THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Mon., Apr. 12---M Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day
Mon., Apr. 12---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---2:00 PM
Tue., Apr. 13---M Golf---UCSD at Hanny Stanislaus Invitational---All Day
Wed., Apr. 14---Track and Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Decathlon/Heptathlon---All Day
Wed., Apr. 14---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Baptist---6:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 15---Track and Field---UCSD at Mt. SAC Decathlon/Heptathlon---All Day
Thu., Apr. 15---M Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---1:30 PM
Thu., Apr. 15---W Tennis---UCSD at Point Loma Nazarene---2:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 15---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 16---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (DH) ---1:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 16---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 16---W Water Polo---UCSD vs. Chapman---6:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 16-M Volleyball---UCSD vs. USC---7:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 17---Track and Field---UCSD at Soka Peace Invitational---All Day
Sat., Apr. 17---W Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 17---Softball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (DH) ---11:00 AM
Sat., Apr. 17---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A. (DH) ---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 17---M Volleyball---UCSD vs. Pepperdine---7:00 PM
MEN'S V-BALL WHIPS UCLA; FINISHES SEASON AT HOME
Hoping to end its season on a positive note, Coach Kevin Ring's Men's Volleyball team will play its final three matches of the 2010 season at RIMAC Arena, hosting NAIA Cal Baptist Wednesday night and then taking on MPSF foes, No. 6 USC (14-10) and No. 3 Pepperdine (15-8) over the weekend...UCSD defeated Pepperdine on the road earlier this season while falling to USC on the same trip...The Tritons come into Wednesday's contest 9-18 overall and 5-15 in MPSF play after splitting a pair of home matches last weekend.
Defending NCAA champion UC Irvine logged its second win of the season over UCSD Friday night, overwhelming the Tritons, 3-0 (30-23, 30-13, 30-21)...The 10th-ranked Anteaters out-hit Ring's squad (.416-.053), won the blocking battle, 17.5-7, and, after breaking a 12-12 tie with a 7-1 first game run, were in command the rest of the way... Junior Adrian Guthals was one of the few bright spots for UCSD, racking up 10 kills while hitting .467.
Seniors Frank Fritsch and Jason Spangler both had monster games as the Tritons got a jump-start on their final week by stunning No. 7 UCLA, 3-1 (30-26, 30-25, 32-34, 30-27) Saturday night...Fritsch had 19 kills (.469) and Spangler 18 (.517) as UCSD hit a blistering .412 as a team and repeatedly repelled the Bruins when it mattered...Junior setter Phil Bannan handed out 52 assists and sophomore Carl Eberts, getting extended playing time, hammered 11 kills and two aces...Libero Andrew Kaban had a team high nine digs...The victory not only allowed UCSD to sweep the season series from UCLA but it was the Tritons' third consecutive win over the Bruins.
Hear Coach Kevin Ring's Saturday post-game comments.
Hear senior Jason Spangler's interview following the UCLA match.
SOFTBALL FACES CRUCIAL HOME SERIES VS. MONTEREY BAY
Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team winds up the home portion of its regular season schedule this weekend, battling Cal State Monterey Bay (25-15/18-10) in Friday and Saturday doubleheaders...The Tritons come into this penultimate conference series at 27-15 overall and 17-11 in CCAA play...UCSD is now third in a taut league race where the top five teams are separated by just three games (the first four go to the CCAA Championship Tournament)...Cal State Monterey Bay, one game up on UCSD, is second, a game behind Sonoma State.
Over the course of last Friday's doubleheader in Northern California, UCSD outscored Humboldt State, 6-3, but was only able to come away with a split...Sophomore right hander Camille Gaito went the distance, scattering eight hits, as the Tritons claimed the opener, 5-1...Five of UCSD's 12 hits were doubles and centerfielder Kris Lesovsky went 3-for-4, scoring a pair of runs...Gaito tossed the first three innings of the nightcap but the Lumberjacks scored two runs on a sixth inning pinch hit home run by Kristen Nouzovsky off reliever Tess Granath to steal a 2-1 victory...Lesovsky and senior catcher Nicole Saari, who between them owned nine of UCSD's 20 hits Friday, both had two in this one.
It was more of the same Saturday as UCSD cruised to a 7-2 first game victory only to have the Lumberjacks take the series finale, 5-1...Gaito chalked up her 16th win in game one as the Tritons blew open a 1-1 contest with back-to-back three-run innings in the fifth and sixth...UCSD blasted 12 hits and four HSU errors resulted in three unearned runs for the visitors...Freshman DP Nicole Spangler pounded three hits and drove in two while fellow first-year starter Rhiannon Ousley had two knocks and two RBIs...UCSD mustered just four hits in the second game but was trailing by just one run, 2-1, before Humboldt plated three in the bottom of the sixth...Gaito got the call again but this time was unable to emerge victorious, despite surrendering just seven hits in her six-inning stint.
Earlier in the week, Gaito was announced as the CCAA Pitcher of the Week for March 29-April 4.
NO. 4 BASEBALL ROLLS OVER STANISLAUS; STARTS NEW STREAK
Looking to build on its three-game lead atop the CCAA standings, Coach Dan O'Brien's Baseball team (34-5/22-4) plays a four-game home-and-home series against fifth place Cal State L.A. (16-1/14-14) this week...The first two games will be Thursday and Friday at Triton Ballpark...The No. 4 Tritons come in with four straight wins and 25 in their last 27 after a perfect weekend at Cal State Stanislaus.
Junior Tim Shibuya's seven strikeout complete game effort Thursday powered UCSD to a 7-0 triumph in the opener at Stanislaus...A single by shortstop Vance Albitz to lead off the game, coupled with two steals and a Warrior error produced two first inning runs that was all the masterful Shibuya would need...Second baseman Grant Bauer and DH Blake Tagmyer each popped two hits and drove in two with the latter also accounting for two stolen bases.
The Tritons showed their versatility in sweeping Saturday's doubleheader...Down, 3-2, with two outs and the bases empty in the ninth inning of the opener, UCSD got back-to-back jacks from first baseman Brandon Gregorich and third baseman Evan Kehoe on the way to a 5-3 victory...Starter Matt Rossman went six innings but it was the Tritons' fifth hurler, junior Danny Simmons, who got the win, striking out three in a four-out appearance from the pen...UCSD shelled Warrior pitching for 14 hits and junior right hander Guido Knudson fired a complete game six-hitter with eight Ks in a 10-2 second game runaway...The Tritons broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning...At the plate, Gregorich racked up three more hits, scored three times and had two doubles while Kehoe also had a pair of two-baggers...Tagmyer and catcher Kellen Lee each belted home runs...For Knudson, it was his sixth win against just two defeats.
The Tritons unleashed the heavy artillery Sunday, burying Stanislaus, 18-5, to complete the sweep...Bauer and Kehoe each smacked four of UCSD's 20 hits...Bauer had a perfect 4-for-4 days, scoring three times and driving in five, three on a fifth inning homer...Kehoe, red hot all weekend, was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three driven in...With the contest squared at two after four innings, UCSD erupted for sixth in the fifth and eight more in the sixth to ice the game and leave Turlock with a clean slate...Senior Kirby St. John made the start but junior Eric Abraham, who recorded the last two outs in the fifth inning, got credit for the win.
WOMEN'S POLO LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK FROM TOUGH WEEKEND
After playing five games in 48 hours last week, Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's Women's Water Polo team, ranked 17th nationally, will play just one in the next seven days, that coming Friday night against conference rival Chapman at Canyonview Pool...The Tritons come into the Chapman game 15-15 after winning one of four games at last weekend's Santa Clara Invitational.
In a game loaded with offensive fireworks, the Tritons overcame some shaky moments before finally putting away WWPA foe Cal State East Bay, 18-12, Friday in Hayward... After racing out to a 3-0 lead, UCSD gave away six unanswered goals before closing the first half by scoring five of the next six, to take an 8-7 advantage into the break...The Tritons took control in the second half, with senior Stephanie Heinrich and sophomore Kirsten Bates finishing with four goals apiece and sophomore Jessica Tran netting three.
UCSD split its two Saturday games at the Santa Clara Invitational...Despite three goals from junior Hanalei Crowell, No. 6 San Jose State handled the Tritons, 16-8, in their first outing...Heinrich and Bates added two goals apiece...In game two, Crowell registered four more tallies as UCSD thumped Sonoma State, 11-6...Heinrich chipped in with two goals as did junior T.C. Coles while senior goalie Markayla Quane had eight saves.
The Tritons recent resurgence hit a bump in the road Sunday, starting with an 8-4, 8:00 AM, loss to WWPA foe Colorado State...The unranked Rams clearly surprised UCSD which was hurt by 21 missed shots...In the fourth and final game of the tournament, No. 3 Cal took the measure of the Tritons, 17-5, running up a 12-2 halftime edge and coasting home in the pouring NorCal rain...Tran and Bates scored two goals apiece in the loss.
MEN'S TENNIS UPENDS UC DAVIS; CAL POLY POMONA NEXT
After a week packed with action, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team will cut back to one match this week, a Thursday road encounter at No. 45 Cal Poly Pomona... The 30th-ranked Tritons, who defeated Cal Poly, 7-2, earlier this season in La Jolla, will be looking to strengthen their resume for a potential NCAA post-season berth.
The only firepower came from the bottom of the ladder in Tuesday's, 6-3, road loss at NAIA Point Loma as UCSD's three points were earned by the No. 3 doubles tandem of Sam Ling and Naveen Dixit and Vincent Nguyen and Junya Yoshida at No. 5 and 6 singles respectively.
UCSD started its presumed three-match NorCal swing by winning a 4-3 thriller over Division I UC Davis...Playing D-I scoring rules, the Tritons snagged the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2...While Armaun Emami and Austin West won handily at No. 2, the pairing of Chapman Chan and Erik Elliott need a 7-3 tiebreaker win to prevail at No. 1...In singles, Ling was a straight set winner at No. 3 with sophomore Jake Fellow and freshman Yoshida breaking through in three sets at No. 4 and No. 6 to clinch the outcome...Saturday, with rainy conditions forcing starts and stops, the Tritons lost a neutral-site (Sonoma), 5-2, decision to defending NCAA D-III champion UC Santa Cruz...After conceding all three doubles matches, UCSD got singles wins from Elliott at No. 1 and Yoshida at No. 6 but after the Slugs picked up straight set wins at No. 2 and No. 4, the remaining two matches were vacated.
Sunday's scheduled match against Sonoma State, which held key NCAA Regional implications, was canceled due to rainy weather.
CCAA ON LINE AS WOMEN'S TENNIS HOSTS STANISLAUS
Coach Liz LaPlante's 15th-ranked Women's Tennis team saw its 65-match CCAA winning streak cracked last Wednesday but quickly rebounded to start a new one Saturday and has positioned itself to win a seventh consecutive conference title if it can defeat Cal State San Bernardino on the road Tuesday and visiting Cal State Stanislaus Saturday in La Jolla...UCSD, now 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the CCAA, will sandwich a Thursday non-conference match at NAIA Point Loma Thursday between their two league clashes.
With junior Taskeen Bains sidelined awaiting an eligibility ruling, the Tritons saw their remarkable seven-year, 65 match-in-a-row run through the CCAA ended, 6-3, by No. 25 Cal Poly Pomona Wednesday in La Jolla...UCSD had not lost a league tilt since falling to these same Broncos in April of 2003...The trouble started in doubles where Anita Athavale and Jacquelyn Davis won at No. 1, but CPP took a 2-1 lead by grabbing Nos. 2-3...LaPlante got singles wins from Cindy Dao at No. 2 and Davis at No. 6 but lost a trio of three-setters that sealed the verdict.
Bains was back in the fold Saturday as UCSD rolled to its second win of the season over visiting Cal State L.A., 6-3...Bains teamed with junior Natalie Varnay to capture an 8-2 decision at No. 1 doubles and the duo of Dao and Valerie Tang did the same at No. 3... It was then straight set singles romps for Dao (No. 2), Athavale (No. 4), Samantha Yeung (No. 5) and Davis (No. 6)
Earlier in the week, Samantha Yeung was named CCAA Player of the Week for March 29-April 4.
RECORD BARRAGE FOR TRACK & FIELD SQUAD
At two different venues, three members of the Track & Field team set four school records Saturday as the Tritons continued to build on what's already been a very solid 2010 season...Three of the new UCSD best marks were turned in at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational, two by junior sprinter Kelly Fogarty...Getting better and better by the week, Fogarty won the 100 in 11.74 and then came back to finish second in the 200, clocking 24.12...At the same meet, senior Daniel Anderson set a new standard in the 800 for the second time in three weeks...After showing flashes of brilliance at various times in his career, Anderson appears to be putting it all together at just the right moment and his winning time of 1:50.56 clipped more than half a second off the time he laid down at the Cal/Nevada meet on March 28...Meanwhile at the UCLA Invitational, sophomore wunderkind Nick Howe heaved the javelin 220 feet, six inches, topping the school record for the third time this year, eclipsing his previous best by nearly six feet and winning the event with the top D-II distance in the country this year.
Also at UCLA, senior Christine Merrill was second in the 400 hurdles (59.63) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (14.16), Fred Cook was fourth in the hammer (178-3) and Marie Archer was fifth in the women's version of the same event (169-7)...Other top performances at Pomona-Pitzer included Donna LeFever's win in the pole vault (12-5.5) and Leah Murphy's second place leap in the triple jump (37-8.5)...This week, the Tritons will send a short list of competitors to the Mt. SAC Decathlon/Heptathlon meet while the majority of the roster will participate in the Soka Peace Invitational Saturday in Orange County...Cook, the senior from South Carolina, was last week's CCAA Male Athlete of the Week and in the first USTFCCAA Division II national poll of the outdoor season, the UCSD women were ranked second and the men 13th.
GOLFERS PREP FOR CONFERENCE AT STANISLAUS TOURNAMENT
After a week off and with the 2010 CCAA Championship just a week away, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team starts its "stretch run" today at the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational in Turlock...The tourney will feature 36 holes on day one and finish up with 18 tomorrow at the 6,641-yd., par 72 Turlock Country Club... Wydra's troops will face a typically windy layout and a very strong, 18-team field, including five teams ranked in the top 25 nationally...The roster for the Tritons will consist of senior Raj Samra, juniors Keith Okasaki and Richard Morris, the latter coming off his best performance of the season at the Thunderbird Invitational in Phoenix, sophomore Mike Neustadt and freshman Anubhay Rastogi.
ROWERS PREP FOR CONFERENCE REGATTA AT GW INVITATIONAL
With next week's Newport Regatta canceled, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew will now have three weeks without competition before heading to Sacramento for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships...His Tritons were put to a tough test last weekend traveling cross country to the historic Potomac River where they challenged several top East Coast crews at George Washington Invitational.
The UCSD varsity eight prevailed in just one of three races...The Tritons topped Holy Cross by eight seconds Friday and came up less than three seconds short against another D-I opponent, Georgetown, Saturday morning on the Hoyas home course before absorbing a seven-second defeat at the hands of Navy that afternoon...Johnson believes the experience will put his rowers---Andrew Hilton, Nathan Morgan, Jay Dee Morgan, Justin Gordon, Michael Monrean, Erik Smith, Drew Madden, Ed Yragui and coxswain Cameran Biltucci---in good position to battle main contenders Gonzaga and UC Davis at the WIRA regatta.
UCSD's second varsity eight knocked off Holy Cross and Georgetown but lost to Navy while the freshman eight was defeated by all three opponents.
ENCOURAGING PERFORMANCE FOR WOMEN'S CREW AT BERG CUP
With the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships looming in less than three weeks, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew will take the week off after turning in a "step up" performance at last Saturday's Berg Cup in Newport...The final tune-up for the Tritons prior to the WIRA event will be an April 24 scrimmage against San Diego State.
Saturday in Newport, Pinkerton's varsity eight rowed perhaps its best race of the spring, significantly cutting the time gap between itself and a set of season-long rivals before settling for fourth behind USD, Orange Coast College and UC Santa Barbara...In the second half of the race, the Tritons---Denise Kleckner, Jaime Bigwood, Summer Austin, Megan Simmons, Courtney Escajeda, Wanda Chin, Jesi Bennett, Lynn Nguyen and coxswain Katrina Paz---surged past UCSB into third before being nipped by the Gauchos at the wire.
The novice eight was fourth as well, salvaging a race that was all but lost with a snafu at the starting line...Despite their early problems, the Tritons were able to row through three opponents to collect the fourth slot...Four members of that squad---Brigitte Ngo-Trinh, Lynn Nguyen, Kelly Temes and Melissa---teamed with Paz to capture the novice four, holding off a late charge by Long Beach State...In other races, the second varsity eight was third and the second novice eight grabbed second place.
NEWS & NOTES
The lineup for this week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien, Softball Coach Patti Gerckens and middle distance star Daniel Anderson of the Track & Field team...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at http://ucsdtritons.com.
Senior Day/Night Promotions will be held in three sports-Women's Water Polo (Fri.), Softball (Sat.) and Men's Volleyball (Sat.) this week...In addition, free team posters will be given away both Friday and Saturday at Softball and the UCSD Athletic Dept. and Triton Tide student spirit group will be collaborating for a free Chipotle burrito giveaway to the first 100 students at Friday's Baseball game vs. CSULA which will also be shown live on ucsdtritons.com with Craig Elsten and Tim Strombel calling the action.
As part of UCSD's ongoing dining hall promotion, Taste of the Tritons, baseball standouts Danny Simmons and Kyle Saul will be appearing at Cafe Ventanas Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 PM and Erik Elliot and Jacquelyn Davis, from the men's and women's tennis teams respectively, will be at Canyon Vista during the same time frame.
The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, benefiting the UCSD Athletic Department, will be held Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...Anyone interested in participating or sponsoring at this year's event should contact the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460...Click here for access to a 2010 tournament brochure.
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