UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 9, 2012)
Release: Saturday 04/08/2012 
by UCSD
Eric Newman and the first place Triton Baseball team host CSU Dominguez Hills this Thursday and Friday.
Eric Newman and the first place Triton Baseball...
Courtesy: Brian Yip
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Wed., Apr. 11---WTennis---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---2:00 PM

Thu., Apr. 12---MTennis---UCSD at Point Loma Nazarene---2:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 12---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---6:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 12---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---7:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 13---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---6:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 14---MCrew---UCSD at Pac-12 Invitational---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 14---WWater Polo---UCSD at The Bronco---9:15 AM & 4:45 PM
Sat., Apr. 14---Track & Field---UCSD at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 14---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 14---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---7:00 PM

Sun., Apr. 15---MCrew---UCSD at Pac-12 Invitational---7:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 15---WWater Polo---UCSD at The Bronco---8:00 AM & 2:15 PM
Sun., Apr. 15---MTennis---UCSD at Abilene Christian---11:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 15---WTennis---UCSD at Abilene Christian---12:00 PM


BASEBALL SWEEPS SONOMA, MOVES TO TOP OF CCAA
Winning with pitching, hitting, baserunning and good old-fashioned aggressive Baseball, first-year Coach Eric Newman's club (21-15/19-9) moved into sole possession of first place in the CCAA with a four-game sweep of Sonoma State, which held a three-game advantage over the Tritons coming into last Thursday's series opener...UCSD now plays a four-game home-and-home set with last place Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-22/6-18), starting in La Jolla with single games Thursday and Friday night.

Sophomore Scott Liske launched a triple and two singles as UCSD's 13-hit attacked toppled Sonoma State, 11-6, in Thursday night's series opener...The Tritons scored five runs in the first two frames and posted another five in the fifth with Ryan O'Malley's double plating two...Junior Ryan Goodbrand picked up his sixth straight win on the mound...He struck out eight in 5.2 innings but needed aid from the relief corps in this one.

UCSD then swept a rare Friday doubleheader, scoring two runs in the eighth to take game one, 10-8 and then riding the arms of freshman starterTrevor Scott and senior reliever Elias Tuma to grab the nightcap, 4-1...First baseman Richard Seigel cracked his fourth home run in the first game and the top three hitters in the order---Danny Susdorf, Seigel and Garrett Tuck---accounted for seven of the Tritons' 12  hits, scored six runs and drove in six...Richard Kilbury, the third of four UC hurlers, notched his first win of 2012...Scott whiffed a career best 10 while tossing five shutout innings in game two and the Tritons scored all four runs in the fifth, popping five hits and utilizing a pair of Seawolf errors.

UCSD made if four-out-of-four with a 6-4 triumph Saturday afternoon...The Tritons broke up a 3-3 tie with three runs in the eighth, a hit-and-run single by Justin Rahn and a pinch single by James Mossholder being the key blows...Mossholder's knock, at the end of a seven-pitch at bat, drove in Tuck with the go-ahead run...Starter Greg Selarz logged seven solid innings with continually-improving lefty Kilbury coming out of the pen to snag his second straight win...Senior Tony York accrued his eighth save.

Listen to Thursday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Listen to Thursday night's post-game interview with sophomore Scott Liske.
Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with junior Danny Susdorf.
Listen to Friday night's post-game interview with freshman Trevor Scott.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with junior James Mossholder.

M-VOLLEYBALL HOSTS CAL BAPTIST, UCI; CLINGS TO FADING MPSF TOURNEY HOPES
Coach Kevin Ring's No. 11 Men's Volleyball team closes out the regular season at home this week with a pair of  home matches, hosting Cal Baptist (12-15) in a non-conference tilt Thursday before squaring off against No. 2 UC Irvine (20-5) Saturday...UCI won the first match-up vs. UCSD, 3-0, in Irvine.

The Tritons saw their five-match winning streak terminated Thursday night at USC as the No. 1-ranked Trojans rolled, 3-0 ( 25-16, 25-15, 25-20)...Junior Carl Eberts registered 12 kills and Vaun Lennon added eight but UCSD had no answers for a Trojan attack that hit .390 nor their opponent's prowess at the net which led to a 13-4 blocking edge for the home team...Telling numbers were the Tritons' goose egg in the service ace department (vs. 13 errors) and USC's 77% side out effectiveness.

UCSD's hopes for a first-ever MPSF Tournament berth suffered a serious setback Saturday night in Malibu with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-21) loss to No. 6 Pepperdine...The Waves earned their spot in the MPSF tourney by dominating the net (14-4 blocking advantage) and out-hitting the Tritons, .333-.235...Eberts (14 ) and Lennon (10) combined for 24 kills and freshman setter Garrett Dempsey distributed 35 assists...Eberts also had three block assists and an ace...Ring's squad now needs a lot of help to push its way into post-season play...It must first defeat UC Irvine and then hope that Cal State Northridge loses its final two matches and UC Santa Barbara wins its final two...If those scenarios all play out, UCSD would hold the tiebreaker for the eighth and final slot.

SANTA CLARA TOURNEY NEXT UP FOR WOMEN'S WATER POLO
After seeing its four-game winning streak snapped at home last Friday, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 18th-ranked Women's Water Polo squad heads to Santa Clara this weekend for the Bronco Invitational...The Tritons (15-12) will hook up with Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday before battling Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Bakersfield Sunday...All four opponents are from the WWPA, meaning that the results from Santa Clara will be instrumental in seeding for the WWPA Championships, April 27-29, at UCSD.

Against No. 19 Cal Baptist at Canyonview last Friday, Kreutzkamp's outfit was in a three-goal hole six minutes into the contest and never fully recovered, dropping an 11-8 decision...The Tritons seemed to have played themselves back into contention by narrowing the gap to one goal at halftime, but surrendered three goals in the first 3:37 of the third quarter to make it another steep climb to get back...Still, despite converting just 1-of-8 man-up chances, the Tritons had every opportunity to get back in it late but watched  a bushel of shots clank off the crossbar and posts in the final period...Sophomore Sarah Lizotte provided half of the offense, scoring four goals, and senior Katherine Biehle netted three.

Listen to Head Coach Brad Kretutzkamp's Friday night post-game interview.

SOFTBALL CLINCHES CCAA TOURNAMENT SPOT
Dominating work in the circle lifted Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team to three wins in last weekend's four-game series at Sonoma State and now the Tritons will have a bye while prepping for the last week of the CCAA regular season...UCSD (32-14/23-9), which has now clinched a berth in the four-team CCAA Championships, is third in the conference standings, just two games back of front-running Cal State Dominguez Hills and half a game behind second place Cal State Monterey Bay...The Tritons will host Monterey Bay next week for the final four games of the league schedule.

Senior All-American Camille Gaito matched up with SSU star Samantha Lipperd in game one Friday and proved herself best on this day, hurling a five-hit, 3-0, shutout...The Tritons got all the runs they would need in the first inning as senior CF Kris Lesovsky led off with a double, left fielder Kirsten Willmon walked and sophomore DP Charly Swanberg brought them both around with a double...Lesovsky wound up with two of UCSD's five  hits...Soph Jenn Manuel and junior Michelle Escamilla teamed for an excellent pitching performance in  game two but came up short as Lipperd returned to stifle the Tritons with a 1-0, no-hit performance...Sonoma got two of its six hits in the third while scoring the game's lone run.

Triton pitching completely baffled the Seawolves Saturday as Gaito and Manuel both spun shutouts...Gaito had to go extra time (eight innings) to corral her 20th win of the season, a 1-0 decision over Lipperd and Sonoma...UCSD finally earned its "W" in this one when Willmon, Caitlin Brown and Swanberg strung together consecutive two-out singles in the top of the eighth...Gaito's perfect bottom of the inning closed the books...Manuel then delivered her best outing of the year, a complete game two-hitter (no walks), as the Tritons beat Lipperd for the third time, 3-0...UCSD only had six hits, but two were run-scoring triples by Willmon and sophomore shortstop Mya Romero which proved more than enough...Willmon had two hits. 

                                   

LIM LEADS GOLFERS TO BEST FINISH OF SEASON
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf Team, inching up to No. 43 in the national rankings, turned in its best finish of the season last week, placing second in the 11-team Skyhawk Desert Shootout, hosted by Fort Lewis (CO) at the Classic Club in Palm Desert...The Tritons' team total of 922 for 54 holes over the 7,322-yd., par 72 layout was eight shots behind team titlist Colorado-Colorado Springs...CCAA colleagues Sonoma State (5th), Cal State East Bay (7th) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (11th) were also in the field.

Freshman Jay Lim rebounded from a first round 81 to finish in a tie for fourth at 227...His closing 70 was UCSD's low 18 for the tourney...Sophomores Jacob Willams (T15/233) and Lewis Simon (20/234) and freshman Marc Herrmann (T23/236) also recorded noteworthy performances...UCSD returns to action April 16-17 at the Stanislaus Hanny Invitational at Turlock Country Club.

PAC-12 INVITATIONAL BECKONS FOR MEN'S CREW
A pair of victories by both the second varsity eight and the novice eight propelled Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew to a second place team finish at the two-day George Washington Invitational on the Potomac River...The Tritons finished with 87 points, trailing only team champ Navy which compiled 114.

Johnson's varsity eight was defeated in contests vs. Georgetown, George Washington and Cornell...The second V-8 and novice eight boats outlasted both Georgetown and George Washington but fell to Cornell...Next up for the Tritons will be this weekend's Pac-12 Invitational at Redwood Shores.

WOMEN'S CREW PREPS FOR TENNESSEE REGATTA
The Women's Rowing team will have a second straight racing free weekend as Head Coach Pattie Pinkerton points her outfit towards the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (SIRA) Championships next weekend in Oak Ridge, TN.

The Tritons did get some work in early last week, clashing in an abbreviated format with Division II national power Western Washington Monday morning on Mission Bay...UCSD's varsity eight finished 24 seconds down the course from the Vikings and the varsity four was also second, giving 21 seconds to WWU.

TRACK & FIELD GOES TO POMONA PITZER INVITE SATURDAY
With the CCAA Championships looming less than a month away, the Track & Field teams make the short trek to Pomona this weekend for Saturday's Pomona Pitzer Invitational...Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner saw the continued progression of their sides last weekend though the team was split between the Sun Angel Invitational at Arizona State and Cal State San Marcos' Mangrum Invitational.

Facing primarily Division I competition in Arizona, UCSD came home with several big performances...Most noteworthy was senior Nick Howe's second place finish in the javelin...Howe, the defending NCAA Division II champion in the event, uncorked the second best toss of his career (229-0), the best D-II mark of the year...Jacqueline Rose didn't quite match her school record set the previous week in the 400 but came close, finishing third in 54.89...Sophomore Quentin McWhorter registered the third best triple jump in UCSD history, landing at 48-56.75, good for 11th place...That was an NCAA provisional qualifying time, as was the 62.46 clocked by Lauren Irish in the 400 hurdles where she wound up 16th...Also having solid days were Zach Nagengast (discus/3rd/152-11), Erin Langford (LJ/6th/18-8) and Sabrina Pimentel (800/9th/2:15.35).

The Tritons chalked up five blue ribbon finishes at the Mangrum Invitational...David Baker (110 HH/16.00), Benjamin Berthet (PV/14-11), Ryan Eckert (SP/51-1), Lorato Anderson (800/2:18.21) and Aletha Vassilakis (javelin/116-4).

MEN'S TENNIS CLOSES OUT 2012 ON ROAD
Trying to salvage a positive finish from a season that started with high hopes but evolved into a frustrating final eight matches, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's 19th-ranked Men's Tennis team closes out 2012 with a pair of road affairs this week...The Tritons challenge crosstown foe Point Loma on Thursday before matching up with perennial D-II toughie Abilene Christian, Sunday in Malibu...UCSD is coming off of a winless three days at the White Sands Invitational in Pensacola, FL.

The Pensacola trip seemed like a microcosm of the Tritons season---great effort, good tennis but not quite enough...Host West Florida, the No. 2 team in the country, hung a 7-2 defeat on UCSD in Thursday's first round action...The senior-sophomore combo of Sam Ling and Max Jiganti earned a point at No. 3 doubles and Jiganti ground out a 10-8 third set tiebreaker point at No. 4 singles but that's all Steidlmayer's charges were able to deliver on this day.

Jiganti and Ling won at No. 3 doubles again Friday vs. No. 15 St. Edwards and both racked up singles markers with straight set victories at No. 4 and 5 respectively... Freshman Kona Luu did the same at No. 6 but the Hilltoppers were able to eke out a 5-4 decision.

In the White Sands finale, No. 3 Barry handled UCSD, 5-1...The tandem of Jiganti and Ling was once more on its game, netting the lone point at No. 3 doubles...Jiganti, playing in the No. 2 singles slot, was even at a set apiece when the Buccaneers clinched the verdict and the remaining matches were stopped.

WOMEN'S TENNIS BACK HOME WEDNESDAY VS. STANISLAUS
Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team starts down the home stretch of the 2012 season, hosting former CCAA rival Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday on the North Courts before meeting Abilene Christian Sunday in Malibu.

Playing their fourth consecutive road match last Saturday, the No. 21 Tritons were knocked off, 7-2, by No. 17 Cal State L.A...The only points for UCSD came at No. 3 doubles with Katie Mulloy and Laura Wilke and at No. 6 singles where junior Jacquelyn Davis prevailed.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Baseball Coach Eric Newman, leading scorer Sarah Lizotte of the Women's Water Polo team and catcher Caitlin Brown from the Softball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

The UCSD Men's Water Polo placed 15 student-athletes, the most of any school, on the 2011 Western Water Polo Assn. All-Academic team announced last week...The Triton honorees were Brian Donohoe, David Morton, Graham Saber, Chris Barton, Dane Sequeira, Matt Kerchner, Will Brown, Lukas Syka, Josh Stiling, Danny Lorch, Lance Curtiss, Joe Dietrich, Matt Michalko, David Higginson and Shane Troutman

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