Sonoma St. secures CCAA title again
Lipperd throws second no-hitter for season, fourth of her career
STOCKTON, Calif -- Sophomore pitcher Samantha Lipperd fired a no-hitter and senior Brittany Martinez delivered a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning as Sonoma State earned the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Softball Championship title for the second consecutive season, defeating top-ranked UC San Diego 1-0 on Sunday at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Sonoma State improves to 36-20 this season while UC San Diego, ranked at No.8 in last week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, falls to 36-13. With the win, the Seawolves have earned the conference's automatic berth into the 64-team NCAA Division II Softball Championship Tournament.
"I couldn't be more proud of these girls," head coach Jennifer Bridges said. "Their effort this weekend was unmatched and they deserve every bit of this championship."
The Seawolves have won seven straight CCAA tournament games, dating back to last season. It was also the second no-hitter for Lipperd this season and the fourth of her career. All she needed was the one run provided by Martinez, the solo bomb to deep right center field.
The victory was the second win against the Tritons in the tournament this weekend, including the second win against the CCAA Pitcher of the Year, Camille Gaito. Gaito (26-4) allowed five hits -- two off the bat of Skylynn Myers and one from Rochelle Vanyi, Ali Palermo and, of course, the home run by Martinez.
Lipperd (25-8), however, allowed eight base runners -- six walks and two hit batsmen. She worked herself out of each jam, leaving all eight runners on base in the ballgame, including a bases loaded situation in the top of the third. With eight strikeouts on Sunday, she has 310 this season and her ERA is down to 1.10. Lipperd was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Kayla Ledford, Brittany Martinez, Danielle D'Eccliss, and Ali Palermo were named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team with their efforts this weekend.