THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Mon., May 16---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Tues., May 17---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Wed., May 18---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Thur., May 19---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Thur., May 19---Baseball---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---1:00 & 6:00 PM
Fri., May 20---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBA
Fri., May 20---Baseball---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---1:00 & 6:00 PM
Fri., May 20---Softball---UCSD hosts NCAA Super Regional---TBA
Sat., May 21---Baseball---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---1:00 & 6:00 PM
Sat., May 21---Softball---UCSD hosts NCAA Super Regional---TBA
Sun., May 22---Baseball---UCSD hosts NCAA West Regional---Noon
THIRD STRAIGHT CCAA TOURNAMENT CROWN FOR BASEBALL TEAM; FIRST-EVER NCAA DIVISION II REGIONAL IN SAN DIEGO STARTS THURSDAY
Now 2011 CCAA regular season and tournament champions for the third straight year, Coach Dan O'Brien's sixth-ranked Baseball team begins its quest for a national championship when it hosts the four-team, double elimination NCAA West Regional for the first time ever this weekend at Triton Ballpark...UCSD (41-13), which was runner-up at the 2010 NCAA Championships, opens Regional play Thursday against Sonoma State at 6:00 PM...The early game features Western Oregon and Cal Poly Pomona...The Tritons, who have won 20 of their last 21 games, earned their most recent CCAA Tournament title last weekend in Stockton, disposing of Cal Poly Pomona, 9-2, in Saturday's final...Click here for more NCAA Regional information.
The right arm of senior Tim Shibuya and five home runs--two each by senior Kellen Lee and sophomore Danny Susdorf--propelled the top-seeded Tritons to a 9-6 victory over No. 4 seed Cal Poly Pomona in last Thursday's CCAA tourney opener...Shibuya racked up his 11th win of the year by firing seven shutout innings while striking out nine, surrendering just five hits and a walk...The Tritons raced out to a 7-0 lead but the Broncos touched up the bullpen late to narrow the eventual margin to three...Susdorf had three of UCSD's 12 hits (all for extra bases) and scored three and senior right fielder Kyle Saul also had three knocks...Lee had three RBIs.
UCSD made it two straight Friday with a crazy, 13-9, 12-inning triumph over Chico State, their fifth in a row vs. the Wildcats...Despite working Chico pitching for 12 hits and 11 walks, O'Brien's club needed some ninth inning fireworks and plenty of extra inning offense to put this one away...Down, 5-2, after seven and still trailing, 9-8, with one inning to go, UCSD deadlocked the score on solo shot by senior Evan Kehoe to lead off the ninth...Two frames later, freshman Garrett Tuck's two-run single put the Tritons on the verge of victory but the game Wildcats responded with two of their own...In the 12th, however, with the first five batters reaching base, UCSD produced a five-run outburst, capped by Lee's three-run homer, that Chico couldn't answer...Guido Knudson got the start but it was fellow senior Danny Simmons, who went the last four innings to snare the win, his third of the season...Four Tritons had two his each and Lee scored three times.
Saturday afternoon, first round victim Cal Poly Pomona snapped UCSD's 19-game win streak and forced an evening championship showdown by holding on for a 14-12 victory...On the short end of a 13-3 score heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Tritons rallied for nine runs but couldn't quite complete the comeback...Not a pitcher's contest, this one saw the two combatants combine for 31 hits...Susdorf had a monster day, going 4-for-5 with a home run, scoring four times and driving in another four...Running mate Tagmyer had three hits and rang up five RBIs...Senior starter Austin Taylor was tagged with the loss.
In the tournament finale, Triton starter Greg Selarz spotted Cal Poly Pomona two first inning runs but then shut the Broncos down, with help from Elias Tuma, as UCSD completed its conference domination, prevailing, 9-2...Registering perhaps his finest outing of the season, Selarz logged seven innings, gave up seven hits (three in the rocky first) and fanned six while earning his fourth win of the year...Selarz received ample offensive assistance as the top four in the order--Susdorf, Bauman, LaFace and Tagmyer--blasted 10 of UCSD's 14 hits, scored eight runs and drove in six...Four Bronco errors contributed to their downfall...Tagmyer, who hit .566 for the weekend, was named Tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tourney team by Susdorf, Lee, Shibuya and Selarz.
RAIN SLOWS SOFTBALL POST-SEASON DRIVE; REGIONAL FINAL TODAY
Inclement weather pushed the championship round of the NCAA West Regional to today at Chico State as Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball squad stood on the brink of its first Regional title...The Tritons were to play host Chico State today at 11:00 AM with a second game to follow should the Wildcats prevail in the first...The winner will head to next weekend's best two-out-of-three NCAA Super Regional...If Gerckens' outfit wins, UCSD will host that competition...The Tritons come into today's game 38-13 on the year.
The No. 1-seeded Tritons tallied twice in the bottom of the sixth to nip fourth seed Central Washington, 2-1, in Friday's first Regional contest...Junior right hander Camille Gaito gave up a fourth-inning home run but otherwise was nearly flawless, giving up just three hits, whiffing eight and retiring the final 12 batters...Following a frustrating recent trend of not taking advantage of offensive opportunities, the Tritons came up emtpy in the first inning with a bases loaded, no out situation and nearly wasted Gaito's effort...Down a run, they finally hit the scoreboard in the sixth, plating two runs without a ball leaving the infield...Senior Sarah Woofter reached after being hit by a pitch which was followed by a Charley Swanberg infield single...After a sacrifice by Esther Strom put Woofter on third and pinch runner Kirsten Willmon at second, senior Jenn DeFazio's squeeze bunt scored Woofter and one batter later, another senior, Rhiannon Ousley, laid down another squeeze, bringing home Willmon with the game-winner...Freshman Taylor Sepulveda had two of UCSD's seven hits and stole a base.
There was more drama Saturday as the Tritons went 11 innings before subduing host and CCAA rival Chico State, 3-1...Gaito, who went the distance, allowed just seven hits and struck out seven, until her teammates finally broke through to deliver her 28th win of the season...UCSD drew first blood as senior center fielder Kristyn Lesovsky led off the game with a double and scored on an illegal pitch...That marker held up until the sixth when the Wildcats' first two hitters produced a triple, a single and the tying run...Neither team threatened for the next four innings but Lesovsky started the 11th with a single, her third hit of the afternoon...Sepulveda sacrificed her to second and Woofter singled her to third...With runners at second and third and two outs, DeFazio came up big again, this time singling to center to plate both runners.
Hear Coach Patti Gerckens' Saturday post-game comments.
Hear Outfielder Kristyn Lesovsky's Saturday post-game comments.
Hear First Baseman Jenn DeFazio's Saturday post-game comments.
WOMEN'S WATER POLO PLAYS TO SEED IN FIRST NCAA APPEARANCE
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team, competing it its first-ever NCAA Championship tournament, followed form finishing seventh in the eight-team field...The Tritons, who made the tourney as champions of the Western Water Polo Assn., were seeded seventh going in...THey closed out the campaign 18-20, matching last year's win total.
In their NCAA Championship debut, the 14th-ranked Tritons played well in stretches but simply didn't have the firepower to hang with No. 2 Cal, falling 13-5...The Golden Bears got out quickly, outscoring UCSD by three in each of the first two periods and went into the break with an 8-2 advantage...Although the second half was much tighter and on the afternoon, UCSD converted 4-of-12 man-up situations and goalie Allie Taylor made nine saves, in the end Cal proved too much to overcome...Senior Hanalei Crowell and freshman Sarah Lizotte scored two each...A late Crowell off-speed shot was UCSD's only natural goal and Lizotte may have had the goal of the game on a skip shot that went bar down early in the second half.
Saturday, with a chance to make a statement against No. 10 Indiana, the Tritons came up wanting in crunch time, dropping an 11-8 decision...Playing perhaps its best two-way water polo of the season, UCSD used a pressing defense and opportunistic offense to pull ahead, 2-0...The Hoosiers canned three 6-on-5 goals in the second stanza but a late goal by junior Kirsten Bates put the Tritons on top, 4-3, at intermission...Indiana stormed ahead, striking for two goals in the first 45 seconds of the second half, but UCSD fought back and regained the edge, 8-7, on a Natalie Peng score from close in off a nifty pass from Jessica Tran with 6:18 remaining...That's when things went south for the Tritons as the Hoosiers scored the game's last four goals and won going away...Bates finished with a hat trick while Lizotte had two goals and Taylor, who had some big moments in the cage, turned away nine shots.
Sunday, UCSD got its first-ever NCAA Championship win, outlasting Iona, 15-9, for seventh place...Lizotte scored five goals and the Tritons' superior depth wore down the Gaels who had things their way early in the game... Lizotte, who accounted for the Tritons' first five markers, kept them close in the first half as Kreutzkamp used his bench liberally...The two teams were tied, 6-6, at the midway point, but in the second half the UCSD strategy began paying dividends and the Tritons outscored their Eastern counterparts, 9-3, in the last two periods...Bates chipped in with three goals, Crowell and Tran had a pair each and Taylor continued her solid play with 6 saves...Bates was named to the all-tournament second team.
Watch Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Friday post-game interview.
Watch Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Saturday post-game interview.
Watch Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Sunday post-game interview.
MEN'S TENNIS SEASON ENDS WITH NCAA ROUND OF 16 DEFEAT
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's 10th-ranked Men's Tennis team saw its undefeated record and national title hopes disappear last Thursday against 13th-ranked Columbus State in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division II Championships in Altamonte Springs, FL...The talented talented Cougars put the 20-0 Tritons away quickly, sweeping the three doubles matches and then taking a pair of straight set singles match-ups to clinch at 5-0... Steidlmayer's club, which registered the first perfect regular season in school history, figures to be strong again next season with just three seniors--No. 1 Erik Elliott, No. 5 Vincent Nguyen and doubles specialist Armaun Emami--graduating.
OKASAKI REPRESENTS UCSD AT NCAA DIVISION II GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
In his third try, senior Keith Okasaki will make his first trip to the NCAA Division II Golf Championships when he heads to Florence, AL as UCSD's lone representative at this year's tournament...Play starts today and will run through Friday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals which features a pair of 18-hole courses along the banks of the Tennessee River...Okasaki, playing as an individual, finished in a tie for fifth (the top two individuals moved on to the national tournament) at the Central/West Regional two weeks ago in Albuquerque, NM to earn his first trip to the national event...The previous two times he had qualified for the NCAA Regional, he failed to advance.
TRACK & FIELD TEAMS WAIT FOR WORD ON NCAA FIELD
Their regular season now in the books, Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will wait for a scheduled Wednesday announcement to find out which of their charges will be heading to Turlock, May 26-28 for the NCAA Division II Championships...A host of Triton athletes competed at last Saturday's "Last Chance" Qualifier at Cal State L.A. where UCSD got wins from sprinter Kelly Fogarty in the 200 (23.92) and junior Tobi Haswell in the 400 hurdles (53.96)...Also taking first was the 4x100 relay contingent of Bailey Weaver, Kathleen Hitchens, Jacqueline Rose and Fogarty (47.45)...Other noteworthy performances were turned in by AB Shaheen (2nd/hammer/182-10), Erin Langford (2nd/triple jump/38-3.25), and the tandem of Deyna Roberson (3rd/62.61) and Caitlin Meagher (4th/62.96) in the 400 hurdles...Ka Wai Ng went 46-4 while placing sixth in the triple jump and George Davis posted a p.r. of 48-9.5 taking sixth in the shot put.
NEWS & NOTES
The week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien and Softball Coach Patti Gerckens...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Ex-UCSD student-athletes can join the Triton alumni athletes Linked-In group by going to http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3260593 .
The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, June 13 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...For more information on foursomes or sponsorships click here or call (858) 534-8460.
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