Robyn Wampler Dominates as UC San Diego Takes Both Games At Azusa Pacific; Patti Gerckens Earns 700th Victory
AZUSA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego softball team got 12.1 scoreless innings from freshman pitcher Robyn Wampler Thursday to sweep a non-conference doubleheader at Azusa Pacific. Head coach Patti Gerckens earned her 700th career victory with the two wins.
Wampler allowed just five hits, walked none and struck out seven as she dominated on the mound. Senior Kelsi Maday was 3-for-6 at the plate with three RBI and freshman Bobbi Aguirre drove in two more runs to up her team-leading RBI total to 20 on the season.
UC San Diego (15-4. 6-4 CCAA) has now won six straight games and eight of its last 10.
Wampler pitched seven scoreless innings and Maday drove in the lone run to lift the Tritons to a 1-0 victory in the opening game of the twin bill.
Senior Kendall Baker led off the game with a single before advancing to second base on a Danica Kazakoff sacrifice bunt. The following at-bat saw Maday drive in Baker with a single to left center, her 13th RBI of the season.
The one run would be all the Tritons needed as Wampler surrendered just two hits, walking none and striking out five batters in the complete game shutout.
Wampler did not slow down in the second game, pitching 5.1 innings of scoreless relief and getting a three-hit game from junior Maddy Lewis as the Tritons won, 6-0.
In the third inning, a Maday RBI bunt single and a Lewis single to center field put the Tritons ahead 2-0.
An inning later, sophomore Danielle Stedman would pinch-run at first base for sophomore Brittney Ross-Smith. After making her way to third base on a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error, Stedman scored on a wild pitch by the Cougars.
An Aguirre two-run single and an RBI sacrifice fly from freshman Isabel Lavrov in the top of the sixth put the Tritons ahead 6-0.
Sophomore Alanna Phillips started the game in the circle and pitched 1.2 innings before Wampler came on in relief to earn the victory and improve to 12-2 on the year.
"Robyn hit her spots well. She changed speeds and kept some very good hitters on the defense," Gerckens said.
The winningest coach in program history, Gerckens is in her 26th season leading the Tritons.
On her teams performance to this point of the season, she noted "It's a good start but it's how you finish. I just hope we are not playing our best softball yet."
UC San Diego returns home for a four-game conference series against Cal State East Bay with doubleheaders on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10. First pitch for game one on Friday is set for 1 p.m.