Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Softball Roundup

Feb. 26 (Game 1)

UC San Diego 4,

Cal State San Bernardino 1

The Toros relied heavily on pitchers Lauren Harper and Stephanie Jimenez to shut out the No. 10-ranked Tritons.

Neither team recorded a hit until the Toros put two runners on base in the third inning. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Tritons looked dangerous, when Caitlin Brown sent a single to right center. Emily McQuaid pinch-ran for Brown, finding her way to third base off a Sarah Woofter ground-out that followed by a bunt from Jennifer De Fazio. With men on first and third, Katrin Gabriel tried a bunt for the RBI, but McQuaid was thrown out at home. Mya Romero lined out to end the inning.

The Toros capitalized on a pair of Triton errors in the fifth and the sixth to collect two unearned runs and seal the win. Romero had a rough game, as her errors allowed both base runners that would eventually come around to score.

Camille Gaito (12-1) suffered her first loss of the season, allowing the two runs on three hits while going the distance.

Feb. 26 (Game 2)

UC San Diego 5,

Cal State San Bernardino 2

A pair of Triton miscues to open the second game of the doubleheader gave the Toros an early 2-0 lead, and couldn’t get enough offense to close the gap.

The Tritons mustered two hits in the second inning, with Woofter and McQuaid getting on base, but the two were left stranded.

It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Tritons recorded a run, when Romero swung for a single and scored off of a Nicole Spangler single. The Tritons went three up, three down in the seventh inning to end the game. Jen Manuel (2-1) took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Feb. 26 (Game 1)

UC San Diego 4,

Cal State San Bernardino 1

Sepulveda and Romero went 2-for-3, while Woofter went 2-for-4 in the Tritons’ 7-0 win over the Toros on Saturday.

The Tritons opened the game with a run from Esther Strom off a Woofter RBI.

UCSD pitcher Camille Gaito (13-1) kept the Toros scoreless, pitching a full seven innings for the Tritons, allowing just three walks and three hits while recording three strikeouts.

The Tritons got back on the board in the fifth inning with a single brought by Nicole Spangler in Romero and Sepulveda.

UCSD finished the Toros off with a four-run sixth inning.  Rhiannon Ousley earned an RBI on a sacrifice bunt that scored Woofter. Romero followed with a single to left field, which sent two more runners in to score. Kristin Omori, pinch hitting for Strom, bunted to bring Romero home, collecting her first RBI.

Feb. 26 (Game 2)

UC San Diego 5,

Cal State San Bernardino 2

The last game of the series was a pitching battle, with only three hits from the Tritons and Toros collectively.

UCSD had two of the hits, both by Kris Lesovsky, but the Tritons stranded her on both occasions and remained scoreless.

Dominguez was once again able to capitalize on a bit of bad luck from the Tritons, as Krista Gould got on base in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch and Jessica Hall was walked. Stephanie Jimenez followed by hitting a double to right field, which sent Gould and Hall in to score.

Tess Granath (5-4) took the loss, giving up the lone hit but walking four in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Softball Roundup

March 4 (Game 1)

UC San Diego 6, Humboldt State 2

Kris Lesovsky launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to break a 2-2 tie, and the Tritons used another strong start from Camille Gaito (10-0) to take the first game of a four-game series with Humboldt.

Gaito gave up a leadoff home run to start the game, and gave up an RBI single in the second inning. But Gaito only allowed three hits and no runs after that, and the Tritons tied the score in their half of the second with an RBI single from Taylor Sepulveda and an illegal pitch with the bases loaded. The next batter, Mya Romero, struck out swinging to end the inning with the bases still juiced. The Tritons left 14 runners on base in the game.

Lesovsky was one-for-one with the home run, but drew four walks and scored twice. Her homer was the 21st in her career, second-most in school history.

March 4 (Game 2)

Humboldt State 9, UC San Diego 4

Tess Granath had a rough start, giving up seven runs in 1.2 innings as Humboldt ended the Tritons’ seven-game winning streak.

Granath gave up four runs on four hits in the first, then three runs on four hits in the second before being taken out for Jennifer Manuel. Manuel gave up two runs the rest of the way, but the Tritons couldn’t dig themselves out of the early hole.

March 5 (Game 1)

UC San Diego 12, Humboldt State 2

Seven different Tritons had RBI as UCSD won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader after five innings via the mercy rule.

Nicole Spangler was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Jennifer De Fazio, Sarah Woofter and Rhiannon Ousley each had two RBI as the Triton offense exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits.

Lumberjack pitcher Vaneza Hoover gave up 10 runs in three innings to take the loss.

Gaito (11-0) pitched all five innings and allowed two runs to pick up the win.

March 5 (Game 2)

UC San Diego 12,

Humboldt State 8

The Triton offense put up another 12 runs in the second half of the Saturday doubleheader, but shaky pitching almost allowed the Lumberjacks back in the game.

The Tritons posted the first three runs of the game in the bottom of the second, but the Lumberjacks answered with three of their own in the top of the third. Triton starter Jennifer Manuel couldn’t make it through the inning, finishing her day with a line of five hits and three runs allowed on 2.2 innings pitched. Tess Granath came in to relieve her.

The Tritons came right back with five runs in their half of the fifth, but a grand slam by Felicia Viveiros tied the game 8-8. Despite having pitched the morning game, Gaito (12-0) entered as a reliever to settle things down, and didn’t allow a hit in 1.2 innings to finish the game.

UCSD put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth, with two RBI apiece from Nicole Spangler and Charly Swanberg.

The Tritons are now 19-3 overall and 13-2 in the CCAA, and remain first place in the conference. The team will be on the road for the next five weeks, starting with a series against Cal State Dominguez Hills beginning on March 11.