THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Apr. 26---W Tennis---UCSD at San Diego State---2:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 30---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State ---3:00 PM
Fri., Apr. 30-W Water Polo ---UCSD at WWPA Championship---TBD
Sat., May 1---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---All Day
Sat., May 1---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State (DH) ---12:00 PM
Sat., May 1---W Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championship---TBD
Sun., May 2---Crew---UCSD at WIRA Championships---All Day
Sun., May 2---Baseball---UCSD at San Francisco State---12:00 PM
Sun., May 2---W Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championship---TBD
NCAA POLO BERTH ON LINE AT WWPA CHAMPIONSHIP
Coach Brad Kreutzkamp's 18th-ranked Women's Water Polo team travels to Bakersfield this weekend as the second seed in the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship Tournament...The Tritons (16-18) open the three-day, single elimination event against the winner of Sonoma State-Chapman at 3:40 PM Friday...The semi-final round is set for Saturday with the championship game on tab Sunday at 3:00 PM...The winner of the tourney earns the WWPA's automatic berth in the eight-team 2010 NCAA Championship, being hosted by San Diego State, May 8-10.
Unfortunately, Kreutzkamp's squad will not be going to the tournament with the full head of steam it had hoped after turning in a lackluster performance while losing to No. 13 San Diego State, 11-3, last Friday in the annual Harper Cup clash...The Tritons, who never seemed to respond to the aggressive tactics of the bigger, quicker Aztecs, fell behind early and were never really in the game...SDSU scored the first four goals and during that span, UCSD failed to capitalize on a pair of six-on-four situations... Senior Audra Bloom (2) and sophomore Jessica Tran accounted for all of UCSD's scoring.
BACK-TO-BACK CCAA TITLES FOR NO. 3 BASEBALL TEAM
After sweeping second place Cal State Dominguez Hills and clinching a second straight CCAA regular season title last weekend, the third-ranked Baseball team completes the regular season this weekend with a four-game set at San Francisco State (22-28/15-21)...Coach Dan O'Brien's Tritons are now 41-6 overall, 31-5 in conference play, have won seven in a row and own a six-game edge on second place Cal State San Bernardino...San Francisco State is currently tied for eighth on the league ladder.
Junior Tim Shibuya's complete game paired with three-hit outings from Vance Albitz, Brandon Gregorich and Aaron Baumann propelled the Tritons to a 5-2 victory in Friday's series opener at La Jolla...After a shaky start, Shibuya settled in and shut the Toros out on five hits over the final six innings to snatch his ninth win of the season against just two defeats...UCSD took the lead for good in the third when senior first baseman Gregorich roped a two-run double to right center...He ended up with two doubles and three RBIs on the day.
The Tritons trekked to Carson Saturday and outscored Dominguez Hills, 31-4, while sweeping a twinbill...Leading, 1-0, through five in the opener, UCSD busted loose for four in the sixth and finished with a 10-1 triumph...Junior Guido Knudson tossed eight innings, striking out five, in running his season ledger to 7-2 with late help from lefty Austin Taylor...Catcher Kellen Lee went 3-for-4 and the top four hitters in the Triton batting order all had two hits...Junior Danny Susdorf ripped a double and a triple while piling up four RBIs...In the nightcap, UCSD scored in every inning but the first, including sixth in the fourth and seven more in the fifth, racking up 22 hits in a 21-3 rout...Senior Kirby St. John collected his ninth win while putting in five innings of work...Hitting stars were scattered throughout the lineup...Third sacker Evan Kehoe and Susdorf each had three knocks, junior right fielder Kyle Saul had two hits, one a home run, and drove in four and Gregorich had a pair of hits and three runs batted in.
The Tritons put the finishing touches on the whitewash of the Toros with a 9-1 Senior Day romp Sunday...Senior hurler Matt Rossman chalked up seven shutout innings, limiting CSUDH to just four hits while registering his eighth win without a loss...The Tritons were again productive at the plate, hitting the scoreboard in five of the first six innings...Bauman reached base all five times he went to the plate with a single, double, triple and twice getting nicked by Toro pitching...Gregorich and sophomore catcher Michael Benton both cracked home runs...Gregorich and Bauman had two RBIs apiece.
This year's club is also making an assault on the record book...During Sunday's final home game, Albitz pushed past former teammate Garrett Imeson as UCSD's all-time hits leader with 307...Earlier this season Albitz eclipsed Imeson's career runs scored mark and currently has 206...He's also the leader in doubles with 61 in his four years...With 70 RBIs, Gregorich is the new single season RBI leader, topping the 67 of former Major Leaguer Bob Natal, whose mark had stood since 1987, and his .484 batting average is above Natal's standing record of .465...He's also tied Matt Lawson's single season doubles record at 23 and with 83 hits is closing in on Albitz's single season school standard of 86 set two years ago...Several players have a shot a taking out another Albitz record (63 runs scored in a year), including the current record holder...With 26 wins, Rossman is second all-time at UCSD behind 2009 grad Trevor Decker (30)...Shibuya, with one more year to play, is right on his tail with 25...The team is two wins short of matching the 43 posted in 2008 and its next victory will be O'Brien's 400th at the helm.
Check out the Triton Baseball team's pre-game batting practice breakdown.
Hear Sunday's post-game interviews with seniors Matt Rossman, Brandon Gregorich, Robert Sedin and Vance Albitz.
SOFTBALL SPLITS AT SAN BERNARDINO, MISSES CCAA TOURNEY
Despite finishing with its best overall record in nine years, Coach Patti Gerckens' Softball team likely saw its 2010 season end with a four-game split at Cal State San Bernardino last weekend...That result leaves UCSD with a ledger of 30-20 and 20-16 in CCAA action...The Tritons wound up a game and a half short of qualifying for the fourth and final slot in the CCAA Championship Tournament, whose winner gets an automatic berth in the NCAA Playoffs...Eight teams will be selected for the NCAA Regional field and UCSD was ranked eighth regionally heading into the weekend.
The Tritons flickering post-season hopes took a hit in Saturday's series-opening doubleheader...UCSD captured game one, 5-1, taking the lead on a two-run second inning homer by freshman Katie Belanger and then riding the arm of sophomore Camille Gaito...The latter limited Cal State San Bernardino to a second inning home run and seven singles en route to her 17th victory of the year...Junior center fielder Kris Lesovsky smacked two hits, including a home run and drove in a pair...Game two snuffed out the Tritons hopes of reaching the CCAA Championship Tournament for a third time in four years as the Coyotes raked the UCSD bullpen for 14 hits on the way to a 7-4 triumph...Gaito was lifted after surrendering an unearned run in the first inning and CSUSB built up a 7-1 lead before a three-run Lesosvky blast, her eighth of the season, closed the gap in the seventh inning...Rhiannon Ousley also hit a round tripper, the first of her collegiate career...Ousley and senior catcher Nicole Saari each had two hits.
Sunday's outcome mirrored Saturday's...Gaito fired a complete game, eight-hitter, snagging her 18th win in game one...Seven different players accounted for UCSD's seven hits which consisted of six singles and another Lesovsky bomb...San Bernardino out-hit UCSD, 11-4, in the second contest in which the Coyotes prevailed, 6-3, breaking a 3-3 deadlock with three tallies in the bottom of the fifth...The Tritons kept it close because three of their four hits were homers with Lesovsky, Jennifer DeFazio and Ousley doing the honors.
MEN'S CREW SHOOTS FOR V-8 CROWN AT WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bidding for an invitation to the Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (IRA) Championships, Coach Zach Johnson sends his Men's Crew to Sacramento this weekend for the annual Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships on Lake Natoma...The Tritons will enter three boats at WIRA---varsity eight, JV eight and novice eight... Given the short lineup, UCSD will have no chance to take home the team championship trophy...Instead, Johnson's troops will be looking to earn the "Efficiency Trophy," awarded to the program that has the best results based on number of boats entered... Focus will be on the varsity eight where a top two finish will send the 20th-ranked Tritons to the IRA Championships, the first week of June in Camden, NJ.
WOMEN'S CREW AIMS AT IMPROVED WIRA SHOWING
Coach Pattie Pinkerton will be sending a full compliment of six boats---varsity eight, second varsity eight, novice eight, second novice eight, varsity four and lightweight four---to this weekend's Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assn. (WIRA) Championships in Sacramento...The Tritons, who seemed to find their speed at the recent Berg Cup and had a solid scrimmage vs. San Diego State Saturday appear ready to hit their stride...Shut out of the medals at WIRA in 2009, the UCSD will be looking to reverse that trend at the de facto conference regatta.
WOMEN'S TENNIS WAITING FOR NCAA NEWS
Coach Liz LaPlante's 15th-ranked Women's Tennis team faces Division I San Diego State today in its final tune-up for the NCAA Division II Playoffs which begin next week...The Tritons will find out this week who their first round opponent will be although it's expected that they will be making a second trip to Hawaii to face Hawaii Pacific.
Last Wednesday's match against NAIA Azusa Pacific was rained out...Saturday, the Tritons suffered a 7-0 shellacking at the hands of D-I host Cal State Northridge...Late in the week, sophomore Samantha Yeung was named the CCAA's Player of the Week for the second time this season.
MEN'S TENNIS LOOKS FOR NCAA CALL
After losing its final regular season match (vs. UC Riverside) to rain last week, Coach Eric Steidlmayer's Men's Tennis team will wait until later today to learn its post-season fate...The Tritons, 12-10 overall and 8-3 vs. D-II in-region opponents, are anticipating a return match-up against BYU-Hawaii, a team that has defeated UCSD twice this
year---5-4 in February at Phoenix and 7-2 a month later in Hawaii.
MERRILL DOUBLE WINNER AT TRITON INVITATIONAL
The Track & Field squad of Coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner will take this weekend off in preparation for the 2010 CCAA Championship which will be hosted at UCSD, May 7-8.
Nearly 1,000 athletes from a variety of collegiate levels participated in last weekend's Triton Invitational at the UCSD Track & Field Stadium...UCSD representatives came away with six wins at the meet including a double dip by senior Christine Merrill...The defending CCAA champ in both the 400 and 400 hurdles, captured both hurdle events Saturday...She out-dueled a stellar field to win the 100 hurdles in 13.92 and then ran away from her competitors to take the longer race in 58.93.
Ahner had three other winners on the women's side...Junior Theresa Richards continued her rapid growth in the javelin, heaving the spear a personal best 149-9, second best ever at UCSD, fifth on this year's NCAA D-II best marks list and nearly 17 ft. further than her top throw last year...Defending national champion Linda Rainwater won the high jump...The senior cleared 5-10, just below her school record...Junior Caprice Thompson, a relative newcomer to the event, was first in the 3,000 steeplechase in 11:27.20, the fourth fastest time in Triton history...Sprinter Kelly Fogarty was second in the 200 (24.09) and third in the 100 (11.86) while senior Leah Murphy was runner-up in the triple jump (38-9.75).
Senior Leon Baham was the standout for the Triton men, hitting the tape first in the 400 hurdles (52.18), the third best all-time UCSD mark and a time that ranks fifth in the nation this season...Baham was also second in the 110 high hurdles (15.03)... Salerno received third place efforts from school record holder Nick Howe in the javelin (210-2) and Max Mullender in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:56.26).
Listen to Saturday's post-event comments from senior Christine Merrill.
Listen to Saturday's post-event comments from senior Linda Rainwater.
Read the ucsdtritons.com Q&A with junior Kelly Fogarty.
GOLFERS SIXTH AT CCAA; OKASAKI GAINS SECOND NCAA BERTH
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team concluded the 2010 season with a six place finish at the CCAA Championship in Paso Robles...Three days after the conference tourney, junior Keith Okasaki was selected as an at-large participant for the NCAA Division II Central/West Regional Tournament which will be contested May 3-5 at the Classic Club in Palm Desert...Okasaki, who has been UCSD's most consistent player this season, was one of three Tritons who played in last year's NCAA Regional Tournament.
The Tritons' sixth place result at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles marked the third consecutive year they wound up in that spot...Their 54-hole total of 903 left them 47 strokes behind champion Cal State Monterey Bay...After shooting back-to-back 295's, UCSD skied to 313 on the final 18...Senior Raj Samra was Wydra's top individual finisher, tying for 9th with a two-over par 218...His second round 68 was UCSD's best 18 of the tourney...Okasaki and fellow junior Justin Gabbert tied for 25th at 227...After playing creditably through the first 36 holes, like the team, Okasaki found trouble on the final day, carding an 80...Gabbert was the only player in the field to record two eagles in the championship...Rounding out the scoring for UCSD were freshman Anubhav Rastogi (T31st/233) and junior Richard Morris (34th/234).
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show with host Craig Elsten, will feature head coaches Dan O'Brien (baseball) and Brad Kreutzkamp (women's water polo) and senior Jay Dee Morgan of Men's Crew...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.
The 17th annual Triton Athletic Associates (TAA) Golf Tournament, benefiting UC San Diego Athletics, will be held Monday, May 24 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...Anyone interested in playing or being a sponsor at the event can click here for further information or call the UCSD Athletic Department at (858) 534-8460.
UC San Diego's annual Athletics Recognition Dinner is slated for Thursday, June 3 at the Price Center Ballroom on campus...More than 600 persons are expected to attend...The public is invited...For more information, call (858) 534-8460.
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