THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Mar. 29---M Golf---UCSD at Thunderbird Invitational---All Day
Tue., Mar. 29---M Golf---UCSD at Thunderbird Invitational---All Day
Wed., Mar. 31---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---12:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 1---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 2---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 2---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 2---M Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii---7:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 3---Track and Field---UCSD at Mangrum Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 3---W Water Polo---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---10:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 3---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 3---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal San Bernardino (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 3---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (DH)---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 3---W Water Polo---UCSD vs. Brown---4:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 3---M Volleyball---UCSD at Hawaii---7:00 PM
NO. 1-RANKED BASEBALL KEEPS ROLLING; 19 CONSECUTIVE WINS
Another crucial four-game set of CCAA contests awaits the No. 1-ranked Baseball team...It will be a pair of singletons at Cal State San Bernardino (16-10/15-9) Thursday and Friday followed by a Saturday doubleheader in La Jolla...UCSD comes in 28-3 on the heels of a four-game sweep of Cal Poly Pomona...The Tritons, sporting 19 straight victories, are 18-2 in the CCAA and three games ahead of second place Cal State Dominguez Hills...CSU San Bernardino is tied for third with Chico State.
In a non-league game Monday, UCSD downed Cal State San Marcos, 8-4, as O'Brien sent nine different pitchers to the mound...The Tritons scored five runs in the second inning, two on a Kellen Lee home run, and waltzed home from there...Lee, red hot of late, had three hits and two RBIs.
Tim Shibuya limited Cal Poly Pomona to one run in seven and two-thirds innings while registering his seventh victory without a loss as UCSD stymied the Broncos, 7-3, Thursday afternoon at Pomona... Shortstop Vance Albitz led off the game with a double, stole third and came home on a sac. fly to give UCSD a 1-0 lead...Second baseman Grant Bauer's two-out, two-run double keyed a three-run Triton sixth and third sacker Evan Kehoe had a two-RBI single as the Tritons put up three insurance runs in the ninth... Albitz finished with three hits.
Settling down after surrendering a pair of unearned first inning runs, senior Matt Rossman tamed the Broncos, 5-2, in Friday's second game of the series...In picking up his sixth win of the campaign, Rossman went the distance, giving up just five hits and whiffing seven...UCSD scored all five of its runs in the second inning, the big blow a two-run double by center fielder Kyle Saul...Aaron Bauman and Grant Bauer had two hits apiece for UC.
Back home Saturday, the Tritons roughed up Cal Poly, 11-0 and 5-2, to extend their winning streak to a school record 19 in a row...UCSD piled up 10 runs in the first three innings and cruised to its game one conquest behind the seven inning, four-hit shutout pitching of senior Kirby St. John, who snagged his sixth win of the season...Albitz cracked three more hits and DH Blake Tagmyer accounted for six RBIs, three coming on a second inning home run...In game two, Kehoe's solo homer capped a three-run first inning and the Tritons rode the right arm of Guido Knudson (5-1), with relief help from Taylor Austin and Danny Simmons, to their latest victory...Saul went 3-for-3.
Hear pitcher Kirby St. John's Saturday post-game comments.
Hear Coach Dan O'Brien's Saturday post-game comments.
RISING SOFTBALL SQUAD HOSTS DOMINGUEZ HILLS FOR FOUR
Following a solid performance at last weekend's Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team returns to the CCAA wars this Friday and Saturday as Cal State Dominguez Hills (19-15/11-9) comes to La Jolla for a pair of doubleheaders...The Tritons, who won four-of-six games in Turlock, are 23-11 overall and have won 13 of their last 15...They are 13-7 in conference play, third in the standings and just two games behind league-leading Sonoma State, which won the Mizuno event.
UCSD saw its nine-game winning streak broken in the tournament opener, falling to No. 3 Hawaii Pacific, 2-0...Five Triton errors and two unearned runs spoiled a three-hit performance by sophomore Camille Gaito...UCSD also managed just three hits, two by center fielder Kris Lesovsky...Later in the day, Gerckens' club bounced back from the loss as well as an early game two-run deficit to top Western Oregon, 6-3...Freshman Rhiannon Ousley had two of the Tritons' seven hits and drove in a pair...Sophomore Tess Granath secured the win, throwing four and a third innings out of the bullpen... UCSD closed out day one in dramatic fashion as Lesovsky's three-run seventh inning home run lifted the Tritons past St. Martin's, 5-2...It was Granath again, getting win No. 3, this time in relief of hard luck starter Brittany Sheats who didn't permit an earned run in five innings of work...The dinger was Lesovsky's third hit of the game.
The Tritons banged out 16 hits, three each by seniors Mandi Eliades and Nicole Saari, and opened day two Saturday with a 13-0 whomping of Montana State-Billings...UCSD plated three in the first, seven in the fourth and the mercy rule was invoked after five... Eliades finished with three RBIs, Lesovsky smacked two doubles and Sara Woofter hit a solo homer...The seemingly indefatigable Granath rang up a five-inning complete game performance, giving up just four hits while collecting her third consecutive win...The Tritons mustered just five hits in Saturday's second contest, but the last---freshman Nicole Spangler's walk-off single---was the most important as they stunned Central Washington, 1-0... Spangler's base knock scored Saari from third and settled a brilliant pitching duel between Gaito and CWU's Lauren Hadenfeld...The UCSD ace gave up six hits and struck out seven to post her 11th win of the season.
The 4-1 start put UCSD in Sunday's gold bracket against highly-regarded Dixie State... Lesovsky pounded two more hits, including another home run, but the Red Storm built up an early, 7-0, lead and it proved more than the Tritons could overcome in an 8-2 loss... Four UCSD errors led to three unearned runs for the winners as Gaito took the defeat...Lesovsky and Granath were all-tournament selections.
WATER POLO GOES UNDEFEATED AT BAKERSFIELD TOURNEY
Ranked for the first time in nearly a year, the No. 20 Women's Water Polo team (11-14) will be back home this Saturday to host Cal State San Bernardino (10:00 AM) and Brown (4:00 PM) at Canyonview Pool...Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's fast-improving squad comes into the week riding a four-game win streak and has prevailed in nine of its last 11 contests.
Friday night at Canyonview Pool, Kreutzkamp's troops nearly pulled off a shocker against Hawaii, dropping a 10-8, overtime decision to the No. 5 Rainbow Wahines... With UCSD's offense in low gear, this one looked like it might be decided early as UH raced out a 4-1 halftime lead...But, the Tritons came alive in the second and pulled even at 6-6 when junior Hanalei Crowell rifled one home from long range with the shot clock running out...Hawaii seemed to have regained control at 8-6 late in the fourth quarter but UCSD refused to go away...Sophomore Kirsten Bates stuffed in a loose ball from in close to cut the deficit to one and senior Audra Bloom's high-arching lob went bar down to knot it at eight...UCSD had one final opportunity to win it in regulation but was unable to convert and Hawaii scored the only two goals of OT...Bloom netted three goals for UCSD and senior Markayla Quane was stellar in the cage, turning away 12 Rainbow tries, including a pair of penalty shots.
On Saturday's opening day of the Roadrunner Invitational in Bakersfield, UCSD turned in a pair of one-goal triumphs against ranked teams...First, the Tritons won an absolutely crazy, 14-13, decision over No. 18 host Cal State Bakersfield...UCSD scored on the first three possessions of the game and were still up by three at 10-7...The Roadrunners, however, scored the next four goals to go up, 11-10...It was 11-11 after three periods and the two clubs traded goals to make it 13 all with 1:10 remaining...At that point, Crowell missed a penalty shot but the ball caromed off the crossbar right back into her hands and she didn't miss the second time around, depositing the game-winner, her fourth of the contest...Senior Stephanie Heinrich and sophomore Jessica Tran added three apiece... Fourth quarter tallies by Heinrich and Felicia Orozco elevated UCSD past No. 15 UC Davis, 10-9, later that afternoon...Bloom accounted for four scores, Heinrich three and Quane, after a struggle vs. CSUB, rejected 17 Aggie shots.
Bates erupted for a career high seven goals and Quane had another 11 saves as UCSD scored 10 of the game's first 12 goals in a 15-6 thrashing of Sonoma State Sunday morning...The Tritons made it "four for Bakersfield" by whipping Cal State San Bernardino, 11-5...Tran's four goals led the way in the tournament finale with Bates and Orozco chipping in with two each.
MEN'S V-BALL SHUTS OUT PACIFIC; HAWAII TRIP ON TAP
In its final road foray of the season, Coach Kevin Ring's 14th-ranked Men's Volleyball team leaves the mainland for a pair of matches against No. 5 Hawaii, Friday and Saturday in Honolulu...The Tritons bring an 8-15 record into Friday's island opener after splitting two matches at home last week.
The Tritons ran into a buzzsaw in the form of No. 1 Stanford Friday night at RIMAC Arena and the result was a 3-0 (30-18, 30-12, 30-20) "destroy all evidence and move forward" defeat...Frank Fritsch had 11 kills for UCSD, but the Cardinal out-hit and out-blocked the Tritons by a wide margin in a contest where the hosts just couldn't seem to get untracked.
Ring's spikers rebounded quickly, pasting Pacific, 3-0 (30-20, 30-28, 30-17) the next night...They put together a 13-4 run to take control early in the first set and never looked back...Fritsch was the catalyst offensively, knocking down 15 kills and serving up a pair of aces as UCSD hit a sparkling .389 as a team...Junior setter Phil Bannan handed out 39 assists and added an ace of his own.
WOMEN'S TENNIS GOES 1-2 IN HAWAII; BACK TO CCAA PLAY
After a testing three-match series in Hawaii against several of the top Division II teams in the nation, Coach Liz LaPlante's No. 17 Women's Tennis team returns to conference action at Cal Poly Pomona Wednesday and back home against Cal State San Bernardino Saturday...UCSD, 8-4, is undefeated (4-0) in CCAA play this season and has not lost in its last 63 league matches.
The Tritons saw their modest three-match winning streak come to a screeching end in a 9-0 loss to No. 3 BYU-Hawaii last Wednesday...The margin was significantly tighter but the result the same in a 5-4 defeat at the hands of No. 12 Hawaii Pacific a day later... UCSD collected two of the three doubles points, prevailing at No. 1 with Taskeen Bains/Natalie Varnay and No. 3 with Cindy Dao/Valerie Tang...Varnay (No. 2) and Tang (No. 4) also posted straight set singles wins but the clincher for the Sea Warriors was a three-set victory at No. 6.
UCSD closed out its Hawaiian tour in impressive fashion, sweeping doubles while drubbing Hawaii-Hilo, 7-2...The doubles stranglehold allowed LaPlante to mix up her lineup and she was rewarded with wins at Nos. 3-6 on the ladder by Samantha Yeung, Katie Mulloy, Melisaa Breisacher and Roxy Pourmirzaie.
MEN'S TENNIS CLOSES OUT ROAD TRIP ON HIGH NOTE VS. UH-HILO
After a tough trip to Hawaii following final exams, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's 28th-ranked Men's Tennis team will take a much-needed rest before stepping back into action a week from Tuesday against crosstown NAIA rival Point Loma.
Prior to departure for the islands, Steidlmayer's crew turned in a lackluster performance in a 6-1 loss to Ivy League intruder Dartmouth Monday at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club...With No. 1 singles player Erik Elliott sick on the sidelines, junior Vincent Nguyen accounted for the Tritons' lone point at No. 3 singles... UCSD had won three straight coming into this encounter.
Still reeling, the Tritons were knocked off, 7-2, by No. 27 BYU-Hawaii their first outing in Hawaii...The two points came courtesy of freshman Junya Yoshida at No. 6 singles and the No. 2 doubles tandem of Armaun Emami and Austin West...The next afternoon, it was more rough sledding as No. 5 Hawaii Pacific swept doubles en route to a 7-2 triumph...Nguyen, continuing his strong play, took a two-set point at No. 3 singles and West did the same at No. 6.
The Tritons were able to rebound in their final match on the road trip, snapping their losing string at three by overwhelming Hawaii-Hilo, 8-1...UCSD rolled to victories in all three doubles clashes and got straight set singles wins from Sam Ling (No. 3), Jake Fellow (No. 4), Nguyen (No. 5) and Yoshida (No. 6)...Chapman Chan added the finishing point with a three-set triumph at No. 2.
MERRILL/HOWE SHINE AT CAL/NEVADA TRACK MEET
After posting a pair of individual championship performances at last weekend's Cal/Nevada Collegiate Championships at UCLA's Drake Stadium, the Track & Field team will stay local this week when it participates in the Mangrum Invitational hosted by Cal State San Marcos Saturday...At the heavily Division I-tilted Cal/Nevada meet, the Tritons claimed sixth in the women's division and 10th on the men's side.
Defending NCAA D-II champion Christine Merrill brought home a gold medal for UCSD in the 400 hurdles, clocking 58.92 to win with over a second and a half to spare... The talented senior was also seventh in the 100 hurdles (14.13)...Junior sprinter Kelly Fogarty also scored in two events for Coach Darcy Ahner, taking 3rd in the 100 (12.11) and sixth in the 200 (24.53)...UCSD got big showings in the jumps from senior Linda Rainwater (4th/high jump/5-6) and sophomore Stephanie LeFever (3rd/long jump/18-10) ...Other scorers for Ahner's women were Caitlin Meagher (7th/400 hurdles), Marie Archer (8th/hammer/171-11), Caprice Thompson (8th/3,000 steeplechase/11:39.96) and Brianna Alban (9th/10,000/38:22.17)...The 4x400 relay squad was also seventh (3:49.25).
For Coach Tony Salerno's Triton men, sophomore Nick Howe matched Merrill's blue ribbon effort, heaving the javelin 209-3 to snag first place by over 14 ft...Junior Casey Ryan finished third in the high jump (6-8.75) with a mark well below his school record of 7-3...Five other individuals reached the scoreboard---Tobias Haswell (7th/400 intermediate hurdles/53.70), Fred Cook (8th/hammer/176-3), Mike Wright (8th/3,000 steeplechase/ 9:32.97), John Svet (9th/10,000/32:31.83) and Daniel Anderson (9th/800/1:55.06)...In Saturday's prelims, Anderson broke Mark Yuen's 17-year-old UCSD standard in the 800, hitting the tape in 1:51.12.
GOLFERS EIGHTH AT SO. CAL TOURNAMENT
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team heads to the sunny climes of Goodyear, AZ for the 18-team Thunderbird Invitational at Palm Valley Country Club...The tourney opens with 36 holes over the 7,032-yd. par 72 layout today with the closing 18 slated for Tuesday.
The Tritons are coming off an eighth place finish at their own Southern California Intercollegiate, hosted last week at Mission Viejo Country Club...UCSD stood third after firing an opening round of 310 but a second round 316 dropped Wydra's squad to sixth and the Tritons slipped to eighth by ballooning up to 331 on the final day... UCSD's total stroke count of 957 left them 38 behind defending NCAA D-II champion Sonoma State which captured team honors...Junior Keith Okasaki was UCSD's top individual for the fourth straight event, carding a 54-hole total of 233, putting him in a tie for 10th...Fellow junior Mike Neustadt shared 20th place at 239...His second round 76 was UCSD's low 18 of the tournament...Rounding out the scorers for the Tritons were Richard Morris (T26th/242) and Justin Gabbert (48th/257).
THREE TOP 20 NCAA FINISHES FOR TRITON FENCERS
Nineteen was the operative number for UC San Diego at last week's NCAA Fencing Championships in Cambridge, MA...All three Triton qualifiers finished 19th in their respective competitions-senior Pilar Alicea (foil), sophomore Michael Fong (foil) and freshman Victoria Mo (epee)...Ironically, the three 19th place individual results put UCSD in 17th overall in the team standings...Last year, UCSD also placed 17th in the team rankings and Alicea was 12th in her specialty...Penn State walked away with the 2010 team title.
BIG CREW CLASSIC PERFORMANCE FOR MEN'S ROWING TEAM
Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew hit a high water mark Sunday, his varsity eight finishing eighth overall in prestigious Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay...The Tritons, who earned their way into the field with the biggest names in men's crew by winning last year's Cal Cup at this same event, placed second behind Temple in the consolation final to gain eighth place overall...The team of Andrew Hilton, Nathan Morgan, Jay Dee Morgan, Justin Gordon, Michael Monrean, Erik Smith, Drew Madden, Ed Yragui and coxswain Cameran Biltucci fought off stern challenges from UC Davis and Michigan in Sunday's race, going 6:14.72 for the 2,000 meters to nip the Aggies by just .32 seconds...After getting off the line well and holding a nearly six-seat edge over their two pursuers at the halfway point, the Tritons saw Davis actually poke ahead before rowing through the Aggies in the final few strokes.
The UCSD JV eight rowed what Johnson described as "an awesome race" while taking third in the petite final behind Cal and Notre Dame while battling the elements in the outside lane...Asst. Coach Colin Truex's Novice eight matched its best-ever Crew Classic result with a fourth place finish...The lineup of Jeff Friesen, Ross Bell, Kenny DeSantis, Justin Walsh, Ryan Brown, Austin Jones, Simon Farah, Ray Sheng and coxswain Mark Tolentino trailed Cal, Stanford and Orange Coast College while taking the measure of USD and UC Davis in the final...They were also hampered by a Lane 6 draw.
Read Union-Tribune Crew Classic preview article featuring UC San Diego.
WOMEN'S CREW GAINS EXPERIENCE IN FLORIDA
Finding some improvement but not victories on a trip to the Southeast last week, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew will now put in two weeks of training before going to Newport for the annual Berg Cup on April 10...That race will be the Tritons final tune-up before the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships, which are slated for May 1-2 in Sacramento.
Facing the top southeastern crews at the Florida D-II Challenge in Melbourne, FL, the Tritons placed third in their first race last Friday behind defending regional champion Nova Southeastern and host Florida Tech...The next morning in a head-to-head match-up against red-hot Barry (FL), the Tritons suffered a 33-second defeat...In its final outing of the trip, under more difficult conditions, UCSD hit the line in 8:23.9, its slowest time of the three races, placing second behind Nova Southeastern and ahead of University of Charleston...The key statistic, however, was time differential as the Tritons were able to narrow the gap between themselves and Nova by six seconds.
Meanwhile, back home, the novice eight came home fifth in its Saturday heat, narrowly missing a spot in Sunday's petite final at the San Diego Crew Classic.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Head Women's Track & Field Coach Darcy Ahner and junior baseball star Evan Kehoe...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com...In addition, Elsten and UCSD baseball alum Tim Strombel will call the first game of Saturday's twinbill vs. Cal State San Bernardino...The ball game will be streamed live at http://ucsdtritons.com and free Triton team posters will be distributed to fans in attendance.
The Swimming & Diving fans can check out a pair of recent post-NCAA Championship articles...
Read the San Diego Union-Tribune article on NCAA champions Dan Perdew & Alex Henley.
Read the Ventura County Star article on Alex Henley.
On the alumni front, two former Triton basketball standouts, now in the coaching ranks, had big post-seasons in 2010...Randy Bennett (1983-85), head coach at St. Mary's, led the WCC champion Gaels past No. 2 seed Villanova to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 where if fell to Baylor last Friday...Saturday afternoon, Greg Kamansky (1983-87), the fourth-leading scorer in UCSD history, guided his Cal Poly Pomona squad to the NCAA Division II Championship over Indiana (PA) in Springfield, MA.
The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...All proceeds benefit the UCSD Athletic program... For information on playing or sponsorship opportunities, please call (858) 534-8460.
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