The Tritons (39-20) defeated the No. 3 seed DSC softball team 10-0 in five innings to advance to the NCAA Super Regional in the last of two games played between the two teams. UC San Diego won a close 3-2 first game over the Red Storm (38-13) to force the winner take all finale.
Camille Gaito won her 27th game and held the Red Storm run-less by striking out six batters and allowing six hits. She pitched in all five games for the defending National Champions.
UC San Diego got to senior starter Lauren Folta in the second inning. After a leadoff walk and a sac bunt, Folta forced a deep fly out to centerfield for the second out. Folta then hit the next batter to put runners at first and second with the Tritons best hitter Kris Lesovsky coming to the plate.
Folta forced her to hit a two hop ground ball to second that appeared to be the third out of the inning, but the first base umpire ruled that she hit it off her foot. Despite the debate from Red Storm coach Randy Simkins, the call stood. She would follow with an RBI single to left field. UC San Diego would also add two more runs to take a 3-0 lead.
DSC would battle back in the bottom half of the second, but would strand two runners in the inning.
Trailing 3-0, Simkins opted for Michelle Duncan in the circle. UC San Diego scored six runs on three hits including a grand slam by Monique Portugal to break the game wide open and take a 9-0 lead.
Johnna Brown singled to centerfield in the 3rd inning to extend her hitting streak to 25 games. She also added a singled off the center field fence in the 5th inning.
Both Brown and Sheila Gelter had two hits in the game.