UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 20, 2012)
Release: Wednesday 02/19/2012 
by UCSD
Junior Junya Yoshida and the Men's Tennis team are home twice this week.
Junior Junya Yoshida and the Men's Tennis team...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Feb. 20---Softball---UCSD at Cal Baptist (DH)---3:00 PM

Wed., Feb. 22---WBasketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---5:30 PM
Wed., Feb. 22---MBasketball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:30 PM

Thu., Feb. 23---WTennis---UCSD at Vanguard---2:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 23---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 24---Softball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---12:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24---Baseball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24---MTennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24---WBasketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 24---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 24---MBasketball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 25---WWater Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Tournament---All Day
Sat., Feb. 25---MCrew---UCSD hosts San Diego City Championships---6:30 AM
Sat., Feb. 25---WTennis---UCSD vs. Cal State LA---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 25---Softball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 25---Track & Field---UCSD at Rossi Relays---Noon
Sat., Feb. 25---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 25---MTennis---UCSD vs. Whittier---3:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 25---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---7:00 PM

Sun., Feb. 26---WWater Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day
Sun., Feb. 26---Fencing---UCSD at UC Irvine Duals---10:00 AM


WOMEN CAGERS WIN LEAGUE TITLE; FINISH REGULAR SEASON ON ROAD
Ranked No. 1 in the country, its third conference title in five years now official and just two games away from a perfect regular season, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team makes the treacherous trip to Humboldt State (17-7/13-7) and Sonoma State (10-14/8-12), this Wednesday and Friday...The 26-0 Tritons, whose next win equals the highest single season total in school history, registered 25 (HSU) and 16 (SSU) point victories over this week's opponents earlier this season at RIMAC Arena...Humboldt State is part of a tie for third on the CCAA ladder while Sonoma State is tied for seventh.

Although they led all but the first few moments, Friday night's, 72-64, conquest at second place Cal State Monterey Bay was anything but a walk in the park for the Tritons, who had to grind all night to secure the decision...UCSD was up by four at intermission and eventually ran its advantage as high as 14 points, but was never able to completely put the Otters away while clinching the 2011-12 CCAA regular season crown...Junior guard Emily Osga produced a sparkling line of 20 points (7-12), seven rebounds and five assists while senior post Lauren Freidenberg wound up with 17 points, seven caroms and four assists...Also in double figures for UCSD were seniors Chelsea Carlisle (17) and Daisy Feder (12)...The former also handed out five assists.

Trailing by one at halftime Saturday night, UCSD got a trey from Carlisle and then three in a row from Feder to spark a 21-6 run in the opening five minutes of the second session en route to a 75-57 rout of Cal State East Bay...Carlisle tallied 22 points and six assists on the evening and Feder supplied 17 points and eight boards to the cause...Also reaching double digits were Freidenberg (14) and Osga (10), the latter also snatching seven caroms...UCSD out-shot the Pioneers (.458-.383) and forced 19 turnovers...Soph Erin Dautremont had a team high nine rebounds.

MEN'S BASKETBALL CONCLUDES SEASON IN NORTHERN CAL
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team closes out the 2011-12 campaign on the road this week, squaring off against Humboldt State (17-7/13-7), Wednesday, and Sonoma State (15-9/13-7), Friday...The Tritons are now 10-15 overall and 6-14 in CCAA play after gaining a road split last weekend...UCSD is tied for 10th in the conference standings while Humboldt and Sonoma are tied for third.

Snapping a two-game losing streak and winning for the third time in its last five outings, Carlson's club went virtually tip-to-buzzer for a relatively easy, 80-67, win at Cal State Monterey Bay Friday night...Junior Tyler McGrath racked up 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Tritons to their second victory over the Otters this year...Senior Christian Hatch hit 8-of-10 from the floor, finishing with 18 points and six boards, and fast-improving MacKenzie McCullough chipped in with 15 markers as UCSD connected at a 51.9% clip from the field, knocking down an identical 14-of-27 in each half...UCSD was plus-7 in the turnover department and converted its 17 takeaways into 24 points.

Even senior Mike Meza's 7-of-10 barrage from three-point land was not enough Saturday night as the Tritons dropped an 83-71 verdict at Cal State East Bay...It was a career high for Meza (21 points), and James McCann (15), McCullough (15) and Hatch (11) also scored in double figures...Unfortunately, UCSD got just nine points from the rest of the lineup and after coming back from 13 points down to lead by one at the half was outscored, 16-5, by East Bay during a crucial second half stretch...The two squads were even on the boards and UCSD owned a slight advantage in the shooting column but turned the ball over twice as many times as the Pioneers... Hatch headed UCSD's efforts on the glass with nine rebounds and sophomore guard Matt Bailey dished out five assists off the bench.

SPIKERS HOST CSU NORTHRDIGE, LONG BEACH STATE
No. 11 Cal State Northridge (4-8) and No. 10 Long Beach State (7-6) hit RIMAC Arena this week to challenge Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team, now 3-11 and trying to reverse a four-match home losing streak...CSUN has lost all six of its road matches this season while Long Beach State is coming off wins over UCLA and UC Santa Barbara last week.

Last Friday night the Tritons turned in one of their least effective performances of the year, hitting just .066 while losing, 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-18) to No. 12 Pacific...The Tigers hit .289 and out-blocked UCSD, 14-6...One of the few bright spots for Ring's crew was  the play of junior outside hitter Carl Eberts who posted a team-leading seven kills to go with three aces, seven digs, a solo block and three block assists.

The Tritons bounced back with a much more robust effort Saturday but were unable to overcome the solid play of No. 4 Stanford, falling 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 25-14, 25-14)...UCSD hit .139 for the night but raised that to .269 and sided out at a 70% clip while winning the second set...Unfortunately, that seemed to serve as a wake-up call for the Cardinal who took complete control from that point on...Sophomore Vaun Lennon hammered 16 kills in a losing effort for UCSD while Eberts (5) and Fred Stahl (6) combined for 11 block assists.

Listen to Saturday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.

SOFTBALL BRUSHES ASIDE CAL STATE STANISLAUS; TRIES FIRST ROAD TRIP
On the heels of a four-game home sweep of Cal State Stanislaus, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball  team (9-3/5-3 CCAA) faces a rugged, six-game road slate this week, starting with a Monday non-conference twinbill at Cal Baptist...The No. 1-ranked Tritons then get their first CCAA road test of the season Friday and Saturday at San Francisco State (4-9/2-6)...UCSD is currently fifth in the league standings with San Francisco State two spots behind.

A two-out, fifth inning double by sophomore Mya Romero cleared the bases and propelled UCSD to a 4-1 victory over Cal State Stanislaus in the first of two games Friday...Romero's three-run drive to the gap made a winner out of senior starter Camille Gaito (4-1) who tossed a complete game five-hitter without surrendering an earned run...Freshman second baseman Maria Sykes had two of UCSD's seven hits...A three-run bomb by sophomore catcher Caitlin Brown keyed an early, 4-1, Triton lead in game two, but Gerckens' club needed extra innings to subdue the Warriors, 5-4...Romero was again the hero late, this time roping a two-out, ninth inning single up the left field line, plating senior Kris Lesovsky, who had been intentionally walked before stealing second... Gaito, who pitched three spotless innings of relief, snatched the win.

The Tritons kept the momentum going the next morning, clubbing Stanislaus, 8-0, in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader...UCSD took the lead in the first inning, when a Romero double plated right fielder Kirsten Willmon, and never looked back...Romero (2 runs/2 RBIs/2 doubles) and Willmon (3 runs/1 RBI/triple/SB) both had big games offensively as the Tritons pounded Warrior pitching for nine hits...Gaito, meanwhile, was dazzling in the circle, stifling Stanislaus on two hits for victory No. 6...The Tritons swept the series by outlasting the Warriors, 2-1, in game four...Junior transfer Michelle Escamilla went five and a third while garnering her second win of the year, Lesovsky cracked a solo homer and walked three times and Sykes capped a huge weekend by getting two of UCSD's six  hits...Gaito again shut the door on Stanislaus, taking over for the last inning and two thirds to pick up the save.

Watch Friday's post-game interview with sophomore Mya Romero.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with senior Camille Gaito.


BASEBALL SPLITS WITH NO. 10 CHICO STATE; CAL POLY POMONA UP NEXT
Coach Eric Newman's Basetball team, coming off a 2-2 CCAA-opening home series against No. 10 Chico State, now faces Cal Poly Pomona (9-2/2-2) in a four-game home-and-home set, starting with single games Thursday and Friday in Pomona before finishing things up with a Saturday double dip at Triton Ballpark...UCSD brings a 4-8 overall mark into this week's action and is part of a six-way tie for third, along with Cal Poly Pomona, at 2-2 in conference play.

Defensive miscues stung the Tritons again in last Friday's CCAA and series opener against Chico State...Three unearned runs wiped out another quality outing by senior Jeff Rauh as the Wildcats registered a 4-1 triumph...UCSD was playing catch-up from the get-go as Chico plated two first inning runs without getting a hit...Rauh absorbed his second loss despite allowing just four hits in six-plus innings of work...UC out-hit the Wildcats, 9-6, with DH Justin Rahn smacking three and junior Danny Susdorf two.

The Tritons almost let game one of Saturday's doubleheader slip away but gutted out a 7-6 victory in 13 innings...Down, 5-4, in the bottom of the eighth, UCSD utilized a Chico error and catcher Brett Levy's run-scoring double to take a 6-5 lead into the ninth...But a hit batsmen to lead off the inning and a two-out wild pitch combined to let the Wildcats tie it up and ultimately force the four extra frames...With two out and the bags juiced in the 13th, Sam Michaels singled home James Mossholder with the decisive run... Freshman lefty Trevor Scott, Newman's fourth pitcher, garnered his first collegiate win and three players---Levy, Michaels and Nick LaFace---each had two hits...The nightcap was utterly forgettable for UCSD as Chico pounded three Triton hurlers for 19 hits in a 15-1 runaway...Starter Greg Selarz took the loss and UCSD was able to muster just four hits.

Newman's charges showed their mettle Sunday, vanquishing the Wildcats, 5-1, behind six and two-thirds quality innings from senior starter Justin Burns who chalked up his first win of the season...Scott and Tony York, who notched the save, cleaned up behind Burns...The Tritons got on the board first when Susdorf tripled home Michaels in the third, scored another in the fourth when first baseman Richard Seigel clubbed his first homer of the season over the right field wall and clinched it when Susdorf singled home a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh...Susdorf and Seigel both had three of UCSD's 11 hits.

Hear Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Hear Saturday's post-game interview with sophomore Garrett Tuck.

Hear Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Hear Sunday's post-game interview with senior Justin Burns.

WATER POLO RAKES LONG BEACH STATE; UCI TOURNEY ON TAP
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team steps back into tournament play this weekend, traveling to Orange County for the 16-team UC Irvine Invitational, Saturday and Sunday...The unranked Tritons (7-3), coming into the tourney with three consecutive victories, will be pooled with three of the top 10 teams in the nation and open against No. 1-ranked Stanford at 9:00 AM Saturday (Corona del Mar H.S.)...They will face either No. 8 San Jose State or No. 9 San Diego State that afternoon and Sunday's schedule will be determined by Saturday's results.

UCSD made the most of a light schedule by upending No. 18 host Long Beach State, 9-7, in its only outing of the week last Saturday...Shining in the counter attack and defensively, junior Katherine Biehle also hammered home three goals to power that Tritons at Long Beach...On a day when leading scorer Sarah Lizotte was limited to just one goal (on a penalty shot), Biehle picked up the slack...Sophomore Leah Gonzales added two goals and Allie Taylor turned away nine shots in the cage as UCSD held off a late 49er charge after entering the final period with a four-goal advantage.

                              

GOLFERS 12TH IN HIGH CALIBER SAN DIEGO INTERCOLLEGIATE
Playing against many of the top Division I squads in the nation, including two-time defending NCAA champion Augusta State, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team posted a 54-hole total of 929 to finish 12th in a 15-team field of last week's San Diego Intercollegiate at San Diego Country Club...The Tritons were the top non-Division I finisher with Pac-12 powers Washington (870), USC and UCLA claiming the top three spots...Freshman Jay Lim carded a 227 (76-75-76) over the 7,033-yd., par 72 layout to lead UCSD, finishing in a tie for 32nd...Three strokes back was Triton freshman Marc Hermann (T46/230), whose first round 73 was the team's low 18 for the tourney...Rounding out the UCSD lineup were sophomores Lewis Simon (T68/239) and Jacob Williams (T73/240) and freshman Skyler Mednick (T80/249)...Wydra & Co. will be back in action next week at the Cal State San Bernardino Coyote Classic Invitational.

MEN'S TENNIS TOPS UC RIVERSIDE; PLAYS PAIR AT HOME
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team, ranked tenth nationally and sporting a 7-1 dual match ledger, return home for the first time in seven matches, hosting Concordia Friday and Whittier Saturday on the North Courts.

Doubles superiority and some gutty play at the lower end of the singles ladder propelled UCSD to a 4-3 road victory at UC Riverside Thursday...The Tritons swept doubles with Devon Sousa-Austin West, Kona Luu-Jason Wall and Sam Ling-Junya Yoshida prevailing at the 1-2 and 3 slots respectively...Sophomore Max Jiganti, Ling and Luu, playing at Nos. 4-6 singles, all battled to three set wins to secure the final result in favor of UCSD.

WOMEN'S TENNIS HOME SATURDAY VS. CAL STATE L.A.
Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team swings back into action this week with a pair of dual matches---Thursday at NAIA Vanguard and then Saturday morning at UCSD's North Courts against former CCAA foe Cal State Los Angeles...The Tritons are 2-4 on the young season and the match vs. CSULA will be the first of six in a row at home.

IMPRESSIVE OPENER FOR TRACK & FIELD
The Track & Field teams will head to Claremont Saturday for the annual Rossi Relays after easily handling Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont in a three-way meet last Saturday at Triton Track & Field Stadium...Coach Tony Salerno's UCSD Men won 10 events and piled up 152 points to out-distance Cal Poly Pomona (119) and Claremont (91) by 33 and 61 points respectively...Coach Darcy Ahner's Triton Women logged 169 points, compared to 91 for Claremont and 90 for Cal Poly Pomona and captured 13 total events.

The most noteworthy performance on the men's side was turned in by senior Ka Wai Ng who snapped Scott Tsuda's school record in the triple jump, landing at 49-6.5, good for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark...Ng also snagged the long jump with a mark of 22-4.5...Junior Zach Nagengast ruled the throws, beating all comers in the shot put (47-3.5), discus (158-4) and hammer throw (170-7)...Single winners for the Triton men included Kellen Levy (3,000/8:40.5), Quentin McWhorter (110 HH/15.96), Andrew Herbold (400 IH/55.93), Nick Howe (high jump/6-3.25) and Benjamin Berthet (pole vault/14-9).

There were three double event winners on the women's side---Jacqueline Rose (200/25.45 & 400/55.82), Caitlin Meagher (100 H/15.94 & 400 H/1:05.63) and Erin Langford (long jump/18-8 & triple jump/37-9.25)...The latter scored an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the long jump...The Tritons also swept the two relays, clocking 49.13 in the 4x100 and 3:54.49 in the 4x400 and got single victories from Jessica Miklaski (javelin/134-3), Kathleen Hitchens (100/12.87), Lorato Anderson (800/2:22.84), Veronica Bradley (high jump/5-3.75), Eva Isaacs (shot put/38-4), Uchenna Agbahiwe (discus/136-9) and Shana Emile (hammer throw/144-2).

Watch Saturday's interview with senior Caitlin Meagher.

FENCERS POISED FOR DEFENSE OF MEN'S, WOMEN'S CROWNS
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing teams will both be aiming at their eighth consecutive Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California team titles in Orange County this Sunday when they participate in the regular-season ending UC Irvine Duals...The Tritons, who won individual crowns in five of the six disciplines two weeks ago, are favored to continue their team supremacy in the men's and women's divisions.

MEN'S CREW BATTLES LOCAL RIVALS SATURDAY
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Rowing team will hook up with USD and San Diego State Saturday morning on Mission Bay in a modified version of the San Diego City Championships...The three competitors will each send out a varsity eight, freshman eight, second freshman eight and potentially a varsity four in a series of three pieces---2000 m., 1,500 m. and 1,000 m.---with the combination of results determining a winner.

FINAL PREP FOR WOMEN'S CREW SATURDAY ON MISSION BAY
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team will get its final pre-season tune-up Saturday in a scrimmage against USD, San Diego State and Orange Coast College on Mission Bay, scheduled to start at 8:00 AM...The squads will square off in multiple 2,000 m. rows that should provide good race experience before the Tritons officially open their season next weekend against UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Long Beach State.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with basketball coaches Chris Carlson and Charity Elliott, Softball Coach Patti Gerckens and junior Danny Susdorf of the Baseball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com...Click here to listen to last week's Triton Talk.

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The 18th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 14, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...All proceeds from the event go to benefit the UCSD Athletic Dept....For information on entries or sponsorships, call (858) 534-8460 or click here.

The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.

The first annual Men's Soccer Golf Classic and Beach BBQ is slated for Thursday, April 5 at Torrey Pines (North Course)...All proceeds benefit the UCSD Men's Soccer program...For more information, call (858) 534-8165.

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