UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (February 11, 2013)
Release: Saturday 02/10/2013 
by UCSD
Senior Richard Seigel and the Baseball team open CCAA play at home Friday night.
Senior Richard Seigel and the Baseball team open...
Courtesy: Andy Wilhelm
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Tue., Feb. 12---MTennis---UCSD at UC Riverside---12:30 PM
Tue., Feb. 12---Baseball---UCSD vs. Point Loma---6:00 PM

Wed., Feb. 13---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day

Thu., Feb. 14---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day

Fri., Feb. 15---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day
Fri., Feb. 15---MTennis---UCSD at Hawaii Hilo Tournament---TBA

Fri., Feb. 15---Softball---UCSD at D-II Lead-Off Classic---11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 15---WBasketball---UCSD vs. CSU Stanislaus---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 15---Baseball---UCSD vs. CSU Stanislaus---6:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 15---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 15---MBasketball---UCSD at CSU Stanislaus---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 16---Swim/Dive---UCSD at PCSC Championships---All Day

Sat., Feb. 16---Softball---UCSD at D-II Lead-Off Classic---11:00 AM & 4:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 16---Track & Field---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona/Claremont---Noon
Sat., Feb. 16---Baseball---UCSD vs. CSU Stanislaus (DH)---Noon

Sat., Feb. 16---WTennis---UCSD at Grand Canyon Invitational---1:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 16---WBasketball---UCSD at Chico State---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 16---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 16---MBasketball---UCSD at Chico State---7:30 PM

Sun., Feb. 17---Softball---UCSD at D-II Lead-Off Classic---TBA
Sun., Feb. 17---MTennis---UCSD at Hawaii-Hilo Tournament---TBA
Sun., Feb. 17---WTennis---UCSD at Grand Canyon Invitational---9:00 AM
Sun., Feb. 17---Baseball---UCSD vs. CSU Stanislaus---11:00 AM

BASEBALL STARTS CCAA TITLE DEFENSE AT HOME VS. STANISLAUS
Off to a 4-2 start in the 2013 season, Coach Eric Newman's 22nd-ranked Baseball team is back home this week to open conference play with the four-game series against Cal State Stanislaus, starting with a single game Friday night and winding up with a singleton Sunday, sandwiched around a Saturday doubleheader...The Tritons are four-time defending CCAA regular season and tournament champions but were picked for second in a pre-season poll of conference coaches...Newman & Co. will have a final non-conference prep Tuesday night vs. crosstown foe Point Loma at Triton Ballpark.

Last Friday, UCSD opened a three-game set in Phoenix with a 10-5 victory over Grand Canyon...Ace Ryan Goodbrand fired six shutout innings, extending his 2013 scoreless streak to 11frames, gave up just two hits and fanned five to snare his second win...At the plate, UCSD rapped 12 hits, two each by seniors Danny Susdorf and Richard Seigel and junior Garrett Tuck...Seigel tripled, scored three, drove in two and stole a base.

Saturday, the Tritons scored six runs in the eighth inning to bounce back from a two-run deficit and ultimately knock off GCU, 8-7...Seigel had another two hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning comeback, and three walks while Susdorf had three plus two RBIs...Starter Dan Kolodin tossed five quality innings but junior Blake Fassler, the third of five UCSD hurlers, poached the win going just a third of an inning.

In Sunday's getaway game, UCSD allowed an early, 4-0, lead to evaporate and saw its late comeback bid fall short as the Antelopes avoided the sweep with a 7-6 victory...Newman's club had more than enough offense to leave Arizona undefeated, collecting 12 hits on the afternoon...Junior shortstop Dillon Moyer went 4-for-5 scoring two runs, Susdorf was 2-for-4 and crossed the plate three times, junior DH Justin Rahn drove in three, going  2-for-5, and sophomore catcher Brett Levy had three knocks...UCSD and southpaw starter Trevor Scott owned a 4-0 advantage going into the bottom of the fourth when trouble came-a-calling...Seven hits and an error later, Grand Canyon had the upper hand, 6-4, and the Tritons could never get it  back...Five UCSD relievers limited the Antelopes to a single run over the final five innings.

SOFTBALL 3-1 IN CCAA OPENING WEEK; HEAD TO AZ. D-II TOURNEY
With back-to-back 3-1 series results to open its 2013 campaign, the second-ranked Softball team travels to Arizona this weekend for the Division II Lead Off Classic in Phoenix...Coach Patti Gercken's Club, 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA, will face Augustana and Southeastern Oklahoma State Friday and Central Oklahoma and Minnesota State-Mankato Saturday with Sunday's schedule determined by the first two days' results...At last year's NCAA Championships, the Tritons twice defeated Central Oklahoma on their way to the title game vs. Valdosta State.

In its CCAA debut last week, UCSD racked up 16 runs while sweeping Cal State San Bernardino (8-0, 8-2) in a Wednesday doubleheader...Senior Michelle Escamilla whitewashed the Coyotes on three hits, Kirsten Willmon and Monique Portugal had two hits each and junior shortstop Mya Romero blasted a two-run homer and scored two runs...In game two, UCSD plated six runs in the first two innings allowing sophomore right hander Kayla Hensel to cruise to her fourth win of the year with a seven-hit, four strikeout effort...Sophomore center fielder Taylor Sepulveda went 3-for-3 and freshman catcher Katie Saunders and junior first baseman Caitlin Brown both had a double and a single while combining for five RBIs.

The two teams tangled again Saturday and CSUSB turned the tables in game one, scoring three runs in the sixth inning to reverse and 1-0 UCSD lead and eventually prevail, 4-1...Escamilla threw five shutout innings before getting touched up in the sixth and tagged with her second loss of the season...Offensively, the Tritons managed just two hits, a Brown single driving home freshman right fielder Callie Grant with their lone run...UCSD sorted things out quickly in game two, this time scoring six in the first two innings, the big blow a three-run round tripper by Brown...The freshman trio of second baseman Amani Proctor, Saunders and Grant collaborated for seven hits...The beneficiary of the big bats was again Hensel who didn't allow a hit and walked just two in the mercy rule-shortened five inning outing.

Watch Wednesday's post-game interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with junior Caitlin Brown.

SIX STRAIGHT FOR W-BASKETBALL; STANISLAUS, CHICO STATE LOOM
Still doggedly remaining just one game out of the league lead after a home sweep of Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona last weekend, Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team makes its final road trip of the season, visiting Cal State Stanislaus (2-19/1-15) and first place Chico State (18-2/14-2) this weekend...The Tritons, now 15-8 overall and 13-3 in the CCAA, have won six in a row and 11 of their last 12...They defeated both Stanislaus and Chico State in early January at RIMAC Arena.

In front of 1,792 Friday night, VanDerveer's cagers shot nearly 59% in the first half while building up a 19-pt. lead and kept visiting Humboldt State at bay the rest of the way, finishing with a 78-66 triumph...Senior Daisy Feder drained 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting and pulled down seven boards and junior teammate Erin Dautremont chipped in with 20 and seven...Sophomore point guard Mirando Seto dished out four assists to go with 10 points...UCSD out-rebounded the Lumberjacks, 38-29.

Saturday, the Tritons survived overtime and tenacious Cal Poly Pomona, as Dautremont's reverse lay-up in the final 10 seconds of the extra session allowed them to escape with a 66-64 win...The Broncos, who had a three-point advantage at halftime, out-shot and out-rebounded the Tritons but the home team made plays when it had to...Dautremont finished with a double double (11 points and 10 rebounds) and got ample help from seniors Feder (14 pts./6 rebounds) and Emily Osga (16 pts./five assists) as UCSD avenged a Jan. 3 loss at Pomona.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with Heidi VanDerveer and senior Daisy Feder.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Heidi VanDerveer.
Watch Saturday night's post-game interview with Erin Dautremont.

        

MEN'S CAGERS LOOK TO STRENGTHEN TOURNEY HOPES IN NORCAL

Still in prime position for its first CCAA Tournament berth since 2009, the Men's Basketball team makes its final conference road trip of the year this week, visiting Cal State Stanislaus (7-13/5-12) Friday and Chico State (11-9/8-8) Saturday...UCSD, 9-10 on the season and 8-8 in CCAA play following a split of two home games last weekend, now finds itself in a three-way tie for fifth (Chico State and CSU Dominguez Hills) on the conference ladder with six games remaining...The top eight teams make the post-season tournament field.

A crowd of 3,897 saw guards Tyler McGrath and James McCann pour in 18 and 17 points respectively as UCSD defeated Humboldt State, 71-60, Friday night...McCann hit 6-of-10 and had six assists and McGrath's line included seven rebounds...Senior Ryan Peters connected on 6-of-7 shots, finishing with 14 markers and freshman Drew Dyer made it four Tritons in double figures, scoring 10...The attendance count was the second highest ever for UCSD basketball at RIMAC Arena.

Twenty-four hours later, Coach Chris Carlson's crew ran into a buzzsaw in the form of fourth-ranked Cal Poly Pomona-the result being a 73-50 romp by the Broncos...The key numbers were not that lopsided and the Tritons' 56.5% first half shooting percentage left them just five back at halftime...But a 12-0 Cal Poly run to open the second half, coupled with its 10-for-17 marksmanship from three-point range effectively doomed the Tritons...The brightest light on this night for UCSD was freshman guard Hunter Walker who matched a career high with his second 14-pt. effort in the last three games...McCann added 10 points, senior Justin Brue grabbed a team high 10 boards and junior guard Matt Bailey had six assists in 15 minutes off the bench.

Watch Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Chris Carlson and junior James McCann.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with Head Coach Chris Carlson.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
The Swimming & Diving teams head to La Mirada Wednesday to compete in the four-day Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships at Splash!...The Tritons are four-time defending conference champions in both divisions...It will be the second consecutive year that the event is held in La Mirada due to issues at the event's long time home, Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.

Coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie Falcon will be able to call on the services of five swimmers who won individual conference titles in 2012...On the men's side, junior Nick Korth will be defending his crown in three events, the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and 200 IM...Senior Adam Rice won last year's 200 butterfly and 400 IM while senior Adam Yen (100 butterfly) and Tyler Runsten (3M diving) will be looking for back-to-back wins in their specialties...On the women's side, junior Anji Shakya took the 200 and 500 freestyle as a sophomore...The Tritons also swept the relays in 2012.

UCSB, UC IRVINE TO TEST MEN'S V-BALL AT RIMAC
Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball squad will be trying to reverse a recent slide when it hosts conference rivals UC Santa Barbara (5-8/3-6) and UC Irvine (10-3/7-3) this weekend at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons, now 4-10 with seven consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) losses after dropping a pair in Northern California last weekend, will be facing No. 1 UCI for the first time this season...They suffered a 3-1 loss at No. 15 UC Santa Barbara two weeks ago.

Last Friday night in Stockton, Ring got double digit kills from Cheyne Hayes (15), Nick Iorfino (13) and Carl Eberts (10) but it wasn't enough to overcome No. 11 host Pacific which handed the Tritons a 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 26-24, 25-17 loss...Lefty setter Mike Brunsting handed out 46 assists and piled up 15 digs for a double double.

In Palo Alto Saturday, UCSD led by three points in the first set, four in the second and third and never trailed by more than four points at any time against No. 4 Stanford but ended up on the short end of a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-23) shutout...The Cardinal out-hit (.449-.181) and out-blocked (9-6.5) the Tritons...Junior middle blocker Fred Stahl cracked 10 kills and had three block assists.

NO. 19 WATER POLO SHOWS PROMISE AT TRITON INVITATIONAL
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's youthful Women's Water Polo team will take two weeks off in front of the Feb. 23-24 UCI Invitational after going 1-3 at last weekend's Triton Invitational which it hosted at Canyonview Pool...UCSD, sporting a 4-4 record on the year, has lost only to teams ranked in the top 20 nationally.

In Saturday morning's Triton Invitational opener, freshman Julia Kirkland netted three goals but it was senior Sarah Lizotte who got the biggest, squeezing the game-winner past Loyola Marymount's Claire Wright with two seconds left in the fourth period to lift the Tritons past the No. 15 Lions, 8-7...It was Lizotte's second of the contest...Freshman goalie Courtney Miller turned away 10 shots in the cage...That afternoon, No. 5 Arizona State proved more than the young Tritons could handle, pulling away to a 5-1 lead late in the first half en route to a 10-4 conquest...Kirkland recorded two more goals with Lizotte and sophomore Jolene Guiliana accounting for the other pair.

In one of the tourney's most exciting games, UCSD dropped an 12-11 sudden death overtime decision to No. 13 UC Santa Barbara Sunday morning...The Tritons were up 2-1 early, the game was tied 4-4 at half and after falling  behind, 7-5, UCSD surged late to go ahead, 9-8, on Kirkland's third tally with 2:39 left in regulation...The Gauchos scored  the equalizer a minute later, however, providing the fans "extra polo"...In both of the two standard OT periods, the Tritons had to come-from-behind to tie...Down, 10-9, in the first OT period, junior Melissa Bartow knotted things with a goal 19 seconds prior to the buzzer...Then, with just 10 seconds remaining in the second OT, freshman Alexis Weiseler let go with a long range lob to tie it at 11 and force sudden death...Freshman goalie Courtney Miller continued her stellar play with 11 saves and Bartow matched Kirkland with three scores...In UCSD's final tournament game, four third period goals powered No. 17 Cal State Northridge to a 9-7 victory...The same CSUN squad had soundly beaten the Tritons, 13-6, two weeks prior at the UCSB Winter Invitational...This one was considerably closer as UCSD had moved within one at 8-7 on sophomore Jolene Guiliana's goal with less than three minutes to go...Lizotte put three in the cage, Guiliana had a pair and Miller turned away 14 Matador shots.

Listen to Saturday morning's post-game comments from Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.
Listen to Sunday afternoon's post-tournament comments from Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.

TRACK & FIELD HOME FOR 2013 OPENER SATURDAY
The Triton Track & Field teams make their 2013 debut Saturday, hosting CCAA colleague Cal Poly Pomona and Division III Claremont for a triangular meet at Triton Track & Field Stadium.

WILLING, MEN GET FIRST TENNIS WIN; HAWAII NEXT
First-year Head Coach Timmer Willing and his Men's Tennis team fly to Hawaii this week for the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational, starting Friday and running through next Monday...The 21st-ranked Tritons will play Hawaii-Hilo in Kona Friday, Hawaii Pacific in Kona on Sunday and then re-engage with UHH in Hilo on Monday...UCSD is 1-2 on the year after riding a doubles sweep past Concordia, 7-2, last Tuesday.

Willing, who has said his team will need a strong performance in doubles to be successful this spring, watched as his doubles lineup of Camill Salomon-Devon Sousa, Max Jiganti-Kona Luu and Horea Porutiu-Teddy Truong capture slots 1-3 respectively vs. Concordia-posting an aggregate score of 24-8...In singles, Jiganti went straight sets to win at No. 2 and Willing's charges dominated the bottom of the ladder, courtesy of Ganesh Alagappan (#4), Luu (#5) and Truong (#6)...Alagappan and Luu took three-setters...It was career win No. 1 for Willing at UCSD.

W-TENNIS HEADS TO ARIZONA TOURNEY UNDEFEATED
A resurgent Women's Tennis team will travel to Phoenix for the three-day Grand Canyon Invitational which opens Saturday when UCSD squares off against BYU-Hawaii...Play continues Sunday against Dominican and closes out Monday morning vs. Dixie State.

Coach Liz LaPlante's 32nd-ranked Tritons remain undefeated after pasting local rival Point Loma, 9-0, on the road last Tuesday...Now 2-0, UCSD romped through doubles with the tandems of Melissa Breisacher-Kyra Scott, Paula Chou-Jacquelyn Davis and Melinda Chu-Tara Vanooteghem doing the damage...They then rolled through singles-Breisacher-Scott-Chou-Chu-Vanooteghem and Davis-without dropping a set.

SIMON LEADS GOLFERS TO FOURTH AT COUGAR INVITATIONAL
For the second consecutive year Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team registered a fourth place finish at the 16-team Cougar Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos at Shadowridge Country Club...Led by junior Lewis Simon's nine over 225, UCSD carded a team total of 908, a number that left it 44 over par and 23 strokes behind team champion Oklahoma City.

Simon's efforts placed him in a tie for 15th...Following him home for the Tritons were fellow junior Jacob Williams (T23/227), freshman Daniel Yang (T23/227), sophomore Jay Lim (T39/234) and freshman Clayton Yamaguchi (T60/243)...Simon, Lim and Yang all fired 73's during Monday's second round, the lowest single 18's for UCSD...Wydra & Co. will be back in action, Feb. 25-26, at the Coyote Classic, hosted by Cal State San Bernardino.

FENCERS DOMINATE CONFERENCE RIVALS
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team ran roughshod over its Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFSCS) colleagues Sunday, sweeping the top spot in all three disciplines on both the men's and women's sides at the conference individual championships in Claremont...Additionally, the Tritons went 1-2-3 in four of the six events.

In the men's division , freshman Travis Tibbits led a 1-2-3-4 UCSD sweep in sabre and the men also snagged all three podium spots in epee and foil with freshman Eduard Zilinskiy and Keric Moore grabbing the blue ribbons...In epee, Zilinskiy narrowly outpointed teammate Adam Campbell-Kruger, last year's IFCSC champ...For the Triton women, juniors Andrea Gory (epee) and Munira Gesner (sabre) and freshman Nicole Chiang (foil) were winners...Gesner's victory was particularly satisfying in that she topped highly-regarded Arizona State senior Holly Moore in the title bout...Next up for the Tritons is the UC Irvine Duals, Feb. 23.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interview with head coaches Heidi VanDerveer (women's basketball) and Eric Newman (baseball), as well as student-athletes Sebastian Brady (men's volleyball) and Melissa Breisacher (women's tennis)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Friday's Baseball game vs. Cal State Stanislaus will be the first of the season to be "live streamed" at ucsdtritons.com with both audio and video...Former UCSD pitcher Tim Strombel will call the action starting at 6:00 PM...The feed is free but new viewers will need to register...This spring, all weeknight baseball conference home games and all Saturday CCAA softball doubleheaders will feature live audio and video with Strombel doing play-by-play.

Last Friday night, Roosevelt College was the winner of the 2013 Spirit Night trophy, symbolic of the most spirited of UCSD's six colleges...Seven events spanning the first month of the winter quarter go into the Spirit Night competition...It is one of the University's longest running traditions...Warren College finished second.

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Both the men's and women's rowing teams will scrimmage Saturday on Mission Bay...Coach Colin Truex's women will hook up with San Diego State and Orange Coast College at 6:00 AM while Zach Johnson's men will match oars with UCLA and Orange Coast College at 8:00 AM.

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