UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 22, 2013)
Release: Saturday 04/21/2013 
by UCSD
THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Dan Kolodin
Dan Kolodin (pictured above) and the Triton Baseball team aim to keep their CCAA Championship hopes alive vs. CSU San Bernardino this week.


Mon., Apr. 22---MGolf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day


Tue., Apr. 23---MGolf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day


Thu., Apr. 25---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---10:00 AM
Thu., Apr. 25---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---6:00 PM

Fri., Apr. 26---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---10:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 26---WWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---All Day
Fri., Apr. 26---Softball---UCSD at Chico State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 26---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---6:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 27---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 27---WWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---All Day
Sat., Apr. 27---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---All Day
Sat., Apr. 27---Softball---UCSD at Chico State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 27---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---11:00 AM

Sun., Apr. 28---WWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---All Day
Sun., Apr. 28---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---All Day


NO. 13 WOMEN’S WATER POLO GUNS FOR WWPA CROWN IN NORCAL
Seeded No. 1, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp’s Women’s Water Polo (22-13) team aims for its second conference title in three years when it opens play Friday morning at the 2013 WWPA Championships hosted by Santa Clara…The Tritons, who moved up to No. 13 in last week’s national rankings, will be opposed by eighth seed Cal State San Bernardino in round one with the winner squaring off against either fourth seed Colorado State or fifth seed Sonoma State in Saturday’s semi-finals…The title tilt is slated for 2:00 PM Sunday…UCSD has won the conference championship twice (2000 & 2011).


Nine different Tritons hit the scoreboard on Friday night as UCSD closed out its home schedule and got a nice WWPA first round preview in a 15-4 thrashing of Cal State San Bernardino…The following afternoon, in a defensive struggle in the 12th annual Harper Cup, Kreutzkamp’s club dropped a 6-4 decision to host San Diego State…Up just 2-1 at halftime, the eighth-ranked Aztecs scored three goals in the third period to take charge and remain undefeated in the crosstown rivalry…For complete Women’s Water Polo results, click here.

Watch Friday night’s post-game interview with junior Sarah Lizotte.
Watch Saturday’s post-game interview with Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.

GOLFERS VIE FOR CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN PASO ROBLES
Bidding to improve on its third place finish of a year ago and solidify its probable NCAA Regional status, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf Team tees off today at the 2013 CCAA Championships, once again hosted at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles…The eight-team field plays 54 holes today and the final 18 tomorrow…Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Monterey Bay occupy the favorites role…The Tritons come in off a sixth place finish at the 40th annual Hanny Stanislaus Tournament at Turlock Golf & Country Club…Battling high winds much of the way, UCSD sophomore Jay Lim tied for sixth in the individual standings following up a first round 71 with a 75 and 83 for a 13-over 229…Junior Fredrik Palmer-Picard (T25/232) was next home for Wydra’s Tritons…UCSD moved up five slots from its 11th place finish of a year ago…Click here for more golf information.

  THE WORD from UCSD Golf Coach Mike Wydra…“This is the best team I’ve had in 10 years and if we’re hitting on all cylinders, we have the ability to surprise some people. From top-to-bottom, the CCAA is the toughest conference in the country and the top two teams, Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Monterey Bay, are pretty stacked. Considering that defending champion Chico State and Sonoma State are also in the mix, getting third this week would be an accomplishment. I think we’re literally in the top 10 nationally (D-II) in level of talent but that may not be enough to win the CCAA.”


UCSD HOSTS ANNUAL TRITON TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL
The UCSD Track & Field teams are home this weekend, hosting the annual Triton Invitational which starts Thursday, continues Friday and then features the bulk of its events Saturday afternoon…Renowned for its size and quality, the meet figures to draw in the neighborhood of 1,000 competitors from across all collegiate divisions…As always, the discus competition will be of world class caliber, and Thursday’s group of women’s throwers will feature 2008 Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Trafton as well as ASU’s Anna Jelmini, a two-time NCAA D-1 runner-up…For UCSD, among those looking to strengthen their provisional NCAA qualifying marks will be sophomore middle distance ace Sabrina Pimentel (800), junior Lauren Irish (400  hurdles) and senior thrower Zach Nagengast (discus).


Last Saturday, in a prep for this week’s home extravaganza, the Tritons registered a whopping 17 first place finishes (11 men/6 women) at the Soka Peace Invitational in Aliso Viejo…A pair of personal bests highlighted the day’s work...Pimentel, who specializes in the 800, dropped down to the 400 and motored home in 55.95, putting her third on UCSD’s all-time list and senior A.B. Shaheen also elevated himself to No. 3 on the Triton career chart, heaving the hammer 191-7…For complete Track & Field coverage, click here.

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BASEBALL STAYS IN CCAA TOURNAMENT CHASE; OPENS CRUCIAL SERIES WITH CSUSB HERE THURSDAY
The time is now for Coach Eric Newman’s Baseball team which split a four-game series last weekend at league-leading Chico State, the No. 3 team in the nation…Newman’s outfit is now 22-20, 16-16 in CCAA and tied for sixth on the conference table, three games short of fourth place Sonoma State and the final slot in the CCAA Championship Tournament…A win in that event, which the Tritons have won each of the past four years, would appear their only vehicle into the NCAA Regionals…UCSD plays a four-game home-and-home series this weekend vs. 10th place Cal State San Bernardino (15-25/9-23) with the first two contests at Triton Ballpark Thursday and Friday night..Meanwhile, Sonoma State draws Chico State for four.


Up in Chico, UCSD won the opener as senior Ryan Goodbrand survived a four-run second inning to put in seven-plus innings of work for his seventh win of the year…The Tritons prevailed, 7-5, helped by three unearned runs…In Saturday’s twinbill, UCSD let a four-run lead slip away in the opener but bounced back for a 3-1 victory in the nightcap with freshman Troy Cruz turning in five solid frames for his fourth win…Danny Susdorf’s leadoff single and Richard Seigel’s RBI double in the sixth keyed the Tritons offensively…Sophomore Dan Kolodin got the call on the hill Sunday and responded with a strong seven-inning, three-hit outing but was doomed by a two-run first inning in a 3-1 defeat…For further information on Triton Baseball, click here.


Already UCSD’s all-time leader with 14 triples coming into the 2013 season, senior Danny Susdorf has not only added three to that total but also vaulted into the career top 10 in four other offensive categories—hits (4th-276), runs (4th-167), doubles (5th-55) and stolen bases (2nd-72)…He currently leads the CCAA in the latter department.

Star right hander Ryan Goodbrand’s win at Chico State Friday was his seventh of the season and ran his two-year Triton record to 18-2…It’s been 36 days since Goodbrand rang up his last win, April 14 vs. Cal State L.A., the longest stretch between victories for the Rancho Santa Margarita native.

For a Track & Field program well-known for its prowess in the throwing events, it’s ironic that the oldest record on both the men’s and women’s sides is in the discus…The men’s mark of 197-9 was established in 1968 by Jim Dunn…The women’s standard of 163-2, not nearly as long-standing, was posted in 1991 by Shannon Quigley, whose name adorns the new video board in Triton Track & Field Stadium.



SOFTBALL LOOKS TO CINCH CCAA TOURNAMENT BERTH AT CHICO STATE
Hoping to recover from a winless trip to Humboldt State last weekend, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team heads north for the fourth consecutive weekend when it takes on Chico State (23-21/20-12) in a critical four-game series this Friday and Saturday…The Tritons, now 28-20 overall and 21-11 in CCAA play after suffering four straight losses to the first place Lumberjacks, continue to hold down second place and need just one victory or a loss by fifth place Cal State Dominguez Hills to assure themselves of a spot in the conference tourney for the third year in a row.


The long ball was instrumental for sixth-ranked Humboldt State…The Lumberjacks cleared the fences six times and twice put up 11 runs against Gerckens’ charges…Junior third baseman Emily McQuaid accounted for six hits in the series, junior Caitlin Brown smacked her team high seventh home run and freshman McKenna Klewett got the first of her collegiate career…For complete Softball updates, click here.

WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT UP FOR MEN’S CREW

After a busy weekend in Tennessee at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (SIRA) Championships, the Men’s Rowing team will leap right back into the fray this weekend at the 2013 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma outside of Sacramento…A top two finish would likely send the Tritons to the Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (IRA) National Championships, also on Lake Natoma, in late May…Furnishing the primary opposition for UCSD will be Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, USD and Santa Clara.


At the SIRA regatta, which included more than 25 crews, Coach Zach Johnson’s varsity eight steamed to a third place finish in the “B” final and the JV eight fought its way into the grand final, claiming fifth, 14 seconds behind first place Virginia…The Tritons’ third boat, the novice eight, was also in the consolation final where it wound up fourth…For more on Men’s Rowing, click here.

BIG STAKES FOR WOMEN’S CREW AT WIRA REGATTA
With a potential trip to the NCAA Division II Championships on the line, Coach Colin Truex and the Women’s Rowing team travel to Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, CA for the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships this weekend…The Tritons will enter four boats at the conference regatta, varsity, junior varsity and novice eights as well as a varsity four…All of the major D-II teams in the West will be on hand including Western Washington, Humboldt State and Seattle Pacific, along with a slew of other UC schools…Truex, who has tinkered with his squad’s lineup in the three weeks since its last competition, the S.D. Crew Classic,  has his sights set on Humboldt State as the team the Tritons likely need to beat if they hope to earn an NCAA Championship berth for the first time since 2008…For more Women’s Rowing information, click here.

WOMEN’S TENNIS CLOSES SEASON IN STRANGE STYLE
After losing a Tuesday match at No. 41 (D-I) San Diego State, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team concluded the 2013 season in bizarre fashion as its scheduled Thursday clash at Cal State L.A. was canceled due to a security threat on the CSULA campus…The 19th-ranked Tritons finish the year 14-7 and came up one win short of an NCAA Playoff berth…For full 2013 Women’s Tennis results, click here.


ALUMNI CORNER

A dozen former Triton tennis players were on the North Courts Saturday to go head-to-head in doubles and singles with the current UCSD squad as it fine tunes for the NCAA D-II Championships. In the lineup for the alumni crew were Erik Elliott, Eric Rubens, Bryan Swatt, Seth Spector, Steve Oechel, Everett Schroeter, Erik Oijala, Blake Meister, Kaz Negishi, Sam Ling, Chapman Chan, Armaun Emami and Jason Wall (to see photo CLICK HERE)...Although all of the group has maintained at least minimal contact with the sport, only Elliott is pursuing it on a full-time basis…Following last weekend, he was set to fly to Florida for a satellite tour event and then on to Austria and eventually Australia for league/tournament play…For the record, the alumni were victorious, 6-3, Saturday.



NEWS & NOTES
This week’s edition of Triton Talk, UCSD’s online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with head coaches Eric Newman (baseball), Patti Gerckens (softball) and Brad Kreutzkamp (women’s water polo)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com…Click here to listen to last week’s show.

The 28th-ranked Men’s Tennis team will get in its final prep work this week before departing for Surprise, AZ and the 16-team NCAA Division II Championships…First-year Coach Timmer Willing’s club is 12-10 overall and garnered the second of the West Region’s two NCAA berths behind Hawaii Pacific…The national championship pairings are scheduled to be announced tomorrow at 5:30 PM at ncaa.com…Click here for more on Men’s Tennis.

For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com…Run by UCSD Athletics’ new online partner Advanced-Online, ucsdtritonsgear.com provides a web-based, on-demand option for Triton Athletic apparel and merchandise...Fans have access to over 600 products which can be produced and shipped in 24 hours...Click here to check it out.

Scheduled in conjunction with this Thursday night’s Triton Baseball game vs. Cal State San Bernardino is the first annual Triton Athletes’ Council (TAC)-Greek Chili Cook-off…Fans are invited to taste more than 20 chili dishes created and served up by different intercollegiate athletic teams and Greek organizations…The tasting is slated to start at 5:00 PM.

The annual Athletics Recognition Dinner, honoring UCSD student-athletes, coaches and supporters, is scheduled for Thursday, June 6…For more information, call (858) 534-4211.

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