UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (May 12, 2008)
Release: Thursday 05/11/2008 
by UCSD
Freshman Michael Benton and the UCSD Baseball team open NCAA play Thursday.
Freshman Michael Benton and the UCSD Baseball team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Wednesday, May 14---Men's Tennis---UCSD at  NCAA D-II Championship---TBA
 
Thursday, May 15---Men's Tennis---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championship--TBA   
Thursday, May 15---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA D-II West Regional---TBA    

Friday, May 16---Men's Tennis---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championship---TBA
Friday, May 16---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA D-II West Regional---TBA

Saturday, May 17---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Pacific Coast Rowing Cham.---8:00 AM   
Saturday, May 17---Men's Tennis---UCSD at NCAA D-II Championship---TBA
Saturday, May 17---Baseball---NCAA DII West Regional---TBA
 
Sunday, May 18---Baseball---UCSD at NCAA D-II West Regional---TBA


BASEBALL LOOKS FOR BOUNCE BACK AT NCAA REGIONAL
After a disappointing early exit from the CCAA Championship Tournament in Chico last week, the Baseball team will be looking for redemption when it returns to Chico Thursday for the six-team NCAA Division II West Regional...Coach Dan O’Brien’s Tritons, 41-16 but fighting a four-game losing streak, is seeded second in the Regional field and will open play in the double elimination tourney against fifth-seeded Western Oregon...Those two teams split a season-opening four-game series in La Jolla back in February.

The usually potent UCSD offense was able to produce just four hits in its 2008 CCAA Championship debut, resulting in a 7-4 loss to host Chico State...The Wildcats broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run sixth inning (two Triton errors led to a pair of unearned runs) ...UCSD was able to chip back but never caught up...Freshman catcher Michael Benton hit a solo homer in the seventh and also walked...Sophomore right hander Kirby St. John went eight and two-thirds innings and absorbed his first loss of the year after eight victories.

The Tritons let a 4-0 lead slip through their fingers in Friday’s second round game, a 6-5 10-inning defeat at the hands of Cal State Stanislaus...Freshman Guido Knudson got the start and surrendered two runs in five and a third innings...Fellow freshman, reliever Tim Shibuya, had one of his few rough outings this year, getting nicked for four runs and his first loss of the season...Benton and shortstop Vance Albitz accounted for three hits apiece and junior Garrett Imeson rocked a two-run dinger in the fourth.

Earlier in the week, UCSD placed seven on the 2008 All-CCAA team...Senior Keith Noe, Imeson and freshman Evan Kehoe were all first team selections while junior Matt Cantele and St. John were accorded second team honors...Albitz and Shibuya earned honorable mention status and Shibuya was named Freshman of the Year.

SOFTBALL KNOCKED OUT OF NCAA PLAYOFFS AT HUMBOLDT
Coach Patti Gerckens’ Softball team concluded a 32-24 season with losses in its first two games at the NCAA West Regional in Humboldt last week...The Tritons led both contests but fell, 6-4, to Cal State Dominguez Hills in Wednesday’s first round and 3-1 to top-seeded host Humboldt State in game two.

Jenny Maze’s RBI single put UCSD up, 1-0, in the first inning vs. Dominguez Hills, but the Toros bounced back with three in the third and added a pair of unearned tallies two innings later...The Tritons actually out-hit CSUDH (10-9), a club they had beaten in four of the previous five meetings, with senior Danielle Lukk hitting a double and a solo home run...Maze and junior Allison May also had two knocks...Starter Lauren Chastain got hung with the loss, leaving her 11-5 on the year.

Lukk got the Tritons in front against Humboldt State the next day with a second inning double and stolen base that allowed her to score on a Lumberjack error...Starting pitcher Melissa Ward, with 61 career wins in tow, breezed through the first three frames but allowed one run in each of the next three and that proved to be more than enough for HSU’s All-CCAA hurler Lizzy Prescott...UCSD managed just five hits in this one and twice wasted golden opportunities—Jenni Habib was stranded after a one out triple in the first and the Tritons failed to score when May doubled and Maze was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth...Habib had two of the five hits.

MEN’S TENNIS EARNS TRIP TO HOUSTON FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 18th-ranked Men’s Tennis team has a date with No. 4 Drury (23-2) this Wednesday in Houston, TX at the NCAA Division II Championships...The winner will advance to the round of eight the next day and the tournament will proceed through Saturday’s final.

Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Tritons (11-11) netted their slot with a dominating, 5-0, NCAA Regional victory over BYU-Hawaii Friday afternoon on UCSD’s North Courts...UCSD swept doubles with Eric Rubens and Alex Placek winning, 8-5, at No. 1, Bijan Moallemi and Kazumi Negishi rolling, 8-3, at No. 2 and perhaps most improbably, the duo of Alex Whitmore and Alex Edstrom capturing an emotion-packed 8-5 decision at No. 5.

The doubles success clearly translated to singles play...Rubens, in the final stages of a stellar career, posted a 6-0, 6-0 rout at No. 2 and Negishi was equally forceful with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 3 to clinch to team triumph.

MEN’S CREW CLOSES UP ’08 AT ECAC REGATTA
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Rowing team finished its 2008 campaign Sunday at the ECAC National Invitational in Worcester, MA placing in the top half with all three boats it entered...Johnson’s varsity eight split the field of 24, placing 12th as the crew of Derek Huffman, Shawn Hay, Ryan Andre, Jeff Collett, Zachary Hearns, Jay Dee Morgan, Gil Collins, Jonathan Lynch and coxswain Shanti Tharayil had difficulty handling a tricky crosswind.

The junior varsity eight--Michael Sullivan, David Payne, Richard Lund, Nathaniel Taylor, Anthony Rubino, Brodie Kaster, Mark Melikian, Dominic Shiosaki and coxswain Cameron Biltucci--wound up sixth in its eight boat division...Perhaps the best performance of the weekend was turned in by the novice eight which won the petite final by open water to claim seventh out of 18 entries...The squad, which consisted of Justin Gordon, Taylor McClanahan, David Segal, Chris Grey, Erik Matson, Nerel Winters, Dallas Sybrowsky, Tim Powers and coxswain Shawn Kuo, was knocked out of the grand final by an unfortunate prelim draw where it was relegated to third in its heat despite having the third fastest overall time.

WOMEN’S CREW AIMS FOR NCAA BID IN SACRAMENTO
Looking for its second consecutive team invitation to the NCAA Division II Championships, the Women’s Crew travels back to Sacramento’s Lake Natoma Saturday for the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships...Coach Pattie Pinkerton will send out her varsity eight and varsity four in the D-II qualifier where they will hook up with two-time defending NCAA kingpin Western Washington as well as Seattle Pacific and Humboldt State...The winner is an automatic NCAA qualifier while the second place squad is likely to gain the one at-large bid which is how the Tritons got into last year’s championship regatta...UCSD suffered a pair of narrow losses to SPU earlier in the season and has split two races with Humboldt State...Two at-large eights (non-team entries) will also be selected for the NCAA Championships.

After the NCAA qualifying races, the Tritons will have entries in the open eight, open four and collegiate singles.

TRACK & FIELD TEAM AWAITS NCAA TUESDAY ANNOUNCEMENT
Tuesday, the Track & Field team will find out definitively who will be representing UCSD at the NCAA Division II Championships, May 22-24, at nearby Mt. SAC... Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner may well be increasing their projections based on several solid “last-minute” performances Saturday at the Occidental Invitational.

Most prominent was a school record (and NCAA qualifying) 55.20 in the 400 meters by sophomore Christine Merrill...Senior Diane Dunn likely strengthened her bid for a third straight NCAA trip by clocking 4:30.65 in the 1,500...Fellow senior Cory Sheredy also put herself in place for consideration, running a 62.02 in the 400 hurdles...The 4x100 relay squad turned in a creditable 46.94 and  Christina Sloyer, second in the pole vault at 12-2, and Kelly Fogarty, fourth in the100 with a time of 12.01, also had notable efforts...On the men’s side, Daniel Anderson covered the 800 in 1:53.46, Khalil Hooper went 15.07 in the110 high hurdles and Jake LeVieux finished the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:38.55.

WOMEN’S TENNIS LOSES IN NCAA REGIONAL FINAL
The 23rd-ranked Women’s Tennis team saw its season come to an end Wednesday with a 5-0 loss to undefeated and top-seeded host BYU-Hawaii...The 26-0 Seasiders had little trouble taking all three doubles matches from Coach Liz LaPlante’s young Tritons (four-of-six players in both doubles and singles were freshmen) and were leading in all six singles contests when they clinched...UCSD wound up with a 14-11 record on the year and extended its string of consecutive CCAA dual victories to 49.

PHAN, OLSEN PLACE IN TOP 25 AT NCAA SUPER REGIONAL
Juniors Nathan Phan and Billy Olsen finished 19th and 25th respectively while representing UCSD in the NCAA Super Regional at Adobe Creek Golf Club in Petaluma last week...Phan fired a 223 (75-76-72) while Olsen turned in a 225 (73-77-75)...Ryan Sperry of Grand Canyon was the medalist with a five-under 211 and Sonoma State won the West Region title...UCSD did not qualify for the team competition.

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Saturday, September 20
M Water Polo at UC Irvine
10 - 9 (W)
Stockton
M Water Polo at Stanford
2:40 PM
Stockton
M Soccer vs. Azusa Pacific
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Volleyball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, September 21
M Water Polo at TBD
TBA
Stockton
M Water Polo at TBD
TBA
Stockton
Monday, September 22
W Soccer vs. Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, September 26
M Soccer at Cal State L.A.
4:30 PM
Los Angeles
M Water Polo vs. Fresno Pacific
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Soccer at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
W Volleyball at Sonoma State
7:00 PM
Rohnert Park
Saturday, September 27
Cross Country at Stanford Invitational
9:00 AM
Stanford
W Volleyball at San Francisco State
7:00 PM
San Francisco
Sunday, September 28
M Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona
11:30 AM
UC San Diego
W Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
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