Hot Start Continues For Triton Softball with Sweep

Feb. 26 (Game 1)

UC San Diego 4,

Cal State San Bernardino 1

Kris Lesovsky crushed a three-run walk-off home run off the foul pole in left field to give the Tritons a 4-1 win. With the score tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, a single by Caitlin Brown and walk by Nicole Spangler put two on for the Tritons with no outs. Katrin Gabriel lined out to the shortstop to bring Lesovsky to the plate. UCSD’s career batting-average leader did not disappoint, launching her first home run of the season.

Camille Gaito (8-0) stayed perfect during the season, pitching a complete game while allowing only one run and striking out six.

Feb. 26 (Game 2)

UC San Diego 5,

Cal State San Bernardino 2

Taylor Sepulveda scored on a bunt, and the Tritons took advantage of three Coyote errors to get the victory.

San Bernardino scored first in the third inning, but the Tritons answered right back in their half of the inning. With Lesovsky on first, Sepulveda laid down a bunt to advance the runner. But CSUSB third baseman Alex Mitchell air-mailed her throw into right field, allowing both Lesovsky and Sepulveda to score on the play.

The Tritons gave themselves a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning, thanks to a suicide squeeze by Mya Romero and an RBI double from Jennifer De Fazio.

Tess Granath (5-2) pitched 4.2 innings to get the win, allowing one run and six hits. Gaito pitched 2.1 innings of relief for the save.

Feb. 26 (Game 1)

UC San Diego 4, Cal State San Bernardino 3

Camille Gaito (9-0) pitched another complete game, and Caitlin Brown delivered a one-out walk-off single to give the Tritons a 4-3 win.

San Bernardino struck first with a run in the first inning, but UCSD responded with a three-run third inning, starting with Lesovsky’s lead-off solo home run. The Coyotes got a run in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at three.

Lesovksy singled to start the bottom of the seventh, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Brown then singled to right to bring home the winning run.

Feb. 26 (Game 2)

UC San Diego 7, Cal State San Bernardino 3

Esther Strom went 4-for-4 with two runs, Tess Granath pitched three innings of relief without giving up a hit and the Tritons completed the sweep of the Coyotes.

San Bernardino scored all of their runs with a two-out triple in the second inning, but the Tritons would respond with four runs in the bottom of the inning and only allowed one hit the rest of the game.

Jennifer Manuel (2-0) pitched four innings to pick up the win, allowing three runs while giving up just two hits and striking out two batters.

The Tritons are now 16-2 overall and 10-1 in the CCAA.

“Our confidence is definitely at its highest point right now,” head coach Patti Gerckens said. “We have a lot of people that are coming through for us. Seniors, freshmen, everyone is doing something that is helping our team win right now.”

The Tritons will host a four-game series against Humboldt State, with a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m.