UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 16, 2012)
Release: Monday 04/16/2012 
by UCSD
Kris Lesovsky and the Triton Softball team close out the regular season at home this weekend vs. CSU Monterey Bay.
Kris Lesovsky and the Triton Softball team close...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Apr. 16---Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day
Mon., Apr. 16---WTennis---UCSD vs. Concordia---2:00  PM
Mon., Apr. 16-Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---6:00 PM


Tue., Apr. 17---Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day

Wed., Apr. 18---Track & Field---UCSD at CA Decathlon/Heptathlon---10:00 AM

Thu., Apr. 19---Track & Field---UCSD at CA Decathlon/Heptathlon---10:00 AM
Thu., Apr. 19---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 19---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Distance Carnival---6:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 20---Track & Field---UCSD at Soka Peace Invitational---10:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 20---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---11:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 20---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 20---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---5:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 20---WWater Polo---UCSD vs. San Diego State---6:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 21---WCrew---UCSD at SIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 21---Track & Field---UCSD at Soka Peace Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 21---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 21---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---Noon

Sat., Apr. 21---WTennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---Noon

Sun., Apr. 22---WCrew---UCSD at SIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 22-WTennis---UCSD vs. Hawaii-Hilo (@Sonoma)---11:00 AM


BASEBALL FACES FOUR-GAME SHOWDOWN VS. SAN BERNARDINO
After first taking care of some unfinished business with Cal State Dominguez Hills Monday night at Triton Ballpark, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team (23-16/21-10) will play a four-game home-and-home series with Cal State San Bernardino (20-12/17-10), beginning with single games Thursday and Friday in San Bernardino...The set will conclude Saturday with a doubleheader in La Jolla...Tonight, UCSD will wrap up last week's four-game series with Dominguez Hills which was re-shuffled after rain created havoc with the schedule...Newman's club came out on top in two of the first three games and is now two games up in the CCAA race with San Bernardino closest in pursuit.

On a cold Thursday night in La Jolla, Triton pitching was hot as UCSD throttled visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-1...Junior right hander Ryan Goodbrand surrendered just four hits while logging six innings for his seventh win without a defeat...The Tritons piled up eight hits of their own---two each by junior Danny Susdorf and sophomore Spencer Frazier---three coming in the second inning when they plated all of their runs...Goodbrand got ample help from the bullpen with seniors Elias Tuma and Tony York combining for five strikeouts while tossing three scoreless frames to ice the game.

The two teams split Sunday's twinbill in Carson...A trio of Tritons---Susdorf, Garrett Tuck and Nick LaFace---had three hits apiece as UCSD battered Toro pitching for 15 hits while winning the opener, 14-2...Susdorf clubbed a double and two triples while driving in three, shortstop Tuck scored three runs and four Dominguez errors helped the UCSD cause...Tuck also had three steals in a contest where Triton baserunners swiped nine bags total...Senior Jeff Rauh, the second of three UC hurlers, picked up his third win...Dominguez Hills nipped the Tritons, 1-0, in a second game pitching duel...Freshman Trevor Scott was the hard luck loser after relinquishing just one run and four hits over five-plus innings...The Toros recorded the game's lone run in the first inning when leadoff man Matt Young doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly...DH Justin Rahn had two of UCSD's five hits.

Listen to junior Ryan Goodbrand's Thursday night post-game interview.

NO. 23 SOFTBALL BATTLES FOR POSITION VS. MONTEREY BAY
Coming off a rare mid-season bye week, Coach Patti Gerckens' 23rd-ranked Softball team concludes regular season activities at home this weekend, hosting Cal State Monterey Bay (37-9/22-6 )...The defending CCAA regular season champion, UCSD is now 32-14 overall, 23-9 in CCAA play and finds itself third on the conference table, one spot behind Monterey Bay...Both teams, along with first place Cal State Dominguez Hills, have secured CCAA Championship Tournament berths.

Looking at the record book, Coach Patti Gerckens, UCSD's all-time winningest coach, has now racked up 517 victories in La Jolla...That includes at least 30 wins in each of the last six years...Gerckens' career winning percentage is now .536 but she's won at a .624 clip during those past six campaigns...Senior Day is Saturday and two of this year's seniors---outfielder Kris Lesovsky and pitcher Camille Gaito---will definitely go down as two of the best in Triton history...Lesovsky now owns career marks for batting average (.383-tied with Kristin Scheuler) and runs (165)...She's closing in on hits, only nine less than Amy Mettee with 247, RBIs, just five short of Jenny Maze with 118, and home runs where she's currently second at 29 and will likely finish there as Maze boasts 35...Gaito, meanwhile is No. 1 in all significant career pitching categories including wins (85) and strikeouts (533).

POLO UNDEFEATED AT BRONCO; AZTECS AND HARPER CUP NEXT
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team has its final tune-up before hosting the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships in two weeks when it hosts No. 9 San Diego State in the annual Harper Cup skirmish Friday at Canyonview...The Harper Cup, named after veteran UCSD Men's Coach Denny Harper, who led the Triton women to five national titles and started the women's program at SDSU, has been a decidedly one-sided series with the Division I Aztecs capturing all 11 editions played thus far...Kreutzkamp's club comes in 19-12 following a 4-0 performance in last weekend's Bronco Invitational at Santa Clara.

Sophomores Sarah Lizotte and Leah Gonzales scored two goals each, goalie Allie Taylor stopped nine shots and UCSD converted four-of-six man-up opportunities in a 9-3 romp over Cal State East Bay in the Bronco Invitational opener Saturday morning...The Tritons possessed a narrow, 4-3, advantage at intermission but controlled the second half, outscoring the Pioneers, 6-1...Kreutzkamp's charges put away unorthodox Cal State Monterey Bay, 12-8, in Saturday's second outing...UCSD outscored the Otters, 5-1, in the opening session and assembled a 10-3 margin before Monterey mounted a bit of a late charge...Senior Kirsten Bates stacked up four goals, Lizotte netted three and the Tritons were again efficient with the extra man, scoring on four-of-seven chances.

Sunday started with a bang as freshman Colette Gulick and sophomore Hannah Guthman rifled home four goals apiece and UCSD pummeled Cal State San Bernardino, 26-3...This one was decided early when the Tritons cashed in for five first period goals and nine unanswered tallies in the second...Lizotte, freshman Jolene Guiliana and junior Brittany Daniels all chipped in with three goals and UCSD had 23 natural scores...Bartow and Biehle accounted for three goals each and the Tritons exploded for five fourth quarter tallies to complete their perfect weekend in Santa Clara with a 12-7 triumph over Cal State Bakersfield...The two teams had played to a 7-7 draw through the first three periods but the fourth was all Tritons as Bartow canned back-to-back counterattack goals early to spur the Tritons' surge...Lizotte and Rachel Brooks added two goals apiece and Brooks also drew a pair of ejections...The win was a turnaround from UCSD's, 12-11, loss to the 'Runners at the early season Triton Invitational.

                                    

OC WEEKEND EVENT ON TAP FOR TRACK & FIELD SQUAD
With the annual Triton Invitational looming next week, Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send a reduced Track & Field squads to the Soka Peace Invitational this Friday and Saturday in Orange County...A limited group of athletes will also be entered at the California Decathlon/Heptathlon Invitational and Mt. SAC Distance Carnival earlier in the week...Last Saturday, UCSD competitors posted a raft of top flight marks at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational.

Freshman Sabrina Pimentel was one of the brightest lights for the Tritons at Pomona...The precocious middle distance ace hit the tape second in the 800 m., clocking 2:21.46, and came back to run the first leg of UCSD's runner-up 4x400 relay quartet, teaming with Lauren Irish, Caitlin Meagher and Deyna Roberson in a time of 3:49.19...Other Triton notables on the women's side were Erin Langford (TJ/3rd/37-8.5), Jacqueline Rose (200/6th/24.52), Uchenna Agbahiwe (Discus/5th/132-2), Aletha Vassilakas (Javelin/5th/124-3), Veronica Bradley (HJ/T4th/5-3), Roberson (400 hurdles/6th/62.18), Meagher (100 hurdes/6th/14.93) and the 4x100 relay unit of Kathleen Hitchens, Meagher, Chelsey Kamson and Rose (4th/47.64)... Pimentel, Rose and Roberson all reached NCAA provisional qualifying numbers.

Top five finishers for the men included school record holder KaWai Ng in the triple jump (3rd/48-4), Benjamin Berthet (Pole vault/T4th/14-3.25), Dustin Harris (800/4th/1:52.59) and Kellen Levy (15:00.09) and Jeremy Riley (15:10.25) who were fourth and fifth respectively in the 5,000...Although relegated to 10th in a deep and talented 100 m. lineup, freshman Keith Rose posted a 10.86, sixth best on the all-time UCSD charts.

WOMEN'S TENNIS TO FINISH SEASON WITH FOUR-MATCH WEEK
Coach Liz LaPlante's No. 21 Women's Tennis team concludes its 2012 campaign with a busy final week that includes a Senior Day match at home today against Concordia and then three road tests vs. Cal State Stanislaus, Sonoma State and Hawaii-Hilo...The Tritons come into the week 6-13.

LaPlante's netters dodged the rain Wednesday but couldn't evade visiting Cal State Stanislaus as the 33rd-ranked Warriors hung a 6-3 loss on the home team...Senior Katie Mulloy had a hand to two of UCSD's three points, teaming with Laura Wilke for a victory at No. 3 doubles and coming back to roll, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 singles...Jacquelyn Davis nabbed the third marker with a straight set triumph at No. 6 singles...Sunday, the Tritons offered little resistance to No. 6 Abilene Christian, dropping an 8-1 decision to the Wildcats in Malibu...Mulloy and Wilke earned the only point of the afternoon, prevailing, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles.

JIGANTI BRIGHT SPOT IN DEFEAT FOR NO. 19 TRITONS
After having its scheduled Friday match at Point Loma canceled due to weather, the Men's Tennis team suffered another tough loss against a ranked team, falling, 6-3, to No. 16 Abilene Christian Sunday in Malibu...The defeat against the Wildcats followed a somewhat familiar recent refrain for the 19th-ranked Tritons...The doubles duo of sophomore Max Jiganti and senior Sam Ling won at No. 3 for the sixth time in its last seven outings...Then, the much-improved Jiganti battled for a three-set victory at No. 2 singles...Sophomore Devon Sousa pulled out a three-setter at No. 6 for the third point...The Tritons will finish their season this Friday with a  make-up at Point Loma.

GOLF LOOKS TO ENHANCE NCAA STATUS IN NORCAL
Playing its best over the past month, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team will be looking to solidify its chances for an NCAA Regional bid when it travels to Turlock for the annual Hanny Stanislaus Invitational at Turlock Country Club...The 18-team field, featuring most of the best teams in the West Region, will hook up for 36 holes today and put in a final 18 Tuesday...The Tritons, presently ranked No. 9 in the West Region, were runner-ups in their last outing at the Skyhawk Desert Shootout in Palm Desert...The top 10 squads in the region will earn berths for NCAA post-season play.

NO. 12 VOLLEYBALL DIVIDES LAST TWO MATCHES
Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team, ranked 12th in the nation, split its final two contests of the season to finish 9-19 overall and 6-16 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)...The nine total wins matched last year's mark and only once have the Tritons won more than six times in the MPSF...With no seniors, Ring & Co. would appear positioned to potentially challenge their all-time best MPSF single season count (8) in 2013.

Twice the Tritons bounced back from a set down and then blitzed Cal Baptist in game five for a 3-2 (20-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-21, 15-5) victory Thursday night at RIMAC Arena...After giving away a three-point lead at 18-15 in losing game three, UCSD led gate-to-wire in the fourth set before stunning the Lancers by scoring five of the first six in the decisive fifth...Freshman setter Garrett Dempsey ran a balanced offense distributing 48 assists as four different hitters racked up 11 or more kills...Junior Carl Eberts led the way with 19, followed by Cheyne Hayes (13), Vaun Lennon (12) and Sebastian Brady (11)...Sophomore Mike Brunsting came off  the bench to record a pair of aces along with some sold net play and libero Chase Frishman rang up 17 digs...On the night, the Tritons out hit Cal Baptist, .487-.402, and had a slight edge (10.5-9.0) in the blocking department.

There were no comebacks Saturday night as the Tritons ran into a buzzsaw in the form of No. 2 UC Irvine, falling 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20)...The Anteaters hit a white hot .436 and beat UCSD, 11-3, at the net...Eberts seven kills topped the Tritons and Hayes was next with six.

Hear Coach Kevin Ring's Thursday post-game interview.
Hear Coach Kevin Ring's Saturday post-game interview.


WOMEN'S CREW BACK IN ACTION AT SIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS
After a two-week competitive hiatus, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew starts the most critical part of its schedule this weekend when it travels to Oak Ridge, TN for the annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (SIRA) Championships on Melton Lake.

The last time the Tritons visited this venue was 2007 when they finished second in the NCAA Division II Championships...The previous season (2006), UCSD competed at the SIRAs, placing sixth out of 18 in the varsity eight race...This time, Pinkerton will be sending out a varsity eight and varsity four against a field that will include four of the top six Division II programs in the country---Mercyhurst (No. 2), Nova Southeastern (No. 4), Barry (No. 5) and Central Oklahoma (No. 6)...UCSD is currently ranked seventh.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature Triton Track & Field Coach DarcyAhner...The show, with all interviews, will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

In Men's Crew action at Redwood Shores last weekend, Coach Zach Johnson's varsity eight found the going rough against top flight competition while his younger boats flourished in the Pac-12 Invitational...The varsity eight was defeated in match races by Stanford, Orange Coast College and Oregon State...Facing the same lineup, the JV-8 swept to victories over Orange Coast and Oregon State and was narrowly beaten by Stanford...In three taut races, the novice eight knocked off No. 9 Stanford by just under three seconds, fell to Orange Coast by four seconds and finished eight seconds short of Oregon State.

UCSD's annual National Student-Athlete Day Luncheon, honoring a dozen Triton athletes for their combination of competitive achievement and athletic excellence, will be held on campus Tuesday...The 12 honorees at the 2012 event are Chapman Chan (tennis), Elias Tuma (baseball), Annie Wethe (soccer/softball), Casey Gillcrist (fencing), Alyssa Dixon-Word (crew), Brian Donohoe (water polo), Neda Nguyen (swimming), John Svet (cross country/track & field), Aaryn Kobayashi (cross country/track & field), Emily Osga (basketball), Zach Sharfman (crew) and Adam Yen (swimming).

The 19th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is slated for Monday, May 14 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club...All proceeds benefit the UC San Diego Athletic Department... For more information on foursomes and sponsorship, call (858) 534-8460 or click here.

This week's UCSD online streaming video options will include Saturday's Softball and Baseball doubleheaders...Austin Olson will handle the play-by-play for the Softball action while this weekend's baseball activities at Triton Ballpark will be video only.


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