Softball Downs San Bernardino

    The UCSD softball team is hankering for a post-season berth, and it helped its cause immensely this weekend.

    The Tritons swept a doubleheader from California State San Bernardino on Saturday, winning 2-1 and 5-1.

    In the first game, Amy Mettee had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run. Angie Carr also had two hits and scored a run.

    Leea Harlan picked up the win with six strikeouts in seven innings.

    In the second game, tied at 1, the Tritons scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull out the victory.

    Mettee had three hits and scored two runs. Teammate Jeanine Cordero drove in two and scored one and Erin Sinclair had two RBIs.

    Christi Martinelli struckout five in the extra-inning game.

    Also this weekend, in nonleague action, UCSD split a doubleheader at home against Western New Mexico University.

    In the first game, UCSD picked up the 3-2 victory after scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth. Samantha Hayes had two RBIs and Harlan picked up the victory.

    The second game was a little different, as the Mustangs shut out the Tritons, 3-0.

    “”They were a decent team,”” said Triton head coach Patti Gerckens. “”I think we probably should have won both games.””

    UCSD is now 31-14 overall and 19-9 in California Collegiate Conference play.

    The Tritons remain in a fierce battle for the CCAA title against Cal State Bakersfield, UC Davis and Cal State Stanislaus.

    “”We need to take it one game at a time,”” Gerckens said. “”If we do the things we’ve done all year, we’ll get the outcome that we want.””

    The final games of the season are this weekend. UCSD hosts CSU Dominguez Hills on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and then they have a showdown with CSU Bakersfield on Saturday at noon.

    “”We need to play to win,”” Gerkcens said. “”We will be up for the challenge.””

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