Release: Sunday 03/30/2008 
Senior Melissa Ward and the 10th-ranked Softball team are home for four games vs. CSU Monterey Bay this weekend.
Senior Melissa Ward and the 10th-ranked Softball...
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Monday, Mar. 31 – Men’s Golf – UCSD at GCU Thunderbirds Invitational – All Day

Tuesday, Apr. 1 – Men’s Golf – UCSD at GCU Thunderbirds Invitational – All Day
Tuesday, Apr. 1 – Men’s Volleyball – UCSD vs. Cal Baptist – 7:00 PM

Friday, Apr. 4 – Softball – UCSD vs. CSU Monterey Bay (DH) – 1:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 4 – Women’s Tennis – UCSD vs. Sonoma State – 2:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 4 – Baseball – UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus – 3:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 4 – Men’s Volleyball – UCSD at Stanford – 7:00 PM

Saturday, Apr. 5 – Crew – San Diego Crew Classic – 7:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 5 – Women’s Crew – UCSD at NW Coll. Rowing Champ. – 8:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 5 – Women’s Water Polo – UCSD vs. Chapman – 10:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 5 – Track & Field – UCSD Divisional Challenge – 10:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 5 – Women’s Tennis – UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino – 11:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 5 – Baseball – UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH) – 12:00 PM
Saturday, Apr. 5 – Softball – UCSD vs. CSU Monterey Bay (DH) – 12:00 PM
Saturday, Apr. 5 – Women’s Water Polo – UCSD vs. San Diego State – 4:00 PM

Saturday, Apr. 5 – Men’s Volleyball – UCSD at Pacific – 7:00 PM

Sunday, Apr. 6 – Crew – San Diego Crew Classic – 7:00 AM
Sunday, Apr. 6 – Men’s Tennis – UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific – 11:00 AM
Sunday, Apr. 6 – Baseball – UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus – 12:00 PM
Sunday, Apr. 6 – Women’s Tennis – UCSD vs. Hawaii Pacific – 1:30 PM

It was an historic weekend for Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team, one that produced not only a pair of  home victories but left the Tritons needing help, but still mathematically in contention for a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Tournament with four matches remaining...After notching its first-ever victory over UCLA Friday, the UCSD an MPSF season series for the first time by knocking off defending NCAA champion UC Irvine for the second time this season Saturday...Ring’s charges are now 9-15 overall and 5-13 in MPSF play, the latter number representing an all-time high victory total...The Tritons now host NAIA Cal Baptist in their final home match of the season before traveling north to battle Pacific and Stanford.

A career high 30 kills (.300) by sophomore Jason Spangler propelled the Tritons to their 3-2 (26-30, 30-25, 32-30, 31-33, 15-9) win over No. 8 UCLA Friday, UCSD’s first over the Bruins in 34 matches...The Tritons had a chance to put it away in game four but squandered a pair of match points as UCLA forced a fifth set...UCSD dominated the final game, racing out to an 8-3 advantage behind the hitting of sophomore Gerald Houseman and never let the Bruins get closer than four points...Freshman Phil Bannan handed out 56 assists as UCSD won the hitting battle (.260-.226) and junior Eric Leserman recorded 19 digs...Helping Spangler on the offensive end were senior Russ Hardy (14  kills), sophomore Frank Fritsch (12) and Houseman (12).

The magic continued Saturday as the Tritons bounced back from a 2-1 deficit to whip UC Irvine, 3-2 (33-31, 25-30, 24-30, 30-25, 15-11)...Bannan dished out 45 assists and had two aces while Spangler was again the hammer, turning in 24 kills (.439)...The two teams were tied at 25 in game four when freshman Joel Davidson’s kill keyed a 5-0 run to send it a deciding game five...Down, 12-11, in the tight final set, the Anteaters coughed up the last three points on hitting errors...Freshman middle blocker Calvin Ross was big for the Tritons, racking up 15 kills, two solo blocks and four block assists...Houseman added 13 kills, Fritsch had 10 and Leserman recorded another 12 digs...The win was UCSD’s third in a row, its first such streak since the 2000 season.

On the heels of an impressive performance at the 18-team Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Coach Patti Gerckens’ 10th-ranked Softball team jumps back into conference play this week with a four-game home series against Cal State Monterey Bay...Now 26-12 overall and 11-7 in conference play, UCSD is second behind Humboldt State in the CCAA standings...Cal State Monterey Bay, 23-8 on the year, is 10-10 in league action and finds itself sixth coming into this weekend.

The Tritons went 5-1 in Turlock and won the Silver Division title, knocked out of the Gold Division in a tiebreaker scenario...UCSD began tourney play Friday by dumping a pair of Hawaiian regional rivals...Senior Melissa Ward fired a complete game, one-hitter to stifle Hawaii Pacific, 3-0, in game one...Triton batters delivered nine singles, two each by freshman leadoff hitter Sarah Woofter and right fielder Allison May...Next out, sophomore Christine Zankich matched Ward’s complete game, surrendering just six hits in a 7-1 shellacking of Chaminade...The UCSD offense accounted for 11 hits, two apiece for May, Jenny Maze and Katrin Gabriel...Gabriel led off the game with a single and a wild pitch and two errors later, UCSD was up by two...A two-run homer by Maze in the third, the 31st of her career, put the Tritons firmly command.

Ward was in charge again Saturday, twirling a three-hit, seven strikeout masterpiece as UCSD nicked Dixie State, 1-0...The Tritons managed just five hits themselves but one was a two-out seventh inning home run by May that provided the knockout punch...Any shot at the tourney title slipped away with the score tied, 1-1, in the third inning of Saturday’s second game as Grand Canyon erupted for five runs on the way to a 6-1 win...All of the Antelope runs crossed the plate after two were out.

The Tritons opened Silver Division play Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Western Oregon as Ward came up aces again, whiffing 11 while giving up only five hits...Both UCSD runs came in the fourth when May singled home Jenni Habib and Maze...Maze had two of UC’s six hits...Gerckens’ troops copped the Silver title by outlasting CCAA foe San Francisco State, 3-2...Ward was back on the bump for the finale, striking out 10 Gators while wrapping up her 11th win of the season and 58th of her career...Clutch offense again carried the day...Down, 2-0, in the bottom of the sixth, Woofter singled, stole second and cut the lead in half on a Habib double...One inning later, May started the decisive rally with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch...May scored on an error that allowed the next hitter, senior Danielle Lukk, to reach second base...Another error put Megan Grace on base and plated Lukk with the game winner...Woofter had UCSD’s other two hits.

On Tuesday, the Tritons dropped a non-conference home doubleheader to NAIA Point Loma, 4-0, 5-0 (9 innings).

Seven games in seven days over spring break proved no problem for Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team...The 16th-ranked Tritons went undefeated over that stretch and will now sport a 28-7 ledger (12-4 in CCAA play) when they travel to Cal State Stanislaus for a crucial four-game conference match-up starting Friday...UCSD sits third in the CCAA standings while Stanislaus (24-9/16-3) is second behind Sonoma State.

UCSD opened its potentially treacherous week with a 10-1, 6-2 doubleheader sweep of visiting Sioux Falls (SD) Monday...Junior Matt Rossman gave up just two hits while tossing six shutout innings in the opener to improve his record to 5-2...Evan Kehoe’s two-run double was UCSD’s lone hit in a three-run first that proved to be more than enough...DH Chris Franco stroked three hits, including a two-run homer, scoring twice and driving in three...Junior Trevor Decker (3-0) scattered eight hits over six innings in the nightcap...Sioux Falls took an early, 1-0, lead but UCSD tied it in the second and added three more in the third...Franco cracked three more hits while Kehoe and Tim Mort (two doubles) each had a pair.

In a conference rain make-up Tuesday, the Tritons polished off  Cal State San Bernardino, 3-2...Down, 2-0, early, UCSD parlayed three singles, a walk and a Coyote error into all three of its runs in the bottom of the third...Starter Guido Knudson lasted just three frames, but fellow freshman Tim Shibuya came to the rescue, posting five shutout innings of relief while securing his fourth win of the season...Junior Keith Noe finished things off for his fifth save...Junior first baseman Matt Cantele had two hits.

O’Brien’s club then piled up 55 hits and 38 runs while turning out a perfect, 4-0, weekend against host Grand Canyon...The fun started Friday when Cantele and freshman catcher Michael Benton had four hits apiece in UCSD’s, 12-8, series-opening win...Mort and centerfielder Nick Burke chipped in with three knocks apiece as the Tritons broke open a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fifth...Sophomore righthander Kirby St. John went five innings and lifted his record to 5-0 with Noe going the final one and a third to preserve the win...Knudson bounced back for his fourth win in UCSD’s, 5-4, victory in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader... Noe notched save number seven holding off an Antelope comeback that turned a 5-0 lead into a nailbiter...Mort and Kehoe each had two hits, an RBI and one run scored...The Tritons scored two in the first and cruised, 5-1, behind Rossman’s complete game seven-hitter in game two...Cantele and second baseman Garrett Imeson smacked three hits apiece with Cantele blasting his sixth homer (tied with Franco for the team lead)...The big bats were back Sunday as the Tritons rapped six doubles in an 16-9 pasting of the Antelopes...UCSD got three in the first and six in the third but had just a one run advantage before six seventh-inning runs put it away...Nick Rodieck, the second of seven hurlers employed by O’Brien captured the win...Mort finished a big weekend with three more hits...He was matched by third baseman Tony Bonelli...Meanwhile Imeson passed the 200 career hit mark, going 2-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and four RBIs.

In the face of stiff competition, the Track & Field team shined last weekend at the annual Cal-Nevada Championships in Fresno...Coach Darcy Ahner’s women scored 67 points to finish fifth overall, the only non-Division I team in the top eight...Meanwhile Coach Tony Salerno’s men were eighth with 32 points...San Diego State won the women’s division and UCLA prevailed on the men’s side.

Senior Whitney Johnson was among the standouts for the women...After finishing a disappointing seventh in the long jump (18-5), Johnson uncorked a school record 42-2 to take second in the triple jump...Sophomore Linda Rainwater also scored in two events—the high jump (5th/5-5) and 800 (8th/2:18.11)...Sarah Hendy (discus/153-2) and Christine Merrill (400 hurdles/60.92) were both runner-ups in their specialties and distance ace Emily McGregor took fourth in the 5,000 (17:26.3)...Also scoring were Diane Dunn (8th/1500/4:39.20), Leah  Murphy (5th/triple jump/39-9) and Stephanie LeFever (4th/long jump/18-9.25)...In a non-scoring performance, Christina Sloyer cleared a school record 12-1.5 in the pole vault

For the men, sophomore Casey Ryan, in his first competition of the year, snagged fourth in both the high jump (6-8.75) and javelin (182-3)...The latter was a career best and seventh all-time at UCSD...Other scorers were Khalil Hooper (4th/110 high hurdles/14.85), Jake LeVieux (6th/1500/3:55.95), Scott Tsuda (6th/triple jump/46-5.5), Daniel Macks (7th/javelin/175-10) and Evan Tamura (8th/800/1:56.03).

After winning three-of-four at last weekend’s Arizona State Invitational, the 19th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team is back at Canyonview Pool for two games Saturday...Coach Larry Sanders’ squad hosts Chapman at 10:00 AM and comes back at 4:00 PM for the annual Harper Cup contest against No. 6 San Diego State...The Tritons are now 14-14.

Saturday in Tempe, AZ, UCSD came away with a pair of 7-6 victories, won in contrasting styles...Junior Sydney Gstettenbauer’s fourth quarter penalty shot lifted the Tritons over Cal State San Bernardino after UCSD let a 6-2 lead evaporate in the second half...Senior Judy Emaus scored a hat trick for UC...It was the Tritons who had to come back later that day against NAIA Cal Baptist...Trailing, 6-4, in the third quarter, goals by Gstettenbauer, Emilia Halmay and Stephanie Heinrich powered UCSD to the win...Gstettenbauer scored three goals in the game.

UCSD made it three straight Sunday with a 10-5 romp over Pacific...Gstettenbauer, who has 64 goals on the year, Elizabeth Hahn and Nicole Hermann each struck for two goals as the Tritons went up 3-0 in the first period and were never threatened...Markayla Quayne and Kim Hockett combined for eight saves...In the tournament finale, No. 7 host Arizona State played to its ranking, overpowering UCSD, 8-4...Freshman Hanalei Crowell had two goals in a losing cause.

After testing some of the top teams in the nation at the Blue/Gray Jamboree in Montgomery, AL last week, the 25th-ranked Women’s Tennis team returns to SoCal play this week hosting CCAA rival Sonoma State (Friday) and regional challenger Hawaii Pacific (Sunday), sandwiched between a road match at Cal State San Bernardino (Saturday).

The Tritons left Montgomery with a 1-4 mark and are now 8-9 on the season...Coach Liz LaPlante’s netters were whitewashed, 9-0, in Wednesday’s first match by undefeated and No.1-ranked NAIA opponent Auburn-Montgomery...Thursday, freshmen Natalie Varnay and Taskeen Bains combined for a win at No. 1 doubles but that was all the Tritons were able to muster as No. 12 Columbus State rolled, 6-1...UCSD opened play Friday with its only victory of the trip, a 5-4 decision over Division I Texas-El Paso...Down, 2-1, following doubles, the Tritons rallied behind singles wins by Varnay (No. 1), freshman Kimmi Dao (No. 3), senior Justine Fonte (No. 4) and a forfeit at No. 6.

Friday afternoon, UCSD was edged, 5-3, by NAIA Lindsey Wilson...The twosomes of Varnay-Bains and Dao-Valerie Tang grabbed doubles points and Tang was a straight set winner at No. 6 singles...The Tritons concluded the trip with a 7-2 defeat at the hands of 12th-ranked (D-II) West Florida...UCSD went winless in doubles but Tang was a two-set winner at No. 5 and fellow freshman Dalya Perelman pulled out a three-set triumph at No. 2.

Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s sixth-ranked Men’s Tennis team will host regional foe Hawaii Pacific, Sunday on UCSD’s North Courts...Between now and then, the Tritons (9-8) will be trying to regroup following a grueling trip to Montgomery, AL for the Blue/Gray Jamboree last week...UCSD came away with just one win in five matches.

The Tritons opened Wednesday with an 8-1 defeat at the hands of  local NAIA power Auburn-Montgomery...The only point surrendered by the undefeated Senators came at No. 2 doubles where sophomore Bijan Moallemi and freshman Erik Elliott teamed for an 8-4 win...Thursday, UCSD was toppled by No. 2-ranked (D-II) Valdosta State, 6-3...Moallemi-Elliott again prevailed at No. 2 doubles and the tandem of Blake Meister and Kazumi Negishi won at No. 3...Moallemi also earned a point via injury forfeit at No. 2 singles...A day later, 27th-ranked Columbus State used four singles victories to post a 6-3 victory...Negishi (No.4) and Alex Placek (No. 5) captured singles wins and senior Eric Rubens and Placek teamed to take No. 1 doubles...That afternoon, the Tritons rebounded to put away NAIA Lindsey Wilson, 7-2, sweeping doubles and registering singles triumphs at No. 1 (Rubens), No. 3 (Placek), No. 4 (Brandon Low) and No. 5 (Vincent Nguyen).

In an add-on match following the Blue/Gray, No. 4 West Florida stopped UCSD, 4-3...The Argos swept doubles and split singles with Moallemi (No. 1), Meister (No. 3) and Negishi (No. 4) collecting wins.

The Women’s Crew team will trek to Vancouver, WA for Saturday’s Northwest Collegiate Rowing Championships after seeing its varsity eight place third while defending its 2007 title at last weekend’s Berg Cup Regatta at Newport Harbor...In Vancouver, Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s improving Tritons will hook up for the first time this season within defending NCAA Champion and top-ranked Western Washington... While the varsity competes in the Northwest, the novices will hit the water locally at the annual San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay.

UCSD, listed at No. 3 on the current NCAA D-II chart, trailed USD and Long Beach State at Newport Saturday, but closed the gap on the latter, finishing just one second short of the runner-up slot...The V-8 features coxswain Stephanie Chang and rowers Kelsey Thomas, Jill Peacock, Kali Webb, Jen Myers, Lauren Menzies, Alissa Kispersky, Maureen Kantner and Kim Shaffer...The varsity four, consisting of Caryn Urbanczyk, Kelly Hansen, Sarah Gosling, Suzanne Chang and coxswain Leslie Nanninga took fourth, while the novice eight, second novice eight and second varsity eight were all third place finishers.

For the second consecutive week, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew will be on the water with the elite of collegiate rowing when it competes in the 35th annual San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday and Sunday at Mission Bay...By virtue of last year's unprecedented win in the Cal Cup, the UCSD varsity eight has been elevated to the Copley Cup field where it will be pitted against Washington, Harvard, Stanford, Syracuse, Oregon State and Colgate in Saturday's prelims...Johnson will also send out JV eight and novice eight boats.

Last weekend, the Tritons found the going tough at the Windermere Regatta at Redwood Shores...In dual racing, the varsity eight went winless against UCLA, perennial national power Cal and Oregon State...The second varsity eight was defeated by Stanford and Trinity (CT) before bouncing back to whip Oregon State.

Coming off a 12-day layoff, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will be looking to start a positive run-up to the CCAA Championships (April 21) and NCAA Super Regional (May 5) when it travels to Goodyear, AZ for the Grand Canyon Thunderbirds Invitational, starting today with 54 holes at the 7,021-yd. Palm Valley Golf Club...The tournament finishes with 18 holes Tuesday...The Triton tournament lineup will be Nathan Phan, Billy Olsen, Ryan Bailey, Keith Okasaki and Noah Moss.

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