THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Monday, May 5---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Division II Super Regional---All Day
Tuesday, May 6---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Division II Super Regional---All Day
Wednesday, May 7---Golf---UCSD at NCAA Division II Super Regional---All Day
Wednesday, May 7---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regional---2:00 PM
Thursday, May 8---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regional--2:00 PM
Thursday, May 8---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regional---TBA
Thursday, May 8---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Tournament---7:00 PM
Friday, May 9---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Tournament---TBA
Friday, May 9---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regional---TBA
Friday, May 9---Men’s Tennis---UCSD hosts NCAA Division II West Regional---2:00 PM
Saturday, May 10 Men’s Crew---UCSD at ECAC National Invitational---7:00 AM
Saturday, May 10---Track & Field---UCSD at Occidental Invitational---10:00 AM
Saturday, May 10---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regional---TBA
Saturday, May 10---Baseball---UCSD at CCAA Tournament---TBA
Sun, May 11---Men’s Crew---UCSD at ECAC National Invitational---7:00 AM
Sunday, May 11---Softball---UCSD at NCAA Division II West Regional---TBA
NO. 8 BASEBALL SECOND-SEEDED IN CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team (41-14) split its final four regular season games against visiting Cal State Monterey Bay this past weekend and will now enter the four-team CCAA Championship Tournament as the No. 2 seed...The eighth-ranked Tritons will test third-seeded host Chico State at 7:00 PM in Thursday’s opening round of the double elimination event...UCSD won three-of-four when Chico State came to La Jolla in mid-April...Top-seeded Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus square off in the other first round contest...Sonoma State is the defending champion and UCSD won its only conference crown in 2005.
The triumvirate of Kirby St. John, Tim Shibuya and Keith Noe combined to shutout Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-0, in last Friday’s series opener...St. John went seven strong innings en route to win No. 8 without a loss...Sophomore shortstop Vance Albitz was 2-for-3 and clobbered a two-run seventh inning homer...Freshman catcher Michael Benton also had two of UCSD’s seven hits.
The two clubs divided Saturday’s doubleheader...The Tritons romped, 11-1, in game one as freshman Guido Knudson tossed another gem, this time going eight innings and striking out seven...UCSD bombed Otter pitching for 16 hits, three apiece by Albitz and senior first baseman Chris Franco...Franco and freshman right fielder James Ferguson both homered and had a pair of RBIs...Monterey Bay jumped ahead early and never trailed in an 8-4 second game victory...UCSD managed just six hits, two by center fielder Nick Burke...Ferguson doubled and drove home two.
In a crazy series finale, the two teams combined for 42 hits (23 by UCSD) with the Otters prevailing, 17-16...Down 17-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Tritons plated eight runs and had the bases loaded when the final out was recorded...Albitz went 4-for-7, seniors Franco, Chris Hom and Buck Wright all had three knocks and DH Matt Cantele and third sacker Tony Bonelli both had a home run...Bonelli wound up with four RBIs while Cantele and Hom accounted for three apiece.
SOFTBALL OPENS NCAA PLAY WEDNESDAY VS. DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Sunday morning, Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team learned officially that it will be making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II West Regionals...The Tritons (32-22) will be traveling to Humboldt as the fourth seed and will take on fifth-seeded Cal State Dominguez Hills, Wednesday at 2:00 PM...UCSD was 4-1 vs. the Toros in the regular season...The Tritons will face either top-seeded Humboldt State or Cal State San Bernardino in the second game of the double elimination tourney...Live stats will be available on the UCSD Athletics website.
Earlier in the week, three Triton players were named to the 2008 All-CCAA team...Junior outfielder Allison May was a first team selection while seniors Jenny Maze (3B) and Melissa Ward (P) were second team choices.
WOMEN GRAB FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CCAA TRACK & FIELD TITLE; MEN THIRD
Two-time CCAA Athlete of the Year Whitney Johnson, 2008 CCAA Freshman of the Year Kelly Fogarty and sophomore Linda Rainwater each won a pair of individual events as the UCSD women captured their fourth straight CCAA Track & Field Championship Saturday at Cal State L.A...Scott Tsuda and Casey Ryan led the Triton men to a third place finish, up two spots from last spring.
The UCSD women compiled 248 points to easily outdistance second place Chico State which finished with 199...For the second year in a row, Johnson took gold in the long (19-10.25) and triple (42-4.25) jumps, breaking her own school standards in each... Fogarty swept the sprints, clocking a UCSD record 11.92 in the 100 and 24.37 in the 200...Meanwhile, the multi-faceted Rainwater won the heptathlon (4,791 pts.) and tied for first in the high jump at 5-foot-5)...Conference Coach of the Year Darcy Ahner also got blue ribbon performances from senior Kayleigh Knudson (100 hurdles/14.47) and sophomore Christine Merrill (400 hurdles/59.62)... Other notable performances were turned in by Anna Lee McGregor who was fourth in the 400 but lowered the school record to 56.27 in the process, Emily McGregor (2nd/5,000/17:42.61), Christina Sloyer (2nd/pole vault/12-2), Sarah Hendy (2nd/discus/131-00) and Lauren Anderson (3rd/shot put/40-3.25)...The Tritons also won both relays, taking the 4x100 in 47.07 and the 4x400 in 3:46.81.
On the men’s side, Tsuda was the only individual winner, leaping 45-5.75 in the triple jump...Ryan sailed over 6-10.25, good for second in the high jump, and was also fifth in the javelin 168-3)...Other prominent outings were turned in by Connor McCabe (4th/100/11.06), Daniel Anderson (2nd/800/1:52.83), Jake LeVieux (3rd/1,500/3:59.48), Khalil Hooper (3rd/110 high hurdles/14.89), Nick Morilla (2nd/shot put/50.6.75), Jeff Ng (3rd/discus/142-6) and Fred Cook (3rd/hammer/166-11)...The UCSD wound up with 134 points to finish behind repeat champion Chico State (230) and Cal State L.A. (175.5).
WOMEN’S TENNIS ROLLS IN NCAA FIRST ROUND MATCH
The 23rd-ranked Women’s Tennis team made a successful 2008 NCAA Tournament debut, polishing off Cal Poly Pomona, 5-0, Saturday in the West Regional first round on UCSD’s Northview Courts...The doubles tandems of Taskeen Bains/Natalie Varnay, Kimmi Dao/Valerie Tang and Justine Fonte/Ina Dan each won handily and after senior Molly Sullens and Tang produced quick, two-set singles wins at No. 5 and No. 6, the match was over.
The Tritons, now 14-10 with 49 consecutive wins over CCAA opponents, head to Hawaii where they will challenge the region’s top-ranked squad, undefeated BYU-Hawaii at 2:00 PM (HST) Wednesday.
MEN’S TENNIS HOSTS BYU-HAWAII IN NCAA OPENER
The 11th-ranked Men’s Tennis team will take on BYU-Hawaii Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM on UCSD’s Northview Courts in the NCAA Division II West Regional with the winner earning a trip to Houston for the 16-team NCAA Division II Championships, starting May 14...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s outfit finished the regular season at 10-11 in dual matches...They are led at the top of the ladder by senior Eric Rubens and sophomore Bijan Moallemi.
TWO GOLFERS GOING TO NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Juniors Nathan Phan and Billy Olsen will represent UCSD at the NCAA Division II Golf Super Regional, Monday through Thursday at Adobe Creek Golf Club in Sonoma...Both made the field as individuals...The 54-hole event will feature teams from both the West and Northwest Regions with the top team from each and the next three from either advancing to the NCAA Championships in Houston.
The lowest scoring individual golfer out of the 75 from teams not moving on to the Championships will also earn a trip to Houston, so the task facing Phan and Olsen is daunting...Phan fell one stroke short at last year’s Super Regional.
MEN’S CREW THIRD AT WIRA; FACE NATIONAL FIELD AT ECAC REGATTA
A bold gamble by Zach Johnson and the Men’s Crew fell short at Sunday’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships in Sacramento but the Tritons were still able to come away with third place in the overall team standings...So now, it will be on to this weekend’s ECAC National Invitational in Worcester, MA where UCSD will hook up with the top two dozen Division II, Division III and Division I club programs...Johnson will field varsity, junior varsity and novice eights.
Sunday on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma, the UCSD varsity eight, which qualified fourth for the grand final, decided to go for the top of the podium instead of playing it safe...Coming off the line at a quicker than normal pace, the Tritons were in the thick of things early but found themselves unable to hold on in the latter stages of the race and slipped to fifth...That was the downside, but, on a brighter note, UCSD picked up medals in the second varsity eight (first), novice eight (third) and second novice eight (second)... On Saturday, the sophomore duo of Ryan Armando and Dan Hallisy won the petite final in the pairs competition.
NCAA BID ON LINE FOR WOMEN’S CREW IN SACRAMENTO
Apparently saving its best for the biggest races, the Women’s Rowing team, specifically the varsity eight, made a big statement by finishing second in Sunday’s Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) grand final on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma...The Tritons, who had an incredible start, led for all but the final 50 meters of the 2,000 meter race before being nipped at the wire by Seattle Pacific...UCSD had a clear margin over Humboldt State and Willamette, third and fourth respectively...The boat, which Coach Pattie Pinkerton said, “is coming together and finding its confidence,” consisted of coxswain Stephanie Chang, Kelsey Thomas, Jen Myers, Kali Webb, Alissa Kispersky, Denise Kleckner, Jill Peacock, Maureen Kantner and Kim Shaffer.
The second varsity eight claimed 10th place, putting it in the top third of its class while the lightweight four and second novice eight were both seventh place finishers...UCSD is back at Lake Natoma in two weeks for the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, the de facto NCAA Division II Championship qualifier, where it will hook up with defending NCAA champion Western Washington and attempt to land its second consecutive team NCAA invitation.
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