No. 23 Tritons Split Home Doubleheader with Cal State Dominguez Hills
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 23 University of California San Diego softball team split with Cal State Dominguez Hills in Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader, falling 5-3 in game one but coming back with a 4-1 victory in game two. With the win and loss, UC San Diego moves to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in CCAA play, while the Toros move to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
The Tritons struck first in game one. Sherriah Harrington led off the game with a double, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Danica Kazakoff. Maddy Lewis then came through with a single to center to send Harrington home.
With the Toros leading 4-1 in the fourth, the Tritons attempted a comeback in the bottom half of the inning. Mikaila Reyes, who started off the inning with a single, later came around to score on a single by Isabel Lavrov. Lavrov moved into scoring position when she stole second, and Alyssa Wing’s single to right field sent her home. The Tritons cut the deficit, but ultimately fell 5-3.
Three pitchers took the field for UC San Diego in game one. Alanna Phillips got the start, allowing two earned runs over 2.1 innings of work. Dominique Acosta then came in in relief, pitching 1.2 innings and surrendering one earned run. Grace Garcia finished the game’s final three innings, holding the Toros scoreless in her home debut.
Game two was a different story for UC San Diego, as the Tritons put their runs on the scoreboard in the later innings. In the fourth, leadoff batter Lewis was hit by a pitch. The senior eventually came around to score when Clarissa Reynoso stroked a single to right field.
The next inning, back to back doubles to left field by Harrington and Kazakoff gave the Tritons a 2-1 lead over the Toros.
In the sixth, the Tritons added on again. Lewis, who walked to start the inning, stole second with Reyes up to bat. Reyes moved the Alameda native over to third when she singled to center field. Lewis then scored her second run of the game when she came home on a bunt by Brittney Ross-Smith. UC San Diego tacked on its fourth and final run of the contest when Lavrov drove in Reyes.
Robyn Wampler was lights out for the Tritons, pitching a complete game and allowing just one unearned run to the Toros. The sophomore scattered four hits by Cal State Dominguez Hills across seven innings, and struck out four Toro batters as well. Wampler ultimately earned the win, improving to 2-0 on the season.
The Tritons return to action for a midweek nonconference doubleheader on Feb. 13. UC San Diego hosts Azusa Pacific, with first pitch of game one set for 3 p.m., and game two to follow at approximately 5 p.m. Admission to the games is free.
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