THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Mon., May 7---Golf---UCSD at NCAA SuperRegional---All Day
Tue., May 8---Golf---UCSD at NCAA SuperRegional---All Day
Wed., May 9---Golf---UCSD at NCAA SuperRegional---All Day
Thu., May 10---Baseball---UCSD hosts CCAA Championship---7:00 PM
Fri., May 11---Baseball---UCSD hosts CCAA Championship---TBD
Fri., May 11---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Super Regional---Noon
Sat., May 12---Track & Field---UCSD at Last Chance Qualifier---10:00 AM
Sat., May 12---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Super Regional---11:00 AM
Sat., May 12---Baseball---UCSD hosts CCAA Championship---TBD
SOFTBALL ADVANCES TO NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Rebounding from an opening loss, Coach Patti Gerckens' 24th-ranked and defending national champion Softball team won four straight games to win the four-team NCAA sub-Regional tournament last weekend at Cal State Monterey Bay...The Tritons, whose record improves to 39-20 overall, will now travel to Cal State Dominguez Hills (44-13) to battle the top-seeded, 10th-ranked Toros in a best two-out-of-three scenario at the NCAA Super Regional this Friday and Saturday...Game times are noon both days with the third contest to be played Saturday as well, if necessary...The winner of that series advances to the eight-team NCAA Champiopnships, May 15-19, in Louisville, KY...UCSD won four of its five previous meetings with Dominguez Hills this season.
Shoddy defense was responsible for two unearned runs and ultimately the outcome as UCSD fell, 3-2, to Dixie State in its NCAA Regional opener last Friday...The Tritons outhit the Red Storm, 8-4, and drew three walks but the inability to translate that into runs, coupled with the fielding issues wasted an excellent performance in the circle by senior Camille Gaito who gave up just four hits and struck out five...Senior centerfielder Kris Lesovsky had two hits, one a two-run single in the fourth that made her UCSD's all-time hits leader and also moved her into a tie at the top of the career RBI chart...Sophomore right fielder Caitlin Brown also had a pair of knocks.
Behind another masterful effort by Gaito---a complete game four-hitter with seven K's---the Tritons wasted little time reversing their fortunes, eliminating Montana State-Billings, 4-0, Saturday afternoon...Lesovsky stroked the first pitch of the game down the left field line for a single, came in with an unearned run on a Brown sacrifice fly and UCSD was on its way...Gerckens' club opened it up in the fourth, scoring three more unearned runs with Lesovsky driving in the first and scoring the last...The result could have been even more one-sided had the Tritons, who had eight hits, not left 11 runners stranded.
Gaito fired another shutout in Saturday's second contest, as UCSD knocked out top-seeded host Cal State Monterey Bay, 5-0...The Tritons unleashed the lumber in this one, blasting three home runs, two by Brown and another off the bat of Lesovsky...The top three in the order---Lesovsky, Kirsten Willmon and Brown---accounted for five hits, scored three runs and drove in all five and some slick fielding, particularly from Emily McQuaid and Mya Romero on the left side of the infield, played a huge role in this one...Brown's first roundtripper, a mammoth blast over the left field wall, came in the third with one run already in and right after she had failed on a squeeze bunt attempt...The Tritons scored their remaining four runs in the fifth...The first two came on Lesovsky's rope off the left field foul pole and then, after Willmon singled to send Otter starter Kylie Linnane to the sidelines, Brown greeted new Monterey Bay hurler Cori Reinhardt with a bomb over the center field fence...Gaito, meanwhile, was mowing down the Otter hitters, finishing with a three-hitter, no walks and her 25th win.
That win put the Tritons head-to-head with Dixie State, needing two wins for the sub-Regional crown...Brown doubled and homered and Gaito extracted herself from a bases loaded jam with two runs already across in the bottom of the seventh as they got the first, 3-2...Brown's solo shot in the top of the seventh turned out to be the decisive marker...That set up a winner-take-all showdown in the second contest and this one had no such drama with UCSD thumping Dixie, 10-0, in five on the eight-run rule...After squandering a solid scoring opportunity their first at bat, the Tritons parlayed two hits, an error and a Red Storm wild streak (2 walks and two hit batters) on the mound into three runs...The key play was a double steal executed by Lesovsky and McQuaid with the latter scoring...Any hopes Dixie State was clinging to were dashed in the fourth when UCSD erupted for six runs, the last four coming on a grand slam by freshman second baseman Monique Portugal...Lesovsky accounted for three of the Tritons' nine hits and Gaito was her typical dominating self, whiffing six while tossing her third shuout of the tournament...On the weekend, she gave up just five runs (three earned) in 34 innings.
Listen to Coach Patti Gerckens' Sunday post-game interview.
Listen to senior Kris Lesovsky's Saturday post-game interview.
Listen to sophomore Caitlin Brown's Sunday post-game interview.
Listen to freshman Monique Portugal's Sunday post-game interview.
UCSD TO HOST CCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY
After closing the regular season 29-21, Coach Eric Newman's Baseball team will host the CCAA Baseball Championship tournament, Thursday through Saturday at Triton Ballpark...UCSD, the CCAA regular season co-champion and No. 1 seed, will open against Sonoma State (25-23) Thursday at 7:00 PM...The second conference co-champ, Chico State (36-14), faces Cal State San Bernardino (27-18) in the other first round contest...The winner of the double elimination CCAA Championship Tournament automatically qualifies for the NCAA Regionals which start the following weekend....For more information, including a full tourney schedule, click here for the tournament central page.
Junior Ryan Goodbrand, with solid relief help from Trevor Scott and Elias Tuma, racked up his ninth win without a defeat Friday night as UCSD thumped visiting Grand Canyon, 6-1... Goodbrand put in five innings of work, giving up just two hits and fanning six, and the Triton bullpen held the 'Lopes scoreless the rest of the way...UCSD made the most of its six hits...Sophomore DH Nick LaFace had a pair of hits, one a two-run sixth inning homer, and drove in three...Center fielder Danny Susdorf reached base three times, doubling twice, scoring two runs and stealing his team-leading 26th base.
In the regular season finale, Grand Canyon scored four runs in the first two innings of what turned out to be a 10-4 loss for UCSD...Both teams had 11 hits and the Tritons' included five doubles and two triples (both by Gregg Ringold)...Ringold also had one of the two-baggers for a three-hit day and the keystone combo of Garrett Tuck and Jonah Northrop had two hits each...Senior Greg Selarz, the first of six UCSD pitchers, took the loss.
TRACK & FIELD SQUADS NAB SECOND, THIRD AT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Producing first place finishes in five events along the way, the Track & Field team finished second in the women's division and third in the men's at last week's CCAA Championships hosted by Cal State L.A...They were the same positions that both teams earned in 2011...Senior Jacqueline Rose, winner of both the 400 (54.70) and 200 (23.96), was named Female Athlete of the Year, senior Nick Howe was co-Field Event Athlete of the Year for the men after winning his fourth consecutive conference javelin crown (219-10) and middle distance ace Sabrina Pimentel (2nd/800/2:16.52) picked up Female Freshman of the Year honors.
On the women's side, the Tritons piled up 146.5 points, finishing just eight points shy of repeat champion Chico State...In addition to her two individual titles, Rose also anchored UCSD's triumphant 4x400 relay quartet (3:44.84) which included Pimentel, Lauren Irish and Deyna Roberson), was part of the third place 4x100 relay team and sixth in the 100...Her 200 mark was second best in UCSD history...In addition to Pimentel, the Tritons had a slew of other runner-up finishes---Caitlin Meagher (100 hurdles/14.27 & 400 hurdles/61.73), Jessica Miklaski (javelin/138-4), Chia Chang (10,000/37:02.15/third fastest all-time at UCSD), Shana Emile (hammer/160-3) and Chiana Justice (triple jump/36-0.25)...Freshman Veronica Bradley posted third place performances in three events--long jump (18-4.5), high jump (5-3) and triple jump.
In the men's race, UCSD recorded 114 pts., placing behind Chico State (198.5) and Cal State L.A. (192)...Joining Howe in the winner's circle was senior triple jumper KaWai Ng who flew to a school record 50-5.5...He became UCSD's first 50-ft.-plus jumper...Sophomore teammate Quentin McWhorter was second in the same event...Howe's freshman sibling, Nash, took the silver behind his brother in the javelin and Zach Nagengast (154-1) led a 2-3-4 Triton finish in the discus...On the track, senior Dustin Harris ran to bronze in the 800 (1:54.20) and was part of UCSD's third place 4x400 relay squad along with Keith Rose, Eric Vetter and Jake Herbold...Rose, a fast-improving freshman, also grabbed fifth in the 100 (10.85) and fourth in the 200 (21.59) and Herbold, another freshman, was fourth to the line in the 400 hurdles (54.85).
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will send a limited squad to Saturday's Last Chance Qualifier Meet, also hosted by Cal State L.A.
GOLFERS RETURN TO NCAA REGIONALS TODAY
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team, a best-ever third in its most recent event, the CCAA Championships, is headed to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals at The Wigwam (Gold Course) in Goodyear, AZ...The 10-team Super Regional field will play 54 holes (18 per day), starting today over the more than 7,430-yd., par 72 layout...It will be UCSD's first Super Regional appearance since 2007...UCSD's lineup at The Wigwam will include sophomores Lewis Simon and Jacob Williams and freshman Jay Lim and Marc Herrmann...Lim was the Tritons' top performer at the CCAA Championships, tying for fourth in the individual competition.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show with host Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with Nick Howe (track & field) and Elias Tuma (baseball) ...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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Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team will host the annual Fisher Cup Tournament, May 19-20, at Canyonview Pool...Twelve top collegiate and club teams will face off over the two days of competition.
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