UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (April 5, 2010)
Release: Sunday 04/04/2010 
by UCSD
Senior Jason Spangler and the Men's Volleyball team host UCI and UCLA this weekend.
Senior Jason Spangler and the Men's Volleyball...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Tue., Apr. 6---M Tennis---UCSD at Point Loma---2:00 PM

Wed., Apr. 7---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:00 PM

Thu., Apr. 8---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Invitational---All Day

Fri., Apr. 9---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Invitational---All Day
Fri., Apr. 9---M Crew---UCSD at George Washington Invitational---7:00 AM
Fri., Apr. 9---Softball---UCSD at Humboldt State (DH)---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 9---M Tennis---UCSD at UC Davis---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 9---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 9---W Water Polo---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---5:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 9---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---7:00 PM

Sat., Apr. 10---W Water Polo---UCSD at Santa Clara Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 10---Track & Field---UCSD at UCLA Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 10---Track & Field---UCSD at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational---All Day

Sat., Apr. 10---M Crew---UCSD at George Washington Invitational---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 10---W Crew---UCSD at Berg Cup---7:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 10---M Tennis---UCSD at UC Santa Cruz---9:30 AM
Sat., Apr. 10---Softball---UCSD at Humboldt State (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 10---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---11:00 AM
Sat. Apr. 10---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---Noon
Sat., Apr. 10---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. UCLA---7:00 PM

Sun., Apr. 11--- W Water Polo---UCSD at Santa Clara Invitational---All Day
Sun., Apr. 11---M Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---11:00 AM
Sun., Apr. 11---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---12:00 PM


BASEBALL TAKES THREE-GAME CCAA LEAD TO STANISLAUS
Coach Dan O'Brien's No. 1-ranked Baseball team, which split a hard-fought, four-game, home-and-home series with Cal State San Bernardino last weekend, now travels to Turlock for a four-game road clash with Cal State Stanislaus (17-16/13-11), opening with a single game Friday...The Tritons, now 30-5 overall with a 20-4 conference ledger, lead the CCAA by three games over second place Cal State Dominguez Hills...Stanislaus occupies the fifth slot in the standings.

Host Cal State San Bernardino nipped the Tritons, 4-3, in the series opener Thursday, snapping the visitors' 19-game winning streak...Junior ace Tim Shibuya pitched a solid game but took the loss, going six-plus and striking out seven...A bad third inning did Shibuya in...After whiffing the first two hitters, he yielded four hits and three runs before getting a third K to end the frame... UCSD punched back in the top of the fourth with a leadoff homer by Aaron Bauman and Robert Sedin's two-run single deadlocking the score...CSUSB pushed a run across in the seventh and the Tritons were unable to answer despite loading the bags in the ninth...Right fielder Kyle Saul had two knocks for O'Brien's club.

UCSD bounced back Friday as senior Brandon Gregorich and junior Blake Tagmyer blasted two homers apiece in a 14-7 road triumph...The Tritons clubbed six round trippers and 20 hits altogether...Gregorich finished 4-for-5, scored four runs and drove in five...Junior third baseman Evan Kehoe's line was a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBIs...Starter Kirby St. John went six and two-thirds innings and chalked up win No. 7.

The Triton bats were fully-loaded in the first game of Saturday's series-closing doubleheader in La Jolla, cranking out 16 hits, including seven for extra bases, while bludgeoning the visiting Coyotes, 12-1...Gregorich accounted for three more base hits and a pair of RBIs, while Sedin drove in three with two hits...Kehoe's bat also continued to sizzle, knocking two hits, one a home run... Benefiting from the UCSD offensive prowess was senior right hander Matt Rossman who scattered eight hits over his eight innings of work and fanning six for his seventh win of the year without a loss...The series finale was another taut affair where a last at-bat Triton rally fell short in a 3-2 decision in favor of the Coyotes...Trailing, 3-1, with just three outs left and only two hits to its credit, UCSD jammed the bases with nobody out but was able to plate just one runner... Junior Guido Knudson got the start and went six and two-thirds innings.

FOUR-GAME SERIES AT HUMBOLDT STATE ON TAP FOR SOFTBALL
In the wake of an inconsistent home weekend against Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Softball team hits the road where it will meet Humboldt State for a four-game series starting Friday...UC San Diego comes in 25-13 after splitting four with Dominguez Hills...The Tritons are now 15-9 in the CCAA and continue to hold third place... Humboldt State, NCAA champions in 2008, are struggling at 16-19 (5-11 CCAA) and sit eighth in the 10-team league.

UCSD romped, 7-0, in the series opener vs. Dominguez Hills behind sophomore Camille Gaito's two-hit shutout...Gaito struck out nine, didn't walk a batter and allowed just one Toro runner to reach second base...The Triton offense parlayed four hits and a key Dominguez error into four third inning runs that pretty much locked things up...Freshman DP Nicole Spangler's two-run single highlighted the outburst and another freshman, third baseman Katie Belanger, removed all doubt with a three-run home run in the fifth...Unfortunately, game two was another story...An error epidemic felled UCSD as five Triton miscues resulted in eight unearned runs and a 9-1 defeat...Sophomore Tess Granath got tagged with the loss and senior catcher Nicole Saari went 2-for-2.

Saturday's outcome was a mirror image of Friday...Not as dominating as the day before but plenty good enough, Gaito racked up her 13th win with a complete game, six-hitter, 4-2, in the opener... Freshmen again supplied the lumber offensively...Spangler was a sparkling 3-for-3 and Belanger again delivered the key blow, another fifth inning three-run dinger...The nightcap was again a nightmare for Gerckens and Co. as the Toros banged out 14 hits to run away with a 10-1 victory...Spangler collected two more hits for the home team.

V-BALL HOME FOR WEEKEND CLASHES WITH UC IRVINE, UCLA
Back home for its final five matches of the season, the No. 14 Men's Volleyball team is hopeful that the friendly confines of RIMAC Arena will help it rebound from back-to-back road losses to No. 4 Hawaii last week...Coach Kevin Ring's spikers are now 8-17 overall and 4-14 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play...The Tritons host No. 11 UC Irvine, the defending NCAA champion, Friday and No. 7 UCLA comes to town the next night...UCSD swept UCLA in Pauley Pavilion earlier this year and dropped a four-set decision to UCI on the same trip.

Hawaii proved anything but a vacation for the Tritons...After winning the first set in last Friday's match, UCSD was unable to locate the win column again...UH scored a 3-1 (28-30, 30-25, 30-24, 30-28) triumph despite a huge night from senior Frank Fritsch...The outside hitter from Los Gatos accounted for 22 kills (.410), 11 digs and two aces...Fellow senior Jason Spangler added nine kills and junior middle blocker Adrian Guthals eight while setter Phil Bannan handed out 53 assists...A Spangler ace gave UCSD a 29-27 game one cushion and a Fritsch kill finished it off...UCSD had a chance to knot things up in the fourth game...The Tritons led by two late but an 8-2 Warrior run erased the comeback attempt.

The next night proved just as frustrating as Ring's troops out-hit (.274-.273) and out-blocked (12.5-9.5) their hosts but didn't come away with any rewards in a 3-0 (30-28, 30-28, 30-72) loss...Bannan distributed 39 assists with Fritsch, Spangler and Carl Eberts each recording 11 kills.



NO. 17 WOMEN'S WATER POLO PUSHES WIN STREAK TO SIX
Coach  Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team, which has stepped up to No. 17 in the national rankings on the basis of its strong recent play, will travel to Northern California for this weekend's Santa Clara Invitational where it will face a mix of conference and nationally-ranked opponents...Prior to the tourney, the Tritons will square off against WWPA foe Cal State East Bay, Friday afternoon in Hayward...UCSD opens Saturday at Santa Clara with No. 6 San Jose State (9:15 AM), a club that it lost to 15-6 at the season-opening Michigan Invitational, then face Sonoma State (2:15 PM)...Sunday, the Tritons hook up with Colorado State (9:15 AM) before closing out against third-ranked Cal at 2:15 PM...Kreutzkamp"s squad comes into the week 13-14 after snagging a pair of home wins last weekend.

Saturday morning, the Tritons struggled, but finally subdued visiting Cal State San Bernardino, 6-3...The Coyotes went ahead, 3-2, at the 2:12 mark in the first quarter and that's how the count remained for 16 minutes and 52 seconds until junior T.C. Coles, in her first action at UCSD, scored the equalizer ...Three fourth period Triton goals, scored by Stephanie Heinrich, Hanalei Crowell and Kirsten Bates, provided the margin of victory...Allie Taylor, who got her first start in the cage, and regular senior starter Markayla Quane, who came off the bench for the final period, were the foundation of a stingy defensive effort for UCSD.

Kreutzkamp lit a fire under his charges between games and they came out blazing in Saturday's second game...No one was hotter than senior Heinrich who scored five goals, four on the first four shots of the game, in a 11-7 thumping of No. 20 Brown...Sophomore Bates scored two for UCSD which tallied six times in the first quarter and led by as many as six...The win extended the Tritons' current winning streak to six games and they've won 11 of their last 13.

Listen to Saturday's interview with Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp.

TRACK & FIELD GETS 12 WINS AT MANGRUM INVITATIONAL
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will again field split Track & Field squads this weekend with a handful of athletes competing at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational at UCLA and the bulk of the roster taking part in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

The Triton women won eight events and the men four at last Saturday's Mangrum Invitational hosted by Cal State San Marcos...Senior Linda Rainwater copped a pair of first place finishes, taking the high jump (5-8) and the javelin (118-11)...Rainwater's high jump triumph keyed a UCSD sweep of the jumps as senior Leah Murphy took the triple jump (37-6.75) and junior Stephanie LeFever the long jump (18-8)...Also in the field events, freshman Uchenna Agbahiew captured the discus, hurling it 121-3...Junior sprinter Kelly Fogarty hit the tape first in the 100 (11.9) and anchored the victorious 4x100 relay squad (47.28) which included Christine Merrill, Kathleen Hitchens and Jacqueline Rose...The Tritons also claimed the 4x400 relay with the foursome of Rose, LeFever, Anna Lee McGregor and Merrill clocking an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:48.94...Merrill also delivered an impressive second place mark (13.93) in the 100 hurdles.

For the men, senior Daniel Anderson, on the heels of last week's school record performance in the 800 at the Cal/Nevada Championships, won the 1,500 in a time of 3:54.40 with teammate Mike Wright taking second...Senior Fred Cook tossed the shot put 52-2 which proved to be the day's best and heaved the hammer 176-6 for second place in that event...Also winning for UCSD were high jumper Casey Ryan (6-8.75) and discus thrower Dane Sandifer (142-5).

WOMEN'S TENNIS LOOKS TO EXTEND 65-MATCH STREAK
Coach Liz LaPlante's Women's Tennis team, ranked 15th in the nation and riding a modest three-match winning streak, is home for a pair of CCAA encounters this week, welcoming Cal Poly Pomona Wednesday and Cal State L.A. Saturday...UCSD is 10-4 overall, undefeated in conference play at 5-0,  and one up on second place Cal State Stanislaus in the loss column.

The Tritons ran their streak of consecutive CCAA victories to 65 last week, winning, 6-3, on the road at Cal Poly Pomona and 7-2 at home against Cal State San Bernardino...Playing without one of its top individuals, Natalie Varnay, at Pomona, UCSD relied on superior depth to dominated both doubles (Nos. 2-3) and singles (Nos. 3-6)...Valerie Tang and Anita Athavale earned wins in both disciplines...Saturday's tussle with San Bernardino afforded LaPlante an opportunity to get some fresh faces into the lineup...Sophomore Krystal Mizuguchi and freshman Jacquelyn Davis were both involved in singles and doubles victories...Davis (No. 2) and freshman Lisa Hardebeck (No. 6) each came back from a set down to produce three-set super tiebreaker points and, in her first turn at No. 1 on the ladder, sophomore Samantha Yeung rolled to a straight set win.

Listen to Saturday's post-match comments from Asst. Coach Timmer Willing.


BIG NORCAL TRIP LOOMS FOR MEN'S TENNIS
Coming off an eight-day competitive layoff, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team plunges back into action with four road matches this week...The No. 28 Tritons open across town today against NAIA Point Loma and then head to Northern California where they will tackle Division I UC Davis and D-III UC Santa Cruz before closing out with a critical showdown against Division II regional rival Sonoma State...UCSD edged Sonoma State, 5-4, less than a month ago on its home courts.

MEN'S CREW FACES TOUGH OPPOSITION AT GW INVITATIONAL
Hoping to build on its excellent showing at the San Diego Crew Classic, Men's Crew will engage in a trio of dual competitions with East Coast D-I rivals at the George Washington Invitational, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday on the historic Potomac River in Washington, DC...The Tritons will send varsity, junior varsity and freshman eights against Holy Cross (Thu.), Georgetown (Fri.) and Navy (Sat.).

WOMEN'S CREW AT BERG CUP SATURDAY
Searching to develop some momentum with the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) less than a month away, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team makes its annual trek to Newport for Saturday's Berg Cup...The regatta will provide the youngish Tritons a good measuring stick as they face off against several familiar foes including USD, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Long Beach State...Pinkerton has entered a varsity and second varsity eight, a novice and second novice eight and will double up her rowers in the varsity and novice four competition.

GOLFERS TAKE EIGHTH IN ARIZONA
After turning in an eighth place finish at the 17-team Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational last week, the Golf team takes a week off before returning to action at the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational a week from today in Turlock.

At the Thunderbird, played at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, AZ, the Tritons compiled a 54-hole team total of 872 (293-288-291) which left them 26 strokes behind first place Cal State Stanislaus...Leading the way for UCSD was junior Richard Morris who fired a three-under par 213 on the 7,015-yd., par 72 course...Morris, who had seen limited action prior to the Thunderbird, delivered a closing round 68, easily UCSD's best 18 of the tourney and finished tied for 13th...Junior Keith Okasaki, who had been the Tritons' low man the last four consecutive tournaments, tied for 21st at even par 216...Following the top two were senior Raj Samra (T40/221), Mike Neustadt (57th/225) and Justin Gabbert (T82/240).

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Women's Water Polo Coach Brad Kreutzkamp, setter Phil Bannan of the Men's Volleyball team and junior Taskeen Bains from Women's Tennis...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at http://ucsdtritons.com.

The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, benefiting UC San Diego Athletics, will be held Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...Those interested in playing or sponsoring this event can get more information online by clicking on the link above or by calling (858) 534-8460.


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