THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Tuesday, Apr. 8---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---2:00 PM
Wednesday, Apr. 9---Water Polo---UCSD vs. Hawaii---6:00 PM
Thursday, Apr. 10---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Invitational---10:00 AM
Friday, Apr. 11---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Invitational---10:00 AM
Friday, Apr. 11---Softball---UCSD at Humboldt State (DH)---1:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 11---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State---3:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 11---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---7:00 PM
Saturday, Apr. 12---Crew---UCSD at SD City Championships---8:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 12---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Invitational---10:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 12---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State (DH)---11:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 12---Softball---UCSD at Humboldt State (DH)---11:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 12---Water Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---Noon
Saturday, Apr. 12---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---7:00 PM
Sunday, Apr. 13---Baseball---UCSD vs. Chico State---11:00 AM
BASEBALL MOVES INTO 2ND PLACE; CHICO STATE HERE OVER WEEKEND
With the CCAA race starting to heat up, the 12th-ranked Baseball team hosts always tough Chico State for a four-game set in La Jolla, starting with a single game Friday afternoon...Coach Dan O’Brien’s Tritons bring a 31-8 mark into the weekend’s play after taking three-of-four at Cal State Stanislaus and vaulting past the Warriors into second place in the conference standings...UCSD is now 15-5 in the CCAA...Chico State is 27-9 overall, 16-7 in the CCAA and fourth in the league standings...Sonoma State leads at 19-3.
Solid work out of the bullpen and a four-run fifth inning propelled UCSD to a 9-6 victory in the first of the four-game series at Cal State Stanislaus...Senior first baseman Chris Franco, who went 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs on the day, cranked a three-run dinger in the fifth inning uprising which saw UCSD do all of its damage with two outs...Freshman standout Tim Shibuya gave up just two hits in four-and-a-third scoreless innings of relief, notching his fifth win, while pen-mate Keith Noe hurled the ninth for his eighth save..
The two teams split Saturday’s doubleheader...The Warriors took game one, 7-0, behind a pitching gem from senior Marquis Fleming...The righthander turned in a one-hit, nine strikeout effort that would have been perfect if not for a single by Vance Albitz to lead off the game and a fourth inning walk to Garrett Imeson...But the resilient Tritons came right back to take game two, 5-2, with Matt Rossman on the hill...Rossman snagged his seventh win with help from Nick Rodieck and Noe...A Franco RBI single put UCSD ahead, 1-0, in the first and in the second, after an error, two walks and a passed ball made it, 2-0, Evan Kehoe rapped a two-run single and the Tritons were in control...Franco, Kehoe and Albitz all had two hits.
Junior Trevor Decker gave up just one run and three hits in seven innings as the Tritons captured the series finale, 13-2, Sunday...Junior Tim Mort highlighted a 12-hit attack, going 4-for-5, scoring two and driving in two.
NO. 15 SOFTBALL FACES MAJOR TEST AT HUMBOLDT STATE
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team travels north this weekend for a critical four-game series at Humboldt State, matching the Nos. 2-3 teams in the conference...Humboldt State, the defending CCAA champ, sits second on the league ladder, 36-14 overall and 13-7 in the CCAA, while UCSD is right behind in third, 28-14 overall and 13-9 in league...The 15th-ranked Tritons, coming off a home split vs. Cal State Monterey Bay, beat the Lumberjacks, 5-2, when the two squads met at the Best of the West Invitational on February 1.
In Friday’s series opener, senior Melissa Ward baffled Cal State Monterey Bay, 6-0, with a two-hit, four-strikeout outing that earned her 13th win of the season...The Tritons were clinging to a 1-0 lead, gained via a fourth inning Jenny Maze home run, when they blew it open with a five-run sixth...The key hits were a two-run, bases loaded single by right fielder Allison May and a two-run double by catcher Nicole Saari...The Otters got out with a split, taking game two, 3-2...Junior starter Lauren Chastain surrendered just three hits but Monterey scored a run in the third without benefit of a hit and got an unearned marker in the fourth...UCSD had just four hits of its own.
In Saturday’s opener, Ward was a hard luck loser, watching a complete game six-hitter end up in a two-run loss, courtesy of unearned runs in each of the first two innings...The Tritons had their chances offensively, but left eight runners stranded and ended another inning with a double play.
The Otters scored a run in each of the first two innings again in game two but UCSD was able to weather some shaky early play to collect a 6-4 victory...First inning RBI singles by Jenni Habib and Allison May staked the Tritons to a 2-1 lead...They scored two more in the second after Monterey Bay had tied it up—freshman Katrin Gabriel’s bouncer up the middle plating Danielle Lukk and Randelle Bundy...Third baseman Jenny Maze smashed her eighth homer of the year, a solo shot in the third to make it a three-run game...The Otters tightened it up with two in the fifth thanks to two walks and a pair of UCSD errors but Ward came on in relief of Christine Zankich to stem the tide...Zankich, who had turned in two solid innings out of the bullpen behind Chastain, got the win and Ward the save...Gabriel and Habib had two hits each.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL OUTLASTS PACIFIC; FINISHES SEASON ON ROAD
The Men’s Volleyball team closes out the most successful Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) campaign in its history this weekend when it travels to MPSF-leading and second-ranked Cal State Northridge and No. 14 UC Santa Barbara this weekend...Coach Kevin Ring’s club is 10-17 overall and 6-14 in MPSF play after earning a road split in Northern California last weekend.
The Tritons saw their three-match win streak hit the skids Tuesday when NAIA power Cal Baptist pulled out a 3-1 (22-30, 30-27, 30-62, 30-24) victory in the final home outing of the season at RIMAC Arena...Sophomore Jason Spangler, who was named MPSF and AVCA National Player of the Week after UCSD’s wins over UCLA and UCI, led the offense with 19 kills, followed by Frank Fritsch with 13 and fast-improving middle blocker Gerald Houseman with 10...Houseman also delivered two aces and junior libero Eric Leserman had 13 digs, pushing him past Chris Mortimer to the top of UCSD’s career list in that category (he finished the week with 667).
Friday night in Palo Alto, Stanford swept the Tritons, 3-0 (30-20, 35-33, 30-20)...Sophomore Fritsch had a match high 12 kills for UCSD but season kill leader Spangler had just three...The Cardinal led in hitting (.355-.203), blocking (11-6.5) and had seven aces...Shane Veiga (10) was the only other UCSD player to hit double figures in the kills column.
The Tritons rebounded the next night, prevailing in a two hour, 47-minute marathon at Pacific, 3-2 (30-26, 28-30, 38-40, 30-26, 20-15)...In a game five tight rope act, the Tigers were up, 12-11, when the teams exchanged 13 straight sideouts that produced seven tie scores...A Fritsch kill pushed UCSD ahead, 19-18 and then freshman setter Phil Bannan and Houseman hooked up to block Pacific’s top hitter, Pekka Seppanen on match point...Senior Russ Hardy (23 kills), Spangler (22) and Fritsch (21) accounted for 74% of the Tritons’ 89 kills with the Bannan dishing out 71 assists to go with two aces...UCSD outhit (.371-.280) and outblocked (15.5-9) the Tigers and Leserman’s 15 digs gave him 282 for the season, breaking his own school mark...The win gave UCSD a season sweep of its two matches against Pacific.
WATER POLO SUFFERS NARROW HARPER CUP LOSS; NO. 4 HAWAII AT CANYONVIEW WEDNESDAY
With the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships less than three weeks away, the 19th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will continue to prep by testing itself against top competition, hosting No. 4 Hawaii Wednesday at Canyonview Pool and then traveling to Los Angeles to battle No. 11 Loyola Marymount Saturday.
Now 15-15 on the year, UCSD is coming off an encouraging weekend...Saturday morning, the Tritons mauled an out-manned Chapman squad, 10-1, before losing a hard-fought, 6-5, decision against No. 5 San Diego State later in the day... UCSD cruised to an 8-0 halftime advantage against Chapman and Coach Larry Sanders was able to empty the bench in the second half...Janice Aguilar netted three goals to lead the offense with Sydney Gstettenbauer and Stephanie Bocian picking up two apiece...Amanda Wong scored her first collegiate goal in the fourth quarter.
In the annual Harper Cup showdown, UCSD never led against SDSU and was down, 4-1, at halftime, but Sanders’ crew demonstrated some grit in the final 16 minutes...With the score, 5-2, a wicked backhander by Judy Emaus and a nifty lob by Gstettenbauer brought the Tritons to within one after three quarters...The Aztecs tallied early in the fourth but Emaus responded with 49 seconds remaining in regulation, converting on a tough turnaround shot in the hole...The UCSD defense held, providing one final opportunity to tie, but an attempt to get the ball inside to Emaus resulted in a turnover that sealed it for SDSU...Senior goalie Kim Hockett blocked 12 shots.
MEN’S CREW BATTLES AT CREW CLASSIC; CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT
After delivering a creditable performance against the best crews in the nation, the Men’s Rowing team will challenge its local rivals Saturday at the annual San Diego City Championships...The event, which includes D-I San Diego State and USD, is set for the Sea World Channel on Mission Bay at 7:00 AM...Men’s races will include the varsity and novice eight, the varsity four and possibly a novice four...UCSD is the four-time defending champion and the last time the Triton varsity eight lost here was in 2003 when current Coach Zach Johnson was head coach of the victorious San Diego State Men’s squad.
In the wake of its 2007 victory in the Cal Cup, the varsity eight was offered and accepted an entry in the prestigious Copley Cup field at last weekend’s 35th annual Crew Classic...After a sixth place finish in its seven-boat heat, Johnson’s group claimed fifth in the petite final on Sunday, just a tenth of a second out of third, in a photo finish after 2,000 m...Coxed by Shanti Tharayil, the crew consisted of Ryan Andre, Shawn Hay, Derek Huffman, Jay Dee Morgan, Zachary Hearns, Jeff Collett, Gil Collins and Jonathan Lynch.
Meanwhile, the JV eight was second to UCLA in the petite final and eighth overall, the novice eight was also second in its petite final, finishing eight in a field of 21 and the second novice eight took second in a division consisting of just five boats.
WOMEN’S CREW TAKES ON USD, SDSU IN CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s third-ranked Women’s Crew team got its first look at its toughest regional competition Saturday in Vancouver, WA at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Championships...The Tritons will now have a month to fine tune their skills and strategies before getting a rematch at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. Championships (May 3), Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (May 17) and, hopefully, the NCAA Division II Championships (May 30).
But first, the Tritons will square off against Division I cross town rivals USD and San Diego State in the annual San Diego City Championships Saturday at the Sea World Channel on Mission Bay...The women will compete in varsity eight, JV eight, varsity four, novice eight and novice four divisions.
In Washington last weekend, a separate set of Division II and open races were on the docket...Pinkerton’s varsity eight placed fourth behind top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Western Washington, Humboldt State and Seattle Pacific in the D-II contest...WWU was a clear winner but the second through fourth slots were split seconds apart with all boats overlapped, giving the crew of Kelsey Thomas, Jillian Peacock, Kali Webb, Jen Myers, Lauren Menzies, Alissa Kispersky, Maureen Kantner, Kim Shaffer and coxswain Stephanie Chang the knowledge that with improvement, their goal of a return trip to the NCAA Championships is clearly attainable...The Triton varsity four was also fourth.
In the open races, the varsity eighth was third, this time out-finishing Humboldt State by 16 seconds...The varsity four was fifth, the JV eight fourth and the JV four second.
WOMEN DOMINATE, MEN NARROWLY PREVAIL IN TRACK & FIELD CHALLENGE
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner send their charges to Los Angeles, Thursday through Saturday for the annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational at UCLA...About three quarters of the Triton squad will compete at UCLA, where they will meet a field laden with Division I performers...Last Saturday, on their home track, the Tritons won both halves of the four-team UCSD Divisional Challenge, running away with the women’s division, 260-171, over runner-up Point Loma, and squeaking by Claremont, 194-193, to triumph on the men’s side.
Ahner’s women were dominant, winning 15-of-18 events...The Tritons were first in both relays and every running event...Individual highlights included Christina Sloyer’s school record 12-feet-5.5 clearance in the pole vault, Anna Lee McGregor’s school record 56.51 in the 400 and the new UCSD standard of 47.01 in the 4x100, posted by the team of Kayleigh Knudson, Katie Skorupa, Christine Merrill and Kelly Fogarty...All three are NCAA D-II Championship qualifying marks... Fogarty also bolted to victory in both sprints—100 (12.38) and 200 (25.19)—and Melissa Karnaze won the hammer with a heave of 166-8, bettering her existing NCAA provisional distance...Whitney Johnson (18-0.5) and Leah Murphy (37-3.25) took the long and triple jump respectively...Sarah Hendy won the discus by more than 29 feet with a toss of 154-3.
Wins were tougher to come by in the men’s competition, but Salerno’s squad still racked up half a dozen...Senior Khalil Hooper took the 110 high hurdles (15.27) and Jake LeVieux led a 1-2-3 finish in the 800 at 1:57.32...The Tritons got two wins each in the jumps—Casey Ryan (high jump/6-8.25) and Scott Tsuda (triple jump/45-8)—and throws—Fred Cook (shot put/47-11.75) and Jeff Ng (discus/145-8) ...Senior Todd Bettisworth posted a quick 49.66 while finishing second in the 400.
GOLFERS 12TH IN ARIZONA
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will be off this week, resuming play next Monday at the 54-hole Buzzini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus at the Turlock Country Club.
Last week, the Tritons were 12th in the 19-team Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational ...UCSD registered a total score of 895 over the 7,015-yd., par 72 Palm Valley course, 50 strokes behind first place Wayland Baptist...Junior Billy Olsen and sophomore Keith Okasaki both shot 220, finishing tied for 25th place in the individual standings...Noah Moss tied for 61st at 228, followed by Nathan Phan (T72nd/231) and Ryan Bailey (T76th/232)...Olsen (second round) and Okasaki (third round) each carded a one-under 71 during the tourney.
REGULAR SEASON HOME FINALE TUESDAY FOR MEN’S TENNIS
The 11th-ranked Men’s Tennis team will play its final regular season home match of the season Tuesday when it hosts always tough NAIA foe Cal Baptist at 2:00 PM...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Tritons, gearing up for the NCAA West Regionals, which are only a month off, are 9-9 on the year after falling at home Sunday to No. 10 Hawaii Pacific.
Against HPU, UCSD was down, 2-1, after doubles...Kazumi Negishi and Alex Whitmore garnered the Triton point, winning, 8-6, at No. 3...Sophomore Bijan Moallemi rang up a solid, 6-3, 6-1, triumph at No. 1 singles but there was not much to cheer about from Nos. 2-6...Eric Rubens (No. 2), Negishi (No. 4) and Alex Placek (No. 5) all took their first sets to tiebreakers but each ended up on the short end and were unable to reverse those results in the second set.
WOMEN’S TENNIS CONTINUES CCAA DOMINANCE; FALLS TO HPU
Coach Liz LaPlante’s No. 23 Women’s Tennis team will have a quiet week after playing three matches in three days over the weekend...The Tritons will be back in action, April 16 vs. Cal Poly Pomona, their final home match of 2008.
Friday in La Jolla, the Tritons rocked CCAA rival Sonoma State, 9-0...Freshmen Natalie Varnay, Dalya Perelman, Kimmi Dao, Valerie Tang and senior Justine Fonte were all winners in both singles and doubles.
The 23rd-ranked Tritons reeled off their 46th consecutive win against CCAA opponents the next day, clubbing host Cal State San Bernardino, 8-1...Liberally using her depth, Coach Liz LaPlante saw her team win all three doubles matches and capture five-of-six singles clashes in straight sets.
Sunday, a big effort was not enough against No. 17 Hawaii Pacific as the visiting Sea Warriors came away with a 5-4 victory...Tang and Dao won at No. 2 doubles, but UCSD trailed, 2-1, heading into singles competition...Varney (No. 1), Fonte (No. 4) and Tang (No. 6) each supplied straight set victories which gave UCSD a short-lived, 4-3, lead...HPU rallied to take the final two singles contests and the match.
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