West Region Champions! Next Stop Denver After No. 14 Tritons' Walk-Off Win Over No. 9 Eagles
IRVINE, Calif. – The No. 14 University of California San Diego softball team punched its ticket to Denver with a dramatic 4-3 walk off win over No. 9 Concordia Irvine on Friday afternoon. UC San Diego won the best two-of-three series at the West Super Regional in Irvine, claiming its first West Region title since 2012.
It was a back-and-forth affair between the two teams. After a run by the Eagles in the second inning, the Tritons responded in the fourth. With no outs, Sherriah Harrington reached first with a bunt single and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Then, with a full count, Mikaila Reyes stroked a single to center field, and Harrington came around to score to tie the game.
When the Eagles regained the lead in the fifth, UC San Diego answered once again in the bottom half of the inning. Danielle Stedman led off with a bunt single, and a single to left by Maddy Lewis put runners on first and second for Danica Kazakoff. The junior executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, and the Eagles then chose to intentionally walk Triton RBI leader Keila Bosinger.
Later in the inning, with one out and the bases still loaded, Isabel Lavrov stepped up to the plate. Lavrov drew a four-pitch walk from Eagles starting pitcher Callie Nunes, sending Stedman home to tie the game, 2-2.
The Tritons trailed 4-3 heading into the seventh, but continued to fight. The bases were quickly loaded for UC San Diego, as Lewis was hit by a pitch, Kazakoff singled, and Bosinger was again intentionally walked. With no outs, Harrington’s sacrifice fly to center field was deep enough for Lewis, who flew down the base path, touching home plate to tie the game.
The next batter, Lavrov, then demonstrated her patience at the plate once again, this time drawing a walk with a full count.
With the bases loaded and just one out, Mikaila Reyes stepped the plate. Reyes battled, and on the eighth pitch of the at bat, she drilled a single into left center field to bring home Kazakoff for the winning run. The 4-3 walk-off victory secured the Tritons’ West Region title.
Next up, UC San Diego will travel to Denver. As one of the eight Super Regional champions, the Tritons will battle for the national title from May 23-27.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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