SOFTBALL OPENS CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY VS. MONTEREY BAY
Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team will be looking for answers when it heads to Stockton this weekend for the CCAA Championship Tournament...The 24th-ranked Tritons, defending NCAA D-II champions, ended the regular season last weekend on the losing end of a home sweep at the hands of No. 7 Cal State Monterey Bay...Now 32-18 overall, UCSD will go into the CCAA Tournament as the fourth seed and will face off against the very same Cal State Monterey Bay (42-10/27-7) squad in the first round Friday at Arnaiz Field...Cal State Dominguez Hills and Chico State will square off in the other half of the bracket in the double elimination event...Monterey Bay and Dominguez Hills tied for the league's regular season crown with the former having the tiebreaker edge and gaining top seed for the tournament...The Tritons' hopes of reaching the NCAA Playoffs may depend on winning the CCAA Tournament (the winner is an automatic qualifier)...The top six teams in the NCAA Regional rankings will advance and UCSD was sixth prior to last weekend's series...The new rankings come out Wednesday.
The Monterey Bay series got off to a rocky start with the Otters taking both ends of a Friday night doubleheader...The Tritons got just three hits and the Otters stung normally reliable senior Camille Gaito for 11 in a 5-0 first game loss...Game two may have been tougher to swallow as UCSD battled back from a 5-1 deficit to knot things, 5-5, only to see Monterey Bay plate the game-winner in the seventh for a 6-5 triumph...UCSD pounded seven hits in this one and worked Otter pitching for seven walks, five of those free passes coming in the Tritons' four-run fifth inning comeback...Five of the hits were produced by the top two hitters in the order with senior Kris Lesovsky and sophomore Kirsten Willmon registering two and three respectively...Junior hurler Michelle Escamilla got hung with the loss, throwing three innings in relief of starter Jenn Manuel.
Gaito got tagged with her second loss of the weekend, falling to 20-8, in a 5-3 game one defeat Saturday...The Tritons jumped on Monterey Bay with a pair of first inning runs but the visitors got back one in the second and scored a trio in the third to go ahead for good...Willmon notched two of UCSD's six singles...The series finale brought another late inning setback for the Tritons...After fighting back from a 4-0 deficit, Gerckens' charges watched the Otters score a singleton in the first extra inning for a 5-4 loss...Sophomores Caitlin Brown and Mya Romero both had doubles in a two-run fourth and a single by freshman Maria Sykes drove the tying run home in the bottom of the sixth...UCSD out-hit Monterey Bay, the CCAA's top offensive team, 8-6, and Manuel went the distance, showing some mettle after being touched up for two unearned runs early.
Listen to Coach Patti Gerckens' Friday night post-game interview.
Listen to Coach Patti Gerckens' Saturday post-game interview.
FIRST PLACE BASEBALL SHOOTS FOR CCAA REGULAR SEASON TITLE
Maintaining its hold on first place in the CCAA after splitting a four-game series against second place Cal State San Bernardino last week, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team (25-18/23-12), with its sights set on a fourth consecutive CCAA title, closes its conference regular season schedule against Cal State L.A. (21-16/17-14) this week...The 29th-rankedTritons will host the Golden Eagles for single games Thursday and Friday night before traveling to Los Angeles for a Saturday doubleheader...UCSD is five up on San Bernardino in the win column and one ahead in the loss column...Cal State L.A. is part of a three-team tie for fourth place...The top four clubs will garner invitations to the CCAA Championship Tournament, May 10-12, in La Jolla.
UCSD dropped a pair of road games to open the series against second place Cal State San Bernardino...The Coyotes got a run in the bottom of the ninth to capture a pitcher's duel, 3-2, Thursday...CSUSB broke a scoreless tie with two fifth inning runs...The Tritons bounced back with one in the eighth and one in the ninth before the hosts got the game winner...Junior center fielder Danny Susdorf cracked three of UCSD's six hits, one a double, and stole a base...Senior closer Tony York, the fourth Triton hurler, absorbed the loss...Starter Ryan Goodbrand went five and two-thirds, giving up only two runs, but failed to gain his eighth win without a loss.
Friday there was no such drama as San Bernardino exploded for four in the third and five more in the fourth en route to a 14-4 victory...Susdorf rang up another three hits, scored one and drove in one for UCSD and Garrett Tuck, Nick La Face and Sam Michaels all accounted for two hits...Senior Jeff Rauh took the loss, falling to 3-4 on the year.
The Tritons turned the tables Saturday, sweeping the Coyotes, 8-4 and 5-2, at Triton Ballpark...UCSD put three on the scoreboard in the first inning and rode an 13-hit attack to its game one conquest...Right fielder Scott Liske had three hits and LaFace drilled a two-run homer as the offense gave senior starter Greg Selarz plenty of operating room on the way to his fourth win...LaFace finished with three RBIs and two hits, the latter total matched by Tuck, Richard Seigel and Justin Rahn...Senior submariner Elias Tuma held San Bernardino scoreless over the final three frames...Freshman lefty Trevor Scott corralled win No. 4 as well with a five and two-thirds inning, one-run performance in the nightcap...Seigel's two-RBI double keyed a four-run fifth to power the Tritons...Susdorf and Tuck each had two hits...Susdorf's first inning triple made him UCSD's career leader in that category with 13.
Watch Coach Eric Newman's Saturday post-game interview.
Watch junior Richard Seigel's Saturday post-game interview.
WOMEN'S POLO HOSTS WWPA TOURNEY; SONOMA STATE FIRST FOE
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team opens defense of its conference title at home Friday in the first round of the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship...The 19th-ranked and second-seeded Tritons (19-13) will face seventh seed Sonoma State (9-20) in their tournament opener (4:30 PM) and if victorious will take on the winner of the Cal State Bakersfield vs. Cal State Monterey Bay contest at 1:30 PM Saturday...The championship game is slated for Sunday at 3:00 PM...The WWPA champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Championhip, May 11-13...UCSD knocked off Sonoma, 14-9, on the road in early March.
The Tritons, winners of all four outings at the Bronco Invitational the week before, played well but dropped a 10-5 decision to No. 9 San Diego State in the annual Harper Cup clash last Friday at Canyonview Pool...The two teams were deadlocked at two following the first period but SDSU erupted for four consecutive goals in the second to take a lead it would never relinquish...A pair of Sarah Lizotte tallies brought the Tritons to within two (6-4) at halftime but that's as close as it would get...Lizotte's fourth goal of the game tied her with all-time great Julie Swail for the UCSD single season record (84) and she was named co-MVP with the Aztecs' Amber Pezzolla...Senior goalie Allie Taylor made 10 saves, several at key junctures, and another senior, Jessica Tran accounted for the Tritons' only "non-Lizotte score."
Watch senior Allie Taylor's Friday night post-game interview.
Listen to Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's comments on the WWPA Championships.
HUGE FIELD EXPECTED FOR TRITON TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL
In the perfect lead-up to this weekend's Triton Invitational, the Track & Field team racked up 15 total victories at last weekend's Soka Invitational in Aliso Viejo...Those totals came despite the fact that UCSD did not enter any of its distance corps...Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send out a full arsenal of competitors at the Triton Invitational which will run Friday and Saturday and is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants from across the full spectrum of divisions.
The UCSD women snagged eight individual wins at Soka...School record holder Jacqueline Rose won her specialty, the 400 m., clocking 55.57...Senior Caitlin Meagher (100 H/14.60) and sophomore Lauren Irish (400 H/63.11) gave the Tritons a sweep in the two hurdle events and Lorato Anderson crossed the line first in the 800 m. (2:19.83)...In the field events, senior Erin Langford's 37-7.25 was good enough for the blue ribbon in the triple jump and UCSD captured three throwing events---Eva Isaacs (shot put/39-3.25), Uchenna Agbahiwe (discus/140-7) and Amanda Horowitz (javelin/120-8)...Freshman Sabrina Pimentel, Irish, Meagher and senior Deyna Roberson teamed up to top the 4x400 relay field in 3:51.16.
On the men's side, the brother act of Nick (high jump/6-2.75) and Nash (javelin/192-10) Howe both hit the top of the podium...The latter's toss was No. 4 all-time at UCSD where his two-time defending NCAA Division II champion sibling owns the school standard...Junior shot putter Ryan Eckert uncorked a No. 5 all-time best toss of 51-11 to pace a 1-2-3 finish in that event...Tritons prevailed in both the long and triple jumps with Jeff Head (23-0) and Antony Kountouris (46-2) doing the honors...Freshman Jake Herbold ran 56.60 to earn gold in the 400 hurdles...Also noteworthy was freshman Keith Rose's second place finish in the 400 m. where he posted the ninth best mark in UCSD history (49.12)...Earlier in the week, senior Nick DeBeaubien's career best 6,079 points left him 10th in the decathlon at the California Invitational Decathlon.
GOLFERS START CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY TODAY
After posting its best finish of the year two weeks ago at the Skyhawk Desert Classic, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team slumped to an 11th place outing at last week's Hanny Stanislaus Invitational at Turlock Country Club...The Tritons will try to reverse their fortunes this week at the CCAA Championships with a good outcome imperative if they hope to advance to the upcoming NCAA Division II Super Regionals...The top 10 teams earn their way into NCAA play and UCSD was ninth in the most recent rankings...The CCAA event will again be held at Hunter Ranch Golf Course (6,741 yds./par 72) in Paso Robles with 36 holes being played today and the final 18 set for Tuesday...The Tritons placed sixth in the eight-team event last year...Cal State Monterey Bay is the defending champion.
As a team, UCSD carded a 54-hole total of 902 at the Hanny Stanislaus, finishing 57 strokes behind first place host Cal State Stanislaus...Sophomore Lewis Simon fired opening and closing 73's to post a team best 222, tying him for 26th in the individual standings...Freshman Jay Lim, whose second round 71 was the Tritons' lowest 18 for the tournament, finished tied for 39th with a 225...Rounding out the UCSD shooters were Jacob Williams (T52/228), Frederik Palmer-Picard (T60/229) and Marc Herrmann (T77/234)...Freshman Austin Shuxiao will replace Palmer-Picard in Paso Robles.
MEN'S CREW POINTS FOR BACK-TO-BACK WIRA TRIUMPHS
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew will be aiming at a second straight invitation to the IRA National Championships when it travels to Sacramento this weekend for the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma...The Triton men came home with plenty of hardware last year, winning the varsity and junior varsity eight races as well as collecting the overall WIRA title...Johnson's squad has turned in mixed results over the past few weeks, getting solid performances from the JV and novice eight boats but uneven races from the varsity eight...He has hinted at the possibility of considerable lineup changes before this weekend's regatta...The top two teams at WIRA will punch their tickets to the IRA event.
WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP FOR WOMEN'S CREW
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team will also be in Northern California this weekend for the WIRA Championships...The Tritons, ranked seventh in Division II, are coming off a trip to Oak Ridge, TN for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (SIRA) Championships...The two most notable performances for UCSD at SIRA were turned in by the varsity eight, which finished 14th in a 28-team field of top flight boats and the novice eight which rowed its way into the grand final where it placed sixth.
MEN'S TENNIS FINISHES UP WITH WIN OVER POINT LOMA
A frustrating season concluded on a high note as Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team came away with a 5-4 victory over crosstown rival Point Loma last Friday afternoon...Sophomores Max Jiganti and Devon Sousa were double winners for the Tritons...Jigtanti, perhaps UCSD's hottest player down stretch, paired with senior Sam Ling to win at No. 2 doubles and returned for a straight set win at No. 2 singles...Meanwhile, Sousa and freshman Kona Luu snagged No. 1 doubles in a taut, 9-8, battle and the former claimed the point at No. 5 singles as well...Freshman Guy Giubilato earned UCSD's final marker at No. 6 singles...The No. 19 Tritons finished up at 13-10 but had lost eight in a row prior to knocking off the Sea Lions.
NO. 21 WOMEN'S TENNIS CLOSES OUT WITH BACK-TO-BACK WINS
Coach Liz LaPlante's No. 21 Women's Tennis squad claimed two victories in its three-match, season-ending road swing to Northern California last weekend...The Tritons wound up with a dual mark of 8-15.
Playing in the blistering heat of Turlock Friday, UCSD finished with one player in the emergency room and a 7-2 loss to Cal State Stanislaus...The Tritons were down, 2-1, after doubles competition, the only point coming at No. 3 where Katie Mulloy and Laura Wilke won, 8-6...Senior Samantha Yeung was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 5 but that was all UCSD was able to glean from singles and Mulloy had to surrender her match in the second set, succumbing to heat exhaustion.
Although in stable condition, Mulloy remained on the sidelines Saturday as the Tritons overpowered Sonoma State, 7-2...LaPlante's netters captured the top two doubles matches and swept Nos. 2-6 singles without dropping a set...Winners in both disciplines for UCSD were Melinda Chu, Tara Van Nooteghem and Jacquelyn Davis.
Sunday, still up in Sonoma, UCSD steamrollered Hawaii-Hilo, 5-0, winning all three doubles in handy fashion and having seniors Yeung (No. 4) and Krystal Mizuguchi (No. 6) close out the match with easy singles victories...On the doubles end of things, it was Melissa Breisacher-Davis, Chu-Van Nooteghem and Yeung-Wilke producing for LaPlante.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include head coaches Patti Gerckens (softball) and Brad Kreutzkamp (water polo) on its guest list...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
The 19th 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.
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