THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Monday, Apr. 14---Golf---UCSD at Buzzini Invitational---All Day
Tuesday, Apr. 15---Golf---UCSD at Buzzini Invitational---All Day
Wednesday, Apr. 16---Track & Field---California Invitational Heptathlon/Decathlon--10:00 AM
Wednesday, Apr. 16---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM
Thursday, Apr. 17---Track & Field---California Invitational Heptathlon/Decathlon---10:00 AM
Thursday, Apr. 17---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---2:00 PM
Thursday, Apr. 17---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---7:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 18---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Relays---10:00 AM
Friday, Apr. 18---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---1:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 18---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Davis---2:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 18---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---3:00 PM
Saturday, Apr. 19---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Newport Regatta---7:30 AM
Saturday, Apr. 19---Track & Field---UCSD at Beach Invitational---9:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 19---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Relays---10:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 19---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---11:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 19---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---12:00 PM
Sunday, Apr. 20---Track & Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Relays---10:00 AM
Sunday, Apr. 20---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---12:00 PM
Sunday, Apr. 20---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Marcos (DH)---12:00 PM
BASEBALL TEAM OVERPOWERS CHICO STATE; NO. 2 SONOMA STATE NEXT
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team, fresh from passing a tough CCAA test last weekend, finds an even more challenging skirmish headed its way this weekend as league-leading Sonoma State (35-5/19-3), ranked second nationally, visits La Jolla for a four-game series, beginning Friday afternoon...The 12th-ranked Tritons, who took 3-of-4 from No. 15 Chico State last weekend, sport a 34-9 record of their own and are second in the CCAA at 18-6...This will be the two teams’ first meeting of 2008.
The Tritons battered Chico State pitching for 20 hits last Friday in taking the series opener, 17-9...Four different UCSD hitters—Evan Kehoe, Chris Franco, Garrett Imeson and Tim Mort—smacked three hits apiece...Mort and Franco each had a pair of doubles with the former driving in four runs...Junior first baseman Matt Cantele, heating up at the right time of year, belted his seventh homer of the year, scored three and had four RBIs as well...Big innings were the order of the day as UCSD scored all of its runs in just four frames...Sophomore Kirby St. John threw six innings while collecting his sixth win without a defeat.
The two teams split Saturday’s doubleheader...Chico got game one, 11-7, using a six-run eighth inning to build a nine-run lead before holding off a late UCSD charge...Freshman Kehoe had three of the Tritons’ 10 hits, one a two-run dinger, and drove in three...Shortstop Vance Albitz also homered and drove in four out of the leadoff slot...UCSD rebounded to take game two, 5-4, as senior Matt Rossman snagged his eighth win with relief help from Tim Shibuya and Keith Noe...The Tritons were cruising, 5-0, a three-run third inning homer by Cantele doing most of the damage, but needed the bullpen heroics to stave off a late Wildcat rally...Nick Burke, Michael Benton and Tony Bonelli had two hits each.
The series finale was also a 5-4 affair...Shibuya and Noe were again front and center but this time the Tritons had to bounce back from a 4-1 deficit to earn the victory...Down three, Kehoe and Imeson led off the sixth with a single and double respectively...Both came around to score, bringing UCSD to within one...Kehoe singled home Imeson in the seventh to tie it and Mort, who led off the eighth with a double, crossed the plate with the game-winning tally on a Bonelli sacrifice fly...Shibuya procured his sixth win without a loss after tossing two-and-a-third scoreless innings and Noe’s perfect ninth earned him credit for his 11th save.
POLO TEAM SHOCKS LMU; FACES CAL BAPTIST IN FINAL HOME GAME
Now 16-16 and continuing to look like a Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) title threat, the 17th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team will play its regular season finale Thursday night when its hosts NAIA Cal Baptist on Senior Night...Start time will be 7:00 PM, one hour later than normal...The WWPA Championship tourney will begin a week from Friday and Coach Larry Sanders’ club is expected to be at least the No. 3 seed.
The Tritons solidified their WWPA standing Saturday with a 9-7 road upset of No. 11 Loyola Marymount...It was a game with a twisting plot as the two teams racked up a total of seven first period goals (four by LMU) and one each in the second to give the Lions a 5-4 halftime advantage...But the Tritons stiffened on defense in the third quarter and took the lead on a pair of man-up goals by Nicole Hermann and Stephanie Bocian...With just three ticks left in the third period and only 45 seconds after Bocian’s score, UCSD’s leading scorer Sydney Gstettenbauer netted her third goal of the game to make it 7-5 Tritons... Gstettenbauer connected again early in the fourth to make it 8-5 and after LMU narrowed the lead to two goals, junior Bridgette Bugay essentially closed the door with a score at the 3:24 mark...Senior Kim Hockett had seven saves in the cage, including a key stop on a third quarter LMU breakaway.
UCSD came close to making it an even more memorable week but ended up on the short end of a 6-4 score against No. 4 Hawaii on Wednesday...The Rainbows led, 5-3, at halftime and UCSD twice closed the gap to a single goal in the second half but was unable to get the equalizer...Five players had a goal apiece for the Tritons.
SOFTBALL HOSTS DOMINGUEZ HILLS, CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
Coach Patti Gerckens’ 14th-ranked Softball team will be looking to recover from an 0-4 weekend at Humboldt State when it hosts CCAA foe Cal State Dominguez Hills in a Friday rain make-up doubleheader...UCSD, now 28-18 overall, dropped to .500 (13-13) in conference and finds itself in a three-way tie for fourth place (and the final slot in the CCAA Championship Tournament) with Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State and just six games remaining...This Sunday in their final home appearance of the season, the Tritons will host intra-county rival Cal State San Marcos for two.
Humboldt State took both ends of last Friday’s doubleheader, 1-0 and 8-3...Senior Melissa Ward pitched well enough to win in the opener, surrendering just six hits and striking out four, but UCSD was able to muster just two hits—a double and a single by right fielder Allison May—and HSU starter Lizzy Prescott fanned 12... UCSD stroked seven hits in the second game, including a two-run homer by freshman shortstop Sarah Woofter but the Lumberjacks jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back...DP Amanda Eliades had two hits for the Tritons.
It was more of the same the next afternoon as Humboldt State recorded 2-0 and 5-3 wins...In a replay of Friday’s opener, Ward gave up just one earned run but singles by May and Jenni Habib were all the UCSD offense could put together...In game two, a two-run Habib single had the Tritons on top, 2-1, and needing just six more outs to escape with a split...But after Ward relieved starter Lauren Chastain with the bags loaded in the bottom of the inning, the Lumberjacks’ Caitlin Klug hit a grand slam that proved decisive...UCSD had seven hits in the contest.
MT. SAC RELAYS, BEACH INVITATIONAL ON TAP FOR TRACK & FIELD
The Track & Field team will be split between three venues this week after a solid performance at last weekend’s Rafer Johson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational at UCLA...On Wednesday and Thursday, heptathletes and decathletes will compete at the California Invitational in Azusa...About a dozen athletes will participate in the high-end Mt. SAC Relays with the distance runners going Friday and the remainder of the roster set for Sunday...The bulk of the squad will compete at the Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State, Saturday at Cerritos College...The latter event marks a late change to the Tritons’ schedule as they were originally slated to participate in the Azusa Meet of Champions.
Sophomore Linda Rainwater and freshman Kelly Fogarty made the biggest news at UCLA...Rainwater captured the high jump, clearing 5-5.25 while Fogarty posted the third fastest time in UCSD history in the 100 (12.05) and the second fastest in the 200 (24.73)...Both were NCAA Division II provisional qualifying numbers...Three distance runners also hit NCAA marks—Diane Dunn (1,500/4:35.88), Briana Schofield (1,500/4:36.87) and Emily McGregor (5,000/17:19.82)...Senior Christina Sloyer continued her string of impressive performances, placing third in the open pole vault at 11-7.75 while Whitney Johnson nabbed fourth in the invitational triple jump (41-1)...Meanwhile, the men got third place efforts from Casey Ryan (high jump/6-6) and Jake LeVieux (3,000 steeplechase/9:34.86)...Fred Cook’s 48-8 heave in the shot landed him at No. 7 on the UCSD career chart.
MEN’S CREW WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT CITY TITLE
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew, ranked 23rd in the most recent national poll, won its fifth consecutive San Diego City Championship Saturday on Mission Bay...The Tritons fought off a stubborn challenge from USD to win the varsity eight, covering the 2000 m. in a time of 5:35...UCSD fell behind early but took control by the 500 m. mark and hit the finish line two seconds ahead of the runner-up Toreros...Manning the boat were Ryan Andre, Shawn Hay, Derek Huffman, Jay Dee Morgan, Zachary Hearns, Jeff Collett, Gil Collins, Jonathan Lynch and coxswain Shanti Tharayil...The UCSD junior varsity crew claimed third in the same race, topping San Diego State.
Assistant Coach Colin Truex’s novice eight was second, falling to USD by a mere second while the Johnson’s hastily assembled varsity four groups were second and third in four-boat fields...
The Tritons will square off against USD again Saturday, along with UCLA, UC Irvine, Santa Clara and host Orange Coast College at the Newport Regatta in Orange County.
NOVICES HAVE BEST SHOWING FOR WOMEN AT CITY CREW CHAMPIONSHIP
Facing its Division I crosstown rivals, USD and San Diego State, the Women’s Rowing team finished third at Saturday’s San Diego City Championships on Mission Bay...The Triton varsity eight wound up 23 seconds behind first place USD and 14 seconds in back of San Diego State...Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s squad will now be off until taking on Chapman, April 26, at Newport Harbor, its last prep race before the end-of-season regattas start, May 3, with the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships.
The Tritons fared better in the varsity four and novice eight races, claiming third in the former, just six seconds out of first, and second in the latter...The varsity four was comprised of coxswain Sneha Somasekar, Caryn Urbanczyk, Kelly Hansen, Sarah Gosling and Suzanne Chang while the novice eight was rowed by Elizabeth Longo, Kristen Hayashi, Denise Kleckner, Amanda Becerra, Roxanne Bevel, Brittany Hernandez, Cory Davis and Erin Lodhja and coxed by Amy Fan.
TRITONS CLOSE RECORD-SETTING VOLLEYBALL SEASON WITH ROAD LOSSES
Arguably the best season in Men’s Volleyball history ended on a down note last weekend as Coach Kevin Ring’s club fell on the road to No. 3 Cal State Northridge and No. 13 UC Santa Barbara...The results left the Tritons with a 10-19 record for the season and 6-16 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MSPF)...The overall win total was the most since UCSD stepped up to Division II in 2001 and the MPSF total was the highest ever.
Friday night at Northridge, the Matadors prevailed, 3-0 (30-21, 30-19, 30-24), hitting at a monstrous .506 clip...Sophomore Jason Spangler had nine kills and a pair of aces for the Tritons who managed to out-block CSUN, 6-4.5.
The next night was much less clear cut but much more frustrating as Santa Barbara pulled out a 3-1 (31-33, 30-17, 31-29, 32-30) decision...After the two teams exchanged wins in games one and two, the Tritons forged a six-point advantage in the third set and were up 29-27, only to see the Gauchos reel off the final four points to escape with the win...Game four was even more perplexing as UCSD pulled ahead, 27-20, and had match point at 29-26 only to see it all slip away...Spangler chalked up 21 kills, fellow soph Frank Fritsch had 14 and senior Russ Hardy tallied 11...Freshman setter Phil Bannan dealt out 55 assists and served up three aces...Spangler finished the 2008 season with 489 kills, tied for third on the single season list...UCSD played both matches without junior all-conference libero Eric Leserman who suffered an injury at Pacific the previous week.
WOMEN’S TENNIS LOOKS TO EXTEND CCAA STREAK
Aiming at a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team (11-10 and ranked fourth in the region) concludes its regular season this week against a pair of familiar rivals...Cal Poly Pomona comes to town Wednesday and the Tritons will battle another CCAA opponent, Cal State L.A., on the road Saturday...UCSD posted easy wins against both teams earlier in the year and will be trying to add to its streak of 46 consecutive victories against CCAA opponents.
In a rain make-up Thursday, the 23rd-ranked Tritons thrashed NAIA visitor Concordia, 8-1...The tandems of Taskeen Bains-Natalie Varnay, Kimmi Dao-Valerie Tang and Justine Fonte-Dalya Perelman staked UCSD to a 3-0, sweeping doubles and then the bottom four spots on the singles ladder—Dao, Fonte, Molly Sullens and Tang—racked up straight set victories...Varnay netted the final point with a three-set triumph at No. 1.
MEN’S TENNIS FINISHES REGULAR SEASON UP NORTH
Trying to solidify a berth in the NCAA West Regional (May 8-10), Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team will close out its regular season on the road at Sonoma State and UC Davis this weekend...The Sonoma State match will be the key for the Tritons in terms of a Division II post-season bid.
The Tritons, ranked 11th nationally, but 9-10 overall and struggling of late, fell, 5-4, to NAIA Cal Baptist in their regular season home finale last Tuesday...The twosomes of Bijan Moallemi-Erik Elliott and Eric Rubens-Kazumi Negishi lifted UCSD to a 2-1 lead after doubles but the Lancers captured wins at Nos. 1-2-3 and 5 in singles...The Tritons’ two point-earners in singles were Blake Meister at No. 4 and Vincent Nguyen at No. 6, both prevailing in straight sets.
GOLFERS TUNE UP FOR CONFERFENCE TOURNEY IN TURLOCK
Looking to fine tune its roster and its play before next week’s CCAA Championships, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team will travel to Turlock for the annual Buzzini Invitational at Turlock Country Club...The 14-team field will feature seven CCAA schools...Teeing it up for the Tritons will be Nathan Phan, Billy Olsen, Keith Okasaki, Austin Alfonso and Noah Moss.
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