Wed., May 16---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Championships---9:30 AM (Pacific)
Thu., May 17---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBD
Thu., May 17---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---1:00 PM
Fri., May 18---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBD
Fri., May 18---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBD
Sat., May 19---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBD
Sat., May 19---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBD
Sun., May 20---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---TBD
BASEBALL WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT CCAA TOURNAMENT TITLE
Starting the season with a new coaching staff and a relatively young, inexperienced roster, the Baseball team was picked for third in the rugged CCAA...After battling to capture a share of its fourth consecutive conference regular season championship, Coach Eric Newman's outfit added a fourth straight CCAA Tournament crown to its resume last weekend and will now try to keep building on that momentum at the NCAA West Regional starting Thursday in Salem, OR...In the first round, third-seeded UCSD (32-22) will square off against No. 2 seed Dixie State (32-18)...The other first round game of the double elimination tourney will feature host and No. 1 seed Western Oregon vs. CCAA regular season co-champ Chico State...All games will be played at Volcanoes Stadium....The winner of the West Region advances to the eight-team NCAA Division II Championships, May 26-June 2, in Cary, NC...UCSD has reached the D-II World Series two of the last three years.
Newman could not have asked for a more perfect start to the CCAA tourney as freshman starter Trevor Scott and relievers Richard Kilbury and Elias Tuma combined to spin a four-hit, 6-0, shutout over Sonoma State Thursday night...Southpaw Scott evened his record at 5-5, striking out eight in five-and-a-third innings of work...Triton batters piled up 12 hits, led by junior third baseman Sam Michaels who had a 4-for-4 night...With one out in the first, Richard Seigel doubled to left center and was plated by a Nick LaFace single...That stood until LaFace, Scott Liske and Michaels all doubled in a three-run fourth to give Scott some breathing room...LaFace (3) and Garrett Tuck (2) also had multi-hit outings, the former knocking in a pair and the latter scoring twice.
Ryan Goodbrand racked up his 10th victory without a loss, Liske blasted a grand slam and the Tritons raked Chico State pitching for 14 hits in a 9-1 second game romp Friday afternoon...Goodbrand handcuffed the Wildcats on five hits, striking out five in a dominating eight-inning performance...Seigel and catcher Brett Levy account for three hits each...In all, five Tritons turned in multi-hit efforts and eight different players scored...With no outs and one run already in, Liske's bases loaded jack in the seventh broke open a still-competitive contest.
It was Sonoma State in the other dugout again Saturday as UCSD looked to finish off its trophy run...The Seawolves made the Tritons work for the tourney crown, winning game one, 9-7...Junior center fielder Danny Susdorf rapped three hits and UCSD rallied from a 6-1 deficit to knot the game at 7-7 after seven and a half innings but Sonoma State demonstrated some resilience of its own in forcing a second game...Seawolf first baseman Garrett Schwartz drilled a two-run first inning homer in game two but from there on it was pretty much all Tritons in a 7-3 clincher...Susdorf started the bottom of the first with a single and before the inning was over Newman's club was on top, 3-2...Seigel and LaFace doubled in a two-run fifth inning and UCSD constructed a 7-2 lead behind senior starter Greg Selarz who worked seven innings to pick up his fifth win...Susdorf and Tuck each had two of the Tritons' nine hits...LaFace was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the all-tourney team by Selarz, Susdorf, Liske, Tuck, Michaels and catcher Brett Levy.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.
Listen to Saturday's post-game interview with senior Greg Selarz.
SOFTBALL WINS SUPER REGIONAL; NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS CALLING
Coach Patti Gerckens' 24th-ranked Softball team left Sunday for Louisville (KY) Sunday in search of its second consecutive NCAA Division II Championship...The 39-20 Tritons earned their ticket to Louisville by rebounding from a first-game loss to win last weekend's NCAA Super Regional over host Cal State Dominguez Hills...By luck of the pre-determined bracket, UCSD, which won its first-ever NCAA title last spring in Salem, VA, will battle No. 1 ranked Valdosta State (52-4) in Wednesday's opener at Bellarmine College...The eight-team, double elimination event will conclude Saturday.
Top-seeded host Cal State Dominguez Hills used timely hitting and took advantage of several UCSD defensive miscues to top the Tritons, 4-3, in Friday's NCAA Super Regional opener...All seven runs were scored in the third inning as UCSD's emotions went from elation to despair in a matter of minutes...The senior-sophomore outfield tandem of Kris Lesovsky and Kirsten Willmon started the top of the frame with a double and triple respectively and freshman Maria Sykes smacked a two-run single as UCSD raced out to a 3-0 lead...But the Toros bounced back immediately, getting three of their five hits as well as the benefit of two Triton errors in the bottom of the inning to score four runs and erase their short-lived deficit...Although not in top form, UCSD starter Camille Gaito pitched well enough to win but the sloppy fielding and her team's inability to cash in on nine hits (seven runners stranded) spelled defeat...Willmon finished with three hits.
Saturday, the Tritons overcame not only a win twice-or-go-home situation but Dominguez Hills' 28-0 home record to claim a pair of taut, 1-0 victories and punch their tickets to the national championship tourney...Sophomore first baseman Caitlin Brown launched an eighth inning walk off home run to settle game one and the combination of Lesovsky-Willmon produced a first inning marker that proved decisive in game two, but Gaito was the common denominator in this doubleheader...Back in top form, the senior star fired 15 scoreless innings, allowing just eight hits and retiring the final 11 Toros in the clincher...Both teams had five hits and the first game was virtually even until Brown took a Stephanie Jimenez pitch over the right center field scoreboard for her ninth round tripper of the season and fourth in NCAA play...In the nightcap, Lesovsky was hit by a pitch to lead things off, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and came home when Willmon sliced a single up the left field line...The left-handed-hitting Willmon collected two of the Tritons' six hits.
Watch Coach Patti Gerckens' Saturday post-game interview.
Watch Saturday post-game interview with seniors Kris Lesovsky and Camille Gaito.
Watch Saturday post-game interview with sophomore Caitlin Brown.
GOLFERS CLOSE OUT 2012 WITH 14TH PLACE REGIONAL PLACEMENT
Competing at the NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2007, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team finished a season-ending 14th in the 20-team field at the Wigwam Gold Course in Litchfield, AZ outside of Phoenix...Freshman Marc Herrmann led the Tritons to a 54-hole total of 911, leaving them 46 shots behind first place Cal State Stanislaus...Herrmann, one of three freshmen on the five-man NCAA roster, fired an eight over par 224 (75-72-77) which left him tied for 29th...Fellow first-year player Jay Lim tied for 46th at 227 then, in order, came Lewis Simon (T68/231), Austin Shuxiao (T94/238) and Jacob Williams (T104/242).
NCAA TRACK & FIELD QUALIFIERS TO BE RELEASED WEDNESDAY
The NCAA will release the official list of qualifiers for its 2012 Division II Championships (Pueblo, CO) on Wednesday and a pair of Triton middle distance runners, who helped their causes at Saturday's Last Chance Qualifier meet hosted by Cal State L.A, are to have their names called....Senior Dustin Harris (1:51.58) and freshman Sabrina Pimentel (2:12.69) both posted season bests and NCAA provisional qualifying marks in L.A. and will be on the bubble waiting to see where the NCAA "cut" line emerges...Pimentel won her race Saturday while Harris placed third...Other noteworthy finishes Saturday were turned in by Jeremy Riley (3rd/5,000/15:58.96) and Ryan Eckert (3rd/shot put/49-1.5)...Among the UCSD performers making the trip to Pueblo, May 24-26, are two-time defending javelin champion Nick Howe and school 400 m. record holder Jacqueline Rose.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will be posted Wednesday at ucsdtritons.com....This week's interview schedule is still pending but Baseball Coach Eric Newman and Softball Coach Patti Gerckens are likely guests.
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