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Tritons Begin Postseason Play Friday at CCAA Championship

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THE TRITONS' SCHEDULE
Game 50
vs. Stanislaus State (32-20)
Friday, May 4 • 7:30 p.m.
Bill Simoni Field • Stockton, Calif.
Live VideoLive Stats

CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Friday, May 4
Game 1 - #1 Chico State vs. #4 Cal State San Bernardino, 5 p.m.
Game 2 - #2 UC San Diego vs. #3 Stanislaus State, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 5
Game 3 - winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 2, 12 p.m.
Game 4 - loser Game 1 vs. loser Game 2, 2:30 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 5 - loser Game 3 vs. winner Game 4, 5 p.m. (loser eliminated)

Sunday, May 6
Game 6 - winner Game 3 vs. winner Game 5, 10 a.m.
Game 7 - if necessary, 30 minutes following Game 6

LIVE TOURNEY COVERAGE
All games can be followed with live stats and live video. The live video stream is provided by Bay Area Online Sports Network. In addition, games will be aired on television on Eleven Sports Network. Both of Friday's games will air live. Saturday's games will be on delay at 2 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. PT, and 10 p.m. PT. Sunday's championship games will be on delay at 4 p.m. PT. Eleven Sports Network can be found at:
• DIRECTV channel 623
• Verizon Fios channel 597
• AT&T U-verse channel 1665
• Sony PlayStation Vie
• Fubo.tv

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 34-15
• CCAA: 27-13
• Home: 13-9
• Away: 16-6
• Neutral: 5-0
• Current Streak: Won 6
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 3-5
• Current National Ranking: 20
• Highest National Ranking: 18
• Current NCAA West Region Ranking: 4
• National Preseason Coaches Poll: NR
• CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll: 6th
• Final CCAA Standing: 2nd

TRITON LEADERS
(all games)

Batting Pitching
Avg. S. Harrington (.423) Wins R. Wampler (23)
Hits B. Aguirre (50) ERA R. Wampler (1.32)
HR B. Aguirre (8) SO R. Wampler (169)
RBI B. Aguirre (48) IP R. Wampler (186.0)
BB M. Lewis (22) Saves R. Wampler (5)
OB% M. Lewis (.490) CG R. Wampler (19)
SLG% S. Harrington (.654) ShO R. Wampler (6/2)
Steals K. Maday (28) Opp. Average R. Wampler (.202)

TRITONS FOURTH IN NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS
UC San Diego moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week's NCAA West Region rankings. The Tritons were fifth in the first two installments. The top eight teams in the region qualify for the NCAA tournament.
1. Chico State
2. Concordia Irvine
3. Dixie State
4. UC San Diego
5. California Baptist
6. Academy of Art
7. Cal State San Bernardino
8. Central Washington
9. Stanislaus State
10. Hawai'i Hilo

UC SAN DIEGO's CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
This marks the eighth visit to the CCAA tournament for the Tritons since its inception in 2007. UC San Diego captured the conference crown in 2012 and again in 2016. The Tritons hold a 12-10 all-time record in league tourney play.
• 5/1/16: UC San Diego 5, Chico State 2
• 4/30/16: UC San Diego 7, Chico State 5
• 4/29/16: UC San Diego 6, Humboldt State 4
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• 5/3/14: Cal State Monterey Bay 10, UC San Diego 8
• 5/2/14: Humboldt State 2, UC San Diego 1
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• 5/5/13: Humboldt State 6, UC San Diego 2
• 5/4/13: UC San Diego 8, Sonoma State 6
• 5/4/13: UC San Diego 3, Cal State Dominguez Hills 2
• 5/3/13: Sonoma State 5, UC San Diego 2
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• 4/29/12: UC San Diego 4, Cal State Monterey Bay 1
• 4/29/12: Cal State Monterey Bay 9, UC San Diego 5
• 4/28/12: UC San Diego 3, Chico State 2
• 4/27/12: UC San Diego 1, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
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• 5/1/11: Sonoma State 1, UC San Diego 0
• 4/30/11: UC San Diego 6, Cal State Dominguez Hills 2
• 4/30/11: Sonoma State 5, UC San Diego 2
• 4/29/11: UC San Diego 2, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
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• 5/1/09: UC San Diego 3, Sonoma State 2
• 5/1/09: UC San Diego 8, Humboldt State 0
• 4/30/09: Cal State Monterey Bay 7, UC San Diego 3
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• 5/4/07: San Francisco State 5, UC San Diego 3
• 5/3/07: Stanislaus State 6, UC San Diego 2

AGAINST OPPONENTS AT THE CCAA TOURNEY
• Cal State Dominguez Hills: 4-0
• Cal State Monterey Bay: 1-3
• Chico State: 3-0
• Humboldt State: 2-2
• San Francisco State: 0-1
• Sonoma State: 2-3
• Stanislaus State: 0-1

THREE-PEAT! WAMPLER IS THE CCAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
For the third straight week, freshman Robyn Wampler was named the CCAA Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. Wampler went 2-0 and also earned a save as UC San Diego swept a four-game series at conference rival Cal State Dominguez Hills. The left-hander posted a 0.88 ERA, giving up two runs and nine hits while walking three and striking out 25 over 16 innings of work. Wampler fanned a career-high 12 in the opening game and followed that with a 10-strikeout performance the next day in the third game. In game two, Wampler entered in the bottom of the sixth inning with no outs and a runner on first after the Toros had already scored twice. She recorded three straight outs to end the threat and struck out the side in the seventh to pick up her fifth save of the season. The Berkeley, Calif., product was also tabbed the CCAA Pitcher of the Week on April 24, April 17, and Feb. 27.

WEEKLY REWIND
• 4/27 in Carson: UC San Diego 2, Cal State Dominguez Hills 1
• 4/27 in Carson: UC San Diego 9, Cal State Dominguez Hills 3
• 4/28 in Carson: UC San Diego 7, Cal State Dominguez Hills 1
• 4/28 in Carson: UC San Diego 8, Cal State Dominguez Hills 1

GERCKENS GETS 700th WIN
With a 6-0 victory at Azusa Pacific on March 1, head coach Patti Gerckens collected her 700th career win. Now in her 26th season leading the Tritons, Coach G holds a 719-582 (.553) record with the team heading into the CCAA Championship.

UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS
(all games, top 100)
17. Steals/Game (2.27)
29. ERA (2.24)
30. Double Plays/Game (0.41)
34. Fielding Percentage (.968)
40. W-L Percentage (.694)
74. On Base Percentage (.380)
84. Batting Average (.306)

TRITONS IN THE NATIONAL STAT RANKINGS
(all games, top 100)
8. Victories, Robyn Wampler (23)
10. Saves, Robyn Wampler (5)
15. Sacrifice Flies, Kelsi Maday (5)
21. ERA, Robyn Wampler (1.32)
28. Shutouts, Robyn Wampler (6)
30. Strikeouts, Robyn Wampler (169.0)
36. Hits Allowed/7 Innings, Robyn Wampler (5.16)
51. Steals/Game, Kelsi Maday (0.58)
60. RBI/Game, Bobbi Aguirre (1.0)
63. Batting Average, Sherriah Harrington (.423)
85. Strikeouts/7 Innings, Robyn Wampler (6.4)
90. On Base Percentage, Maddy Lewis (.490)
94. Steals/Game, Kendall Baker (0.47)

TRITON LEADERS IN THE CCAA
(CCAA games only)
1. Batting Average, Sherriah Harrington (.430)
1. RBI, Bobbi Aguirre (45)
1. On Base Percentage, Sherriah Harrington (.500)
1. Sacrifice Flies, Kelsi Maday (5)
1. Victories, Robyn Wampler (17)
1. Shutouts, Robyn Wampler (5/1)
1. Saves, Robyn Wampler (5)
1. Strikeouts, Robyn Wampler (134)

FORMER TRITONS HIT COACHING MILESTONES
Two former UC San Diego players and alums recently reached coaching milestones. Erin Thorpe ('00), head coach at UC Davis, won her 300th game on April 14th, while UC Riverside head coach Nikki Palmer ('07) hit 100 victories on April 22. Thorpe was an All-American for the Tritons and Palmer started 148 games during her time in La Jolla.

CCAA WEEKLY AWARDS THIS SEASON
• Kelsi Maday (Player of the Week, Feb. 12-18)
• Bobbi Aguirre (Player of the Week, Feb. 19-25)
• Robyn Wampler (Pitcher of the Week, Feb. 19-25)
• Robyn Wampler (Pitcher of the Week, April 9-15)
• Robyn Wampler (Pitcher of the Week, April 16-22)

ABOUT STANISLAUS STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 32-20
• CCAA: 23-15
• Home: 20-9
• Away: 9-9
• Neutral: 3-2
• Current Streak: Won 1
• Final CCAA Standing: 3rd
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 8th

WARRIOR LEADERS
(all games)

Batting Pitching
Avg. A. Martinez (.348) Wins M. Stacy (11)
Hits A. Martinez (62) ERA K. Borst (2.28)
HR R. Quiralte (5) SO M. Stacy (68)
RBI A. Garvin (35) IP K. Ragsdale (128.0)
BB A. Laupua-Vanisi (28) Saves M. Stacy (2)
OB% A. Laupua-Vanisi (.500) CG M. Stacy (9)
SLG% A. Laupua-Vanisi (.455) ShO M. Stacy/K. Ragsdale (2)
Steals K. Doyle (11) Opp. Average K. Borst (.218)

THE SERIES
UC San Diego holds a commanding 61-31 (.663) lead in the all-time series against Stanislaus State. The Tritons and Warriors split this season's series in La Jolla, with UC San Diego winning the first two and Stan State taking the final two. The Tritons swept the four-game series in 2017 and 2016.

2018 CCAA STANDINGS
(final)
1. Chico State, 37-3 (.925)
2. UC San Diego, 27-13 (.675)
3. Stanislaus State, 23-15 (.605)
4. Cal State San Bernardino, 18-16 (.529)
5. Sonoma State, 19-17 (.528)
6. San Francisco State, 19-21 (.475)
7. Humboldt State, 15-17 (.469)
8. Cal State Monterey Bay, 18-22 (.450)
9. Cal State East Bay, 13-27 (.325)
10. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-29 (.275)
11. Cal State San Marcos, 10-30 (.250)

NFCA NATIONAL POLL
(May 2)
UC San Diego remains in the national top 25 for the ninth-straight week, up one spot to No. 20 in this week's poll. UC San Diego and Chico State (No. 2) are the only CCAA teams ranked in this week's poll. California Baptist (No. 11), Concordia Irvine (No. 16), and Dixie State (No. 19) join them from the West Region.
1. North Georgia
2. Chico State
3. Colorado Mesa
4. North Alabama
5. Winona State
6. Angelo State
7. Southern Arkansas
8. Palm Beach Atlantic
9. Grand Valley State
10. West Texas A&M
11. Lenoir-Rhyne
12. Concordia Irvine
13. Texas A&M-Commerce
14. Augustana
T-15. California Baptist
T-15. Tarleton State
17. Alabama Huntsville
18. Illinois-Springfield
19. Dixie State
20. UC San Diego
21. Georgia College
22. Embry-Riddle
23. West Virginia Wesleyan
24. Saint Anselm
25. McKendree

WHO'S BACK?
UC San Diego is coming off a 30-22 overall mark in 2017 and a 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.

HEAD COACH PATTI GERCKENS
Patti Gerckens is in her 26th season in charge of the UC San Diego softball team. Entering the year, Gerckens holds a 685-567 (.547) overall record. The winningest head coach in program history, Gerckens led the Tritons to back-to-back, school-record 45-win seasons and appearances in the Division II championship game during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the first of which brought UC San Diego its inaugural softball title in 2011. The Tritons finished as national runners-up in her milestone 20th campaign in 2012. Gerckens has led UC San Diego to 11 NCAA postseason appearances, with nine coming at the Division II level. Read her full biography here.

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, 2017, 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.

GEAR UP
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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
The winner of the CCAA Championship earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tourney. The top eight teams in the West Region, including the CCAA winner, get spots in the NCAA West Regional.

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