UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 21, 2008)
Release: Sunday 04/20/2008 
by UCSD
Shortstop Vance Albitz and the Triton Baseball team split last weekend with No. 2 Sonoma State.
Shortstop Vance Albitz and the Triton Baseball...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Monday, Apr. 21---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championship---All Day 

Tuesday, Apr. 22---Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championship---All Day 

Friday, Apr. 25---Track & Field---UCSD  hosts Triton Invitational---10:00 AM 
Friday, Apr. 25---Softball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---1:00 PM
Friday, Apr. 25---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State---2:00 PM 
Friday, Apr. 25---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBA 

Saturday, Apr. 26---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Chapman---8:00 AM 
Saturday, Apr. 26---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---10:00 AM 
Saturday, Apr. 26---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---11:00 AM 
Saturday, Apr. 26---Softball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH)---11:00 AM
Saturday, Apr. 26---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBA
 
Sunday, Apr. 27---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State---11:00 AM 
Sunday, Apr. 27---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBA


TRACK & FIELD HOSTS ANNUAL TRITON INVITATIONAL
More than 1,000 athletes are expected to migrate to UCSD Saturday for the annual Triton Invitational Track & Field meet which actually starts Friday with the women’s hammer and discus as well as open sections of pole vault for men & women...Several Olympians, competitors from UCLA, Auburn and a number of other Division I schools are expected to be in the field...As usual, the discus should be among the highlight events, given the traditionally strong marks produced on the UCSD field by an elite group of throwers.

There were plenty of highlights for Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner last weekend as their teams performed at a series of locations...UCSD’s multi-event athletes got the week off to a rousing start...Sophomore Linda Rainwater, school record holder in the heptathlon (5,057 pts.) placed 13th in her specialty, scoring 4,998 pts. against top caliber competition at the Mt. SAC Relays...Simultaneously, at Azusa’s California Invitational, Stephanie LeFever (4,690) and Kayleigh Knudson (4,528) produced personal bests that put them second and third behind Rainwater on the UCSD career chart...On the men’s side, Andrew Van Straaten totaled 6,169 pts. in the decathlon making him the No. 3 scorer in UCSD history.

At Thursday night’s Mt. SAC Relays distance carnival, senior Emily McGregor smashed an 18-year-old school record while finishing fifth in the 10,000 m., clocking 35:26...The old mark of 35:30.23 was set by Michelle Conlay in 1990...McGregor’s time was also an NCAA automatic qualifying time...Meanwhile, senior Diane Dunn raced to an NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the 5,000 with a time of 17:39.78, fifth-fastest all-time at UCSD.

Triton athletes were at both the Beach Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend...Among the notable performances were senior Whitney Johnson’s 41-5 leap in the triple jump, Jake LeVieux’s NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 9:21.10 in the 3,000 steeplechase and Khalil Hooper’s personal best of 14.56 in the 110 high hurdles...The women’s 4x400 relay squad--Rainwater, Katie Skorupa, Christine Merrill & Anna Lee McGregor--turned in an NCAA qualifying time of 3:45.68.

BASEBALL SPLITS WITH NO. 2 SONOMA STATE; HEAD TO SFSU FOR FOUR
Coming off a four-game home split with CCAA-leading Sonoma State, the eighth-ranked Baseball team goes to the Bay Area for a four-game series against San Francisco State starting Friday...Coach Dan O’Brien’s Tritons are now 36-11 on the season, 20-8 in the CCAA and remain second in the conference standings...SFSU is 7-38-1 / 1-27 and last in the 10-team CCAA race.

In Friday’s series opener, UCSD pummeled Sonoma State pitching for 14 hits en route to a 7-4 victory...Vance Albitz, Evan Kehoe and Tim Mort popped three hits apiece and the Tritons got stellar relief pitching from Tim Shibuya and Keith Noe...Back-to-back doubles by Kehoe and Garrett Imeson sparked a three-run seventh inning that broke a 4-4 tie...Sophomore Kirby St. John started and threw six innings...Shibuya came on to toss two perfect frames, striking out four and notching his seventh win without a defeat...Noe closed in the ninth, racking up save No. 12, tying Ryan Leake’s career record (Noe already owns the single season mark).

Sonoma State turned the tables in Saturday’s doubleheader, touching up Triton pitching for four first inning runs and pulling away for a 13-2 game one win, then overcoming an early four-run deficit to take a 9-6 decision and gain a sweep...Mort and Matt Cantele had two hits each in the first game and Imeson smoked a two-run double...Imeson got two of UCSD’s nine hits in the nightcap and senior Chris Hom drove in two...Right hander Tim Strombel threw three shutout innings in relief.

In Sunday’s, 5-4, series finale victory, four and two-thirds innings of shutout relief work by Shibuya and Noe kept the Tritons in the game until they pushed across the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth...UCSD went up,1-0, in the first on a Cantele round tripper...After Sonoma scored a pair in the second, UCSD got the equalizer in the bottom half as Mort walked, stole two bases and came home on freshman catcher Michael Benton’s ground ball...It was 4-4 after four and that’s how it stayed until the ninth... With one out, Benton and junior third sacker Tony Bonelli singled...Albitz was hit by a pitch to load the bases and the Seawolves Tyler Fockler walked Cantele to force home the deciding marker...Cantele and Bonelli had two hits each and Noe nabbed his fourth win.

SOFTBALL SWEEPS SAN MARCOS; FINISHES REGULAR SEASON AT SFSU
In a week that will be critical in terms of qualifying for the 2008 CCAA Championship Tournament as well as the NCAA Regionals, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball squad goes to San Francisco State where it will play back-to-back regular season-ending doubleheaders against the Gators starting Friday...The Tritons, ranked 16th nationally and second in the region going into last week, are now 31-19 on the season, 14-14 in the CCAA and stand fifth in the conference standings...A slew of teams still have a mathematical shot at snagging one of the four CCAA Tournament slots.

UCSD had to battle to earn a doubleheader split with Cal State Dominguez Hills at home last Friday...The Tritons lost the opener, 6-4, as spotting the Toros a five-run lead after two innings proved too much to overcome...UCSD came within one run with a four-run fifth inning outburst, featuring a three-run home run by freshman DP Sarah Woofter...There were still runners on first and second with one out in the frame but Jenni Habib’s liner to second was turned into an inning-ending double play...Both clubs had eight hits with freshmen Katrin Gabriel and Jennifer DeFazio collecting two each for UCSD.

The Tritons took both ends of a regular season-ending doubleheader from local rival Cal State San Marcos Sunday, edging the Cougars, 1-0, in game one and holding on for an 8-5 victory in the second contest...Senior Melissa Ward weaved a complete game three-hitter for her school record 61st win in the opener...The winning run was scored in the sixth as right fielder Allison May walked, stole second and came around on senior Jenny Maze’s triple off the right field fence...UCSD stunned San Marcos with four first inning runs in the second game, May driving in a pair with a single to left and then Maze cracking a two-run homer...After the Cougars rallied to tie it in the fifth, the Tritons responded in the sixth...It started with a May double, then came a Maze walked, singles by Danielle Lukk and Megan Grace, coupled with a Cougar error and when it was over, three runs had crossed the plate...The beneficiary on the bump was junior Lauren Chastain who got her 11th win after surrendering just one unearned run in three-plus innings in relief of senior starter Nicole Fullerton.

WOMEN’S POLO BEATS CAL BAPTIST; LOOKS FOR FIRST WWPA TITLE
It’s championship week for the 16th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team which is expected to be seeded third for this weekend’s Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship, hosted by Loyola Marymount...The first round is set for Friday with the semi-finals Saturday and the title game Sunday...If the seedings are as anticipated, the Tritons (17-16) will tangle with Sonoma State Friday and potentially hook up with second-seeded LMU, who they beat 9-7 two weeks back, in round two...UC Davis is the No. 1 seed...UCSD last won the women’s WWPA crown in 2000.

Coach Larry Sanders’ club closed out its regular season Thursday with a  6-4 triumph over Cal Baptist...The Tritons drew an early ejection which senior Nicole Hermann promptly converted into the first goal of the game and UCSD was off to the races...It was 4-0 at halftime and the Tritons pushed it to 6-1 before the Lancers responded with three late goals after things were out of reach...Junior Sydney Gstettenbauer and Hermann scored two goals each with senior Judy Emaus and sophomore Stephanie Bocian accounting for the other two tallies...Gstettenbauer now has 77 on the year...Senior goalie Kim Hockett recorded five saves, lifting her season total to a UCSD record 277.

GOLFERS PLAY AT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY
Hoping to play its best when the stakes are highest, Coach Mike Wydra’s young Golf team travels to Paso Robles for the 2008 CCAA Championships, today and tomorrow, at Hunter Ranch Golf Club...Seventh at this event last year, UCSD comes in as the ninth-ranked team in the NCAA West Region, sixth among CCAA schools listed...Wydra will send out a lineup of juniors Billy Olsen, Nathan Phan and Ryan Bailey, sophomore Austin Alfonso and freshman Keith Okasaki.

Last week, the Tritons finished 13th at the 16-team Buzzini Invitational, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus at the Turlock Golf and Country Club...Olsen was the Tritons’ top finisher, firing a 54-hole hole score of six-over par 222, putting him in a tie for 16th...In order following Olsen were Phan (T39th/227), Okasaki (T56th/233), Alfonso (T60th/234) and Noah Moss (76th/242)...Olsen’s final round 72 was UCSD’s best 18 of the tourney.

WOMEN’S CREW TANGLES WITH CHAPMAN IN WIRA PREP
In its final tune-up prior to next weekend’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships, the Women’s Crew team will face Chapman in a dual match-up at Newport Harbor this Saturday.

MEN’S CREW SECOND AT NEWPORT; WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP
After finishing second in the team standings at Saturday’s Newport Regatta, Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew team will have a week off to make adjustments as it heads into “championship” racing, starting with the May 3-4 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships in Sacramento.

At Newport, Johnson’s varsity eight finished a “disappointing” fourth with Orange Coast College taking the gold...The Tritons were playing catch-up from the outset and wound up four seconds behind runner-up UCLA and a second behind third place USD, a team UCSD topped by two seconds the week before at the San Diego City Championships.

The novice eight came off the line first but seemed to lose steam at the midway point and placed third, behind Orange Coast College and USD...The results were brighter for the JV and second novice eights, both claiming first place while defeating teams they had lost to at the San Diego Crew Classic on the first weekend in April...The JVs out-finished UCLA while the second novice boat did the same to Orange Coast.

WOMEN’S TENNIS PUSHES CCAA STREAK TO 48; AWAITS NCAA FATE
Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team concluded the regular season on a high note, blitzing Cal Poly Pomona (8-1) and Cal State L.A. (9-0) to extend its winning streak against CCAA opponents to 48 straight matches...The 23rd-ranked Tritons wound up 13-10 and now move on to NCAA Division II Regional play...The NCAA field is expected be announced Tuesday .

Regulars Justine Fonte, Kimmi Dao and Valerie Tang all went undefeated in both singles and doubles for the week as did junior Ina Dan, playing for the first time in more than two months after sitting out with injuries...Dan teamed with Fonte for doubles wins vs. CPP and CSULA and won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 singles in the latter match.

NCAA REGIONALS NEXT FOR MEN’S TENNIS
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team, ranked 11th nationally but still searching for its best form will now wait to see where it fits in the NCAA Division II post-season picture...Regional pairings are expected to be released Tuesday and the Tritons (10-11) figure to be seeded second in the West Region behind Hawaii Pacific and will likely host third-seeded BYU-Hawaii in the first round.

UCSD ended the regular season in Northern California last weekend, splitting a pair of dual matches...On Thursday, the Tritons toppled No. 34 Sonoma State, 6-3, with Bijan Moallemi and Eric Rubens both securing points in doubles and singles...With wins from Moallemi and Alex Placek at No. 1 and Rubens and Kazumi Negishi at No. 2, UCSD went up 2-1 after doubles...The Tritons then registered four straight set singles victories—Moallemi and Rubens at Nos. 1-2, Brandon Low (No. 5) and Vincent Nguyen (No. 6).

Friday, Steidlmayer’s netters suffered a narrow, 4-3, loss at Division I UC Davis... Rubens, this time playing with Placek, got the win at No. 1 but Davis captured the other two doubles points... Moallemi, Rubens and Nguyen again rolled to two-set triumphs in singles but Placek at No. 4 and Low at No. 5 were both edged in three sets.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL RE-CAP
In the aftermath of a record-breaking season, the Men’s Volleyball team placed two players—sophomore Jason Spangler and junior Eric Leserman—on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) all-conference team...Both were honorable mention selections...It is the second time Leserman has won All-MPSF recognition.

Statistical leaders for UCSD included Spangler (kills-489 / aces-27), Phil Bannan (assists-961), Leserman (digs-282) and Gerald Houseman (total blocks-92)...Leserman’s season digs total was the highest in UCSD history and he is also now the career digs leader with 667, eclipsing the mark of 607 set by Chris Mortimer...Spangler’s 489 kills matches the number posted by Donald Chen in 2000, tying the two of them for third on the all-time single season chart...Spangler’s 27 aces tied him with Eric Perrine at No. 10...He has 840 career kills, putting him No. 7 in that department.


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Wednesday, April 16
Track & Field at California Invitational (heptathlon/decathlon)
10:00 AM
Azusa
M Tennis at UCLA
0 - 5 (L)
Los Angeles
Thursday, April 17
Baseball at San Francisco State
3:00 PM
San Francisco
Track & Field at Day One
6:00 PM
Walnut
Friday, April 18
M Crew at Day One
7:00 AM
Redwood Shores
Track & Field at Day Two
10:00 AM
Walnut
Baseball at San Francisco State
12:00 PM
San Francisco
Softball at Humboldt State
1:00 PM
Arcata
Track & Field vs. Soka Peace Invitational (discus/hammer)
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Tennis vs. Cal State Stanislaus
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Softball at Humboldt State
3:00 PM
Arcata
Baseball at San Francisco State
3:30 PM
San Francisco
W Water Polo vs. San Diego State
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, April 19
M Crew at Day Two
7:00 AM
Redwood Shores
Track & Field at Soka Peace Invitational
10:30 AM
Aliso Viejo
Gatorade Pong
TAC Chipotle fundraiser