THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Thursday, May 1---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Friday, May 2---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Friday, May 2---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---3:00 PM
Saturday, May 3---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Saturday, May 3---Track & Field---UCSD at CCAA Championships---10:00 AM
Saturday, May 3---Women's Tennis---NCAA Regional/UCSD vs. Cal Ply Pomona---11:00 AM
Saturday, May 3---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay(DH)---12:00 PM
Sunday, May 4---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---7:00 AM
Sunday, May 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---12:00 PM
NO. 7 BASEBALL FINISHES REGULAR SEASON AT HOME VS. MONTEREY BAY
On the heels of taking three-of-four at San Francisco State last weekend, the seventh-ranked Baseball team finishes the regular season at home against Cal State Monterey Bay, playing a doubleheader Saturday, sandwiched between singletons on Friday and Sunday...Coach Dan O’Brien’s squad, now 39-12 overall, is 23-9 in conference play...Cal State Monterey Bay is 15-33/7-25 and sits ninth in the CCAA standings.
UCSD pounded out a season high 25 hits, six by freshman Evan Kehoe, in a 16-7 shellacking of San Francisco State in Friday’s series opener...After three scoreless innings, the Triton offensive fireworks kicked into gear with one in the fourth, five in the fifth and four more in the sixth...Freshman catcher Michael Benton had four hits, while third baseman Tony Bonelli and centerfielder Nick Burke smacked three apiece...Burke accounted for four RBIs...The beneficiary of the big bats was sophomore right hander Kirby St. John, who went six-plus, striking out seven and accruing his seventh win without a loss.
The Tritons swept Saturday’s doubleheader, 9-1 and 5-3...In game one, seven players had multi-hit games as UCSD piled up 18 more hits behind a stellar, eight-inning pitching performance by freshman Guido Knudson...Sophomore shortstop Vance Albitz drove in three runs with a 4-for-6 day at the plate and first baseman Chris Franco chipped in with three hits...Knudson allowed just six hits and chalked up 8 Ks on the afternoon...Senior Matt Rossman got his ninth win in the nightcap as UCSD managed just six hits but one was second baseman Garrett Imeson’s two-run homer in the third...Rossman got plenty of help from his relief corps and freshman Tim Shibuya (two innings) and senior Keith Noe (one) fired three perfect innings to wrap things up, the latter registering his 13th save of the year.
SFSU rang up a pair of five-run innings en route to an 11-8 win in the series finale Sunday...Imeson and Cantele both went 3-for-5...Imeson scored twice, drove in two and stole three bases while Cantele hit his 10th homer of the season and had three RBIs...Junior Trevor Decker started and got tagged for his first loss of the year.
UCSD WOMEN AIM FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT CCAA TRACK & FIELD TITLE
With a number of excellent performances at last weekend’s Triton Invitational signaling its readiness, the Track & Field team goes to Los Angeles this weekend for the 2008 CCAA Championships, starting Thursday at Cal State L.A....Coach Darcy Ahner’s Triton women are three-time defending champs at this meet while Coach Tony Salerno’s men will be looking to improve on their fifth place finish of a year ago.
Over 1,200 competitors from every level participated in the two-day Triton Invitational last Friday and Saturday...On the men’s side, UCSD got a big performance from sophomore Casey Ryan who won the high jump, clearing a personal best 6-10.75, just a quarter inch off Kevin Beeman’s school record, and finished fifth in the javelin (168-10)...Senior Khalil Hooper was also fifth in the 110 high hurdles (14.86) while Scott Tsuda went 45-7 in the triple jump and half miler Daniel Anderson dropped down to the 400 and clocked 49.75.
For the women, Breanna Schofield’s third place finish in the 1,500 (4:33.61) earned her an NCAA Division II qualifying mark...Diane Dunn (4:37.15) was fifth in the same race...Other solid marks were turned in by Christine Merrill (100 hurdles/14.52), Kayleigh Knudson (100 hurdles/14.61), Anna Lee McGregor (400/56.60), Sarah Hendy (discus/157-3) and Christina Sloyer (pole vault/11-10)...The 4x100 relay unit of Knudson, Katie Skorupa, Merrill and Kelly Fogarty ran 47.22.
WIRA CHAMPIONSHIP OPENS “POST-SEASON” FOR ROWING TEAMS
The Men’s & Women’s Crew team open up the “championship” racing season this weekend when they travel to Sacramento for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma...Coach Zach Johnson’s men are the defending team points title holders while Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s women were runner-ups in 2007.
Pinkerton will be sending out entries in all 10 events, highlighted by her defending conference champion varsity eight...UCSD medaled in six races last spring...Johnson’s men will have five boats competing—varsity eight, JV eight, novice eight , second novice eight and varsity pair...His objective is to have all hit the podium figuring that the most difficult tasks will be in the varsity and novice eight races where his squads come in seeded fourth.
Last weekend’s scheduled women’s dual against Chapman was cancelled.
SOFTBALL WAITS FOR NCAA REGIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The Softball team, which started the week ranked 16th nationally and second in the region continued to struggle down the stretch, dropping three-of-four at San Francisco State to conclude its regular season at 32-22...The weekend losses knocked Coach Patti Gerckens’ club out of this week’s CCAA Championship tournament which will be hosted by Humboldt State...The Tritons are still expected to gain one of eight NCAA West Regional berths which will be announced next week...The Regional tourney is also set for Humboldt State, starting May 7.
Senior Melissa Ward pitched a two-hitter in game one of Friday’s twinbill, unfortunately, both came in the fifth inning and one was a home run, as San Francisco State eked out a 2-1 victory...Junior third sacker Jenny Maze and freshman designated player Sarah Woofter each had two hits for UCSD and Megan Grace’s pinch single in the seventh drove in the Tritons’ lone run...The Gators went extra innings to capture game two by the same score, breaking a 1-1 tie in the ninth...Two SFSU errors and an Allison May stolen base gave UCSD a 1-0 lead in the fourth and the Tritons were just two outs away from a 1-0 victory when the Gators struck back to tie in the bottom of the seventh...Starter Lauren Chastain threw seven-plus innings, whiffing six and surrendering just two runs but ended up with nothing to show for it.
Saturday, Woofter opened game one with a leadoff home run and Maze ripped an RBI double later in the inning to give UCSD a 2-0 lead...SFSU scored one of its own in the bottom of the first but an uncharacteristic four Triton errors allowed the Gators to get three unearned runs off of Ward and eventually take a 4-3 decision...UCSD got three hits in the first and didn’t get its fourth until Woofter singled in the seventh...The Tritons finally got some offensive production in Saturday’s second game, topping SFSU, 7-5...Maze had three hits, scored twice and drove in a pair and May blasted a fifth inning grand slam...Senior Nicole Fullerton notched her second win of the season, throwing five and two-thirds innings in relief of starter Christine Zankich.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO FINSHES THIRD AT WWPA TOURNEY
The 2008 Women’s Water Polo season ended Sunday with a third place finish at the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship, hosted by Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles...The 16th-ranked Tritons ended the season 19-17.
UCSD raced out to a 4-1 lead in its tourney opener vs. Sonoma State but then had to hold off a Seawolf comeback before prevailing, 8-6...Sonoma twice closed to within a goal in the third quarter, but scores by junior Sydney Gstettenbauer and senior Judy Emaus returned the margin to three and the Seawolves never got closer than two again...Gstettenbauer, ranked 11th nationally in goal scoring, found the cage four times...Emaus finished with two and senior goalie Kim Hockett turned away 11 shots.
Saturday’s semi-final against host Loyola Marymount, a team UCSD had knocked off at this very venue two weeks ago, turned in a one minute and 20-second segment of the fourth quarter...The two teams played rock solid defense for three quarters with the Lions up, 2-1, with eight minutes remaining...But LMU struck for two quick goals early in the final period to turn a 50-50 contest into a serious uphill battle for the Tritons...To its credit, Coach Larry Sanders’ unit did not fold...Instead it found some offense...Gstettenbauer connected from up top with a 6-on-5 advantage to make it a two-goal game...Two minutes and 23 seconds later, Gstettenbauer rifled a five-meter penalty shot past LMU goalie Eliana Arellano, skipping it into the left corner and it was suddenly a one goal game again...But the Tritons never really had another good opportunity...Hockett had five saves for UCSD and Liz Hahn scored the team’s first goal.
The Tritons locked horns with Santa Clara in Sunday’s consolation game which looked like it would be close throughout after the teams exchanged three first period goals—Hermann, Emaus and Crowell doing the honors for UCSD...Hermann got her second in the second quarter, giving the Tritons a 4-3 halftime edge...When Gstettenbauer, Audra Bloom and Hahn recorded three unanswered goals, the last coming with 1:13 left in the third period, Sanders & Co. appeared to have things well in hand...Somebody forgot to tell the Broncos, who responded with four consecutive man-up tallies to knot it up at seven with 1:15 remaining in regulation...Just when it seemed the two teams were heading to overtime, Santa Clara’s Kendra Betke was ejected with 10 seconds on the clock...In a thrilling finish, sophomore Stephanie Bocian connected on a deflected field block with .05 seconds showing to give UCSD third place...Emaus and Hockett received first team all-tournament accolades and Gstettenbauer was a second team choice.
Earlier in the week, four Triton players were accorded season All-WWPA honors... Gstettenbauer was a first team selection, Hockett and Hermann won second team recognition and Hanalei Crowell was named to the All-Freshman team.
GOLFERS SIXTH AT CCAA; PHAN, OLSEN PICKED FOR NCAA FIELD
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team finished its 2008 campaign with a sixth place finish at the CCAA Championships played at Hunter Ranch Golf Club in Paso Robles...The Tritons posted a total score of 891 for the 54 holes, seven back of fifth place Chico State but 33 strokes behind team champion Sonoma State...Junior Nathan Phan’s 218 (70-74-74) was good enough to tie him for ninth place in the individual standings...Fellow junior Ryan Bailey placed 14th (220) followed by freshman Keith Okasaki, one stroke back in 15th...Rounding things out for UCSD were sophomore Austin Alfonso (T30th/234) and junior Billy Olsen (34th/235)...Okasaki’s two under par 70 in the second round matched Phan’s opening round as the team’s low 18 for the tourney.
While the team failed to qualify for NCAA play, Phan and Olsen were selected as individuals to play at the NCAA Super Regional, May 3-5, at Sonoma’s Adobe Creek Golf Course.
MEN’S & WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAMS NCAA BOUND
Both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams earned berths in the NCAA Division II Regionals last week but will be facing different paths to the NCAA Championships in Houston, TX....Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s No. 11 men, ranked third in the region, will face BYU-Hawaii at home on May 9...A win there sends them to Houston.
Coach Liz LaPlante’s 23rd-ranked women are the region’s fourth seed...They will host Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday at 11:00 AMand if they win that match travel to Hawaii for the single match Regional final ...The team emerging from there will qualify for the final 16 and also head to Houston.
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