Release: Sunday 02/17/2013 
Caitlin Brown and the UCSD Softball team host a four-game series against Sonoma State this weekend.
Caitlin Brown and the UCSD Softball team host a...
Courtesy: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics

Mon., Feb. 18---WTennis---UCSD at Grand Canyon Invitational---8:00 AM
Mon., Feb. 18---MTennis---UCSD at Hawaii Hilo Invitational---11:00 AM

Thurs., Feb. 21---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 21---WTennis---UCSD at Cal State Fullerton---2:00 PM

Fri., Feb. 22---Softball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 22---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---2:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 22---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Fri., Feb. 22---MVolleyball---UCSD at Hope International---7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 22---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM

Sat., Feb. 23---Fencing---UCSD at UC Irvine Duals---10:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 23---Softball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Feb. 23---WWater Polo---UCSD at UCI Invitational---11:30 AM
Sat., Feb. 23---Track & Field---UCSD at Rossi Relays---Noon
Sat., Feb. 23---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---Noon
Sat., Feb. 23---MTennis---UCSD vs. Whittier---2:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 23---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---5:30 PM
Sat., Feb. 23---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:30 PM

Sun., Feb. 24---WWater Polo---UCSD at UCI Invitational---All Day

Coach Heidi VanDerveer's Women's Basketball team, sporting nine wins in a row and victorious in 12 of its last 13, returns to RIMAC Arena for the start of a regular season-ending four-game home stand, facing Cal State East Bay (13-9/11-7) Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay (17-4/14-4) Saturday...The Tritons, now 17-8 overall and 15-3 in CCAA play, are tied with Chico State for the top spot in the conference...East Bay sits fourth, just behind third place Monterey Bay.

Last Friday night in Turlock, senior Daisy Feder scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for a double double, leading UCSD to a 69-50 triumph over host Cal State Stanislaus...The Tritons dictated for most of the night, holding the Warriors to a meager 21.9% from the floor, posting a 50-39 edge on the glass and running up a 27-point lead before taking their foot off the gas in the final minutes...Sophomore McKennan Bertsch, hit five-of-seven field goal attempts and finished with 15 points to go with eight rebounds...Junior Erin Dautremont also reached double digits (11 pts.) and snagged eight boards.

In Chico the next night, a battle of two CCAA heavyweights lived up to its hype with UCSD outlasting league-leading Chico State, 67-65, to pull into a tie with the Wildcats atop the conference ladder...In a contest where neither team led by more than five, UCSD trailed by four late but held Chico State scoreless over the final 4:07...Senior Emily Osga's jumper tied the game at the 2:00 minute mark and she drained two free throws that proved to be the game winners with 1:19 remaining...Osga and Dautremont paced UCSD with 14 points apiece, the latter notching a double double by collaring 11 caroms...Sophomore point guard Miranda Seto chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists and another soph, Megan Perry tallied 10 off the bench...Perhaps the key stat of the night was UCSD's 13 offensive rebounds.

Looking to maintain its grip on one of the eight CCAA Championship Tournament slots, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team (9-12/8-10) returns to RIMAC Arena for the first of four consecutive home games, Friday night against Cal State East Bay (5-17/4-14)...Cal State Monterey Bay (8-17/4-14) comes in Saturday to face a Triton team that occupies seventh place in the conference, coming off a tough pair of road losses...This week's adversaries are tied for 11th place in the CCAA and UCSD defeated both during a mid-January road trip.

Last Friday, Carlson's cagers lost for the second time to host Cal State Stanislaus, dropping a 72-57 verdict to a club that has presented a difficult match-up scenario for the Tritons...As a team, UCSD shot 45.3% but the only individual over .500 was senior forward Justin Brue who sank 9-of-11 for 18 points...Fellow senior Tyler McGrath scored 12 to go with five rebounds and six assists...Stanislaus connected at a 53.1% clip from the field and drained 12-of-23 from three-point distance.

Saturday, in a tooth-and-nail struggle, UCSD saw potential victory snatched away when Chico State's Damario Sims drilled a three with 0.3 seconds left and then officials disallowed a miraculous 75-ft. heave by guard James McCann that would have tied the game...The Wildcats, like CSUS the night before, were deadly from beyond the arc, hitting at 47.6% but UCSD stayed in the game by out-rebounding Chico, 41-34, and snatching 17 offensive boards that translated into 16 second chance points...Freshman Drew Dyer double doubled with 17 points and 10 rebounds and McCann scored 16 and handed out six assists...McGrath added 12 points in an affair that saw neither team gain more than a five point advantage.

Coach Eric Newman's No. 21 Baseball team opened the 2013 CCAA campaign by taking three-of-four from visiting Cal State Stanislaus last weekend...Conference festivities continue with a four-game home-and-home series against Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-6/0-4) starting with single games Thursday and Friday in Carson...It will conclude with a doubleheader at Triton Ballpark Saturday...UCSD comes in 8-3 overall and tied for third in the CCAA standings.

Friday, behind another sterling performance by senior right hander Ryan Goodbrand, the Tritons stifled Cal State Stanislaus, 4-0, in the series opener...Goodbrand picked up his third win of the season, striking out a career high 11 batters, and extended his scoreless innings streak to 18 after shutting out the Warriors on three hits for seven frames...Freshman Troy Cruz finished off things on the mound, tossing the final two innings...UCSD got two of its five hits in the second inning and those, coupled with a balk and a Stanislaus error, resulted in two runs which proved more than enough for Goodbrand.

The two teams split a Saturday twinbill, the Warriors stunning the Tritons late for a 4-3 victory in the opener with UCSD rebounding behind sophomore Dan Kolodin for a 3-0 triumph in the nightcap...The Tritons led most of the way in game one but Stanislaus tied it in the eighth and won it in 10...Center fielder Danny Susdorf had two hits, one a triple, and scored a run...Kolodin collected his first collegiate win in game two, striking out nine while giving up just three hits in a six-inning outing...Scott Zeman came on to earn the save...Senior first sacker Richard Seigel went 2-for-3, scored twice and blasted his third home run of the season in the sixth.

The Triton bats came alive in the series finale Sunday, accounting for 11 hits, three each by Susdorf and shortstop Dillon Moyer, and UCSD rebounded from an early, 3-0, deficit to nip Cal State Stanislaus, 8-7...Susdorf and Moyer both singled in a two-run third inning that got UCSD back into the game, did it again in a four-run fourth that put the Tritons on top for the first time and once more in a two-run sixth that gave UCSD the lead for good...On the day, Susdorf scored three runs and Moyer drove in four...Second baseman Cruz had two hits, one a two-run home run, his first as a Triton, and came on in the ninth to close the door on the Warriors for his second save...Junior Blake Fassler, who pitched the fifth and the sixth, accrued his second win.

Earlier in the week, Susdorf had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and stole two bases as the Tritons topped cross town rival Point Loma, 6-5, in a frigid 11-inning marathon...Junior Sean Rowan, UCSD's seventh pitcher won his first game.

Watch Friday night's post-game interview with sophomore Brett Levy.
Watch Saturday's post-game interview with sophomore Dan Kolodin.
Watch Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Eric Newman.


Following a grueling three days at the Leadoff Classic in Tucson, AZ, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team plunges back into CCAA play this weekend, hosting Sonoma State (8-3/3-1) for a pair of doubleheaders at Triton Softball Stadium...After going 1-5 in Tucson, the Tritons are now 7-7 overall...Their CCAA ledger is 3-1 and they, along with Sonoma State, are part of a four-team logjam in second place, one game behind league-leading Humboldt State.

The tournament got off to a shaky start for UCSD Friday as eighth-ranked Augustana roughed up sophomore starter Kayla Hensel for eight hits and eight runs in the first one and two-thirds innings en route to an 11-4 victory...Center fielder Taylor Sepulveda accounted for three of UCSD's seven hits and scored a pair of runs...Third baseman Emily McQuaid chipped in with two hits and shortstop Mya Romero had two RBIs...Senior Michelle Escamilla gave up just four hits in the second game of the day but the Tritons managed just five of their own and Southeastern Oklahoma scored in the bottom of the seventh to eke out a 2-1 victory...Senior left fielder Dyanna Imoto doubled home UCSD's lone run.

Saturday's second day brought the Tritons a split...They fell, 8-0, in the opener to Central Oklahoma, a squad they had defeated twice at last year's NCAA Championships in Louisville...Escamilla was unable to escape the first inning and despite swatting eight hits in five innings, two each by Sepulveda and sophomore Monique Portugal, Gerckens' charges were unable to hit the scoreboard...UCSD got its first tourney victory in Saturday's game two, stopping Minnesota State-Mankato, 2-1, behind a complete game from Hensel...Freshman catcher Katie Saunders belted her first collegiate homer and the Tritons plated the eventual winning run in the fifth when another freshman, Callie Grant, singled, stole second and came around on a Nicole Spangler single.

Sunday's final day of the Leadoff Classic delivered more frustration for UCSD...In game one, eight errors and three hits added up to an 11-1 loss to Missouri-St. Louis and then in the tournament finale, the Tritons managed just three hits against Regis, falling, 7-2.

Second-year Coaches Matt Macedo and Corrie  Falcon saw their Swimming & Diving teams dominate the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships in La Mirada last week, both capturing a fifth consecutive conference title in trouble-free fashion...The men racked up 1,543.5  pts. to finish 186 pts. in front of second place Cal Baptist while the women wound up with 1,364.5 pts., well clear of runner-up Cal State East Bay which had 954...Overall, UCSD left with 15 individual and five relay gold medals...The preliminary NCAA Division II Championship qualifying field is scheduled to be released on Tuesday.

On the men's side, the Tritons were spurred by double wins from senior diver Tyler Runsten (1m/313.30 pts. & 3m/339.30) and senior swimmers Adam Rice (200 IM/1:50.24 & 400 IM/3:57.67) and Jeremy Smith (500 freestyle/4:28.30 & 1,650 freestyle/15:39.26)...Other individual champions were senior Adam Yen (100 butterfly/49.09), junior Nick Korth (200 breaststroke/1:57.49) and sophomore Dane Stassi (200 butterfly/1:47.22)...UCSD also won three of the five relay events---200 medley (1:29.48), 400 medley (3:17.20) and 800 freestyle (3:17.20)...Rice was the top male point-getter, earning him MVP honors.

The women copped six individual titles, three by junior Anji Shakya who is quickly moving up the list of all-time greats at UCSD...The female Championship MVP, Shakya captured the 200 freestyle (1:48.24), 500 freestyle (4:48.19) and 200 backstroke (2:01.35)...Backing up Shakya were senior Olivia Fountain who touched first in the 50 freestyle (23.51), junior transfer Erika Rodman who won the 1,650 freestyle (17:10.69) and freshman Naomi Thomas who clocked 2:01.53 to claim the 200 butterfly...The Tritons chalked up wins in both the 200 (1:33.65) and 800 (7:26.45) freestyle relays with Sierra Robbins anchoring the former and leading off the latter...UCSD Diving Coach Michelle Casillas was recognized as PCSC Women's Diving Coach of the Year.

Listen to senior Tyler Runsten's interview following Wednesday's competition.

Now 5-11 overall after splitting a pair of  Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyballs squad steps outside of MPSF activity this week, traveling to Hope University for a non-conference contest Friday...The Tritons, 3-9 in MPSF play, will host an alumni game Saturday afternoon at RIMAC Arena.

Last Friday night, junior Nick Iorfino had 12 kills (.556) and senior Carl Eberts 11 as UCSD man-handled No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) in an hour and 10 minutes at RIMAC Arena...Junior setter Mike Brunsting orchestrated the offensive mastery, dishing out 37 assists to go with his five digs and an ace...On the night, the Tritons out-hit the Gauchos (.369-.202), had an 8-3.5 edge in blocking and served up four aces (two by Fred Stahl) in overpowering a UCSB side that had beaten them 3-1 just two weeks ago in Santa Barbara...Senior libero Chase Frishman had a match high 13 digs.

Different story the next night as the Tritons had no answers for No. 1 UC Irvine, absorbing a 3-0 ( 25-16, 25-19, 25-21) loss...Brunsting had 27 assists and sophomore Cheyne Hayes had a big night with 14 kills (.500) but the UCSD passing was sub-standard and the Tritons' starting middle blockers accounted for just two kills.

Listen to Friday night's post-match interview with Head Coach Kevin Ring.
Listen to Friday night's post-match interview with junior setter Mike Brunsting.

After a one-week competitive layoff, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team swings back into action Saturday when it faces No. 3 UCLA in the first round of the two-day, 16-team UC Irvine Invitational...The 16th-ranked Tritons, now 4-4, will square off against either No. 6 UC Irvine or No. 14 UC Davis in Saturday's second contest and Sunday's match-ups will be determined by the results of day one.

Through the first eight games, junior Sarah Lizotte, who set a UCSD single season goal-scoring record last year, tops the club 20 goals followed by freshman Julia Kirkland with 12 and junior Melissa Bartow with 11...Sophomore Jolene Guiliana leads the Tritons in both assists (14) and steals (15).

The Track & Field teams kicked off their 2013 campaigns in impressive style Saturday, cruising past Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont at Triton Track & Field Stadium...Coach Tony Salerno's Men won 11 events en route to 155 points, easily eclipsing second place Claremont (108)...Meanwhile, Coach Darcy Ahner's Women won nine events and registered 167 points to finish 70 pts. above second place Cal Poly Pomona...Both teams will be in action at Claremont's Rossi Relays this Saturday with their first chance to post NCAA Championship qualifying marks.

Last Saturday, three Triton men collected two wins apiece...Thrower Zach Nagengast was first in the discus (153-10) and hammer (167-10), Sean Cook out-leaped the field in the long (22-1.75) and triple (46-0) jumps and sophomore sprinter Keith Rose hit the tape in both of his specialties, going 10.94 in the 100 and 21.92 in the 200...Other winners on the track were Kellen Levy (3,000/8:35) and Jeffrey Lim (400 hurdles/56.32) while three field athletes---Ryan Eckert (shot put/52-7.25), Clint Rosser (pole vault/14-11.5) and Nash Howe (javelin/197-2)---were also victorious.

The Triton women featured eight individual blue ribbon winners...They were Dereka Charqualaf (200/25.82), Lorato Anderson (400/1:00.69), Sabrina Pimentel (800/2:19.55), Lauren Irish (400 hurdles/1:04.97), Chianta Justice (triple jump/38-6.75), Uchenna Agbahiwe (discus/141-11), Jessica Miklaski (javelin/133-3) and Eva Isaacs (shot put/40-5)...The ninth win was in the 4x100 relay where Kathleen Hitchens, Charqualaf, Kristin Sato and Amy Heins beat the field in 49.13.

Listen to Saturday's post-event comments from sophomore Nash Howe.

Coach Liz LaPlante's No. 32 Women's Tennis team finishes up play at the Grand Canyon Invitational today against Dixie State and will go out on the road again Thursday to tangle with Division I Cal State Fullerton...The Tritons are 3-1 on the young season splitting their first two matches at the GCU event this past weekend.

In Saturday's tournament opener in Phoenix, the Tritons suffered their first loss of the season, a 7-2 decision vs. BYU-Hawaii, the nation's No. 2 squad...The Tritons' two points came at No. 2 singles where freshman Kyra Scott prevailed by default and at No. 5 singles where junior Tara Vanooteghem got the nod in a third set tiebreaker...The Seasiders won all three doubles and got all four singles points in straight sets.

Things were much easier Sunday as UCSD rocked Dominican, 8-1...The Tritons took control early, sweeping doubles by a combined, 24-9, count with Melissa Breisacher-Scott, Paula Chou-Jacquelyn Davis and Melinda Chu-Vanooteghem taking Nos. 1-3 respectively...Scott, Chou, Chu, Vanooteghem and Davis all tallied singles wins as well, holding down teh 2-5 positions.

Now 3-3 following a split of its first two matches at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational, Coach Timmer Willing's No. 21 Men's Tennis team will finish up play on the Islands today with a rematch vs. host Hawaii-Hilo then return home to hook up with Division III Whittier Saturday on UCSD's North Courts.

The Tritons opened up strong in Hawaii, brushing aside Hawaii-Hilo, 8-1, Saturday...Willing's squad won two-of-the-three doubles encounters and got straight set singles victories from Camill Salomon (No. 1), Max  Jiganti (2), Ganesh ALagappan (4), Kona Luu (5) and Teddy Truong (6)...Rajeev Herekar went three sets before emerging victorious at No. 3...Sunday, UCSD ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Hawaii Pacific, the nation's No. 5 team, suffering a 9-0 loss with only Salomon able to extend his singles match to the full three sets.

This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with head coaches Chris Carlson (men's basketball) and Timmer Willing (men's tennis) as well as women's water polo standout Sarah Lizotte.

Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team finishes up its regular season Saturday at the UC Irvine Duals where the Tritons will challenge USC, UC Santa Barbara, Claremont and Occidental...On March 9, UCSD will host the NCAA West Regionals.

UCSD Alumni Athletes should note that Homecoming 2013 is set for Saturday, Oct. 19...Further information will be forthcoming soon.

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