THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Apr. 19---M Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Tue., Apr. 20---M Golf---UCSD at CCAA Championships---All Day
Wed., Apr. 21---M Tennis---UCSD at UC Riverside---Noon
Wed., Apr. 21---W Tennis---UCSD at Azusa Pacific---2:00 PM
Thu., Apr. 22---Baseball ---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 23---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day
Fri., Apr. 23---Softball---UCSD at CSU San Bernardino (DH) ---12:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 23---Baseball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 23-W Water Polo---UCSD vs. San Diego State---6:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 24---Track & Field---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational ---All Day
Sat., Apr. 24---W Tennis---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---12:30 PM
Sat., Apr. 24---Softball---UCSD at CSU San Bernardino (DH) ---12:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 24---Baseball---UCSD at CSU Dominguez Hills (DH) ---12:00 PM
NO. 4 BASEBALL BATTLES DOMINGUEZ HILLS FOR CCAA LEAD
Coach Dan O'Brien's fourth-ranked Baseball team (37-6/27-5) bounced back from a first game loss, coming from behind three straight times, to capture three wins in last week's four game series against Cal State L.A. and maintain its hold on first place in the CCAA, three games up on Cal State Dominguez Hills...The second place Toros will invade La Jolla for single games Thursday and Friday followed by a Saturday doubleheader in Carson...Both teams have already clinched berths in the CCAA Championship Tournament, which will be contested May 6-8 in Stockton, and are ranked 1-2 in the West Region.
Triton ace Tim Shibuya gave up just two runs while tossing a complete game last Thursday but ended up on the short end of a 2-1 pitcher's duel with Cal State L.A. at Triton Ballpark...It took three Golden Eagle hurlers to out-gun Shibuya, whose teammates produced just eight hits...Three of those came in the sixth when Aaron Bauman scored UCSD's lone run after leading off with a double...Seniors Brandon Gregorich and Robert Sedin knocked two hits apiece.
Trailing, 4-0, at home after 6.5 innings of game two with senior righthander Matt Rossman removed from the game, the Triton bats finally ignited in the bottom of the seventh, parlaying six hits, four walks and a Cal State L.A. error into eight runs that led to a 10-4 triumph...Pinch hitter Danny Susdorf started the offensive outburst with a pinch single and another pinch single by Blake Tagmyer drove in the first run...The biggest blow was a two-run triple by junior Kyle Saul, who also had two web gems in right field...Interestingly, Susdorf and Tagmyer both got two pinch hit at-bats in the inning as UCSD sent 14 batters to the plate...Sedin had two hits in the frame and three for the game...Saul also had three hits to go with three RBIs...The Tritons' third pitcher, freshman Richard Kilbury picked up his first collegiate win.
Saturday in L.A., UCSD swept a twinbill, rebounding from an early two-run deficit to punch out the Golden Eagles, 13-6, in game one and then getting four sixth inning markers to rally from 4-1 down for a 5-4 victory in the nightcap...Senior righty Kirby St. John went five and two-thirds innings while accruing his eight win of the season in game one...The Tritons bashed 17 hits and St. John was the beneficiary of a six-run fifth that featured a grand slam by junior third baseman Evan Kehoe...Gregorich, hitting a team-leading .474 with 61 RBIs, clubbed four hits while Bauman and Saul each cracked home runs...In the seven-inning series finale, L.A. looked ready to tie up the series, carrying that three-run edge into the sixth...But Tagmyer opened the inning with a walk and catcher Kellen Lee's seventh homer (tying Bauman for the team lead) narrowed the margin to one...Susdorf then launched a pinch double down the left field line and crossed the plate with the tying run on a Gregorich single...Moments later, Bauman scored on a Saul single and the Tritons had the lead...Junior closer Danny Simmons threw two and a third innings to collect his fourth win without a loss, surrendering a single hit.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with Danny Susdorf and Blake Tagmyer.
SOFTBALL POST-SEASON HOPES ON LINE IN SAN BERNARDINO
The Softball team (28-18/18-14) travels to Cal State San Bernardino (25-25/17-14) for a critical, regular season-ending four game series this Friday and Saturday with a berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament and potentially the NCAA Playoffs on the line...Coach Patti Gerckens' Tritons find themselves in a virtual tie for fourth place with fast-rising Humboldt State after dropping three-of-four in a home series against second place Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend...CSUSB is tied for sixth with Chico State and part of a five-team dogfight for the final two CCAA Tournament slots...The five teams are all within a game and a half of each other.
Friday's series-opening doubleheader against Cal State Monterey Bay produced all sorts of trauma for the Tritons...Up, 1-0, in the seventh inning, UCSD was felled by pitcher Diane Ortiz's two-run home run that lifted CSUMB to a 2-1 game one win...Freshman DP Nicole Spangler had two hits and scored the Tritons' lone run on a sixth inning Jenn DeFazio single...Sophomore Camille Gaito got tagged with the loss, despite going the distance and surrendering just five hits...UCSD was rolling along, 5-1, in game two only to see the Otters explode for six runs (five unearned) in the fourth inning and go on to a 9-5 triumph...Center fielder Kris Lesovsky and third baseman Colleen Moen accounted for a single and a double apiece and senior catcher Nicole Saari laced a bases loaded double that drove in three...Reliever Christine Zankich didn't give up an earned run but absorbed the loss.
The Tritons managed just four hits in Saturday's first game but made them count in a 2-1 victory...The biggest came in the seventh inning when left fielder Katrin Gabriel stroked a game-winning walk-off triple, into the gap of a drawn-in outfield, to plate freshman Colleen Moen with the deciding run...Meanwhile, Gaito limited the Otters to a mere six hits and struck out seven while racking up her 16th win of the season...The Tritons boarded four first inning runs in the nightcap, two tallying on a Sara Woofter single, but watched that lead evaporate when the Otters scored two in the fourth and two more in the fifth...Monterey Bay completed the comeback with a single run in the seventh and held on for a 5-4 victory...Woofter's two singles were half of UCSD's hit total and Tess Granath took the loss after coming on to relieve Zankich in the third.
VOLLEYBALL STUNS NO. 3 PEPPERDINE IN SEASON FINALE
Coach Kevin Ring's 14th-ranked Men's Volleyball squad ended its 2010 season on a high note Saturday night shocking No. 3 Pepperdine at RIMAC Arena, 3-2 (28-30, 30-27, 19-30, 30-27, 15-12)...It gave the Tritons a series sweep of the Waves this year and was certainly a highlight for Ring's stellar, four-man senior class in its final collegiate appearance...In what was a slugfest down the stretch, the Tritons stared down the Waves in games four and five to emerge victorious...Senior Frank Fritsch, who repeatedly delivered in clutch time, finished with 25 kills while hitting a sterling .455...Fellow seniors Jason Spangler and middle blocker Adrian Guthals (.500) pounded 14 kills each with the former ripping two aces as well...A fourth senior, setter Eric Sierks, split time regular starter Phil Bannan and distributed 44 assists... Pepperdine out-hit the Tritons but UCSD owned an advantage in the blocking department...UCSD raced out to a 5-2 lead in the decisive fifth set with Fritsch kills accounting for three of those points...The Waves were never able to get closer than two the rest of the way.
The Saturday night win was even more impressive given the heartache incurred 24 hours earlier when the Tritons let a 14-11 game five lead slip from their grasp in a gut-wrenching, 3-2 (26-30, 30-21, 30-23, 26-30, 18-16) loss to No. 6 USC...The Trojans had clearly superior hitting and blocking numbers, but with Fritsch (22), Spangler (17) and Guthals (15) registering 54 of UCSD's 71 kills, the Tritons were on the verge of yet another huge victory before the bottom dropped out at the end of the fifth set...With Fritsch serving five consecutive points, UCSD blitzed USC, 8-1, en route to knotting things up in game four...The Trojans had the early edge in the fifth but the Tritons fought back and a Spangler kill put them in temporary control at 14-11...Bannan had a huge night with 61 assists, 15 digs and three aces.
Earlier in the week, UCSD, which won three of its final four matches to wind up 10-19, started slowly before sweeping aside NAIA Cal Baptist, 3-1 (25-30, 30-14, 30-28, 30-26)...The Tritons hit .304 as a team with Spangler collecting 16 kills while Fritsch (13) and Guthals (10) also reached double figures...Bannan dished out 53 assists and libero Andrew Kaban dug 11 balls.
Spangler (1,491) and Fritsch (1,403) closed out their careers No. 1 and 2 on the all-time UCSD kills list...Spangler also occupies the top spot in the career aces category with 85 and wound up No. in career digs with 596...Bannan, whose 1,265 assists was three short of the school single season standard he set as a sophomore, has climbed to No. 2 on the career assists chart with 3,494, just 373 behind leader Brooks Dierdorff.
Hear Saturday's post-match interview with Coach Kevin Ring.
Hear Saturday's post-match interview with senior Frank Fritsch.
GOLFERS GO FOR CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN PASO ROBLES
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team finishes up the regular season at the CCAA Championships, slated today and Tuesday at Hunter Ranch Golf Club in Paso Robles... The Tritons were sixth in 2009, a tournament won by Sonoma State which went on to win the NCAA Division II Championship.
UCSD will not be coming into the CCAA event with much momentum...After some encouraging recent performances, the Tritons slipped to 14th in last week's Hanny Stanislaus Invitational at Turlock Country Club...Their 921 total left them 50 strokes behind host and tourney winner Cal State Stanislaus...Senior Raj Samra turned in the best performance for UCSD, carding a 225 which left him tied for 36th...His final round 71 was four strokes better than any other 18 recorded by UCSD that weekend... Freshman Anubhav Rastogi tied for 51st at 230 and junior Keith Okasaki tied for 54th, two strokes back of Rastogi.
POLO HOSTS SAN DIEGO STATE IN FRIDAY HARPER CUP CLASH
After sailing past visiting Chapman, 15-1, last Friday, the 18th-ranked Women's Water Polo team plays its final home game of the season when it hosts No. 14 San Diego State this Friday at Canyonview Pool...It will be the Tritons' final tune-up for the 2010 WWPA Championships and they'll come in 16-17 after the win over Chapman...UCSD has lost twice to SDSU this season, dropping the season opener in Michigan, 19-8, before coming up short, 9-5, at the UCI tournament in late February...Friday's encounter will be the ninth edition of the Harper Cup series between the two teams...UCSD has yet to win the trophy which acknowledges the contributions of current UCSD Men's Water Polo Coach (and women's assistant) Denny Harper to the development of the women's water polo programs at both schools.
Against Chapman Friday, senior Stephanie Heinrich found the back of the cage three times as UCSD scored the game's first 11 goals...Fittingly, on Senior Night, all five seniors played a role in the outcome...Goalie Markayla Quane was nearly perfect, turning away all but one Panther shot in three quarters of action before freshman Allie Taylor came on in relief...The other three seniors--Audra Bloom, Stephanie Bocian and Ebey Sorenson each accounted for a goal.
Hear Friday's post-game interview with senior goalie Markayla Quane.
TRITON T&F INVITATIONAL SATURDAY; RAINWATER SETS RECORD
Some 1,000 athletes will flood Triton Track & Field Stadium Friday and Saturday for the annual Triton Invitational, featuring a variety of Division I, II, III and NAIA teams... The meet will come on the heels of an 18-win UCSD performance at last Saturday's Soka Peace Invitational in Aliso Viejo.
Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner got nine victories apiece from their squads Saturday...On the men's side, UCSD picked up two wins from both senior hurdler Leon Baham (110 HH/14.62 & 400 IH/53.10) and senior thrower Fred Cook (shot put/51-3 & hammer throw/171-7)...Another senior, Daniel Anderson, clocked 48.91 while shortening up from his preferred 800 meters to win the 400, ...Distance runners Anthony Heredia (1,500/4:05.17) and Jeremy Riley (3,000/8:45.02) also hit the tape first and in the field, discus thrower Roger Eckert (145-6) and long jumper Andrew Karnaze (19-8.75) were winners.
Seven individuals and two relay teams were came out on top for the women... Defending NCAA champion Christine Merrill grabbed her specialty, the 400 hurdles, in 65.51 and was part of both relay wins...The 4x100 unit of Merrill, Kathleen Hitchens, Jacqueline Rose and Kelly Fogarty circled the track in 46.77 while the 4x400 quartet of Rose, Stephanie LeFever, Anna Lee McGregor and Merrill posted a time of 3:48.79... Fogarty blazed to a time of 11.75 to snag the 100 and five field event performers finished on top---Leah Murphy (long jump/19-1.25), Marie Archer (hammer throw/157-8), Theresa Richards (javelin/134-9), Linda Rainwater (high jump/5-7) and Donna LeFever (pole vault/11-11.75)...Earlier in the week, Rainwater broke her own school mark in the heptathlon by piling up 5,333 pts. at the Mt. SAC/California Invitational.
SEVENTH STRAIGHT CONFERENCE TITLE FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS
With a seventh consecutive CCAA championship now safely in hand, the 15th-ranked Women's Tennis team (13-6) will begin preparation for its expected invitation to the 2010 NCAA D-II Playoffs which start in two weeks...Coach Liz LaPlante's netters will finish their regular season with three consecutive road matches starting Wednesday at NAIA power Azusa Pacific...They then go up against two D-I opponents--Cal State Northridge Saturday and crosstown rival San Diego State next Monday.
Romping through five-of-six singles matches last Monday, UCSD trampled host Cal State San Bernardino, 7-2... Junior Taskeen Bains, senior Anita Athavale and sophomore Samantha Yeung were all winners in singles as well as doubles...The trio grabbed points at 1-2 and 3 singles, Bains and Young paired up to win No. 1 doubles while the tandem of Athavale and Katie Mulloy captured No. 2.
That win set up Saturday's showdown in La Jolla for the CCAA championship vs. Cal State Stanislaus...The Tritons, healthy and at full strength for the first time in weeks, made an early statement, sweeping doubles comfortably with the teams of Bains and Natalie Varnay (No. 1), Athavale and Jacquelyn Davis (No. 2) and Tang and Cindy Dao (No. 3)...Athavale raced through her opponent at No. 5 singles, dropping just one game, and when Varnay claimed a straight set victory at No. 2, the Tritons had successfully defended their conference crown.
Sandwiched between the two CCAA triumphs was a 5-4 loss at NAIA Point Loma on Thursday...Yeung, Davis and freshman Melissa Breisacher picked up points at the four-through-six singles positions but Yeung/Breisacher's, 9-8, win at No. 3 was the only doubles point UCSD was able to earn.
MEN'S TENNIS HAMMERS CAL POLY POMONA
Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team, looking for its 11th straight NCAA Playoff invitation, solidified that possibility last Thursday, winning five-of-six singles matches while powering past host Cal Poly Pomona, 7-2...Jake Fellow, Vincent Nguyen, Junya Yoshida and Austin West all delivered singles sweeps at Nos. 3-6 while it took junior Erik Elliott a full three sets to garner the point at No. 1...Elliott and Chapman Chan scored at No. 1 doubles and Fellow teamed with Sam Ling to do the same at No. 3...The Tritons go to UC Riverside Wednesday for their final regular season match.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD Athletics' online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Baseball Coach Dan O'Brien, senior Adrian Guthals of the men's volleyball team, senior Audra Bloom of the women's water polo team and school record-holding sprinter Kelly Fogarty of the women's track & field team...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at http://ucsdtritons.com.
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew puts in its final prep race for May 1-2 WIRA Championships when it scrimmages D-I San Diego State Saturday on Mission Bay...The two squads will be put through their paces between 6:30 and 7:00 AM on Mission Bay.
The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament, benefiting UC San Diego Athletics, is slated for Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...For more information, click here or call (858) 534-8460
This week's Taste of the Tritons dining hall promotion will feature women's water polo stars Stephanie Heinrich, Stephanie Bocian and Markayla Quane at Warren College's Canyon Vista, Thursday night between 6:00 and 7:00 PM...They will be serving up their specialty menu item--grilled shrimp tacos.
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