusa Pacific on Friday.
Tritons Back on Road for Non-Conference Doubleheader Against Azusa Pacific
Release: Wednesday 02/28/2018 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 18
at Azusa Pacific (4-7, 0-2 PacWest)
Thursday, March, 1 • 2:30 p.m.
Cougar Softball Complex • Azusa
Live Stats

Game 19
at Azusa Pacific (4-7, 0-2 PacWest)
Thursday, March, 1 • 4:30 p.m.
Cougar Softball Complex • Azusa
Live Stats

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.

GOING LIVE
Live stats are available for all Triton softball games. Follow the play-by-play action by clicking here.

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.

ABOUT AZUSA PACIFIC
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 4-7 
• PacWest: 0-2
• Home: 0-2
• Away: 0-2
• Neutral: 4-3
• Highest National Ranking: NR
• PacWest Standing: 11th out of 12 teams

SCOUTING THE COUGARS

Head Coach Carrie Webber (10th season)
Career Record at Azusa Pacific 318-210
All-Time Record vs.  20-21 (.488)
Streak W1
Last Meeting Feb. 3, 2018, W, 11-10 (Desert Stinger Tournament)

TEAM LEADERS

Avg. B. Jewett (.375) Wins K. Ung (2)
Hits C. Broussard (12) | ERA

K. Ung (1.58) 

HR 2 Tied (2) | SO K. Ung (24)
RBI 2 Tied (8) | IP K. Ung (31)

AZUSA PACIFIC BEGINS CONFERENCE PLAY 0-2
Azusa Pacific dropped both games of a doubleheader last Saturday at the hands of its conference foe California Baptist. The Cougars lost a nailbiter in Game 1, 1-0, and were downed in Game 2, 9-1.

Sophomore Kat Ung was stellar in Game 1, pitching all seven innings allowing just one earned run on six hits and walking one. Junior Megan Mejia pitched 5.2 scoreless innings in relief in Game 2.

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 13-4
• CCAA: 8-4
• Home: 6-2
• 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

TEAM LEADERS

Avg. B. Aguirre (.432) | Wins R. Wampler (10)
Hits K. Maday (21) | ERA R. Wampler (1.56)
HR B. Aguirre (4) | SO R. Wampler (47)
RBI B. Aguirre (18) | IP R. Wampler (63)

HEAD COACH PATTI GERCKENS 2 WINS AWAY FROM 700
Patti Gerckens is in her 26th season at the helm of the UC San Diego softball program in 2018, and is just two wins shy of 700 for her career. Gerckens has amassed an overall record of 698-573 (.549) over her 25-year career, with 10 30-win seasons in the last 11 years. The Tritons have gone 556-409 (.576) 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.

FRESHMEN BOBBI AGUIRRE AND ROBYN WAMPLER EARN WEEKLY CCAA ACCOLADES
Bobbi Aguirre was named CCAA Player of the Week for her performance in UC San Diego's sweep of Cal State San Marcos this past weekend. Aguirre batted .500 (5-for-10) with three home runs, eight RBI, and five runs scored in a four-game sweep of Cal State San Marcos. She homered in three of four games and had at least one RBI in every contest. The Chino Hills native ranks first in the CCAA in RBI (19) and is tied for second in home runs (4) on the season. Robyn Wampler was selected for CCAA Pitcher of the Week following her two starts against the Cougars. Wampler pitched 11 total innings, allowing only one earned run on six hits while striking out 14 batters in two victories against the Cougars. With the two victories, Wampler improved her season record to 10-2. She ranks first in the conference in wins (10) and innings pitched (65.0), second in strikeouts (48) and sixth in ERA (1.56). 

2018 CCAA STANDINGS
(through 2/28)
1. Chico State, 12-0
2. Sonoma State, 9-3 
3. UC San Diego, 8-4
4. Humboldt State, 5-5
5. San Francisco State, 4-4
6. Stanislaus State, 3-3
7. Cal State San Bernardino, 5-7 
8. Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-5
9. Cal State East Bay, 4-8
10. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-8 
11. Cal State San Marcos, 1-11

NFCA TOP 25 COACHES POLL (RELEASED FEB. 28)
After being ranked No. 24 in the Top 25 Coaches Poll last week, UC San Diego fell outside of the ranking on Wednesday, even following their four-game sweep of Cal State San Marcos over the weekend. The Tritons did however earn the most votes of any team left out of the Top 25, receiving 40 votes.

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. Chico State
8. Saint Leo
9. West Texas A&M
10. Harding
11. North Alabama
12. Southern Arkansas
13. Southern Indiana
14. West Florida
15. Lenoir-Rhyne
16. Sonoma State
17. Palm Beach Atlantic
18. Cameron
19. Winona State
20. Concordia Irvine 
21. Texas A&M Commerce
22. Merrimack
23. Valdosta State
24. Saginaw Valley State
25. Texas A&M Commerce
25. Queens (N.C.)
26. UC San Diego

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

GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UC San Diego Athletics' online partner, Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UC San Diego home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
Following this Friday's action, UC San Diego returns home for a four-game series against conference opponent Cal State East Bay with doubleheaders on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. First pitch for Friday's Game 1 is set for 1 p.m.

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