THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Thu., May 3---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., May 4---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Fri., May 4---Softball---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---Noon
Fri., May 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---6:00 PM
Sat., May 5---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Sat., May 5---Softball---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---TBD
Sat., May 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---Noon
BASEBALL HOSTS GRAND CANYON; AWAITS CCAA TITLE FATE
After finishing the CCAA regular season by splitting a four-game series with Cal State L.A. (both teams winning two at home), Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team now tunes up for the May 10-12 CCAA Championship Tournament with a pair of games against Grand Canyon this Friday and Saturday...The Tritons, 28-20 overall and 26-14 in CCAA play, have a tenuous hold on first place and will need to wait until Chico State and Cal State San Bernardino play out their schedules this weekend to potentially lay claim to a fourth consecutive conference crown...Chico would need to win three-of-four at Cal State Stanislaus and CSUSB four-of-four vs. CSU Dominguez Hills to tie UCSD.
At home Thursday night, junior Ryan Goodbrand and senior Elias Tuma combined to blank Cal State L.A., 3-0, on eight hits...Goodbrand picked up his eighth win of the year without a loss, striking out six over seven innings...Tuma finished up the job for his second save...Junior center fielder Danny Susdorf had two of UCSD's five hits, both doubles, walked twice, stole a base and scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the third inning.
The Tritons piled up 13 hits, got six strong innings from starter Jeff Rauh and three more from the 'pen while blitzing the Golden Eagles, 12-3, Friday night at Triton Ballpark...UCSD got off the mark quickly, scoring three in the first, and went on to score in six of its eight at bats...Three players had multi-hit outings led by junior left fielder Justin Rahn who had three knocks and drove in two runs...Susdorf had two hits, one a triple, and scored three times and third sacker Sam Michaels also had two along with a pair of RBIs...Rauh picked up his fourth win.
UCSD's offense stagnated Saturday in L.A. as the Golden Eagles salvaged a series split by sweeping both ends of a doubleheader, 5-2 and 3-0...In game one, L.A. got an unearned run in the first and never let the Tritons back in it...Rahn and right fielder Scott Liske provided most of the offense with three hits and an RBI each...Liske had two doubles, a stolen base and reached after being hit by a pitch...Senior Greg Selarz went six and a third but picked up the loss...Game two was dominated by Golden Eagle pitcher Gabriel Asakura who no-hit the Tritons for five innings before settling on a two-hit shutout with eight K's...Asakura's performance notwithstanding, UCSD had a golden opportunity to bounce back in the sixth but despite getting two hits, a walk and a hit batsmen could not find the scoreboard...Freshman Trevor Scott was the hard luck loser.
Listen to junior Danny Susdorf's Thursday night post-game interview.
Listen to Head Coach Eric Newman's Friday night post-game interview.
SOFTBALL CAPTURES CCAA TITLE; NCAA REGIONALS NEXT
Post-season magic struck again for the defending NCAA champion Softball team which defeated conference co-champion Cal State Monterey Bay Sunday for its first-ever CCAA Championship Tournament crown at Arnaiz Field in Stockton...The Tritons, who entered the tournament as the fourth seed, will now advance to the NCAA Regionals this weekend in Monterey..They will square off against PacWest champion Dixie State (34-11) in Friday's first round at noon...Host Cal State Monterey Bay and Montana State Billings will meet in the other first round game of the double elimination affair...After going 3-1 in Stockton, UCSD is now 35-19 overall.
Sophomore Caitlin Brown squeezed home senior Kris Lesovsky with the game's only run in the top of the sixth and all-time wins leader Camille Gaito fired a three-hitter to lift UCSD to a 1-0 triumph over Cal State Dominguez Hills in the first game of last weekend's CCAA Championship Tournament...Lesovsky singled to open the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a ground ball before being plated by Brown...Gaito gave up just three hits, struck out three and walked one batter in winning her 21st game of the season.
Brown was the hero again Saturday afternoon, swatting a single to center which scored freshman Monique Portugal with the game-winning seventh inning tally in a 3-2 decision over Chico State...The run capped a gutty comeback...Down, 2-0, in the sixth, the Tritons knotted the game on a two-run single by catcher Charly Swanberg...After Gaito worked out of a one out, bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh, Portugal led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice by Emily McQuaid and reached third on a Willmon single preceding Brown's walk-off hit...Gaito went the distance in the circle, giving up nine hits but refusing to break...UCSD had eight hits, six coming in the final two frames.
That pitted the Tritons against CSU Monterey Bay Sunday with two chances to claim the tourney title...The Otters didn't let Gerckens' club off easily, winning the first match-up, 9-5...UCSD jumped ahead in the first inning, parlaying three hits, a walk and a big Monterey error into three runs...But back-to-back three-run innings in the third and fourth vaulted the Otters into the lead and keyed their victory...Willmon had two hits for UCSD and soph Jenn Manuel absorbed the defeat in relief...In the decisive second game, the Otters touched up Gaito for two hits and a run in the first inning but then the All-American slammed the door, shutting them out the rest of the way to pilot the Tritons to a 4-1 triumph and an automatic NCAA berth...The score was still 1-0 in the fifth when shortstop Mya Romero led off with a bunt single...Freshman Maria Sykes walked and then McQuaid reached on an Otter error that scored Romero and a second error on the play sent Sykes home...Lesovsky later singled home a third run and the Tritons were on their way to the title...Romero got another single, a one-out knock, in the sixth and Monterey's third error of the game ultimately brought her home with an insurance run...Gaito, who struck out six and set down the Otters in order in the seventh to run her record to 23-8.
Earlier in the week, six UC players were announced as All-CCAA selections...Seniors Lesovsky (CF) and Gaito (P) were named to the first team, as was sophomore Swanberg...For Lesovsky, it was her fourth consecutive first team recognition while Gaito, the 2011 CCAA Pitcher of the Year, was honored for the third time...Brown took second team accolades along with fellow soph Willmon (OF)...Another sophomore, shortstop Romero, gained honorable mention status.
CCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS START THURSDAY IN L.A.
Cal State L.A. will be the site for the 2012 CCAA Track & Field Championships, this Thursday through Saturday...Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will be sending a full complement of competitors in both the men's and the women's divisions...The Triton women were second and the men third at last year's CCAA meet in Turlock.
Salerno and Ahner put their charges through their paces at last weekend's Triton Invitational, the team's final CCAA prep...More than 1,000 participants took part in the event and for UCSD, the senior duo of Jacqueline Rose and Nick Howe provided the biggest splash...Rose, school record holder in the 400 m., won the single lap race against a formidable field in 53.64, her second fastest time...Howe, the two-time defending NCAA D-II javelin champ, unleashed a toss of 226-8 which was good for third in an event won by defending U.S. champ and Pan Am Games silver medalist Mike Hazle.
Other standouts on the women's side included the 800 m. duo of Sabrina Pimentel (2:12.80) and Lorato Anderson (2:13.98) who were third and fourth respectively, both posting NCAA provisional qualifying marks...Senior Deyna Roberson (63.14) was the best of three top seven finishers in the 400 hurdles, grabbing fourth...Freshman Chantia Justice hit 36-5 in the triple jump which placed her fourth and the 4x100 relay foursome of Kathleen Hitchens, Caitlin Meagher, Chelsey Kamson and Rose took runner-up honors in 47.93.
In men's action, Benjamin Berthet tied for third in the pole vault (15-1), clearing 15 feet for the first time...Dustin Harris was second in the 800 (1:52.68) and fellow senior Anthony Heredia claimed third in 1,500 (3:59.14)...Triple jumper Antony Kountoris was third with a leap of 44-3.25.
Watch Saturday's interview with senior Jacqueline Rose.
GOLFERS THIRD AT CCAA; EARN NCAA SUPER REGIONAL BERTH
On the strength of its best-ever third place finish at last week's CCAA Championships, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team is headed to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals next week at The Wigwam (Gold Course) in Phoenix...The 10-team Super Regional field will play 54 holes (18 per day), starting Monday over the more than 7,430-yd., par 72 layout...UCSD's best previous CCAA finish was fourth in 2004 and the Super Regional appearance will its first since 2007.
At the CCAA Championships in Paso Robles, UCSD was led by freshman Jay Lim who scorched the 6,741-yd. Hunter Ranch Golf Course for a six-under par final round 66...Lim's closing 18, the best individual round of the tourney, left him with a 54-hole total of 211 (-5), tying for fourth place...As a team, the Tritons came in at 866, 20 strokes behind champion Chico State and 11 back of runner-up Cal State Stanislaus...Sophomores Jacob Williams (215) and Lewis Simon (218) tied for eighth and 18th respectively...Rounding out Wydra's roster were freshmen Marc Herrmann (T28/224) and Austin Shuxiao (T36/232). Skylar
WATER POLO FALLS, 7-6, IN WWPA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Playing perhaps its best game of the season left the 19th-ranked Women's Water Polo team tantalizingly close to a second straight Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) championship Sunday afternoon, but in the end, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Tritons were edged by No. 7 and top-seeded Loyola Marymount, 7-6, at Canyonview Pool...The loss left UCSD with a 21-14 mark on the season...It was the Tritons' third consecutive trip to the conference title tilt.
In Friday's WWPA opener, UCSD spotted seventh seed Sonoma State an early, 3-2, advantage before using its depth to ultimately prevail, 12-7...Sophomore two-meter Melissa Bartow had a hat trick and drew three ejections to lead the Tritons...Seniors Kirsten Bates and Katherine Biehle netted two goals apiece and Sarah Lizotte became the school's all-time single season goal scoring leader with her 85th in the first period...Goalie Allie Taylor continued her sparkling play, turning away nine shots in the cage...The Tritons earned 15 man-up opportunities and converted six compared to just 2-of-11 for the Seawolves.
Kreutzkamp's club had a struggle Saturday afternoon but made its way into the WWPA final with a 10-9 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay...Like the previous day, UCSD fell behind early, trailing, 4-1, in the first period before drawing even at halftime and eventually coming out on top...Lizotte rifled home three goals before fouling out, twice on the heels of big goals by the Otters...Bartow and Bates registered two apiece and Taylor was again steady in goal...The Tritons pushed the lead to 9-6 early in the fourth quarter but Monterey Bay kept chipping away and pulled to within 9-8 with 2:38 on the clock...Twenty-five seconds later, Biehle, on the finishing end of a counterattack, flicked a tee shot past Otter goalie Paige Robinson for what proved to be the deciding goal.
Sunday's title skirmish against the top-seeded Lions from LMU shaped up as a one-sided affair but Kreutzkamp and Co. apparently weren't listening to the prognosticators, jumping out to a 3-1 first quarter lead on the strength of a beautiful first goal lob by senior Jessica Tran and then back-to-back rockets by Lizotte...LMU countered with four unanswered goals to go up, 5-3, early in the third...The Lions still owned a two-goal advantage, 7-5, heading into the final eight minute stanza...With 4:42 remaining, Bates re-directed a Tran feed for her second goal to draw the Tritons within one...UCSD had several chances to get the equalizer, the best coming at the 2:57 mark when the Lions went a man down, but were simply unable to convert...Lizotte, a first team all-tournament choice along with Biehle (Bates was second team), finished with three scores, giving her 91 for the season...Taylor recorded just four saves but her aggressive action in front of the goal stifled several LMU forays before they got started.
Listen to Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Friday post-game interview.
Listen to sophomore Melissa Bartow's Friday post-game interview.
Listen to Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Saturday post-game interview.
Listen to senior Katherine Biehle's Saturday post-game interview.
Listen to Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Sunday post-game interview.
Listen to sophomore Sarah Lizotte's Sunday post-game interview.
MEN'S CREW SECOND OVERALL AT WIRA; VARSITY EIGHT THIRD
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew ended its 2012 campaign with a second place overall finish at last weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships in Gold River...In Sunday's featured varsity eight race, the Tritons slipped to third, upset by Gonzaga and a late-running USD...It was better news in the JV eight where the lineup of Johny Sutterfield, Peter Dvorak, Edwin Clement, Drew Lawyer, Jarod Backens, Erik Goebel, Zac AntunEs, Drew Madden and coxswain Sean Dougherty took the lead about five strokes into the contest and wired the field, hitting the line six seconds ahead of second place Gonzaga...In the novice eight, Johnson described UCSD's fourth place outcome as "disappointing," but the second novice eight eased some of that wound by beating six opponents in the grand final, topping runner-up UCLA by 3.5 seconds...In the pairs racing, the Triton twosome of Bora Buyuktimkin and Chris Weir took the petite final...The WIRA result leaves UCSD on the outside looking in in terms of the IRA National Championships.
WOMEN'S CREW CONCLUDES SEASON AT WIRA
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team, ranked fourth regionally in Division II, went into last weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships with outside hopes of making a big enough splash to earn an NCAA Championship invite...Pinkerton's charges fought their way into three grand finals at WIRA but their finishes---sixth in both the varsity and junior varsity eight nad fifth in the lightweight four---were not enough to have any affect on the post-season outlook...Three other UCSD boats competed in their respective petite finals---varsity four (first), novice eight (fourth) and pairs (second).
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with Baesball coach Eric Newman and sophomore Caitlin Brown from the Softball team ...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.
The UCSD Athletic Dept. hosts a variety of sports camps and clinics throughout the year...For more information on available options, click here.
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