THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Thursday, May 22---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Friday, May 23---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Saturday, May 24---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
TRACK & FIELD SENDS 16 TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sophomore high jumper Casey Ryan and an all-time high 15 Triton women will make the trip to the 2008 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships this weekend at Mt. San Antonio Jr. College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut...Competition will run from Thursday through Saturday and the record 15 UCSD women participating affords Coach Darcy Ahner’s squad the opportunity to deliver its highest-ever national finish...The best Division II team finish to-date came last year when the women took eighth place....The Tritons finished fourth in 1990 and third in 1991 in Division III.
Representing UCSD along with Ryan, who has cleared 6-10 in his specialty, will be Whitney Johnson (long jump & triple jump), Christine Merrill (100 & 400 hurdles), Linda Rainwater (heptathlon & high jump), Kayleigh Knudson (100 hurdles), Diane Dunn (1,500), Breanna Schofield (1,500), Emily McGregor (5,000 & 10,000), Christina Sloyer (pole vault), Leah Murphy (long jump), Sarah Hendy (discus) and Stephanie LeFever (heptathlon)...UCSD also qualified for both relay events...The 4x100 team will consist of Merrill, Knudson, Katie Skorupa, and Kelly Fogarty while the 4x400 foursome includes Merrill, Skorupa, Anna Lee McGregor and Cory Sheredy.
TWO LOSSES TO HOST CHICO STATE STOP BASEBALL TEAM IN REGIONAL
One of the finest seasons in its history came to a close last weekend for Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team at the NCAA West Regional in Chico...The No. 11 Tritons were defeated twice by No. 6 host Chico State and knocked out in their bid for a first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series...UCSD concluded its 2008 campaign at 43-18 and placed second in the CCAA’s regular season standings...The 43 wins are a school record.
The West Regional opened on a bright note as junior second baseman Garrett Imeson ripped a three-run homer with two-out in the seventh to erase a 3-2 deficit and propel UCSD to a 5-3 first game victory over Western Oregon...Sophomore Kirby St. John got the start and went six-and-a-third solid innings but freshman reliever Tim Shibuya was the beneficiary of Imeson’s blast, collecting his eighth win of the year...Senior Tim Noe threw the ninth and upped his school record save total to 14...Imeson was one of five Tritons with two hits.
Game two was a typically taut UCSD-Chico State encounter until the fifth inning...The Tritons were up 3-2, when the Wildcats took advantage of two UCSD errors, a pair of walks and a passed ball to rack up six runs in that frame and take control of the contest...Chico ended up with a 13-7 decision as UCSD made a season high four fielding miscues, leading to five unearned runs...The Triton offense piled up 13 hits with center fielder Nick Burke going 4-for-4 but it was not nearly enough to overcome the Wildcats on this night.
Senior Matt Rossman picked the Tritons up Saturday afternoon with a complete game, 12-5, win over Nebraska-Kearney...The 6-5 right hander struck out nine and gave up just eight hits in recording his 10th win of the season...The Tritons smacked four hits and scored four runs in the first against the Lopers, catcher Michael Benton’s two-run single being the key blow... Burke and Matt Cantele whacked doubles in a four-run sixth as UCSD moved ahead, 9-2, allowing Rossman to cruise home...Junior Tim Mort had three of the Tritons’ 17 hits and scored three times.
UCSD was eliminated in the late game Saturday night despite five and two-thirds shutout innings on the mound by junior Trevor Decker...Defensive disaster struck again in the seventh as O’Brien’s squad committed four errors, leading to a pair of Wildcat runs...Chico pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth and UCSD was unable to respond in its final at bat...The Tritons had seven hits in the game, two each by Albitz and Mort.
Burke and Benton were named to the All-Regional Tournament squad...Earlier in the week, Imeson and Noe were selected to the Daktronics Division II All-West Region first team and freshmen Shibuya and Evan Kehoe garnered second team honors.
WOMEN’S CREW SHINES IN SACRAMENTO; WAITS FOR NCAA VERDICT
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Rowing team came through in the clutch Saturday, finishing second in both the varsity eight and varsity four at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships (PCRCs) in Sacramento...Defending national champion Western Washington was first in both races but the Tritons’ runner-up results will likely vault them into the NCAA Division II Championships via the single at-large team berth route...The NCAA will announce the field Tuesday afternoon and, if chosen, it will be the second consecutive team qualifying performance for Pinkerton’s charges...The NCAA will add two at-large eights to the field but it is the team invite that Pinkerton and Co. covet...The NCAA Championships will also be held on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma, Friday, May 30.
In both the eight and the four races, the Tritons whipped Seattle Pacific, a squad that had downed them twice in the eight division earlier this year...Saturday, coming out of a less favorable outside lane, UCSD—coxswain Stephanie Chang, Kelsey Thomas, Jen Myers, Kali Webb, Alissa Kispersky, Denise Kleckner, Jill Peacock, Maureen Kantner and Kim Shaffer—still managed to put the Falcons away by more than five seconds.
In the fours race, Caryn Urbanczyk, Kristen Hayashi, Lauren Menzies, Kelly Hansen and coxswain Leslie Nanninga got off to their usual strong start but blew past Seattle Pacific with an atypically powerful sprint, opening up two boat lengths on SPU at the wire.
Later in the day, a slightly re-vamped Triton lineup won the open eight while Urbanczyk and Myers went 2-3 in the collegiate singles.
MEN’S TENNIS DROPS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER
The 18th-ranked Men’s Tennis team’s fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II Championships ended quickly as the Tritons were knocked out, 5-2, by No. 4 Drury (MO) in the opening round at Houston...The match got off to a promising start as UCSD won two of the three doubles points with Eric Rubens and Alex Placek capturing No. 1, 8-5, and Bijan Moallemi and Erik Elliott doing likewise at No. 2...Singles proved to be another story, however, as the foreign-dominated Panthers ran off four consecutive straight set singles wins to clinch the outcome...Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s club finished 11-12 on the season.
ATHLETICS RECOGNITION DINNER SET FOR MAY 29
The 2008 UC San Diego Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday, May 29 at the UCSD Price Center Ballroom starting at 7:00 PM...The annual event honors student-athletes, coaches and supporters for their contributions to Triton Athletics...For more information please call (858) 534-4211.
NEWS & NOTES...UCSD sophomore Dan Perdew, who was named Male Athlete of the Meet after winning two individual titles at the NCAA D-II Swimming & Diving Championships in March, is featured in this week’s Sports Illustrated (Faces in the Crowd).
Final Softball numbers...Senior third baseman Jenny Maze ended up leading the Tritons in hits (55), runs (33), home runs (13), RBIs (30), average (.362) and slugging percentage (.671)...Career-wise, Maze is No. 1 in home runs (38), RBIs (123)...Fellow senior Melissa Ward was No. 1 in wins (14), ERA (1.96) and strikeouts (184) while junior Lauren Chastain’s 11-5 record gave her the best winning percentage...Ward moved into the No. 1 slot all-time in wins (61) and is No. 2 with 500 career strikeouts.
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