No. 20 UCSD Softball Goes 3-1 With San Francisco State

    GAME 2

    In the second game of the series, the Tritons got the bats going early. UCSD capitalized on a costly Gator error off a Romero bunt that advanced Romero to second base, placed Willmon on third base and brought Lesovsky into score. Up 1-0, sophomore catcher Charly Swanberg flied out to leftfield to score Willmon.
    The Gators responded in kind, putting two men on base and scoring one man off a bunt by Ashley Huff. San Francisco tacked on another run off of a sacrifice fly, and took the lead with a double to right center.
    Down by one run and back at the top of the order, Lesovsky singled up the middle to bring freshman second baseman Maria Sykes into score. With the score tied, the Gators brought on pitcher Ali Garcia to relieve Jordan Stanaland. Stanaland didn’t fare much better as Willmon singled through the right side for two RBI, bringing home Lesovsky and McQuaid off of one of the two Gator errors in the inning.
    After the second inning, the bats cooled off on both ends.
    The Tritons would record two more runs before the end of six innings, with Swanberg hitting a big double for her second RBI.

    GAME 3

    UCSD took an early 3-0 lead in their only loss of the series. In the third inning, the Tritons scored off an error and tacked on two more runs off another Swanberg double to leftfield.
    Senior All-American Camile Gaito kept the Gators scoreless until the sixth inning, when the Gators took two runs back off two Triton fielding errors.
    Still with a slight 3-2 advantage, Gator pitcher Marisa Ibarra retired the next three Tritons in order. And with their last at-bat, San Francisco State took the win, converting two runs on two sacrifice bunts.

    GAME 4
    In a rematch between Gaito and Ibarra, the Tritons overcame a 1-0 Gator lead in the bottom of the third with a big seven run inning. Swanberg’s big bat sent another double to centerfield. With sophomore catcher Caitlin Brown making contact to get on base, Swanberg was batted in by junior designated hitter Jennifer Manuel. Next at-bat junior Tess Granath singled up the middle to load the bases.
    Sykes then sent one to center field to give the Tritons the lead. With the bases still loaded, Spangler was brought on to pinch-hit for McQuaid, singling to right center for two RBI. Back at the top of the order, Lesovksy popped out, but UCSD would score two more off a Willmon single and a big Romero double to right center.
    UCSD tacked on three runs in the next three innings, enough to maintain the lead despite a four-run sixth inning from the Gators.

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