THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Mon., Apr. 1---WTennis---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---1:00 PM
Mon., Apr. 1---MTennis---UCSD vs. Grand Canyon---2:00 PM
Tue., Apr. 2---Baseball---UCSD at Point Loma Nazarene---3:00 PM
Wed., Apr. 3---MTennis---UCSD vs. BYU-Hawaii---2:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 4---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Invitational---10:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 5---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Invitational---10:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 5---Softball---UCSD at Tournament of Champions---12:15/3:45 PM/6:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 5---MTennis---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---6:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 5---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Pacific---7:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 6---Crew---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---All Day
Sat., Apr. 6---WTennis---UCSD vs. Academy of Art---9:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 6---Track & Field---UCSD at Mangrum Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 6---Track & Field---UCSD at Sun Angel Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 6---WWater Polo---UCSD at Bronco Invitational---11:45 AM & 3:40 PM
Sat., Apr. 6---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State (DH)---Noon
Sat., Apr. 6---Softball---UCSD at Tournament of Champions---1:15 & 5:45 PM
Sat., Apr. 6---MVolleyball---UCSD vs. Stanford---7:00 PM
Sun., Apr. 7---Crew---UCSD at San Diego Crew Classic---All Day
Sun., Apr. 7---Softball---UCSD at Tournament of Champions---TBA
Sun., Apr. 7---MTennis---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---10:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 7---WWater Polo---UCSD at Bronco Invitational---10:40 AM & 2:40 PM
Sun., Apr. 7---Baseball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---11:00 AM
BASEBALL HOSTS SAN FRANCISCO STATE FOR FOUR
Still trying to put it all together on a consistent basis after splitting four games with Cal State East Bay, Coach Eric Newman’s Baseball team will travel to crosstown Division II foe Point Loma for a non-conference game Tuesday before hopping back into CCAA play with a four-game weekend series against San Francisco State (10-22/7-17)…The Tritons and Gators will play single games Friday and Sunday at Triton Ballpark with a doubleheader slated Saturday …For UCSD, now 17-14 overall, still .500 at 12-12 in the CCAA and tied for sixth in the league regular season race, every series from here on in looms large…SFSU is ninth on the loop ladder.
Last Thursday’s game one against East Bay was a microcosm of the series as the Tritons took the lead, fell behind by four, rallied back several times but could never get over the top, falling, 10-7…UCSD piled up 11 hits, three by DH Justin Rahn and two by first baseman Richard Seigel, including his seventh homer of the year but pitching and defense came up short…Four Triton errors resulted in three unearned runs as senior starter Ryan Goodbrand saw his record dip to 6-2.
Newman’s club showed its grit Friday, coming off the mat to sweep a doubleheader from the Pioneers, 3-2, 3-0…Down, 2-0 in the opener, senior Danny Susdorf banged a two-out double and came home on a throwing error moments later…Then, in the ninth, a Dillon Moyer RBI double, followed two batters later by Ho-Kyun Choi’s bases loaded sacrifice fly gave the Tritons on improbable victory…Junior Blake Fassler delivered seven quality innings on the hill, giving up just four hits and one earned run while striking out five…The bullpen was on its game with Dan Kolodin, Newman’s fourth reliever securing the win…In the nightcap, fiery freshman Troy Cruz was money on the mound, smothering the Pioneers with a complete game, four-hit shutout…UCSD bats produced seven hits in the game and the only two runs Cruz would need in the third when Susdorf tripled home right fielder Corbin Wirta and scored himself on second baseman Andrew Hobson’s fly ball out.
The series finale was a nightmare as East Bay raked five Triton pitchers for 19 hits in an 11-3 defeat…Catcher Nick La Face was the only UCSD player with more than one hit and sophomore starter Trevor Scott got hung with the loss.
Watch Coach Eric Newman's Thursday night post-game interview.
Watch Coach Eric Newman's Friday post-game interview.
SOFTBALL SWEEPS SERIES FROM SFSU; TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS NEXT
By way of pitching, hitting, base running and defense, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team swept a four-game series from visiting San Francisco State last weekend…The Tritons, now winners in six of their last seven outings, are 21-13 overall, 7-7 in the CCAA and third on the conference table---one game behind Sonoma State and one up on Chico State…They now face a daunting four consecutive weeks in Northern California to close out the regular season, starting this weekend in Turlock at the annual Tournament of Champions…A rugged first day (Fri.) schedule calls for clashes with Cal Baptist, Dominican and Grand Canyon.
Last Friday, the Tritons used solid pitching to double up on SFSU, 3-0, 3-1…In game one, freshman left hander Lexi Edwards twirled a complete game two-hitter and another first-year player, right fielder Callie Grant had two hits and scored pair of runs to power UCSD…In the second game, junior Jenn Manuel also went the distance, surrendering just five hits while improving her record to 6-1…Junior left fielder Kirsten Willmon had two hits, scored once and drove in a pair as UCSD hit the scoreboard with runs in the second, third and fifth frames…Third baseman Emily McQuaid also had a pair of knocks and accounted for three of the Tritons’ six steals.
Saturday’s opener was the game of the series…Leading, 2-1, and needing just two outs to close up shop, Edwards was nicked for a solo home run by pinch hitter Marisa Andrade which tied it up and eventually sent the two teams to extra innings…The Gators touched up Edwards for a third run in the top of the ninth but UCSD refused to go quietly…Freshman Alissa Gutierrez started the bottom of the ninth with a towering double off the left field wall…Willmon sacrificed her to third and center fielder Taylor Sepulveda, who had six hits on the weekend, ripped a single to center, knotting the score…The speedy junior stole second and third before coming home on freshman Amani Proctor’s grounder to the right side…Sepulveda (3) and Grant (2) recorded five of UCSD’s 10 hits and Edwards was rewarded with her fourth victory after logging all nine innings in the circle…The series finale did not provide the same excitement as the Tritons scored in each of the first five innings, pounding 13 hits and stealing six bases in prevailing, 9-4…Willmon had a 3-for-3 performance at the plate and scored three runs…Juniors McQuaid, Mya Romero and Caitlin Brown had two hits apiece…Brown, first up in the third, ripped her team-leading sixth home run of the year.
Watch Friday’s post-game interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
Watch Friday’s post-game interview with freshman pitcher Lexi Edwards.
Watch Saturday’s post-game interview with Head Coach Patti Gerckens.
Watch Saturday’s post-game interview with junior center fielder Taylor Sepulveda.
WOMEN SOLID IN NORTHWEST; MEN/WOMEN AT CREW CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND
Both the Men’s and Women’s Rowing teams will be on the water this weekend at Mission Bay for the annual San Diego Crew Classic, perhaps the premier collegiate event on the West Coast…Both squads will send out varsity eights, JV eights and novice eights…The women will also enter a varsity four and open eight…UCSD will also have alumni representation in both divisions…All UCSD parents and alumni are invited to kick off the weekend at a Friday night reception at the Catamaran Hotel in Pacific Beach…It will run from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.
While Coach Zach Johnson’s men have been on the sidelines since March 15, rookie Head Coach Colin Truex had his women’s team facing top flight competition in the Pacific Northwest last weekend…On Friday, UCSD went head-to-head with perennial D-II power Western Washington on the Vikings’ home course (Lake Samish) in Bellingham…On the road, at their rival’s home course and using borrowed equipment, miracles weren’t the order of the day but the Tritons more than stood up to their hosts finishing just nine seconds behind in the varsity eight and less than six seconds short of the seven-time national champions in the varsity four.
The next day, both teams went south to American Lake outside of Tacoma for the Cascade Sprints…Lining up against eight other teams, the Tritons’ varsity eight finished third, crossing the line in 6:52.6 but narrowed the gap with winner Western Washington to less than five seconds…Defending NCAA champion Humboldt State was second in 6:51.6…In the varsity four, D-I Seattle rolled to an easy victory with WWU second, about a boat length up on third place UCSD.
VOLLEYBALL STUNNED BY NO. 2 UCI COMEBACK; PACIFIC, STANFORD IN THIS WEEK
Looking to elicit positive results from continued good effort, Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team (7-18) returns to RIMAC Arena for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) matches this weekend…Coming to La Jolla Friday will be Pacific (7-16) with No. 6 Stanford (12-10) providing the opposition the following night.
Last Friday, the skill and height of visiting UCLA proved more than UCSD could overcome in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-20) defeat…The No. 4 Bruins hit a spectacular .551 as a team and out-blocked the Tritons, 5-1…Senior Carl Eberts and sophomore Cheyne Hayes earned six kills each and junior Vaun Lennon launched three of UCSD’s seven aces.
Ring’s spikers had No. 2 UC Irvine on the ropes Sunday afternoon but failed to apply the knockout punch, dropping a 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-21, 15-10) decision…The loss eliminated UCSD from MPSF Tournament consideration…It looked like the Tritons were going to thwart the Anteaters’ rally when they pulled ahead, 9-7, in the fifth set…But UCI scored eight of the final nine points to complete the comeback…Junior setter Mike Brunsting dished out 41 assists and had two aces for UCSD…Senior Carl Eberts (12 kills) and sophomore Nick Iorfino (10) paced the Triton offense…For the match, the two teams were dead even in the blocking (14-14) and service ace (4-4) departments but UCI out-hit UCSD, .273-.153.
POLO LOOKS FOR REBOUND AFTER TOUGH TRIP TO HAWAII
A four-day trip to Hawaii was no day at the beach for Coach Brad Kreutzkamp’s No. 15 Women’s Water Polo team as the Tritons dropped all four games in the Hawaii Spring Break Tournament last week, falling to 14-12 on the season…They take to the road again this weekend for the Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara…It will be a critical tourney for WWPA-leading UCSD which squares off against conference foes Colorado State and Sonoma State Saturday followed by Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay Sunday.
In game one Thursday in Honolulu, junior Sarah Lizotte scored four goals but the Tritons couldn’t muster much more on the offensive end in 9-5 loss to No. 6 San Diego State…UCSD built an early, 2-1, lead but SDSU bounced back to go on top and a score with seven seconds left in the second quarter put the Aztecs up, 5-3, at half…The Tritons got to within 6-5 in the third but San Diego State put it away with a trio of unanswered goals, snapping an eight-game blue & gold win streak…There was no such drama Friday as No. 2 Stanford outscored UCSD, 9-0, in the first half en route to a 17-4 runaway…Lizotte led the Tritons with two goals.
Saturday, Kreutzkamp’s squad played No. 8 host Hawaii to a 4-4 draw through two quarters but the Warriors took control in the second half to post a 9-6 victory…Junior Melissa Bartow found the cage twice from her two-meter position and freshman Courtney Miller stopped six shots in goal…Both teams earned four man-up situations and a key to the outcome was UH converting on three compared to just one for UCSD…Six-on-five play was again an issue in Saturday’s late game as UC Santa Barbara, 17th in the rankings, came out on top, 12-9…Once again the two teams had equal extra man opportunities (7) but the Gauchos cashed in five times, the Tritons twice…Sophomore Rachel Brooks and freshman Alexis Weiseler tallied two goals apiece and Miller turned away eight UCSB attempts.
MEN, WOMEN POST TOP 10 FINISHES AT CAL-NEVADA MEET
The Triton men were seventh and the women 10th at the 20th annual Cal-Nevada Track & Field Championships, hosted by UCSD last Friday and Saturday at Triton Track & Field Stadium…Schools from 10 different conferences and all NCAA divisions competed in the event…UC Santa Barbara won the team title on the men’s side with San Diego State notching its third consecutive crown in the women’s section.
Scorers for the UCSD men included distance runners Kellen Levy (3rd/10,000/31:04.87/4th fastest in school history), freshman Scott Acton who was eighth in Levy’s race (31:28.22) Anthony Heredia (4th/1,500/3:57.36) and Mario Flores (8th/3,000 steeplechase/9:38.13), pole vaulters Clint Rosser and Benjamin Berthet who tied for fourth, clearing 15-5, javelin ace Nash Howe who uncorked a toss of 207-6, good for fifth place, senior A.B. Shaheen, fourth in the hammer throw at 182-5 and sophomore sprinter Keith Rose who wound up sixth in the 100, clocking 10.81…Rose also anchored the 4x100 relay squad to a ninth place finish (44.11).
The Triton women scored in eight events…Individually, senior Jessica Miklaski heaved the javelin 135-11 placing her third, freshman Sydney Blakely cleared 11-11.75 to grab fourth in the pole vault, freshman Kristin Sato came up big, copping fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-6 and yet another freshman, Julia Wildenthaler was seventh in the high jump at 5-2.25…Junior Lauren Irish covered the 400 hurdles in 63.76, good for seventh…Junior Chia Chang timed 37:54.49, good for eighth in the 10,000...Both relays were point-getters…The quartet of Sabrina Pimentel, Ellexi Snover, Irish and Chelsey Kamson placed seventh in the 4x400 (3:50.91)…Kamson and Sato teamed up with Kathleen Hitchens and Amy Heins for ninth in the 4x100 (47.56).
Up this week will be both the Mangrum Invitational, hosted by Cal State San Marcos, and the Sun Angel Invitational at Arizona State…Salerno and Ahner will be sending NCAA provisional qualifiers to the Sun Angel event and the remainder of the squad to San Marcos.
Watch Coach Darcy Ahner’s Friday post-meet interview.
Watch Coach Tony Salerno’s Friday post-meet interview.
NCAA FATE ON LINE AS MEN’S TENNIS HOSTS GRAND CANYON, BYU-HAWAII
With a potential NCAA Regional qualifying berth on the line, Coach Timmer Willing’s Men’s Tennis team hosts Grand Canyon (Monday) and BYU-Hawaii (Wednesday) on the North Courts…The 28th-ranked Tritons will then travel to Northern California for matches against Fresno Pacific and Sonoma State at this weekend’s Sonoma State Invitational…Willing’s netters bring an 8-8 mark into today’s action.
Coming off finals last week, UCSD split a pair of home matches against top Division III opponents…Wednesday, the Tritons topped DePauw, 6-3, winning 2-of-3 in doubles and 4-of-6 in singles play…Senior Camill Salomon and junior Max Jiganti won in both disciplines…Salomon teamed with Devon Sousa to capture No. 1 doubles and then rolled in straight sets at No. 1 singles…Jiganti and Mark Meyer took No. 3 doubles with the former also prevailing at No. 2 singles…The next afternoon, in a match that came down to the final singles clash, UCSD was nipped by perennial D-III power UC Santa Cruz, 5-4…The Tritons again captured two-of-three doubles matches with Salomon-Sousa at No. 1 and Jiganti-Luu at No. 2 but singles proved nettlesome as straight set triumphs by Jiganti at two and Horea Porutiu at six left them one win short…Junior Rajeev Herekar was on the verge at No. 3 after winning the opening set but ended up falling, 7-5, in the third.
NCAA ASPIRATIONS ON LINE TODAY FOR WOMEN’S TENNIS
Keeping its post-season hopes in its own hands by virtue of a vital West Region win last week, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team faces another crucial test today against Grand Canyon on the North Courts, essentially a must win in order to maintain its march towards the post-season…UCSD, now 8-5 and ranked 19th nationally, plays a second home match Saturday morning vs. Academy of Art.
Last Tuesday, the Tritons rambled past host Concordia, 9-0, without dropping a set in singles…That was a tune-up for Friday’s key regional match-up with Cal State L.A. where UCSD surmounted the Golden Eagles, 6-3… LaPlante’s squad seemed in charge after blitzing CSULA in all three doubles contests with Melissa Breisacher-Kyra Scott, Paula Chou-Jacquelyn Davis and Melinda Chu-Tara Vanooteghem collecting points a Nos. 1-3 respectively…But things got dicey when the Golden Eagles grabbed two-set wins at No. 1 and 6 singles…UCSD re-gained the upper hand, however, as Vanooteghem stormed to a straight set win at No. 5 and Chu battled to do the same at No. 4…Chou registered the sixth point at No. 3, bouncing back from a first set loss to win in three.
Listen to post-match comments from junior Melinda Chu.
LIM DRIVES GOLFERS TO SECOND IN ARIZONA
Paced by sophomore Jay Lim’s sixth place individual finish, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team turned in its best performance of the season, snatching second place in the 16-team Thunderbirds Invitational, hosted last week by Grand Canyon at The Wigwam (Gold Course) in Litchfield Park, AZ…The Tritons carded a 54-hole total of 888, leaving them 22 shots behind host Grand Canyon…Lim fired a 218 over the 7,228-yd. layout, highlighted by an opening round 71 that he followed up with a Triton tournament best 70 in round two…Supporting Lim were junior Lewis Simon, whose 224 left him tied for 13th, and freshman Daniel Yang, who registered a final round 72 to jump up to 22nd at 226…Rounding out the Triton roster were junior Ryan Rankin (T29/227) and freshman Clayton Yamaguchi (T37/229)…The Tritons take the week off in preparation for next week’s Skyhawk Invitational in Palm Desert.
NEWS & NOTES
This week’s edition of Triton Talk, UCSD’s online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with Softball Coach Patti Gerckens, Men’s Crew Coach Zach Johnson and freshman Troy Cruz from the Triton baseball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
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