No. 24 Tritons Play Host to Stanislaus State in Final Home Series of Season
HEAD COACH PATTI GERCKENS TO BE HONORED FOR 700TH CAREER VICTORY ON FRIDAY, SENIOR DAY CELEBRATION SET FOR SATURDAY
UC San Diego head coach Patti Gerckens will be honored prior to Game 1 on Friday, April 13 against Stanislaus State for earning her 700th career victory earlier this season. Game 1 on Friday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Gerckens is in her 26th season at the helm of the UC San Diego softball program in 2018 and with two victories at Azusa Pacific on March 1, amassed 700 for her career. 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 UC San Diego its first softball title in 2011. The Tritons finished as national runners-up in her milestone 20th campaign in 2012. Gerckens has led Triton softball to 11 NCAA postseason appearances, with nine at the Division II level. UC San Diego is 22-18 (.550) in the NCAA Division II Championship. For Gerckens' complete bio, click here.
In addition, UC San Diego seniors Kendall Baker, Kelsi Maday, Rachel Phillips, Lauren Sanders and Kendall Woken will be celebrated prior to Game 1 on Saturday, April 14. The five seniors will play in their final-career home series this weekend at Triton Softball Field. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 11 a.m.
ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 25-12
• CCAA: 18-10
• Home: 11-7
• Away: 9-5
• Neutral: 5-0
• Highest National Ranking (NFCA): 18
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 3-5
• NFCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll: NR
• CCAA Standings: 3rd of 11 teams
TEAM LEADERS (ALL GAMES)
|Avg.||S. Harrington (.478)|||||Wins||R. Wampler (17)|
|Hits||K. Maday (40)|||||ERA||R. Wampler (1.51)|
|HR||B. Aguirre (6)|||||SO||R. Wampler (113)|
|RBI||B. Aguirre (37)|||||IP||R. Wampler (134.0)|
UC San Diego has won 11-consecutive games against Stanislaus State ... The Tritons rank 18th in the nation with 2.27 stolen bases per game (84 total), 45th in the nation in batting average (.319) and 38th in on-base percentage (.398) ... UC San Diego ranks 40th nationally in ERA (2.47) and 44th in fielding percentage (.967) ... Individually, freshman pitcher Robyn Wampler ranks 49th in ERA (1.70) and is tied for 32nd in strikeouts (113) ... Senior Kelsi Maday is 45th in the country with 22 stolen bases ... Freshman catcher Bobbi Aguirre is tied for 41st in the nation in RBI (37) ... Junior Maddy Lewis has recorded a hit in each of her last eight games, going 11-for-27 with three doubles, five runs scored and five RBI since March 30 ... Freshman Sherriah Harrington is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak, as the Chula Vista, Calif., native has 13 hits in her last 23 at-bats with six RBI and eight runs scored ... In her last 12 starts since Feb. 17, freshman pitcher Robyn Wampler has thrown at least seven innings in nine of those contests. The Berkeley, Calif., native has struck out at least one batter in all but two of her 29 appearances this season.
UC San Diego is coming off a 30-22 overall mark in 2017 and sixth-place finish in the 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 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.
UC SAN DIEGO SPLITS FOUR-GAME SERIES AT CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
The Tritons broke even during last weekend's road series at Cal State San Bernardino, winning the second and third contests of the four-game tilt.
After failing to score in an 8-0 loss to begin the weekend, UC San Diego's offense came alive in Game 2 behind freshman Sherriah Harrington's 3-for-4 performance with a solo homerun, three runs scored and two RBI. Senior Kelsi Maday also hit a two-run homer in the first inning, while junior Maddy Lewis finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Tritons' 13-6 victory.
Game 3 began with freshman pitcher Robyn Wampler putting forth a dominant performance in the pitcher's circle, allowing just one earned run on five hits with 10 strikeouts for the complete-game victory. Offensively, freshman Bobbi Aguirre went 3-for-4 and Lewis finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double, as UC San Diego earned a 6-4 win. The Tritons lost Game 4 of the series, 7-4, as Cal State San Bernardino took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning.
TRITONS WHO RANK IN THE TOP-FIVE IN THE CCAA (CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY)
In CCAA play, freshman Sherriah Harrington (Chula Vista/Eastlake High School) leads the conference in both batting average (.472) and on-base percentage (.525), and is second in sluggingpercentage (.717) ... Senior Kelsi Maday ranks right behind Harrington in second in batting average (.429), while she's also second in stolen bases (17), fourth in on-base percentage (.510) and fifth in both runs scored (24) and slugging percentage (.623) ... Freshman Bobbi Aguirre leads the conference in RBI (34) and is fourth in home runs (6) ... Senior Kendall Baker leads the CCAA in runs scored (31) and is fourth in stolen bases (17) ... Freshman Robyn Wampler holds several top rankings in the pitcher's circle, leading the conference in innings pitched (100.0), strikeouts (88) and is tied for second in wins (11).
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
|Head Coach||Jessica Ventoza (3rd season)|
|Career Record at Stan State||72-76 (.486)|
|UC San Diego All-Time Record vs CSUSB||60-50 (.545)|
|UC San Diego Streak vs. Stan State||W 11|
|UC San Diego Last Meeting vs. Stan State||April 29, 2017, W, 7-3|
TEAM LEADERS (ALL GAMES)
|Avg.||A. Martinez (.394)|||||Wins||M. Stacy (9)|
|Hits||A. Martinez (54)|||||ERA||
K. Callazo (2.63)
|HR||R. Quiralte (5)|||||SO||M. Stacy (56)|
|RBI||A. Garvin (29)|||||IP||K. Ragsdale (104.0)|
STANISLAUS STATE SPLITS FOUR-GAME HOME SERIES AGAINST NO. 25 SONOMA STATE
The Warriors split a four-game series at home against previously 25th-ranked Sonoma State over the weekend. Stanislaus State got a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning by freshman Maya Yoshiura in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, while Alanah Laupua went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a Game 1 win on Monday.
2018 CCAA STANDINGS
1. Chico State, 25-3
2. Sonoma State, 15-9
3. UC San Diego, 18-10
4. Stanislaus State, 15-11
5. Humboldt State, 12-10
6. Cal State San Bernardino, 13-13
7. Cal State Monterey Bay, 13-14
8. San Francisco State, 13-14
9. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 9-19
10. Cal State East Bay, 10-22
11. Cal State San Marcos, 6-26
NFCA TOP 25 COACHES POLL (RELEASED APRIL 11)
UC San Diego remains in the top 25 for the sixth-straight week, coming in at No. 24 in the latest poll. In addition, undefeated Colorado Mesa is No. 1 this week for the sixth-consecutive week as well. UC San Diego remains ranked with CCAA foes Chico State (No. 3) and Sonoma State (No. 18) in this week's poll.
1. Colorado Mesa (16 first-place votes)
2. North Georgia
3. Chico State
4. Palm Beach Atlantic
5. Southern Arkansas
18. Sonoma State
24. UC San Diego
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. Three this this weekend's four home games will be broadcast live. 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.
Live stats are available for all Triton softball games. Follow the play-by-play action by clicking here.
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.
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Following this week's action, UC San Diego returns to the road as the Tritons head north for a four-games series at Cal State Monterey Bay on April 20-21.