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Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Mya Romero cracked a grand slam in the opening game of the four-game set at Cal State San Bernardino
Tritons Play Long Ball in Pair of Wins at CSUSB
Release: Thursday 03/02/2012 
by UCSD
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The No. 20 UC San Diego softball team hit four home runs and racked up 19 hits in a pair of run-rule victories over Cal State San Bernardino on Friday afternoon in California Collegiate Athletic Association play at Coyote Park. The Tritons shutout the Coyotes 9-0 in six innings in the opening game before taking just five frames to take a 10-1 win in game two.

UCSD improves to 14-6 overall on the year and 10-4 in CCAA play. The Tritons have won nine of their last 10 games in conference competition. CSUSB drops to 7-12 overall and 3-7 CCAA.

In the first game of Friday's doubleheader, the Tritons rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth and Mya Romero cracked a grand slam in the sixth to take a nine-run victory.

Camille Gaito (8-3) went the distance for the Tritons for her seventh complete game and fourth shutout of the season. She struck-out six batters while surrendering six hits. UCSD compiled 11 hits, four of them for extra-bases.

After Caitlin Brown and Dyanna Imoto singled to open the fifth inning, Monique Portugal brought in the Tritons' first run of the day with an RBI single to score pinch runner Annie Heskett. Jennifer Manuel followed with double to left to bring in Brown and Imoto, before Kris Lesovsky lifted her second home run of the year to center to make it 5-0 UCSD.

The Tritons proceeded to load the bases in the fifth, but were unable to force across another run despite six hits in the frame. All of UCSD's runs in the inning came with no out.

Portugal doubled to open the sixth inning but was gunned out on the base path when Emily McQuaid laid down a bunt single. Kirsten Willmon came aboard with another bunt single and Lesovsky walked to load the bases. Romero cleared the bases with her first career grand slam to center field to hand the Tritons their final scoreline, 9-0.

UCSD picked up right where it left off in the second game of the day, as Lesovsky pounded her second home run of the afternoon the opposite way to right to lead off the game. The Tritons took a 2-0 lead when Portugal drove-in Heskett with an infield single in the second inning.

Three Coyote errors led to three runs by the Tritons in the third inning. In the fourth, Lesovsky doubled-in McQuaid, Charly Swanberg lifted a RBI sacrifice fly to center and Brown lasered a two-run home run to hand UCSD its 10-1 lead.

Michelle Escamilla (3-1) struck-out three Coyotes while giving up four hits in her first career complete game. Her ERA sits at a team-low 1.30.

For the day, Lesovsky was 4-for-7 with four RBI and five runs. Romero had five RBI.

Friday's sweep marked the 499th career win for UCSD head coach Patti Gerckens. She is 499-439 in her 20 seasons at the helm.


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